Yesterday, President Obama visited a mosque for the first time in his presidency. During his visit, he condemned Islamaphobia – an irrational fear of Muslims, and encouraged unity. Obama said:

We have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias, and targets people because of religion. We can’t be bystanders to bigotry.

The notion that Muslim Americans should not be treated as second class citizens did not sit well with Marcio Rubio, though. The hopeful presidential candidate, at a campaign stop, let it be known that he doesn’t think Muslim Americans should be treated equally.

Rubio retorted:

Always pitting people against each other. Always! Look at today: He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims…. But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other. I can’t stand that.

Perhaps Rubio didn’t understand what Obama was talking about, or perhaps he’s completely ignorant that anti-Muslim hate crimes are five times as common now than they were before 9/11.


But ultimately, I actually do agree with Rubio! He makes a very excellent point, although I’m sure it was unintentional on his part. Obama actually is pitting people against each other. Obama is pitting rational, tolerant people who understand what actual terrorists are against xenophobic bigots who want to bomb cities in the Middle East that don’t actually exist. I’m happy to not be associated with that brand of idiocy.

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