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Published on September 29th, 2011 | by Eli Clifton

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Tom ‘Bomb Mecca’ Tancredo Attacks Rick Perry For His Tolerance Of Islam

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ormer Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) blasted Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for failing to take a hard-line against Muslims or embrace the Islamophobia currently sweeping across the GOP.

Tancredo, who has suggested that bombing the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina would serve as a good “deterrent” against Islamic terrorism, opines in the Daily Caller:

What is not yet as widely known about Perry is that he extends his taxpayer-funded compassion not only to illegal aliens but also to Muslim groups seeking to whitewash the violent history of that religion. Perry endorsed and facilitated the adoption in Texas public schools of a pro-Muslim curriculum unit developed by Muslim clerics in Pakistan.

Tancredo cites “Islam scholar” Robert Spencer — Spencer plays the role of a “misinformation expert” in the Islamophobia network examined in the Center for American Progress’ new report Fear, Inc. — who examined the program and concluded:

The curriculum is a complete whitewash and it’s got the endorsement of Perry. It’s not going to give you any idea why people are waging jihad against the West — it’s only going to make you think that the real problem is ‘Islamophobia.’

Indeed Perry did develop a relationship with Pakistani religious leader and philanthropist Aga Khan and helped facilitate a 2009 agreement between Texas and Aga Khan organizations in the “fields of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment.” At the signing ceremony, Perry said:

[T]raditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.

Not all conservative pundits have bought into the anti-Muslim hysteria. The Center for Security Policy’s David Reaboi and conservative blogger Ace of Spades have written lengthy rebuttals and characterized the attacks on Perry and his Aga Khan connections as inaccurate. But Perry’s involvement in the development of curriculum to teach Texas high school students about Islam has served as a rallying cry for anti-Muslim advocates who see the curriculum as a threat to their portrayal of Islam as an inherently violent religion.

Tancredo concludes his anti-Muslim editorial by suggesting that Perry’s affiliation with Grover Norquist, a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) board member and president of Americans for Tax Reform, is yet another sign of “Perry’s Muslim blind spot.” Tancredo asks:

Why does [Perry] think he can claim to be the “tea party candidate” while endorsing a whitewash of Islamic extremism in Texas schools?

Tancredo’s reliance on discredited “scholars” like Robert Spencer and his assertions that radical Islam, via Grover Norquist and Aga Khan, have coopted Perry into spreading a “pro-Muslim curriculum unit” in Texas public schools offers an insight into the hateful and paranoid mindsets of those who embrace an anti-Muslim political agenda. (HT: Little Green Footballs)

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Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



3 Responses to Tom ‘Bomb Mecca’ Tancredo Attacks Rick Perry For His Tolerance Of Islam

  1. avatar scott says:

    Yes, we’re all only human after all. The test is how we respond while the ring is on our finger.

  2. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    That’s a fair point. Look at our own history. So much of what we did in the 19th and 20th centuries — the conquest of “lebensraum” in the West, the virtual extermination of the aboriginal peoples, the state-imposed eugenics measures, the medical experimentation (Tuskeegee, Operation Artichoke, etc.) — eerily resembles similar activities carried out by Nazi Germany. We hate to think of ourselves in that way; indeed, most Americans would recoil in horror at the comparison. Yet it’s pretty apt. The Left, however, tends to forget that non-Western peoples can be equally cruel and vicious. All peoples are capable of cruelty, indifference, and bloodlust. It was the Germans who turned death into a highly organized enterprise. But the Mongols, for example, were equally callous and cruel (or even more so); they simply lacked the technical know-how and efficiency of the Germans.

  3. avatar scott says:

    It’s soo common to hear about the violent nature of Islam; but few reflect on the violent nature of Euro-Christians. Since the Council of Nicea Europe has been rent with Christian in-fighting since, save the past 50 yrs. What about the inherently violent nature of Christianity? Further, Europe wasn’t beset by foreign occupiers, of different faith and social tradition.

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