Coulter Says Obama Is ‘Specially Situated’ To Racially Profile Because He Attended A Madrassa

Following Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner over Detroit, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter has dedicated the last few days to reviving the myth that Obama attended a radical Islamic madrassa as a child in Indonesia. According to Coulter, that puts his administration in a unique position to institute racial profiling to prevent future attacks.

Coulter began the week on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor deceptively insisting that since Obama attended madrassas and has brown skin, that means that “if anyone can say we’re going to look for radical Islamists, it ought to be President Obama.” On the December 30 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, Coulter once again promoted the madrassa lie as a way to justify and encourage racial profiling by the Obama administration:

…If anything, I mean — I mean, they kept using it as a selling point that Obama would throw Islamic radicals on their hind legs when they look up and they see someone who studies with [sic: studied at] madrassas and they see the “Great Satan” has a president with a brown face and the world is going to love us. [...]

And like I say, Obama can be doing more than Bush. He is specially situated that way, as having gone to madrassas as a child, not being a white male,which is, you know, the height of political incorrectness, but just the contrary, we’re moving in exactly doing the — making — repeating the worst mistakes of the Bush administration.

Watch it:

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Media Matters points out that the madrassa lie, which was initially reported as truth inInsight Magazine and then promoted on Fox & Friends, was debunked back in 2007 by CNN. Though Fox News was forced to “clarify” its report two years ago, no one from Fox jumped in to correct or challenge Coulter’s claims this week.

Back in 2006, Coulter argued that profiling Muslims is justified because it’s just like “profiling the Klan.” Despite the growing chorus of right-wingers exploiting last week’s failed terrorist attack to renew their call for racial and ethnic profiling, data shows such tactics represent “a flawed law enforcement tactic that diverts precious anti-terrorism resources, alienates potential allies in the anti-terrorism struggle, and is inconsistent with cherished notions of freedom and equality.”

Andrea Christina Nill

Republished with permission from the Wonk Room/Think Progress

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  1. STACCEE says

    THIS SHE/MAN MUST HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT SOON. SHE ONLY REALLY STARTS TO MAKE NOISE AND APPEARENCES WHEN SHE WANTS TO PROMOTE A BOOK.

  2. says

    Sorry, Islam isn’t a religion, it’s a Borg-like mental domination cult that gave the West hell for over a thousand years until it was defeated militarily in 1683, and is now showing signs of reawakening.
    If the U.S. had ideologically profiled all Muslims entering the U.S. all along, there would have been no 9/11, Ft. Hood Massacre, or Xmas Underpants Bomber, so it’s high time it was started. The duty of the govt. is to protect the people from its enemies, and while Islam can be only a religion, the radicals have stepped over the line and brought the original 7th cent. form back and chose to become dangerous political enemies of the U.S., and lose Constitutional protections based on religion. Either way, it’s the duty of the govt. to protect the 99% of non-Muslims now and let the courts sort it out later.
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to detect a radical Muslim, and only one of them would strap a bomb to his crotch and set it off to murder infidels indiscriminately in promise for Allah’s fake promise of paradise, so to subject all non-Muslims to crotch searches borders on suicidal for the nation.

    Don’t be a history ignoramus about Islam when you can learn it all free online with the Historyscoper.
    Just click the url and catch up with 1400 years fast.

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