On Monday, a Heritage Foundation panel on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya turned ugly when the speakers, led by conservative commentator Andrew McCarthy, began to taunt a Muslim student named Saba Ahmed.
Ahmed, an American University law student, stood up to say that her faith wasn’t being accurately represented. In return, McCarthy began to taunt her, drawing an “extended standing ovation from the nearly 150 people in the room,” according to Dana Millbank, a reporter for the Washington Post.
Ahmed told the group that, “We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam. We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in this country and I don’t see them represented here.”
A panelist of ACT for America, Brigitte Gabriel, responded by making an empty Nazi comparison. “When you look throughout history,” Gabriel said, “most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and, as a result, 60 million died. Almost 14 million in concentration camps. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.”
Gabriel then added:
On Sept. 11, we had 2.3 million Arab Muslims in the United States. It took 19 hijackers, 19 radicals, to bring the United States to its knees … the peaceful majority were irrelevant. So for all our powers of reasons and us talking about moderate and peaceful Muslims, I’m glad you’re here. But where are the others speaking out?
It is time we took political correctness and threw it in the garbage where it belongs.
On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb was parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City. According to the FBI:
Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. McVeigh got out, locked the door, and headed towards his getaway car. He ignited one timed fuse, then another.
At precisely 9:02 a.m., the bomb exploded.
Within moments, the surrounding area looked like a war zone. A third of the building had been reduced to rubble, with many floors flattened like pancakes. Dozens of cars were incinerated and more than 300 nearby buildings were damaged or destroyed.
I don’t care how many conservatives claim to be peaceful. When you look throughout history, most conservatives may have been peaceful, and yet, McVeigh drove an agenda. As a result, 168 souls were lost, including 19 children in a daycare, and thousands more were injured, in what remains the worst domestic terrorist attack in our nation’s history. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
I agree with Brigitte here. It’s time to throw political correctness in the garbage where it belongs and start calling right-wing religious Christian conservatives what they really are — terrorists.
You can watch the panel below, courtesy of Media Matters.