Irony, We Find You in the Most Tragic Places, Like Fort Hood
TPM’s Justin Elliott and Versha Sharma collect statements from conservative groups calling for Muslim-Americans to be purged from the military in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association — well, some American families — writes, “It it is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security.” Dave Gaubatz, author of a recent book about an imaginary “Muslim Mafia,” thinks that doesn’t go far enough. “Now is the time for a professional and legal backlash against the Muslim community and their leaders,” he said. That sure sounds like incitement.
What it also sounds like is … Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Dana Priest reports:
The Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood warned a roomful of senior Army physicians a year and a half ago that to avoid “adverse events,” the military should allow Muslim soldiers to be released as conscientious objectors instead of fighting in wars against other Muslims.
At least we know now that extremists of all stripes agree that U.S. Muslims shouldn’t serve in the U.S. military, an institution through which so many Muslim-Americans have heroically given their lives for their country. The more polite version of this rancid argument is provided by none other than Bill Kristol.