Far-right Intellectual Violence

Real McCarthyism Leads to Real Hate Crimes

This is what real McCarthyism begets.

The city of Joplin, Missouri, which was obliterated by an F5 tornado last year, has just experienced its second Mosque fire in a little over a month.

A second fire in less than five weeks occurred at a mosque in Joplin, Missouri early Monday morning. The cause of the latest inferno is still unknown, but Monday’s flames were much more devastating than those that occurred July 4, in an incident that authorities later determined was an act of arson. [...]

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office told TPM a news conference has been planned for Monday afternoon, and that ATF and the FBI will be involved in the investigation.

Is it a coincidence that these fires have coincided with the recent resurgence of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories?

Maybe, but Islamophobes would have no motive to burn Mosques if their heads weren't being filled with bile pumped out by hate-radio and paranoid congressmen.

Hate is not natural. It's instilled.

Wisconsin authorities haven't established a definitive motive yet, but it's entirely possible the white supremacist who killed six people at a Sikh temple yesterday mistook them for Muslims.

  • willpen

    This is a message for every news person or any person that has the ears of this nation at their disposal. This is a right that you have been given. You all have a very powerful tool in your hands to mold opinions and thoughts, so every time you are about to open your pie holes please…please…please… stop for just one second to think about what you are going to say and how it will be received and by whom it will be received. That one second may possibly save some innocent lives one day. You have this power because in this country our Constitution gives you the right to speak freely but it is human decency that should sometimes override this horribly abused freedom.

  • http://twitter.com/GSODem HRH

    But even if it were muslims he was targeting, does that make it acceptable?

    • JMAshby

      Of course not.

  • Art__VanDalay

    What are the odds that a white power loser has no idea that there’s a difference between Muslims and Sikhs?