This week, Oklahoma State Representative John Bennett, proud Republican, has made national news...for being a jackass. Granted, most politicians are jackasses at some point in their career, but his jackassidness (is this a word? No? Yeah I didn't think so, but I'm gonna go with it anyway) has reached a whole new level and I for one am EMBARRASSED! I am embarrassed to admit that this is the guy who represents ME as an Oklahoma resident, embarrassed to admit that I went to school with this jackass, and embarrassed that people are actually applauding him and his racist views on Muslims.
Being Muslim does not automatically equal terrorist, as most rational people will conclude, however the kind of nonsense that is being talked about over dinner tables everywhere in Sequoyah County at this very moment is fear bred by ignorance. Fear inspired by John Bennett and other small minded racist fucks who are proud to call themselves Republicans. Seriously? I'm waiting for someone to suggest bringing great granddaddies white cloak down from the attic and going out a lynchin. I can see it now, a bunch of paranoid gun packing rednecks looking for Muslims in every shadow. They are not going to let "them Muslims" take over their nation, oh hell no! Get them out of The United States!
I know that what is happening right now with ISIS is a scary thing and I am not making light of the threat these crazy fucking RADICALS present not only to the US but to the world at large. When John Bennett makes dumb ass statements like, "Muslims are a cancer..." he starts looking a little radical himself. But we can't judge a whole group of people on the views and actions of a few. We can't shepherd our children away from the Muslim lady at the grocery store because she is bound to have a bomb strapped to her chest. You know she has a bomb for fuck's sake. She is wearing a burka...in Wal-Mart! People...didn't we stop judging others by the way they looked around the same time we integrated schools and got rid of the "colored" drinking fountains?
When I was a kid, we went to family reunions where my immediate family was the only non-Pentecostal members. In August, playing on the playground outside of the church where the reunions were held, a distant cousin told me I was going to hell because I was wearing shorts. I looked down at her long sleeve blouse, ankle length denim skirt; saw the sweat running down her beet red face and thought, "bitch, you are in hell right now, what are you talking about?" Well, I probably didn't think the bitch part, I was only 7, but I did think...who are YOU to judge me? I tried to explain to her that I was pretty sure I was going to Heaven because the bible said...but no matter how I tried to convince her she was adamant I was hell bound. All because I was wearing shorts and because I was different from her. On the way home, I told my mom and you know what she did? She laughed. And then I laughed...together, we laughed at her ignorance.
What has John done to incur my ire and plunge me into utter disbelief? You can read the story here and here.
Want some more info on Johnny Boy? His website gives you all the dirty details on what he stands for.
And...for some jokes and fact checking read this.