http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/07/01/2238351/georgia-local-...

i'm no fan of Islam, any more than any other religion for that matter.  however, living in America, i have some concerns about how Muslims are viewed, b/c in a very real sense, it could lead to much much bigger problems for this country and the world. 

per this article, the author's (Gerry Allen) solution to the Muslim problem is to send them all back to where they came from.  what of the Muslims born here?  he doesn't say, although it might not be a stretch to think that he might wish to create "camps" where native born Muslims can "reside", safely sheltered from the rest of us. 

he also believes that Christianity and Islam are locked in an eternal war.  forgetting for a minute his mischaracterisations of the Muslim people, this kind of thinking is more commonplace among traditional Christians than you might imagine.  i, for example, have a family member who believes as much, and she's a moderate Catholic. 

of course, most wars tend to have a denouement, that final act where one side ultimately wins.  for the time being, this is not a concern.  however, might that change should we elect a President Rand Paul or Ted Cruz?  if we elect the wrong kind of leader, is the idea of a war with Islamic Nations as a whole a real possibility? 

i'm not sure, but i wouldn't rule it out. 

for a very scary alternative history, please read this excerpt from the novel "A Christian Nation":

http://www.salon.com/2013/06/29/our_theocracy_nightmare_president_p...

i'm sure glad the 2008 election turned out the way it did.  things could be awfully different right now. 

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I would be very interested in knowing the nature of the fictional "7/22" attacks and why they weren't thwarted, never mind the circumstances of John McCain's death, which I presume would be what fomented Sarah Palin's rise to the presidency.

Frankly, there are a lot of reasons why the vignette you linked would never happen, at least from the point of view of Palin's having any efficacy as a president.  Her competency would be questioned from the time she took the oath of office; indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if there were an instantaneous grass-roots push for her impeachment.  Further, the fact that a second terrorist attack occurred on American soil During A Republican Presidency would be nothing short of disastrous for the GOP, an indicator that their policies were either outdated, ineffectual, or both.  Besides, which, I've said repeatedly that three of the most terrifying words in the English language are, in order: "President Sarah Palin."  Just that very phrase would be sufficient to stir me to action ... AGAINST HER!  Can you imagine what the international reaction would be?

As for the issue of islamophobia, I think the US is currently alert enough to deal with the vast majority of the threats that might be brought against us.  Al Qaeda is barely a shadow of its former self, barely capable of mounting the kind of operation which culminated on 11 September, 2001, and no other such organization has the means, at least not that I'm aware of.  While I remain leery of all religion, islam remains at the top of the list, as they are the most violent and have made their intent very obvious.  That doesn't change the fact that the efforts of the New Apostolic Reformation (a.k.a. Dominionism) are any less off my radar.

Put simply, I don't trust religion ... PERIOD.

"I would be very interested in knowing the nature of the fictional "7/22" attacks and why they weren't thwarted"

me too, i guess i'd have to read the book. 

obviously, being a work of fiction, it's intended to portray a very scary scenario.  however, my scenario of a President Cruz or Paul is much more likely.  if one of these Dominionist types do ever set foot in the White House i'll be very concerned. 

While you're mentioning names, throw in Marco Rubio.  Personally, I don't see him as being any better a choice from the GOP bin than anyone else they have at the moment.

i'm less worried about the Presidential in '16 than i am about the midterms next year.  the dynamics in the states are what's polarizing America.  Dems may win the presidency, but red states are going in a totally different direction.  largely, xenophobia and religion, which i suppose might as well go hand in hand.  

If the Texas Repubs have their way with legislation against women's rights, they'll soon see themselves hauled out, kicking and screaming. As much as I've groaned about returning to Texas after I leave with Japan, this has solidified my plans to move back and put my vote where my mouth is.

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