A. PriestB. RabbiC. Imam
Answer: A. This was said about Catholic priests, by President Thomas Jefferson!
In a letter written in 1814, Jefferson wrote about the incompatibility of Catholicism and liberty. His sentiments sound quite similar to those voiced about Muslims today. In 2014, David French, a staff writer for the National Review wrote, “...it’s past time for the world community to recognize that the version of Islam advanced and practiced on a mass scale in the Muslim world is deeply hostile to liberty…”
A. KennedyB. ObamaC. Eisenhower
Answer: C. During the 1950s, when prejudice towards Jews was commonplace, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was suspected of being a Jew who would bring about America’s downfall.
The Christian Nationalist Crusade, a prominent anti-Semitic, white supremacist group of the time, promoted conspiracies about Eisenhower’s ties to Jews. These suspicions echo more recent charges brought against President Obama, whose place of birth was questioned and who is thought by many to be Muslim.
A. Jews in the 1890sB. Irish Catholics in the 1860sC. Muslims in the 2010s
Answer: C. This was said about Muslims, but it is reminiscent of the fears drummed up about Jews and Catholics, too.
Brigitte Gabriel, the head of an organization that pushes for unnecessary bans on Sharia law, said this in an interview with the New York Times in 2008. But she’s not the only one who promotes this narrative. Numerous commentators, like Frank Gaffney and Robert Spencer, appear on cable news channels to warn about the “threat” of Sharia and jihad.
A. CatholicsB. MuslimsC. Jews
Answer: C. Gerald L.K. Smith, the head of the Christian Nationalist Crusade, wrote this about Jews in a 1956 issue of The Cross and the Flag, the organization’s publication.
Smith’s worries about an alliance of his enemies bears resemblance to conspiracy theories about Muslims that circulate today. Take this line from blogger, Robert Spencer, who helped stir up controversy around the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque:” “Everywhere Islamic supremacists and their Leftist enablers have easy media access.”
A. Jew; a RabbiB. Catholic; the PopeC. Muslim; the Ayatollah
Answer: B. “A papist” [Catholic] and “the papal sovereign”!
Thomas R. Whitney, a U.S. Congressman, wrote this in his 1856 book, A Defence of the American Policy. It reflects many of the “dual allegiance” accusations that have been directed at Muslims and Jews as well. During the 2012 GOP presidential primary, candidate Herman Cain said he’d make a Muslim cabinet member sign a loyalty pledge.
A. Global jihad; Islamic supremacismB. the World Jewish Congress; Jewish dominanceC. the Vatican; papal rule
Answer: A. This is the mission statement of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group run by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer dedicated to rooting out “Islamic supremacism.”
Their group made recent headlines for their “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas. Thomas Whitney, the anti-Catholic Congressman, also spoke of “Romanism” as “encroaching,” and of Catholics as potentially treasonous.
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