By Jon E. Easter
7th District Republican Congressional candidate Marvin Scott's campaign has now posted graphic footage from the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 on his Facebook page. The video, which was posted on 7/11, is so graphic that I couldn't make it through the entire thing.
I thought about embedding it on the blog, but there's no reason. Here's a link to the video if you want to see the thing yourself. It turned my stomach. What I saw of the video shows people leaping to their deaths from the towers. It shows the planes hitting the towers from several different angles. It contains 911 calls. It's brutal, and I couldn't watch it all. It took me back to that horrible day.
Scott's campaign even seems to understand how graphic and controversial the video is including this disclaimer, "WARNING: real violence occurred on 9-11, & THIS VIDEO IS ...GRAPHIC showing deaths created by the hands of Radical Islam."
Well, pardon my French here, but NO S!#T SHERLOCK. Anyone that was alive on September 11, 2001 and was old enough to know what happened understands that "real violence occurred on 9/11." We understand that terrorists did the deed, and they were members of Al-Qaeda, a radical terrorist group that has used religion to spread evil.
The problem here is not Islam.
Of course, this is another example of the anti-Islam stance that Scott and others on the right seem to be taking. Jon Stewart poignantly pointed this out on the Daily Show on July 7.
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Marvin Scott's campaign is despicable for using 9/11 in this manner to try to score votes. It sickens me, disgusts me, and makes me angry. From a practical perspective, does his campaign think this kind of religion-baiting will actually get him the votes he needs to win?
Scott's campaign also is trying to play it both ways when it says its attack on Islam has nothing to do with André Carson being a Muslim. I say HORSEFEATHERS! It has everything to do with Carson being a Muslim.
I think the campaign is trying to connect Carson, a Univeralist Muslim, with the radical terrorists that attacked America on 9/11. Here's a post from his Facebook page. "Shariah or Muslim law underminding our U.S. Constitution is a huge political issue (which is only part of 1 of 14 of Dr. Marvin Scott’s 14 Principles for America). -- Learn the "FACTS" about Dr. Scott's thoughts about Rep. Andre Carson's Muslim faith..." When you click on the link to get the facts, Scott is talking to conservative talk show host Stan Soloman about how he's not talking about Carson or Muslims. Saying he respects it as a monotheistic religion and citing his work in India as a place where he gained understanding it.
Well, Dr. Scott, with all due respect, I don't believe you. Your actions and your campaign's actions do not match. I challenge you to drop the anti-Muslim rhetoric and let's talk about the real issues that are effecting the 7th District.
I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but it's getting very tough with Marvin Scott.