We’ve said here repeatedly the opposition to Obama based on birth or his supposed adherence to Islam, and the Islamophobia sweeping the country is a continuation of the disease of racism that has afflicted this country since its inception. In the case of the citizens of Oklahoma it has forced them to take extraordinary and illegal measures that have forced even some jurists to sit up and take notice and one in particular U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange,pictured right, to block a law that was approved by Oklahomans. In that state for now it is not recognizing sharia law, as they put it, but it will most certainly extend to not recognizing or giving Muslim citizens their rights and due protection under the law as Islamophobes argue if shariah law is a part of Muslim daily life, and therefore not allowed, then neither should its adherents.
But before you guffaw that prospect comes this bit of news that is as repulsive as the Okhlahoma example. In what could only be called an act of racist cannabalism, a Texas Christian Republican is campaigning to replace his Republican Jewish colleague as speaker of the Texas state legislature because said Jewish representative is not Christian, and therefore not capable of doing as good a job as any Christian. I have not seen or heard any Texas “Christian”, the former President of the United States included, speak out against or repudiate such clear and blatant racism, like the common request made on Muslims by Islamophobes to speak out terrorism. Yet such rationale borders on the same absurdity as the Oklahoma state question on sharia law, because in many ways it is trying to enforce a state religion, something clearly prohibited by the US Constitution. Moreover, it shows how grim and bare the notions of many people are who oppose the presence of different groups in America. If Muslims and their places of worship and Jewish representatives in state government are conflated as objects of derision, scorn and opposition by people on the right, how much longer will it before people of color are too? We’ve already seen anti-immigration measures in places like Arizona take firm hold in the national discourse, and there are even rumblings from those on the right that only property holders should be eligible to vote…..harking back to the days of 18th century America. That there are people who want to go back to that era, seeing a return to it as something noteworthy is beyond explanation or reason, but such are the people driving anti-sharia movements and mosque opposition across the country. Their snake oil salemen, carpet baggers travel the country inciting people to fear and distrust their fellow citizens because of creed; race, color and gender will be soon to follow. This is where we are in 21st century America. It is not an enviable place to be.