Some online readers
of the Tennessean
seem to disagree that three terrorists charged with firebombing a Columbia mosque
are racists, even though two of them described themselves that way to police.
“We are a nation of 'Name Callers.' If you don't like me for any reason, you are racist, or bigot. Everybody is a racist, or bigot for some reason. I do not dislike Good Muslins, but I do not like the Muslim Culture, so I am racist. I do not dislike African-Americans, but I do not like the Rap Music, and Hood Culture, so I am racist… We are a nation of 'Victim-Americans.' If you disagree with me you must be a racist or bigot.”
Another commenter wonders why “We let more of these Muslims into our nation than ever before.”
This sentiment is repeated often on talk radio and the web by religionists of all stripes. The question then becomes, is it possible to dislike or mistrust an entire religion without being a racist? Maybe "racist" isn’t even the right word as religions are often race-neutral. Racist or not, it would, however, be fair to call the bombers "hate mongers."