[TRIGGER WARNING: RANK ISLAMOPHOBIA, HATE CRIMES, MASS SHOOTING]
A user on Daily Kos has found a speech that Breitbart necromancer and blatant Nazi Steve Bannon gave at a poverty conference at the Vatican. Which is fucking weird. I may dig more into this guy's history because how was this guy ever invited to the Vatican? And to speak on poverty? Huh?
Anyway, much of his speech seemed to have nothing at all to do with poverty, but was instead a serious rant about the specter of a global war against what he calls "Islamic fascism." The irony.
It's also fucking weird that Bannon sounds a lot like an anti-capitalist. He apparently spent some of the speech speaking out against Ayn Rand-style, libertarian capitalism, though he then praises what he calls "enlightened capitalism of the Judeo-Christian West." I had no inkling of Bannon's religious affiliation before today, only that he hates Muslims and probably Jewish people. Today's Nazis seem just as likely to be atheist or agnostic as they are to be Christian, but they're just as racist and anti-semitic as they've always been.
Bannon, however, clearly has a particular fixation on Islam. At the Vatican in 2014, he did some serious fearmongering about a "very brutal and bloody conflict" that is developing rapidly, comparing the 2014 world to the days leading up to World War I, and warned the church to "really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years."
Words like "barbarity" and "bequeathed" can tell you what kind of person Bannon is. That is some white supremacist rhetoric right there. Other people are barbarians and god gave the world to the whites. And we need to prepare to defend our god-given supremacy from "them."
He sounds like a super villain, honestly. I would have liked to see the faces of the people who just wanted to talk about poverty as they listened to him rant about this, calling for the church to take a "very, very, very aggressive stance against radical Islam."
This tells us exactly what Bannon's goals are for the current federal administration. And it should come as no surprise that he had a lot of say in the crafting of the disastrous and utterly Islamophobic Muslim ban, even personally overruling a decision by the Department of Homeland Security to exclude green card holders (i.e. LEGAL RESIDENTS) from the travel ban. This came after he was promoted by Donald from Chief Strategist to also having a key role on the National Security Council, demoting the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the process. This is deeply disturbing seeing as this council oversees a government panel that can authorize the assassination of anyone deemed an enemy of that government, including U.S. citizens. Pretty sure we can thank Obama for that one.
So what we're facing here is a rapid Islamophobe who either thinks there will be a massive war against "radical Islam" (which is ridiculous since we've already been bombing the shit out of mostly Muslim countries that can hardly fight back against our absurdly bloated military machine) or just wants to convince people to kill as many Muslims as possible because he just fucking hates them. And now he's been given access to a gun with get-out-of-murder-free bullets. Um.
If you're keeping score at home, that is a whole lot of fucked up. I don't even know what the fuck to do about it right now. All I can say is that if you are Muslim, please stay safe. With this kind of shit going on, racists/Islamophobes have become very emboldened. There has already been a mass shooting in a Mosque in Quebec, Canada, ending in the deaths of five innocent Muslim individuals, and a Mosque in Texas was burned down just hours after Donald signed the Muslim ban into law.
We know how this works. We've seen it happen. We must learn from history. We've done well so far, but don't let up! Do not let Muslims become the next victim of genocide on U.S. soil. And maybe after that we can actually talk about not bombing Muslim civilians overseas? Maybe? Thanks.