Allen congressional campaign plays the Muslim card

Like many places, Georgia has an unfortunate history of religious bigotry, from the ban on Catholicism imposed at its founding and the infamous lynching of Leo Frank to the anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic rantings of Tom Watson, whose statue stood at the state Capitol until last year. And it seems we have chapters yet to write.

Take the race in the 12th Congressional District between the Democratic incumbent, John Barrow, and his Republican opponent, businessman Rick Allen. Barrow and Allen had both agreed to participate in a debate at the Islamic Community Center in Augusta Saturday, but for reasons that are unclear, the debate is now off and the Columbia County News-Times, a local newspaper, has withdrawn as a co-sponsor.

Most of what ensued after the cancellation is typical campaign nonsense: Barrow’s campaign claims that Allen withdrew; Allen’s camp denies it withdrew and says it is still willing to reschedule. Each accuses the other of ducking debates. Yawn.

But in a press release, Allen’s campaign decided to take it a step further:

McLagen

(h/t Peach Pundit)

In an interview a few minutes ago, McLagen laughed when I asked whether those remarks were appropriate.  When I asked what he meant by “Barrow’s obviously close association with the head of the Islamic Center,” McLagen defended it as “merely a statement of fact.” And why did he call the Islamic Center “a suspect venue”? Because of that alleged “close association” between Barrow and the Muslim cleric who runs it, McLagen said.

I’m not buying it. McLagen is a veteran campaigner with a reputation for a stinging tongue and for doing whatever it takes to win. He knew exactly what he was doing in linking his opponent to an Islamic center. And sadly, this is what the folks at the center get for trying to participate in the American process and in the larger community.

No, this doesn’t rise to the level of the events cited above. But by now, it should have no place in our public life.

UPDATE: The debate between Barrow and Allen is now back on for Saturday at 3 p.m.. However, it has now been relocated. It will no longer be held at the Islamic Community Center, and instead at the Evans Government Com­plex, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive,  Augusta.

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DekalbComments
DekalbComments

Another Republican trying to characterize all Muslims as somehow "suspicious" or "different".


I think we can all agree that there are many people who claim to be Muslim or are in fact Muslim who are terrorists. We should also be able to agree there are people who claim to be Christian or who are Christian today who are terrorists, pedophiles and the like. 


Bad behavior is not unique to one religion. Even as a Christian I am ashamed at the behavior of others who claim to be of my faith. I cannot control them only try to influence them.


But in this case Allen's campaign knew exactly what they were doing. They were playing the religion card and probably doing a lot of laughing and back slapping while they were doing it.


Republicans want to be the party of old white conservative Christian men (and their wives if the men subjugate their women and tell them how to vote). They aren't interested in bringing in younger people, people of many faiths and ethnic origins. They say they do but then they take policy decisions and make public statements that reveal their true intentions and desires. 



stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

Since the blog was hosed when I tried to comment here earlier, I really feel I must point out how disgusted I was to read this about this Rick Allen character.


I dug this up about him, from

http://metrospirit.com/31618/#.VCRnNhZRVjE

"About 10 years ago, Allen became involved in a leadership group called Lead Like Jesus. Through that group, he said he realized that his season of leadership in his company was winding to a close."

Here is the "Lead Like Jesus" site. check it out...

https://leadlikejesus.com/

and he's trying to tar his opponent as somehow friendly to religious extremism?



LogicalDude
LogicalDude

 "He knew exactly what he was doing in linking his opponent to an Islamic center. And sadly, this is what the folks at the center get for trying to participate in the American process and in the larger community."



Republicans, if you want to open your tent to more religions, you don't go around saying that Democrats are "suspect" for being linked to an Islamic Center.  You open your tent by also being linked to an Islamic Center, and support them for who they are, even if they believe differently than you do. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

As a follow up to the climate discussion:


"In a new Wall Street Journal piece former BP scientist and DOE Undersecretary of Science Steven Koonin delivers a paradoxical case for climate change inaction. Koonin mis-states a number of scientific details, and ultimately lures readers toward the conclusion that climate change isn’t an urgent problem. His choice of emphasis doesn’t hold up when confronted with all of the available evidence..."


http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2014/09/20/on-eve-of-climate-march-wsj-publishes-call-to-wait-and-do-nothing/


Gmare
Gmare

Doggone, if you click on the flag at the left, you get a drop down box with 4 choices, one of which is "offensive."

JayBook
JayBook moderator

Gmare, I don't know myself.

Gmare
Gmare

Good morning. Jay, is it possible to get a tutorial about what happens when we click offensive, like, etc.?

JayBook
JayBook moderator

Commenting appears to be restored.

