Certain loaded words can get tossed around too freely in political discourse. “Bigot” is one of them. But, you know, sometimes that word just fits very well.
Take, for example, Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, the Lone Star branch of Phyllis Schlafly’s far-right outfit. Adams proudly parades her prejudices on issues ranging from religion to sexual orientation. She has arrogantly questioned President Obama’s religious faith, suggested that Mexican immigrants have inferior morals, and insisted that Dallas voters oppose candidates for office simply because they’re gay.
Adams has been particularly vocal in her distaste for Muslims. She doesn’t even bother to distinguish between Muslims generally and violent Islamic extremists. For Adams, apparently, they’re all evil and untrustworthy. So we weren’t surprised to see our friends at Right Wing Watch report about a recent presentation Adams gave to the Far North Dallas Tea Party. From their report:
Adams sees the influence of “stealth jihad” everywhere in American society – including in the Republican Party. In her speech, Adams claimed credit for personally bringing down the candidacy of Amir Omar, an Iranian-American Republican who ran for Congress in Texas in 2006. She also railed against former Bush administration official and conservative activist Suhail Khan, wondering, “Where did he come from? How did this man get here? Did he overstay a visa?” (The short answer, if she really wants to know, is that he was born in Colorado, so no.)
Adams even attacked Grover Norquist, the anti-government guru who has succeeded in getting so many congressional Republicans to pledge never to raise taxes. We’re no fans of Norquist, but Adams’ bigotry flows forth when she talks about him. Again from Right Wing Watch:
Adams saved her true vitriol for anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, who has provoked the wrath of anti-Muslim activists for his marriage to a Muslim woman and his efforts to reach out to Muslim conservatives. Adams warned that although “oftentimes we like what he says about economic issues,” Norquist is in fact “Trouble with a capital T” and is “showing signs of converting to Islam himself.”
Her evidence for Norquist’s secret conversion? “As you see, he has a beard.”
“He has a beard”? Good grief. In any case, so what if he were to convert to Islam someday? Wouldn’t that be his own business? Not in Adams’ fevered mind. She’s ready to brand him with a scarlet I and portray him as a threat to America.
You can find a video of Adams’ presentation here, but here is Right Wing Watch’s short clip of Adams’ comments about Norquist: