Cathie Adams, the president of the Texas Eagle Forum who briefly chaired the state's Republican Party, made her thesis clear early in a recent presentation to the Far North Dallas Tea Party with a quote from author Paul Sperry.
America is fighting a perfect enemy, one protected by religious freedoms and racial sensitivities. And we have a less than perfect understanding of what motivates the enemy, and how it is aided and abetted by a religious support network that exploits American culture and tax laws and is patiently infiltrating the American system to overturn it from within.
The quote's a reference to Muslims, of course, and Adams used it as part of her lecture to underline just how sneaky and evil they are.
Case in point, Adams says, was the prophet Mohammed, who was a misogynistic charlatan who couldn't read and molested children "The Bible is consistent it is unchanging and it is the inspired word of God and it is infallible," she declares, her rising voice adding nuance to an already sophisticated theological argument. "That is not true of the Q'uran. It came from a man who was illiterate."
But that's all standard, bread-and-butter Islamaphobia. Adams outdoes herself later in her PowerPoint when she declares that Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist and liberal scourge, is "showing signs of converting to Islam" and is "Trouble with a capital T." Need convincing? He married a Muslim woman and, "As you can see, he has a beard."
While bearded hipsters everywhere ponder life without artisan bacon and puzzle over the direction of Mecca, Adams moves onto other Islamic threats that, you might be surprised to learn, are quite dire locally. She blasts Harmony Public Schools, one of the state's best-performing charters and a favored Eagle Forum punching bag, for "refusing to hire American teachers" and flying in Muslim sub-contractors from Turkey. She expresses hope that an amendment attached to the legislature's main public school bill by Arlington Republican Representative Bill Zedler, which requires members of a charter school's board to be registered voters, and thus citizens, might help end this practice.
Adams next turns to Richardson City Councilman Amir Omar and his failed 2006 bid for Eddie Bernice Johnson's U.S. House seat.
"Many of my Republican friends were supporting him because they didn't wanted to look like racists," Adams says. "I went right into the heart of that, and I changed my Republican friends from supporting a man who had never even voted. But they were afraid of not supporting him because he was a Muslim.
"That man moved and came to Richardson and ran for mayor and lost to Laura Mackza," she continued. "Thank God."
All that comes from part one of a video from the Far North Dallas Tea Party speech. We haven't yet made it to part two.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)
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