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On Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia: Rep. Louie Gohmert and the Omnipresent Muslim Brotherhood Cobra

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The Islamophobic characterizations rampant amongst the anti-Muslim movements are steeped in conspiracy theories.

The Islamophobic characterizations rampant amongst the anti-Muslim movements are steeped in conspiracy theories.

On Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia: Rep. Louie Gohmert and the Omnipresent Muslim Brotherhood Cobra

by Garibaldi

Do we live in a conspiracy theory based culture?

Yes, and it is not just the United States but the globe which is affected by bad ideas/theories that gain significant or widespread social traction. This is not to say that one should be dismissive of all so-called “conspiracy theories,” there are some conspiracies that are well founded, buoyed by facts and proven to be true later. As Nicoli Nattrass notes in The Lancet,

“Anthropologists and social psychologists typically interpret conspiracy theories as responses to powerlessness—as ways of making sense of the bewildering social, economic, and political context of modern life. But not all conspiracy believers are powerless.” (emphasis mine)

How does this explain Islamophobic conspiracy theories? In general I believe Islamophobic conspiracy theories are not responses to a real sense of “powerlessness,” but rather a false sense of powerlessness and a pervasive victim mentality. Many of those involved in forwarding Islamophobic conspiracies are in fact part of an elite political and financial class or receive support from such quarters (see Fear, Inc.).

Take Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of many US Congressmen who regularly engage in strange Islamophobic conspiracy theories. Gohmert recently spilled his guts to Frank Gaffney regarding his belief that the Obama administration is receiving advice from the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood has become a catch-all phrase which is used to fear-monger, as though the organization was some omnipresent worldwide machine capable of manipulating heads of state, and yes such conspiracies are a part of a political program by the Right to retake the government, and yes such conspiracies do provide a narrative for their base to swallow and make sense of a fast changing world.

It will be intriguing to see the foreign policy debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Will we see an appearance of the pervasive omnipresent-Muslim-Brotherhood-cobra-conspiracy-theory, with its venomous fangs biting into the USA? (h/t: CriticalDragon)

Gohmert: Obama Administration is ‘Getting Advice’ from ‘People who are in the Muslim Brotherhood’

by Brian Tashman (RightWingWatch)

Fresh after his speech insisting that President Obama is reestablishing the Ottoman Empire, Texas congressman Louie Gohmert told anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney that the Obama administration is “getting advice on how to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood from people who are in the Muslim Brotherhood.” He claimed that the Obama administration is sending money to “radical jihadists” in order to “buy [them] off,” not understanding that they can only use “raw power” against those who worship “a radical, mean-spirited, hateful Allah that these people that twist Islam believe in.”

Gohmert, who signed letters with Michele Bachmann calling for an anti-Muslim witch hunt within the administration that were ultimately rejected but lauded by Gaffney and Newt Gingrich, charged that Muslim Brotherhood agents may be the ones shaping Obama’s foreign policy. Gohmert claimed that Muslim Brotherhood operatives are involved in Janet Napolitano’s “super-secret, trusted, Homeland Security advisory council” but said she won’t give him the names. He also criticized Napolitano for allowing an Egyptian lawmaker to meet with members of the U.S. government in Washington, even after he was vetted by Homeland Security, the State Department and the Secret Service, because he is a member of a political party tied to a listed terrorist organization that has since renounced violence.

Gohmert: This administration thinks they’re going to buy off bullies, radical jihadists who want to destroy our way of life, they don’t understand that when you try to pay off a bully that wants to hurt you, not only do they not love you but they don’t respect you, they have more contempt for you, and this administration does not get that the only thing they understand is raw power and response that kills them and their beliefs of a radical, mean-spirited, hateful Allah that these people that twist Islam believe in. It tells them, ‘ah, Allah must not like what we’re doing’ because the United States had just overwhelmed and kill all of those who were trying to kill them.

