You’ve probably heard conservatives–including the inept American head of state–say that if we would just call terrorism “radical Islamic terrorism,” all would be right with the world and we’d be well on our way to defeating terrorists around the globe. And yet, as we saw this week in London, all the words in the world are useless when some psychopath decides to kill innocent people in the name of whatever cause he or she associates with.
And Friday night on the “Overtime” segment of the HBO show Real Time, MSNBC host Chris Hayes proved just how ignorant right-wing idiots can be on the topic of Islam and Muslims in general.
Discussing the London terror attack, host Bill Maher noted:
“Every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off somebody yells ‘Allahu Akbar.’”
That prompted Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union to declare:
“Look, we have to call things as they are. There are a lot of moderate Muslims who know that Islam is in a fight with the idea that you can have a civilization where you can have religious pluralism. They themselves don’t believe in that religious pluralism.”
Hayes decided to see if Schlapp knew a damn thing about the Muslim world, so he asked:
“Matt, will you tell me this? Can you tell me the structure of the government of Indonesia?”
“Okay. Do you know that Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world?”
To that, Schlapp replied:
“I’ve read that.”
That’s when Hayes perfectly summed up the ignorance of Schlapp and so many of his conservative brethren who love to pontificate on matters they know next to nothing about:
“Right. So you’re telling me you don’t know anything about the way the largest Muslim country in the world operates.”
Exactly! Schlapp is poorly informed on the issues he feels so strongly about, meaning his opinion is worth about as much as the musings of a boulder.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org