The Talking Lion

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Score 1 for religious tolerance...

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co) actually said this outloud:

Talk show host Pat Campbell asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

"Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded.

Ummm. What the fuck? I mean, is he serious? Well, according to the congressman, he was just "throwing out some ideas".

I should probably speak slowly.

Ahem.

Just like there are more non-fundamentalist Xtians than fundies, there are MORE Muslims who are not extremists than are. Just like the Christian world is not religiously homogenous, neither is the Islamic world. So bombing Mecca in response to another terrorist attack by fundamentalists would be akin to bombing Jerusalem in response to Eric Rudolph.

Also, you are a fucking jerk, Tom Tancredo.

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