Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Muslims in Bikinis

Via Andrew Sullivan, Andrew Sewer of the liberal magazine American Prospect nails what the all the hubbub on the Right over Rima Fakih winning Miss USA is all about:
I'm not really a fan of beauty contests, but the tone and substance of the fever swamp's reaction to an Arab-American winning a beauty contest is at least useful for pointing out how some people's political opinions aren't based so much in questions of policy as anti-Muslim animosity. The level of anger is just so plainly disproportionate to the matter at hand as to be self-implicating. These people aren't worried about terrorism -- they're offended by the idea of Muslims being integrated into the most mundane and banal aspects of American society.

Agreed. You can dress it up in concerns about terrorism, but in the end, this is all ugly bigotry against anyone that's Muslim. Shame.

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