Posted on | October 28, 2011 | 33 Comments
In light of the recent report by the Center for American Progress, “Fear Incorporated: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” which exposed the $42.6 million industry that fuels the Islamophobia infrastructure in America, American Muslims have begun to challenge this grassroots movement by waging their own counter-grassroots movement. . . .
This national trend is being played out in Annapolis, Md., this weekend. On Oct. 29, the Maryland Conservative Action Network will host the Turning the Tides conference, and they are facing protest due to the involvement of Frank Gaffney and several other leading Islamophobic speakers. Former Maryland Delegate Saqib Ali, along with Khuram Zaman, a social media activist, are organizing a coalition to raise awareness about the event to Maryland residents. Zaman and Ali have partnered with Equality Maryland, CASA de Maryland, the Islamic Society of Annapolis, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in denouncing the Turning the Tides conference. . . .
Read the whole thing. I’m mentioned — or rather, denounced — in the context of my alleged hatred of “beaners” and “faggots,” the sarcasm of my mock-xenophobic humor during the 2010 World Cup tournament evidently not being appreciated by Ali and Zaman.
People who cite Little Green Footballs as a source are usually suffering from Humor Deficiency Syndrome, and efforts to provide them a clue (e.g., “Soccer May Be Gay, But At Least It’s Not Canadian” ) are futile.
So let’s be grateful for the left-wing idiots providing free publicity for Saturday’s conference at the fabulous Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. In addition to such famous personages as Lord Monckton, Frank Gaffney and WMAL radio’s Fred Grandy, the Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” Conference will feature a New Media panel, moderated by Jim Jamitis (Anthropocon), Jimmie Bise Jr. (Sundries Shack), Mark Kreslins and Joshua Lyons (The Forgotten Men) and . . . me, “an extremist right-wing blogger” according to HuffPo.
Annapolis, Maryland, is a historic and scenic location, about a 45-minute drive from Baltimore, less than an hour from Washington, D.C., two-and-half-hours from Philadelphia, etc. Saturday’s conference begins at 8 a.m., I speak at 2:45 p.m., and conference registration is $75. If you’re a regular reader who lives within driving distance, I hope to see you there.
And if you’re Saqib Ali and Khuram Zaman . . . OK, I resisted the temptation to make a joke there, but only because I’m saving the punchline for Saturday. Be there!
P.S.: I haven’t seen any of that “$42.6 million” that HuffPo says “fuels the Islamophobia infrastructure in America,” and I’ve got to rent a car and drive 175 miles round-trip. So please: Hit the freaking tip jar!