While much the country is focused on whether or not the organizers of Park51 will change their minds and move or whether or not jihadis are in a tizzy over the debate, some real home-grown extremism has been cropping up, and not of the Islamic variety:
The group is called “If they build a mosque at ground zero, Someone should fly a plane into it”, and if it hasn’t been taken down for TOS violations, you can find it at Facebook here. Though many of the Wall posts seem to be from Park51 supporters, digging a bit deeper brought forth some terrifying imagery.
This one, from Donna Fimiami Maher, whose profile picture is of a Confederate flag, is a Photoshop rendition of an airplane flying into Casablanca’s Masjid Hassan II. Yet another shows two airplanes flying over a praying crowd in Mecca, with one heading toward a minaret of the Masjid al-Haram and another toward the Kaaba. The Facebook page, it seems is linked to an open-enrollment group called Group Zero. Inside the password-protected forum, members make suggestions such as: “When it’s finally built we smear it with pigs blood”. Though there’s evidence within the Group Zero forum that suggests the Facebook page was intended as an elaborate joke, it is evident from some of the postings that many members of the group, which now boasts over 2,000 people, aren’t getting the “humor”.
Members like Eric Smith and John McGraw certainly don’t seem to think it’s a joke. Both men have explicitly called for members of the group to rise up and fight Muslims. Meanwhile Janice Shzion is busy repeating racist tropes and denigrating President Obama. Christy Miller‘s got a major hard on for Muslims. And there’s good ol’ Jim Mccauley calling for us to just “nuke the fucks.”
Ah, but here’s some good clean fun…
In all seriousness, we–not just Muslims but allies as well–should consider that one of these might be a genuine threat. Just like there are Muslims out there who would fly a plane into the World Trade Center, there are absolutely, without a doubt, people out there just dying to do the same to a minaret:Filed Under 9/11, GOP, ground zero mosque, GZM, Hassan II mosque, islam, mosques, Park51, peppermint patty, racism