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Did you hear that Michele Bachmann was “Thankful that No Americans Died In the Sikh Shooting? Well not exactly, that was a brilliant headline penned by the satirical news outlet the Onion.

But doesn’t that seem like something she’d say, as the latest Republican talking point has become the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the government?

A few weeks back, Bachmann told local radio host Sandy Rios:

“It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood…It appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency.”

Bachmann has gone so far as to send letters to the State Department, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice Departments and one of the individuals Bachmann is targeting is Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Huma was in the news earlier this year, when her husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, was busted sending lewd photos across Twitter.

But Bachmann is convinced that three of Abedin’s family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In her letter, Bachmann insists that Abedin’s position affords her access to Clinton’s intel and that alone can be detrimental to the country.

Is Bachmann just bored, or has another wave of Islamaphobia taken over the country once again?

I think it’s both. Last Sunday, the world watched as Wade Michael Page forced his way into a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and killed six people because he thought they were Muslim.

The day after, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground in what many who worship there have called an act of vandalism.

And now, elected officials that we vote for seem to think there’s a Muslim conspiracy attempting to take over the American government – and it’s all led by a 56-year-old woman who represents Minnesota.

This is the current state of our republic: alienating not only Muslims, but Americans who don’t share Christian beliefs. I mean really, that’s what it’s about isn’t it?

Page wanted to kill Muslims on Sunday, which is why he opened fire on a Sikh Temple. He was so stupid he didn’t know whom to hate.

Which goes to show when elected officials start campaigns like Bachmann’s, it only serves to hurt people, as they blanket their fear with the American flag.

Leading the charge with Bachmann is Jerry Boykin, the Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council and one of the leading forces in getting Muslims out of America, who believes, among other things, that the First Amendment does not protect Muslims and that there should be no mosques in America. 

So between Bachmann, Page and Boykin, the main objective is to rid America of all Muslims – even if they’re Americans.

The thing is, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t condemning Bachmann’s crusade, even after other GOP’ers have.

Romney said about Bachmann:

“I’m not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign.”

Alienation and treating American Muslims as second-class citizens isn’t a part of your campaign Mr. Romney, or is it that you don’t care?

This is the current state of the Republican Party: being thankful that Muslims aren’t “real” people.


Shaka Griffith is the News/Politics Editor of Follow him on Twitter @Darealshaka

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