Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Nah, They’re Not Racist At All

That protest that Pamela “Sarah Palin didn’t quit; the lower 48 needed her and she heeded the call” Gellar led against an Islamic center a few blocks from the World Trade Center turned rather ugly for a couple of Christian men who looked a bit too Arab for the frenzied mob. The irony: They were there to protest the Islamic center too. But they committed the sin of being openly Arab-looking. The North Jersey Record’s Mike Kelly has the details:

At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.

“Go home,” several shouted from the crowd.

“Get out,” others shouted.

In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called “The Way.” Both said they had come to protest the mosque.

“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.

But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.

“I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.

The incident underscores how contentious — and, perhaps, how irrational — the debate over the mosque has become.

Oh, I’m afraid it demonstrates far more than that. It demonstrates the dangers of a mob — any mob — once it’s been whipped into a frenzy about the dangers posed by Them (whoever They may be at any given time). And it demonstrates that the core of this whole movement against the NYC mosque is simple bigotry.