Salon.com grasping at anti-Rick Perry straws
To say that Justin Elliott of Salon.com has it out for Rick Perry is an understatement.
Last month I focused on Elliott’s fruitless attempt to paint Perry as a neo-confederate by association. Now Elliott is trying to paint Perry as, get this, both anti-Muslim and pro-Sharia, Rick Perry: The Pro-Sharia Candidate?.
For the supposed anti-Muslim part Elliott relies on the guilt by association, arguing that Perry has been “palling around with some radical evangelical Christian figures who are openly hostile to Islam.” For the supposed pro-Sharia part Elliot argues that Perry’s lrelationship with the Aga Khan:
Perry is a friend of the Aga Khan, the religious leader of the Ismailis, a sect of Shia Islam that claims a reported 15 to 20 million adherents worldwide. Sprouting from that friendship are at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, including a far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam. That’s a partnership that has already prompted a bit of grumbling in far-right corners of the blogosphere and could conceivably become a primary issue if, as expected, Perry enters the presidential race.
The Aga Khan, who claims a direct lineage to the Prophet Mohammed, controls a vast international network of business and philanthropic ventures; he is not a reclusive spiritual thinker, but rather a fabulously rich jet-setter. He has, for example, been married to two princesses. (His father was for a time married to the actress Rita Hayworth.) He reportedly owns 900 Thoroughbred race horses. And in 2010 Forbes put his net worth at $800 million. All of this has made the Aga Khan a fixture in the tabloids in the U.K., where he holds citizenship (sample headline: “Saga over Aga’s skiing fall”).
The Aga Khan? The Aga Khan? Are you kidding me? That makes Perry the “pro-Sharia” candidate? Are we talking about the same Aga Khan?
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When it comes to smearing Rick Perry, Justin Elliott can only hope to be a broken clock, at least then he would be right twice a day.
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He probably listened to Shaka Kahn once. “Tell me something good,” eh? Very suspicious.
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Barrack Obama is apparently both anti-mixed race relations and anti-black. He has known associates quoted as saying “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” He also has known associates who have been quoted as saying “I disagree with them [mixed race relationships]. It’s a lack of self-love. It’s a problem.”
Well, Obama hung out a lot with self-confessed terrorist Bill Ayers (I take it no one still buys the “he’s just a guy from around the neighborhood” any more). He’s also associated with Rashid Khalidi, apologist for terrorism, and spent two decades with Jeremiah Wright, a racist and anti-Semite. But drawing such conclusions about the president is not the same thing because…because it is, OK?
Rick has a First Amendment problem.
He hangs out with folks who believe it is only for Christians.
It will cost him votes. Now he either has to repudiate those folks and tell why he didn’t advise them that such an idea is a bad one or back them up. Either way he has a very serious hole to dig out of.
Especially for us “It’s The Constitution” type folks.
There is also this:
Rick Perry’s role in the revisionist history white washing of islam in children’s textbooks.
Rick Santorum remains the best choice if you want a President who actually understands where the threats to our country (both foreign and domestic) are coming from: