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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

About those protesting ISIS supporters marching in Dearborn? Yeah, it was all bullshit.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 6:46 AM

We've learned that a certain photo has been making the rounds, with the urgent claim that it depicts pro-terrorist Muslim protesters in Dearborn: "This is Dearborn Michigan after the radical Islamic attack in California! These are Isis flags and Isis supporters folks but the media has not reported because of politically correctness.”

This stuff is nothing new. Dearborn, with its high percentage of Arabic and Muslim residents, has been a frequent target of truth-lite Islamophobe bloggers, whose outrageous claims have even included that Sharia Law prevails there. Of course, it's hard to take the people making such claims seriously, or believe they've ever set foot in Dearborn. But these people do have their audience, and this is their red meat: Wild tales about a flood of foreign refugees coming to America with a strange religion and a history of radicalism and unrest. (You know, the same things 100 percent Americans said about Roman Catholics a century ago.)

Well, those of us more familiar with the situation on the ground should have done what an astute blogger did at New York magazine: Jesse Singall researched the claims about these pro-terror Muslims and found evidence all but proving it was a march against terrorism.

He backs it up with plenty of research, not that it will matter to people who are convinced by a blurry photo showing some flags in the distance. We used to have a name for those sorts of people: nuts. But in today's environment, the ugly and absurd are fair game for those on the side of fear and loathing.

Or, as Singall more politely puts it: "This is what happens when the conversation about a minority group flies completely off the rails."

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