Skip to comments.Radio Hoax Exposes Anti-Muslim Sentiment in U.S.
Posted on 12/03/2006 4:50:45 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
WASHINGTON (Dec. 1) -- When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.
The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be "off his rocker." The second congratulated him and added: "Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country ... they are here to kill us."
Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver's licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. "What good is identifying them?" he asked. "You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans."
At the end of the one-hour show, rich with arguments on why visual identification of "the threat in our midst" would alleviate the public's fears, Klein revealed that he had staged a hoax. It drew out reactions that are not uncommon in post-9/11 America.
"I can't believe any of you are sick enough to have agreed for one second with anything I said," he told his audience on the AM station 630 WMAL (http://www.wmal.com/), which covers Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland
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Yeah remember when those bigoted, hateful Americans crashed a a few planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon? Oh right, that was the poor, persecuted Islamo-crazies.
Jews weren't hijacking Zeppelins and crashing them into German office buildings.
One more small point. 'islamic' isn't a race.
Klein is little more than an unrepenetent Nazi provocateur who refuses to Anglicise his name ~
I have a feeling you might get flamed for that.
But I agree with you. The terrorists are a big danger, but the ignorant bigots are part of the problem, definitely not part of the solution.
The Jews were considered to be a threat by the Germans, as many of the leaders of Communism were ethnically Jewish. Such reasoning--because a few Jewish-descended people started Communism, all Jews are Communists--is crazy.
Although the number of Muslims who have attacked the West are much larger than Marx or Trotsky, most Muslims, in particular American non-convert, non-Nation-of-Islam Muslims, are no more of a threat than the vast majority of German Jews.
Islam as a whole should be discouraged. For example, the media could air a bunch of reports about how Islam is bad. However, to single out every Muslim from the rest of society is definitely not a good thing.
Furthermore, wasn't it decided that the Japanese (and probably the German and Italian) internees were not a threat. Also notable, the so-called Nissei regiment is one of the most decorated in all of American military history.
Those bigoted Americans would just like to have them identified. I haven't seen a rash of any Americans out killing muslims lately. We have a major enemy and they exist among us! I am not for stamps on the forehead, but I sure can't blame people for survival tactics.
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Maybe the radio host should've suggested that Christians in America who convert to Islam should be executed.
Or that Muslims pay a special tax for not being Christian.
Or that Muslims be restricted or entirely prevented from practicing their faith in our "Christian" nation.
Oh wait, I forgot. Those things aren't done by Christians who make up the majority in America. BUT THESE ARE EXACTLY the kinds of things that Muslims routinely institute in countries where they have control!
To sum it up: THIS RADIO HOST is a moron afraid to tackle the real prejudices and fanaticism of Muslims the world over, which reared its venomous head in all its fury on 9-11.
If they are true muslims and beleive what their koran teaches,then they are a threat and should not be trusted.
AFAIK, there were no camps for Germans or Italians in America. The number of Americans with Italian and German would have been so large, that the half nation should have been imprisoned then.
Hey, this is America! Any mandatory article of clothing would be licensed.
... with Italian and German HERITAGE would ....
I'm far more concerned about the hundreds of thousands of islamic male immigrants coming into this country than I am about homegrown bigoted rednecks.
For the life of me I can't remember the last time the Klan sawed the head off a Jewish reporter and put it on the internet.
Nor can I remember the last time members of the Aryan Nations hijacked a jetliner full of civilians and slammed it into an office building also full of civilians.
I'm also hard pressed to think of a single instance where a neo-Nazi rally attracted more than a few dozens whereas mohameden 'rallies' are typically tens of thousands all chanting "Death To Everybody Who Ain't Us" even in places like the UK or France.
Are American bigots unhelpful? Hard to say. What do you mean by 'help'?
Are we in a much more deadly danger from these islamofascist nutjobs who have absolutely no respect for human life? You betcha.
Besides it seems to me we're actually importing far more racist anti-semitic whackkjobs than we're growing domestically.