During an appearance on Crosstalk with VCY America's Vic Eliason this week, the religious right demonstrated once again that it will accept even the most ridiculous claims by the least credible of people as long as they compliment the authoritarian agenda.
Eliason's guest this time was John Guandolo, who still flaunts his former FBI credentials despite having resigned in disgrace, an issue he tries (and fails) to work around by insisting that he was forced out after the agency was taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Guandolo is also best known for having fathered the conspiracy theory that John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, was a Muslim convert.
So it should have been no surprise to anyone that Guandolo's purpose on Crosstalk was to promote yet another anti-Muslim conspiracy theory.
This time, Guandolo's claim is that Tennessee, which has a Muslim population of roughly 1%, is a hotbed of Sharia law.
"I have spent a lot of time in Tennessee because Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states in the union with regard to this threat," said Guandolo. "You have some very courageous state legislators who are addressing the threat but you also have some folks there in leadership positions who are not addressing it."
Back in reality, the "courageous state legislators" are better known as militant fundamentalists, while the "folks there in leadership positions who are not addressing it" are more commonly known as sane people.
Recent examples of TN's anti-Muslim insanity include:
- Claiming Islam isn't a religion.
- Attempting to halt the construction of a mosque.
- Backing legislation to make the personal practice of Sharia law illegal.
- Protesting the inclusion of a "foot washer" in a state capitol building (which was actually a mop sink).
- Calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to fire a state employee for being Muslim.
- Accusing Haslam of supporting Sharia law when he refused.
Tennessee's problem isn't a Sharia law infiltration so much as a Sharia law obsession.