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August 10, 2006

Yellow Stars

(Posted by John.)

via Think Progress:  39% of Americans believe that Muslims should be force to keep special ID.  49% say that Muslim citizens aren't "loyal" to the United States.

Ick ick ick.

The only saving grace is this:

"In every case, Americans who actually know any Muslims are more sympathethic."

In other news, I watched V for Vendetta again last night.

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That last is eerily similar to a finding on homophobia: the strongest predictor of sympathetic feelings to gays is knowing at least one person that one knows is gay. It's a lot harder to hold on to stereotypes when you actually know someone in the stereotyped group.

Posted by: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ARNP | Aug 10, 2006 2:44:51 PM

What about those of us who kind of look like Arabs but aren't, or those people who are Muslims but aren't remotely Arabic--say Bosnian or Indonesian Muslims? I guess everyone will have to carry special ID specifying her faith or non-faith.

Really, could people just *try* not to be Nazis? I think I'd be satisfied with just trying.

Posted by: Cameron | Aug 10, 2006 2:51:18 PM

I could easily be driven to become more persistent and insistent in calling myself a Buddhist.

Posted by: stumpy | Aug 10, 2006 3:09:10 PM

other than the begining V is good

Posted by: akaison | Aug 10, 2006 3:36:43 PM

Just can't take that ongoing avalanche of alliteration, akaison?

Posted by: Kylroy | Aug 10, 2006 3:38:26 PM

I think that Muslims should be forced to wear special badges, provided that they're both Muslims and Republicans. I also think that Christians, Jews, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Agnostics, and many others should be forced to wear special badges if they are Republicans.

Posted by: Julian Elson | Aug 10, 2006 5:07:11 PM

K, someone already mentioned the N word, so I'll just run with it. People do realize that one of the first things the Nazis did was make "undesirables" carry/wear easily viewed ID so that everyone would know who to hate, right? People know that, right?

Just so we're all on the same page of the Nazi playbook. Just so I know, when I see the dormitory-type buildings surrounded by razor wire going up out in the country somewhere, I won't have to ask what they are?

Posted by: LL | Aug 10, 2006 5:07:41 PM

Yeah, I just now noticed (I'm a sharp one, I am) the title, "Yellow Stars."

Oh well, it bears repeating.

Posted by: LL | Aug 10, 2006 5:09:19 PM

LL,

Nazi Germany suddenly makes a lot more sense, doesn't it? It's so darned easy to make stupid people hate "the other." Stunning.

Although, it's not as if Americans didn't know this was possible here. I've seen at least two post-WWII films that stressed the need for tolerance and acceptance. A shame we forgot that.

Posted by: Magenta | Aug 10, 2006 5:12:02 PM

I was reminded of Nazi Germany continuously for roughly a year/year and a half after Sept. 11, when everyone was made to feel that if they expressed even the tiniest bit of doubt about Bush et al (esp. invading Iraq), they were on the side of Al Qaeda. Then people seemed to realize what a bunch of idiots were running the show and the non-zealots moderated their attitudes somewhat, but for awhile there, it was sorta scary.

I'm actually sorta surprised that only 39% think we should be acting like Nazis. I would have thought that percentage would be higher. Maybe it will be in another couple days.

Posted by: LL | Aug 10, 2006 5:32:34 PM

yeah the alliteration is annoying- I get it- he's crazy- but its not necessary- to obvious especially given the rest of the film was so well done

Posted by: akaison | Aug 10, 2006 6:40:18 PM

We already label the extreme left in this country with a badge....it's called the 'peace symbol'. They can now be spotted at great distance.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 11, 2006 8:32:06 AM

Most subversive movie ever.

Posted by: mickslam | Aug 11, 2006 8:57:29 AM

Interestingly, the moonbats will bend over backwards (and sometimes forwards) to defend the Muslims, a religion that is largely oppressive to women and against most all liberal ideas, and yet will not stand up for Christians' right to their beliefs.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 12, 2006 11:04:43 PM

wieght loss wieght loss

Posted by: wieght loss | Aug 18, 2006 3:10:37 PM

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