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I hate to pick on Justin “The Debate Skipper” Fareed for two weeks in a row, but if the 24th District Congressional candidate’s going to jump on the xenophobic anti-refugee Republican bandwagon, I’m going to have to call him out with the rest of the hypocritical, un-American knuckle-draggers who are now demanding a cessation of our sacred duty to help the Syrian refugee crisis we created.

On his Facebook feed in the wake of the tragic Paris attacks, Fareed said, “This is a time when all of us who value freedom and democracy should set aside our differences, unite, and work towards ensuring that our valued way of life continues … ”

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Gee, that sounds nice! Freedom and democracy! Uniting! Our valued way of life! What’s it say on that big green statue the French gave us? “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” 

After all that patriotic “American values” claptrap, you’d assume the next sentence out of Fareed’s Facebook hole would be about how it’s our duty as Americans to help the Syrians displaced by our hubristic invasion of Iraq and our pyrrhic victory over Saddam Hussein, which created the power vacuum that led to the creation of ISIS—or, as President Barack Obama and I have begun calling it, the pejorative Da’ish—which in turn brought their self-described Islamic caliphate to Syria. 

But nope!

“No additional Syrian refugees should be admitted into the United States until the Obama Administration can provide 100 percent assurance that they are not members of ISIS or sympathizers of their terrorist acts,” Fareed said with his nose buried deep up the asses of his Republican leaders who recently named him a “young gun” of their party—since he’s apparently willing to shoot off his mouth without engaging his brain first.

Fareed’s Arabic name means “unique,” which Fareed clearly is not, at least among Republican fearmongers who are all suggesting Paris was the work of terrorists who came to Europe among the Syrian refugees even though all evidence so far suggests the perpetrators were French and Belgian citizens, one of whom may have dropped a dummy Syrian passport at the scene of a suicide bombing because, seriously, what kind of suicide bomber brings his passport to a bombing?

Some 4 million refugees are fleeing Syria, a country in the throes of not only Da’ish’s death-cult occupation but also a civil war. They’re desperate, thanks to our actions. So, what about the other candidates for Congress? Nothing but radio silence so far from Helene Schneider, Katcho Achadjian, Matt Kokkonen, Salud Carbajal, and Bill Ostrander.

Hmm. I wonder what Congresswoman Lois Capps, whose office they’re all hoping to win, has to say about all this on her Facebook page?

“We cannot allow the terror attacks in Paris to justify leaving millions of peaceful Syrian refugees without aid, shelter, and hope,” Capps said.

She’s clearly a good American, but then Capps is a ’Merican name.

I wonder if Fareed, whose surname is commonly found in the Middle East, the Balkans, North Africa, and South East Asia—all predominantly Muslim areas—would be offended by the anti-Islamic screeds and scrawls that wound up on the “Free Speech Wall” Cal Poly College Republicans erected on the university’s Dexter Lawn last week? Would Fareed—or any of his Republican brethren—approve of the crude drawing of the prophet Muhammad holding a machine gun and saying, “Don’t draw me. I’ll jihad your face?”

Too many other Americans have decided that because of Da’ish’s actions, Islam is evil, but should the 35,000 or so Da’ish fighters represent all 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide?

Wouldn’t that be like saying David Koresh and his Branch Davidians represented all Christians, or that Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church does? Just as virtually all Christians have abandoned the archaic and medieval Old Testament biblical laws such as cutting off the hands of thieves or stoning adulteresses, so have virtually all Muslims rejected Sharia Law.

Da’ish’s seventh-century version of Islam was long ago abandoned by almost all peace and freedom loving Muslims, including the 2.8 million or so living in the U.S., a country based on freedom of religion and speech, which is why the racist, sexist, homophobic asshats who exercised their First Amendment rights on the free speech wall have every right to spew their hatred. 

As Roger Kimball said in his essay “The Rise of the College Crybullies,” “The idea that one should attend college to be protected from ideas one might find controversial or offensive could only occur to someone who had jettisoned any hope of acquiring an education.”

Likewise, anyone who would condemn a religion practiced by 1.57 billion people based on the actions of .0000223 percent of their population has jettisoned any hope of appearing fair-minded, and I have the right to call them on it. And the real tragedy in the Republicans’ un-American reaction to Muslims and the Syrian crisis is that it’s exactly what the terrorists want.

The Shredder is a practicing Pastafarian … don’t judge! Send ideas and comments to shredder@newtimesslo.com.

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