Adventures in Local Bigotry: Burning Shame Award of the Week

At first I was going to blog this as the Fail of the Week. But then I realized it is only MONDAY. And I also realized that it just isn’t fair to the rest of the world to let East Tennessee carry all the Fail. So, in honor of East Tennessee’s commitment to keepin’ it klassy, I would like to introduce you to my new award category:


Which is based on this charming photo:

The Lady's Not For Burning

And of course, our first winner comes fresh from the comments section of the online Kingsport Times-News.

Today’s topic – Muslims. Or muslin. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a human and a bolt of cloth. Tough times – thank goodness we have the Kingsport Times-News – solid bastion of impartial journalism – to let us know:

Tennessee activists warn churchgoers Muslims are trying to destroy America

A belief that Muslims are out to destroy the American way of life is gaining a foothold in some Christian and Jewish circles in Nashville. The movement spreads its message through films, books and the Internet. Its sentiment: Islam is an evil religion rooted in hatred and nurtured by violence. Some churches have gotten involved, hosting viewings of movies that alert Jews and Christians of the perceived dangers worldwide. One film, produced by a local filmmaker, warns that a second Holocaust is imminent if Americans do not stand united politically with Israel.

Now, Kingsport just ran the above text with a link to the real article Is Islam a Threat to America? The full article ran in the Tennessean and, despite the HORRIBLE title, the Tennessean showed pretty clearly that the people and groups behind this bullshit are a bunch of freaking crazy political whackjobs who don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.

But leave it to the ever shitty Kingsport paper to give a short blurb that totally misses the mark and makes this lunacy seem both legit AND homespun-awesome. And basically suggests that its readership get on board. Which, let’s be honest, most of the readers of said shitty paper don’t need any further encouragement, but still… Call me old-fashioned, but I think it is nice when a newspaper tilts more towards “informative” than “persuasive.”

But at least one commenter did not need any persuadin’ on the matter. Let me introduce you to TF, the first-ever recipient of the newly minted SFL Burning Shame Award:

Yes I have spent 3 month with the Muslins and have had 7-8 in my home and had contact over the last 12 years on a weekly email, one told me ” if Michelangelo was around in my life time I would kill him for making a naked statue of my David ” and he was as serious as could be. That is the main reason they hate the US people is because of our life style and same in Europe. They birth about 5 times as many babies as all other religions and that is how they are going to take over in time to come. You need to wake up and get to know your maker!




  1. December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    My own brother in law sent me this so-called “alarming video” discussing the “scary” birth rate of Muslims versus everyone else. I was shocked he’d send me such a thing. Invariably when I get such an e-mail it contains about 100 e-mail addresses of previous recipients along various stages of the e-mail chain and I always wonder: was I the first person to call bullshit on these things? Now I’ve started replying to everyone on the chain debunking this nonsense. At the very least it will keep people from sending me more of this stuff.

  2. Dr. Monkey said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I threw up in my mouth when I saw that crap job on the Times News website. It’s a new low, even for them.

  3. COD said,

    December 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    //At the very least it will keep people from sending me more of this stuff.//

    If that actually works for you please let me know. It has never worked for me. If anything, you’ll just mark yourself as one in need of extra attention in order to see the light.

  4. SevenCell said,

    December 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    …TF, we understand buddy. Just bump it down a notch. No one here is going to make fun of you: 3 months…7-8 in your house…12 years weekly email…its a special relationship. We get it. Muslin can be soft. So can Muslims. We’re very tolerant and open-minded and no one here is judging you. No need to be embarrassed!…. But that’s really not going to start making babies, now is it? That’s it. It’s OK. You can cry. It’s OK to cry….

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