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CAIR calls on GOP leaders to repudiate "terrorist" profiling ad

I reported here the other day that Dan Fanelli, a Florida Republican who's hoping to take on Dem Rep. Alan Grayson, ran a stark, racially charged ad that seemed to strongly endorse racial profiling of people from Muslim countries.

The spot showed Fanelli standing between a white guy and a swarthy fellow, asking: "Does this look like a terrorist? Or this?"

Now the story has a shot at getting a bit more attention: The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on national Republican leaders to repudiate the ad. From their release:

"These outrageously racist and Islamophobic political appeals indicate that Mr. Fanelli falsely believes his constituents are as bigoted and intolerant as he obviously is," said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor. "Local, state and national GOP leaders must speak out strongly against such racist and un-American campaign tactics."

Saylor said a number of recent terror incidents -- including the suicide plane attack on an IRS facility in Texas, the shooting of Pentagon guards and the alleged Christian militia plot to kill police officers -- disprove the crude stereotypes promoted by Fanelli's ads.

He said the anti-Islam hostility generated by the ads could result in ordinary Florida Muslims being targets for discrimination or even hate crimes.

I don't know if this will get the national media to pick up on the ad or not. But I do know what Fanelli's pushback to CAIR will be: As he told me the other day, he thinks people from certain Muslim countries should want to be profiled, for their own safety.

Also: The guy who played the "terrorist" in the ad, a Muslim who lives in the United States, agrees with him.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 7, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Fanelli should rightly be pilloried as the poster child for the right on this racist BS. He advocates being first in line to give up constitutional rights, which is the same as saying "the Constitution is meaningless because I am too scared to stand up for principles."

Dear GOP/Teabaggers: if you don't believe in the US Constitution, stay out of government and shut up. The rest of us are trying to have a country here.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I am wrong, Greg, but I think that Fanelli actually polls better against Grayson than the GOP establishment favorite and presumed front runner Dan Webster.

Posted by: sbj3 | May 7, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

nevermind, Webster ain't running. Please tell me that some other conservative can beat Fanelli...

Posted by: sbj3 | May 7, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

O/T - Are we seeing in Europe today what would have happened in the US if not for the bank bailout and the actions of the Fed and the stimulus?

Central banks are supposed to intervene to help economies in this sort of crisis, that is why governments create them. If the ECB fails to act to stem this crisis, when it obviously has the power, its reputation and Europe’s economy will suffer serious consequences.

... I’ve witnessed a prominent European central banker state, live and in person albeit off the record, that the purpose of central bank independence is to allow him to “fight inflation, regardless of the human cost.” You or I or Dean Baker or someone who’s not a sociopath might say the point of central bank independence is to allow to him pursue technocratically sound monetary policy that advances the long-term interests of the people of Europe. But that’s not necessarily how they see things in Frankfurt. The madness of the European Central Bank is, in my view, the most underexplored and underappreciated aspect of the crisis thus far.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | May 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

sbj -- I doubt this guy will be the nominee...the Grayson campaign certainly doesn't think he will be

Posted by: sargegreg | May 7, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow......The GOP isn't even trying anymore....just roll over for the wackos and nutjobs

Posted by: andio76 | May 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

All, this is funny:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The GOP won't repudiate the ad. To the GOP EVERYTHING is a political game. There is no respect for country or the Constitution. Rotten to the core. And getting worse by the day. When you flop in November maybe some grownups will finally step up and reclaim the party from the Wackos. Until then, it's full-out crazy season.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of anti-Muslim prejudice on the Right. The GOP wants to falsely link terrorism to race or religion in order to absolve themselves of responsibility for brutal US-backed policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Egypt, and other unknown places around the world. Terrorism is blowback from US colonization of the Middle East. Until we realize that, the US will continue to be viewed around the world as a hypocrite Empire.

Posted by: muslim1908 | May 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, and the brown folks in Arizona should WANT to be forced to prove their citizenship at any moment.

This kind of garbage reminds me of the McCarthy era loyalty oaths and the drivel used to defend them: "If you ARE a loyal American, you should have no complaints in saying so."

Fanelli is a bigoted Goober, which makes him very unremarkable in today's GOP.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 7, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I love the way liberals twist words to attack someone they don't like. Where in the ad does Fanelli say he wants "racial" profiling?

I think the message here is that the vast majority (99%) of terrorists come from the middle east. This is fact. You may want to spout about a couple of domestic terrorists, but there are millions in the middle east that want Americans dead.

Now put down the bowl, or don't bug mommy and daddy while they take care of the grownup stuff.

Posted by: krancor | May 7, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I love the way that CONSERVATIVES like krancor refuse to acknowledge the filth of the GOP, and of conservative ideology for that matter, when clearly and strongly confronted with it. It is not 99 percent of terrorists are muslim or arab for that matter, that is what we here in the corporate american media. That is what he we hear form fox and cnn, for it is in their interest to do so. This guy is an idiot and the arab he has playing for him is a bigger, literally, idiot, he clearly is kissing butt for some reason or another. I am from the middle east, and most of theme do not want your civilian americans dead, they just want thoe occupying americans dead, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!!! There are millions of american, probably krancor included, that want muslims, blacks, browns and anybody who disagrees with his narrow minded, beliefs dead. Grow up yourself and get educated and recognize a bad strategy when you see it.

Posted by: eza301 | May 8, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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