Gaffney: Congressman, I mentioned that Newt Gingrich called you one of the National Security Five. That was in connection with a series of letters that you and Michele Bachmann and others sent out back in June asking about people who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the prime mover behind much of this jihadism around the world, inside our government. You’ve not gotten answers to those inquires as I understand it, but as I understand it against the backdrop of this bewildering response by the administration, do you think that that may have something to do with the influence operations that these sorts of people are running inside the wire of our government?

Gohmert: I think it tells us very clearly that we are getting advice from people who are either A) intentionally misinforming them or misadvising them, or B) they are getting information from people that don’t have a clue about how to deal with our problem. It certainly is consistent, Janet Napolitano as you recall could not even tell me how many of her super-secret, trusted, Homeland Security advisory council or counter-violent extremism working group were actually Muslim Brotherhood. She didn’t know. When I brought up the fact that immediately before that there was a member of a known terrorist organization that had been allowed in the White House, she wasn’t even aware of it, she said that wasn’t true, but the next day when she was testifying before the Senate all the sudden she’d become aware of it and was able to talk about it but said ‘oh well he was vetted a number of times.’ These people have no idea what’s really going on, they are getting terrible advice from whomever and it certainly consisted with them getting advice on how to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood from people who are in the Muslim Brotherhood.

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12 Comments »

  1. Go ask Egypt what the MB is. They’ve been repressing it for years for some reason.

  2. If Islam is a peacefull religion what is all the fuss about.America is not going to change anything in the Muslim world by using its power or its wealth to silence islam.They are living in the thirteeth century while the west is living in the twentyfirst.The arabs living around Arabia were decended from abraham’s first son Ismael.It was prophecy about four thousand years ago in the Bibl that he will have many decendent but he will be a wild man and every hand will be against his and his will be against all.Can we see this prophecy being fullfilled daily.
    They are many young people who are asking questions in Muslims countries and they are not being answered so, violence is used as a means to an end.You may realize that they use more vilence against they own than against the west.If they do not love their own how can they love the west.We must love them because they are only carring out Allah’s command.

  3. test

  4. the muslim brotherhood is bad. it means to impose sharia. to you the transitive property: the muslim brotherhood equals sharia and sharia equals brutality, then the muslim brotherhood equals brutality.

  5. ahmed,

    well, really to all who have never studied american freedom of speech.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/02/AR2011030203069.html

    “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and – as it did here – inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a Nation we have chosen a different course – to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate. That choice requires that we shield Westboro from tort liability for its picketing in this case.”

  6. ahmed,

    what do you think of this statement?

    http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30286

  7. “The Messenger of God gave the world Islam, which guarantees all people freedoms of belief and worship as well as respect and protection for places of worship, freedom of opinion and expression, human equality and public justice, dignity and solidarity and cooperation among all human beings”

    Wow, sounds great, which islam is that? It’s certainly not the islam practiced in so called muslim countries and it isn’t what is written into the Cairo Declaration.

  8. All but the muslims themselves have figured out that what muslims say Islam is has no bearing on reality.

  9. Here’s the scumbag leader of the muslim brotherhood declaring islamic supremacism:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/11/266182/mb-leader-urges-alquds-liberation/

    The article is on the website of the propaganda arm of the shia entity

  10. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/world/middleeast/mohamed-morsis-critics-and-backers-clash-in-cairos-tahrir-square.html?_r=0

    They accuse the MB of wanting to take over the country. Must be a conspiracy paranoia, huh.

  11. The people in Egypt who voted for the muslim brotherhood knew what they stand for long before they came to power.what they are getting is what they wanted.If they are happy with it who are us to say otherwise.I Think this will be the pattern in all the Muslims Countries that over throw their dictators .The problem is that they cannot handle freedom,they will all do the same thing,the question we should ask is should the west help the muslim countries in their strugles then to impose Sharia law?

  12. I think they will be blundering for years. We should stay out of their affairs. Their delusions combine Nazi supremacy, negating the worth of everybody else, and the utopian theocratic dreaming of communism. These 2 bad dreams will walk in blood for years.

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