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Bigot is as Bigot Does August 22, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Politics, Racism, Rants, Xenophobia.
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By this point in President Barack Obama’s first term, one would think that all that “He’s a MUSLIM!!!!111” nonsense would have faded away. You would think that people would have come to their senses (addled though they may be) and realized that that was just a bunch of racist, xenophobic hyperbole promoted by morons who don’t have the sense God gave a gnat.

WRONG.

From Talking Points Memo:

Franklin Graham, the Christian evangelist and son of Billy Graham, offered an explanation for the suspicions that some people have about President Obama’s religion, during an appearance Thursday night on CNN.

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,” Graham told John King. “Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said.”

For the record, Obama’s father was Barack Hussein Obama, who gave the future president his own name. President Obama has written that his father, who he rarely ever saw, was raised a Muslim but was in practice an atheist.


Fig. 1: IDIOT.

Basically, Franklin Graham is a moron. Sadly, he thinks he’s clever. Let me break this down:
1. Franklin Graham is a moron
“Seed of Islam”? What the hell is a “seed of Islam” and how is it “passed through the father”? His pathetic attempt to relate this to Judaism and the matrilineal passage of culture is completely ignorant—religion and culture isn’t biological. Babies aren’t born being anything other than little human beings. No one is born “Muslim” or “Christian” or “Scientologist.”

And by the way, speaking in such archaic Bible-y terms in 2010 is just plain dumb. This isn’t Middle Earth…or medieval England.

2. Franklin Graham is not clever
He then follows up that stupid nonsense about the “seed of Islam” with the damning faint “praise” of “Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said.” See what this fool did there? See how he thinks he’s being clever? He’s snidely asserting that Obama was, at some point in his life, an active Muslim but somewhere along the way “renounced Islam” and “accepted Jesus Christ”—but wait, children! He then undermines the snide assertion with an even more snide jab that pretty much says he doesn’t believe that Obama isn’t a Muslim. This bigoted, passive-aggressive foolishness has become the bailiwick of the bigoted troglodytes who have just enough brain matter to know that if they say outright that “Obama is a MUSLIM!!!” they’ll get creamed by the fact that he isn’t. Nevertheless, they know how to use the dogwhistle to get their even less-intelligent sycophants to take up their anti-Muslim pitchforks and go crazy(ier).

Children, let’s be real. The “Obama is a MUSLIM!!!” is just code for “HE’S BLAAAACK!!!” but these desiccated sepulchers don’t have the stones to go ahead and say what’s really lurking around the deep recesses of their rotted brains. People like Graham are so blinded by their own stupidity, that they can’t even realize that when they spout nonsense like “seed of Islam,” they invalidate whatever pretense towards intelligence they make. What’s worse is that fool media outlets like Crappy News Network and Faux Noise keep giving these blights upon humanity airtime.

Franklin Graham, go sit your dumbass in a corner.

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