A chief spokesman for the pro-life, far-right organization, American Family Association, has called for the purging of Muslim soldiers from military ranks in the wake of the tragic killings at Fort Hood.
Bryan Fischer, AFA's Director of Issues Analysis, put up a relatively unnoticed blog post last Friday arguing that U.S. command needed to "stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military."
"The reason is simple," Firscher wrote, "the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday's massacre is living proof. And yesterday's incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers."
"Of course, most U.S. Muslims don't shoot up their fellow soldiers. Fine. As soon as Muslims give us a foolproof way to identify their jihadis from their moderates, we'll go back to allowing them to serve. You tell us who the ones are that we have to worry about, prove you're right, and Muslims can once again serve. Until that day comes, we simply cannot afford the risk. You invent a jihadi-detector that works every time it's used, and we'll welcome you back with open arms."
"This is not Islamophobia, it is Islamo-realism."
The comments came days before Army Chief of Staff George Casey expressed his concern that a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment would make its way through the military ranks in the wake of the Ft. Hood shootings. Certainly they represent the most politically divisive (not to mention narrow-minded) take yet as to the actions of Nidal Malik Hasan.
American Family Association is, at its heart, a culturally conservative institution but, even for them, this post pushes the envelope. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Republican figures who have appeared before the AFA will say about Fischer's missive.
(Hat Tip: People For the American Way)