Katie Couric Slams Mosque ‘Islamophobia, Obamaphobia’ (Video)
August 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—CBC News’ anchor Katie Couric spoke out against the hysterical and bigoted behavior of the right-wing’s opposition to the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. With the smearing of Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf as a radical jihadist and the equating of Islam to terrorism and Nazism, the vitriolic campaign against the Park51 community center blocks from Ground Zero has emboldened anti-Islamic hate across the nation. Couric condemned the “fear and rage” that is tearing at the fabric of our nation.
Couric was disturbed by the incendiary signs at the weekend protest against the Islamic center in Lower Manhattan. And she also mentioned the increasing number of Americans who wrongly believe President Obama is a secret Muslim.
Among the protesters near Ground Zero this weekend – a woman held a sign that read “Unmask the Mosque.” It had a cartoon sketch of President Obama on it – and the implied message needed no interpretation. In speaking out about an Islamic group’s right to build a center there, the President had given another shred of evidence to a growing conspiracy theory that he is Muslim. He is not. [...]
It might be Islamophobia, Obamaphobia, or both — but when loud speakers are blaring “Born in the USA” and signs say “No Clubhouse for Terrorists,” it’s clear we aren’t just talking about a mosque anymore.
There is a debate to be had about the sensitivity of building this center so close to Ground Zero.
But we cannot let fear and rage tear down the towers of our core American values.