In keeping with his traditional bigoted and paranoiac style, Allen West took the opportunity earlier this week to lump the world’s Muslim population in with a small minority of extremists.
Last week, actor Bill Cosby wrote an op-ed in the New York Post that encouraged African-Americans to make better strides in improving the next generation. At one point in the piece, Cosby suggested that some parents could learn a thing or two from the Muslim culture:
“I’m a Christian, but Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching their children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect. And what do these other people do?
They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become Black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.”
In a tweet from his official Twitter account, West chose to ignore the attributes that Cosby spoke of, instead attributing Islamic radicalism to an entire culture.
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During his short stint in Congress, West was an outspoken critic of Islam and Muslims and frequently made comments that seemed to equate moderate Muslims with extremists.