Arizona is just so chockfull of the Crazee that it seems unfair to other states -- untll now, when Colorado's local branch of the White People's Party ... er, that is, the Republican Party finally giving them some competition.
Last weekend (6/30 & 7/1) there was a wingnut confab in Denver with one thousand attendees at the Hyatt Regency, where, after passing out the tinfoil hats they heard such luminaries as Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Muslim politician, and Frank "Sharia Law -- I'm afeared!" Gafney.
Here's what Wilders had to say, according to the Colorado Statesman :
“Your country is facing a stealth jihad, an Islamic attempt to introduce Sharia law bit by bit by bit,” he said.Attending this gala was Colorado State Senator Kevin Grantham, who thought Wilders idea about banning new mosque construction was a jim dandy idear!
In order to keep the United States from succumbing, Wilders said, politicians have to ignore what he promised would be derision from the liberal media and other quarters and firmly deliver strong medicine. First, he said, Americans have to stop putting up with “multiculturalism,” even as free-speech proponents cry foul. In addition, he said American courtrooms must bar Sharia law and “stop the immigration from Islamic countries.”
Again from the Colorado Stateman article:
“It’s warranted in this country,” Grantham told The Colorado Statesman minutes after Wilders finished his speech. “We already see the beginnings of that movement here in a smaller fashion, but it’s the same thing as it was in Europe just within the last couple decades, and we see where Europe’s at right now. So the warning is very real, and we should take heed and watch where we’re heading in this country.”See, it's real simple. The First Amendment is for me and not for thee, and its especially for me if me is a large bank or a wealthy corporation. But if thou a Moslim be, there's no First Amendment, no sirree.
Grantham said he agreed with the distinction Wilders made between the Islamic religion and its adherents.
“If we look at the philosophical underpinnings of what is called Islam, (it’s) very fair how he treats that. Now, there’s some Muslims, obviously, like Mr. Wilders said, that we would call moderate. But the philosophical underpinnings of that system, of that culture of Islam — those are very serious problems and they are antithetical to the American way.”
Regarding Wilders’ suggestion that Western governments ban construction of new mosques, Grantham said it was worth considering.
“You know, we’d have to hear more on that, because, as he said, mosques are not churches like we would think of churches,” Grantham said. “They think of mosques more as a foothold into a society, as a foothold into a community, more in the cultural and in the nationalistic sense. Our churches — we don’t feel that way, they’re places of worship, and mosques are simply not that, and we need to take that into account when approving construction of those.”