Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: ‘Can we not kill them all?’

Source: The Guardian

Jordan Green is senior editor for the Triad City Beat in Greensboro, NC

Friends and family members pray at a vigil for Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Friends and family members pray at a vigil for Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck in the private dining room of a seafood restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina, on a recent Thursday evening.

The presentation marked a coming-out of sorts for Jones, who had announced the event a month earlier at a regular weekly luncheon in nearby Winston-Salem that features different conservative speakers and Republican elected officials. About 20 people attended, representing professional conservative activists, GOP volunteers and militia types.

Reading from the text, Jones recited to about 20 of his fellow hard-right activists: “Brotherhood-linked organizations are establishing networks throughout the Bible belt.” Turning his head from right to left, he paused for dramatic effect and remarked: “I think that’s where we live.”

The Muslim Brotherhood, a culturally conservative organization founded in 1928 that briefly took power in Egypt after the Arab Spring, is the focal point of paranoid rightwing fears about a supposed Islamic plot to infiltrate and subvert American institutions from within and impose sharia law.

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  1. Considering the fact that this ‘migration’ is also encouraged as a Jihadist plan to invade Europe slowly.
    Considering the demands by these ‘migrants’ to change the laws and customs to accommodate Islam.
    Yeah, this J Green is an apologist for a fascist religious ideology, and he is a denier of the destruction to our democratic rights to freedom of speech.

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