Marco Rubio, currently among the top GOP nominee hopefuls, is apparently so deeply steeped in the Conservative Christian Supremacy mindset that he was unable to actually hear a single damn word that President Obama said during his recent speech from a Baltimore Mosque. In response to Obama’s call for American unity to show the world we “protect all faiths,” Rubio vomited forth a very inaccurate, narrow-minded and delusional comment:
I’m tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president’s done. Always pitting people against each other. Always.
It is a form of Conservative mental disease, perhaps, that stops them from being able to see Muslims and Christians as human beings, both equally deserving of all rights and protections of the United States. This means that even when the president says “unity” they hear “oppress Christians and the GOP,” either that or they just don’t give a sh*t what he actually said and will make up anything to ingratiate themselves with their low-information, ignorant constituency.
What Obamas Speech actually said, in part:
First, at a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths: We are all God’s children. We’re all born equal, with inherent dignity.
And so often, we focus on our outward differences and we forget how much we share. Christians, Jews, Muslims — we’re all, under our faiths, descendants of Abraham. So mere tolerance of different religions is not enough. Our faiths summon us to embrace our common humanity. “O mankind,” the Koran teaches, we have “made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” (Applause.) So all of us have the task of expressing our religious faith in a way that seeks to build bridges rather than to divide.
Second, as Americans, we have to stay true to our core values, and that includes freedom of religion for all faiths. I already mentioned our Founders, like Jefferson, knew that religious liberty is essential not only to protect religion but because religion helps strengthen our nation — if it is free, if it is not an extension of the state. Part of what’s happened in the Middle East and North Africa and other places where we see sectarian violence is religion being a tool for another agenda — for power, for control. Freedom of religion helps prevent that, both ways — protects religious faiths, protects the state from — or those who want to take over the state from using religious animosity as a tool for their own ends.
Nevermind that this was his first speech from a Mosque, ever, and that he was calling for American Unity, the scary Black man was speaking in a Muslim place of worship — obviously, this means he is pitting Americans against each other, right?
What Rubio heard:
Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.
But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other — that I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is why America can’t have nice things, like equality and tolerance. Because the words “equality” and “tolerance” do not mean the same thing to a small, but very f*cking loud and annoying minority of Conservative fundamentalists, who use this small-mindedness and xenophobia to maintain a powerful stranglehold over the business interests and government of the country.
As long as they can scare people with the threat of the boogeyman, be it the poor, minorities, Democratic Socialism, or Muslims living on their block, they can motivate people to vote against their best interests. One thing is clear, though, America could be a much better place if Marco Rubio would stick to sipping his water, at least that means he isn’t talking.
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