Peachs
Peachs

Garbage in garbage out, one of the main reasons we fair so poorly in this state is we never attack the real problems. We are chasing ghost, imagining conspiracy instead of asking hard questions of why we are falling farther and farther behind as a community. Georgia could be a leader instead we dress ourselves in rags all because of the leadership that plays to our mental illness instead of finding a cure.

Jack_Republican
Jack_Republican

Obama is a Muslim. Is this discussion an attempt to somehow make Obama's religion more acceptable to voters? 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Kerry says al Qaeda is back.  That can happen when Obozo doesn't do his job.


Obozo:  Not a man.  Not a leader.  Not competent.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Obozo's secretary of state says the Khorasan group we're attacking are what used to be called al Qaeda, which of course Obozo wiped out prior to the 2012 election.


Oopsies!

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

What, a third commentary today, Jay? OK here goes: 

Probably not a good time to offend Muslim clerics, if ever again, especially those who are standing up to ISIL's “theology,” if you want to call it that! Just saying...

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

If you're still trying to scare your Honey-boo-boo base back under that shrinking tent - in practically October - of your last election of national relevance - I'd say somebody needs to tell the fat lady to get warmed up.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

LMAO!!  Tony Blair is on CNN saying the same things about Islamofascist terrorism and the need to attack it as he did during Our President Bush's administration, but now Blair is a libtard hero!


Liberal fascists:  Politics over country, every time.

KUTGF
KUTGF

These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that. The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule. The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war. When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect. Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value. I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go shopping for their families; some don't want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America. - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flashback-george-w-bush-visits-mosque-condemn-islamophobia-wake-911-attacks#sthash.KkSsUTQj.dpuf

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Yeah its the Bush card.  perhaps our GOP extremists should listen 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Gmare If only there were a button to press that made posts burst into flames if flagged as offensive by a minimum number of bloggers.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Gmare I don't see any "offensive" but if you click "Like" it shows you a count to the left of that word

Menace
Menace

And you must be one of those low information voters we hear so much about.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Jack_Republican 

Nope.

Obama is a Christian.

If you were, you would know that Scripture tells us not to bear false witness against anyone, let alone our brothers in Christ.

Peachs
Peachs

@Jack_Republican ,

and Deal is a redneck which is a religion of its own. Poverty is a badge of honor ignorance a goal, guns, pain and punishment the cure for what ails you.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

It's just Jay's typical water-carrying for partisan Democrats.

td1234
td1234

@stands_for_decibels Since when has the George Soros propaganda outlet, Media Matters become a reliable source for information?

Peachs
Peachs

@stands_for_decibels I agree, I think they use FOX like their CIA and respond off misinformation like weapons of mass destruction and other rumors.  They live their whole lives fighting the truth, watch some of this mass media entertainment like these reality shows.  They can't get enough of them, like it supports their view of the world. 

stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

@LilBarryBailout Wiped out? Claimed by whom?

You're not even trying to be truthful. fortunately I know of no regular commenter here, left or right, who will give you the time of day so it's all good.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@LilBarryBailout 


Huh?  Blair a liberal hero? In what bizarro circles? 

He's subject to almost unparalleled loathing and vitriol in the circles I know, including in his own country.

TBS
TBS

@LilBarryBailout 

Seeing that you are full of crap for your sake I hope there was enough roughage in that empty word salad to clean you out.


Between that back up along with that constant butt hurt you have been experiencing since Jan 09  you must be in bad shape.

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@KUTGF 

There is a large Islamic community here in MI and for the most part I think they are a kind  and very courteous people. When you run into them on the street and smile at their children they know that you are admiring the ones they have brought into the world. 

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@Numbers_R_Us @Gmare There was on the other system. I just never pointed it out for fear it would be abused.

stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

@LeninTime LBB is never right about anything, and he's never more not-right than when he's trying to characterize someone else's opinion.


Psychopathology makes such things virtually impossible.

TBS
TBS

@LeninTime 

If you haven't realized LBB will lie at the drop of a hat.

It comes easier to him than telling the truth and even breathing.

It is a way of life for him

What else does he have? 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@TBS  Don't cry just because your Idiot Messiah is for constant war and carries out illegal war against people who didn't attack us.


He's W without the competence and love of country.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@LilBarryBailout @LeninTime 

Of course he's got Obama's back. So does D Cheney and GWB. 

And he for them.

Covering for people and protecting them from prosecution has a way of building bonds between people.


TBS
TBS

@LilBarryBailout @TBS 

LOLOLOLOLOL
 

The Preperation H kid took 10 minutes to reply with that weak comeback.

It is ok buddy.  I petted you enough for today.

Run along