Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim. Source: Pew Research Center
“I want to be able to say whats on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.” - Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word nigger 11 times during an on-air phone call
“I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan.” - President Barack Obama, August 13, 2010 at a White House Ramadan dinner THE NEXT DAY “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.” - President Barack Obama, August 14, 2010
“They [illegal immigrants] use it as a wedge. This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we’ve created.” - Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, defending his idea of rewriting the 14th Amendment
“I can’t really tell you much about it, because it’s still an ongoing investigation.” - Pete Lee, FBI spokesman, in response to being asked if the FBI was behind placing a GPS tracking device on the car of Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen of Egyptian origin
“Its a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.” - Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change
“We do not want to be told how to behave in matters of personal safety. We do not want to be forced to wear seat belts or helmets because others think that it is good for us.” - Robert Ford, chairman of Massachusetts Freedom First
“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earths life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.” - Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
“Let me assure you, you don’t have to have a brown skin to be the victim of officer error, police enforcement error.” - Sen. John Huppenthal, R-Chandler, in response to claims that Arizonas SB1070 legislation would lead to racial profiling
“Amnesty has to be an important part because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens.” - Arizona Senator, John McCain, May 29, 2003 LATER “I’ve never supported amnesty.” - Arizona Senator, John McCain, Republican primary debate January 5, 2006
“When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.” - Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
“Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies. And I know you’re not. I’m not accusing you of being an enemy, but that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.” - Glenn Beck, conservative news commentator, to Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to the House of Representatives
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