To Glenn Beck....Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is reporting, according to FBI statistics that there's been a spike in anti-Latino hate crimes. This trend seems to be picking up steam side by side with the national debate over immigration reform. The report also takes a direct aim at politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric. For example, Texas Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert and Debbie Riddle warned the world of “terrorist babies” They claimed pregnant terrorists were sneaking across the border and give birth to future terrorists who would later “destroy our way of life.” FBI Director Tom Fuentes eventually took to CNN to debunk the rumor. “There was never a credible report—or any report, for that matter … to indicate that there was such a plan for these ‘terror babies’ to be born." Meanwhile, a new CBS survey of 1,082 adults finds that just 24% of respondents have a "favorable" view of Islam. Nearly 40% said they had an "unfavorable" view of the second-largest religion on the planet, while 37% said they don't have no opinion. Just 22% of all respondents said it was "appropriate" for the Muslim cultural center to be built near Ground Zero, while 71% said it was "inappropriate." These statistics demonstrate that extraordinary power of right wig hate radio and Rupert Murdock's propaganda machine, Fox News, to influence public opinion when they join with Republican party hacks. To paraphrase American founder Samuel Johnson, "Hateful, exaggerated patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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