Wednesday, August 27, 2008

'It Was An Absolute Hate Crime'

So what was this hate crime?

Why, goofing on Barack Obama, of course.

Silly, maybe, but a hate crime? Puh-leeeze.
The head of the Snohomish County Republican Party apologized Tuesday after the organization's booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe sold "$3 bills" depicting Barack Obama wearing Arab headgear and featuring a camel.

Geri Modrell, the Snohomish County Republican chairwoman, said a volunteer had brought the bills to the fair thinking they were funny.

"I don't think it's funny," said Modrell, who said she ordered the bills removed as soon as she learned about them. "They were offensive. The volunteers are being told very clearly they must not do these sorts of things."

The $3 bills, which are sold on a conservative Web site, feature signatures from "Teddy Kennedy" as chief socialism adviser and Al Sharpton as new spiritual adviser. Obama's face, in the traditional Arab headgear, is pictured above the words "Da man."

The Arab headgear and the camel on the bill are clearly references to the false rumor spread by some Obama critics that he is a Muslim. Obama, who is expected to be officially nominated as the Democratic Party's candidate for president this week in Denver, identifies himself as a Christian. He attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for many years. The rumors about his religion have been fueled by time he spent as a child in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country.

The bills offended some passers-by at the fair, including Ronnie Thibault, a Monroe woman who said Republicans at the booth threatened to call security on her after she complained.
Susan Ronken, a volunteer at the nearby Democratic Party booth at the fair, also saw the bills, which were present at the booth for at least two days this week.

"It was an absolute hate crime," said Ronken, who lives in Stanwood.

Patrick Bell, a spokesman for the state Republican Party, said the party does not condone any such messages about Obama's religion.

After Thibault complained to Republican Party officials, Modrell, the Snohomish County GOP chairwoman, said she immediately called her volunteers at the fairgrounds to ensure that the $3 bills were removed. She later went to the fairgrounds to make sure no other offensive materials were present.
So horrifying and offensive is the image, none of the news stories I found even dare show it.

So I found it myself here. Apparently bills goofing on George W. Bush and many others there haven't casued such outrage. Offending The Messiah though is verboten.

Incredible what babies these Obama supporters are. Good thing he's going down to defeat. I don't know if I could take four years of bellyaching over the slightest criticism.

These Democrats would do well to learn from Bush. The man has been mercilessly savaged for eight years now and I have't seen him whine once.

Grow up, people.

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