More Evidence of WND’s Loony Nature

Grover Norquist isn't conservative enough for WND.

Not that one needs additional evidence of the fringe nature of World Net Daily (and Joseph Farah in particular), but here’s the latest:  It’s time to dump Grover Norquist.

Now, let it be know that I think that Grover Norquist has been a major problem for American politics because of his pig-headed insistence of an utterly simplistic anti-tax position that has induced a large number Republicans to sign pledges to eschew the hard work of governing (which requires making hard decisions at times) in favor a mindless devotion to no new taxes no matter what.

However, this is not Farah’s problem with Norquist.  Instead, he is concerned that “that Norquist represents the gravitational center of an effort at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the conservative movement and politics in America more generally – especially Republican politics.”

Yes, Norquist is “Sharia-friendly” and  “shockingly pro-Islamist” and is seeking “to spread the tentacles of stealthy jihad through the corridors of power, including the White House.”

Now you know.

And, just for kicks, Farah calls Norquist “pro-perversion” because of his involvement with GOProud.

Ok, so Farah thinks that Grover Norquist is a stealth Islamist bent on spreading Shariah while at the same time is promoting perversion by being involved with pro-gay rights Republican group.  The cognitive dissonance here is pretty stunning.

On balance, it would appear that Farah’s beef with Norquist is just a manifestation of anti-Muslim bigotry (based on association).

Further, it goes to show how fringe WND is if it is going to say that the central anti-tax conservative who sits on the boards of the NRA, American Conservative Union and the Nixon Center simply isn’t conservative enough for them.

I fail to see how anyone can take WND seriously  (although I know some of our commenters occasionally like to link to it).

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Comments

  1. This argument about Norquist has been festering for a long time, and was actually part of the division among some conservative groups over attendance and sponsorship of the Conservative Political Action Conference over the past several years. It’s sad and pathetic.

    The base of the argument begins and ends with a simple fact. Grover Norquist is married to a Muslim woman. That is his sin in the eyes of some conservatives. It’s like we’re in 1952 Alabama and the HS Quarterback was seen holding hands with an African-American girl. And, of course, Norquist’s ties to GOProud just make it worse for these loons.

    The short answer? Don’t read World Nut Daily.

    Like you, I have disagreements with Norquist about fiscal policy but this is just ridiculous bigotry.

  2. Vast Variety says:

    @Doug Mataconis: I have them labeled as World Nut Job Daily in Google Reader.

  3. Ernieyeball says:

    DM sez: “It’s like we’re in 1952 Alabama and the HS Quarterback was seen holding hands with an African-American girl.”
    I lived in a town in the midwest when I was in Jr High School about 1962 or so. One of the white boys and one of the black girls were friends. It was obvious they enjoyed each others company as they walked to and from school together. I do not know what became of their friendship as my family moved to another place. I do remember white kids in my class did not like it much.
    More recently I have been told about bigotry and violence suffered by one PR and one Mexican man whose families were driven out of small midwestern towns within the past 5 years.
    I keep hearing apologists (racists) say things like “They all hate us.” or “It’s better for “them” than it used to be.”
    Oh yeah? Compared to What?

  4. A voice from another precinct says:

    Thinking about James Joiner’s recent post about moving the goalposts of conservatism, this strikes me as moving the goalposts to a whole new stadium.

  5. MBunge says:

    If you consider that Norquist, as Joyner mentions, has been one of the biggest players in both dumbing down and polarizing up the GOP, the phrase “hoist by your own petard” seems appropriate.

    Mike

  6. MBunge says:

    @MBunge: That would be Taylor, not Joyner.

    Mike

  7. Rob in CT says:

    Is there anyone who doesn’t know that WND is a fount of gibbering insanity?

  8. @Rob in CT:

    Is there anyone who doesn’t know that WND is a fount of gibbering insanity?

    Sadly, yes, there is.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Ahhh yes, Obama’s brother by another mother. It all makes sense now.

  10. Hey Norm says:

    Holy Crap…WND and I agree on something. Norquist has to go. I don’t really care what reason we use. Although Doug is correct…this is just bigotry, plain and simple. Not suprising though, considering the source.
    RE: Taxes…Tom Coburn (R) Muskogee, one of the few remaining conservatives able to form an independent thought, has an interesting report out on coddling the rich…which many that comment here, Jan for instance, support without so much as a question.
    http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=f50198ef-6e15-4847-ab95-1b2bb57278c4
    Key take-away:

    “…under the current tax code, the federal government is giving billions of dollars to individuals with an Annual Gross Income (AGI) of at least $1 million, subsidizing their lavish lifestyles with the taxes of the less fortunate…We should never demonize those who are successful. Nor should we pamper them with unnecessary welfare to create an appearance everyone is benefiting from federal programs…”

  11. Highlander says:

    Norquist must go, he served a purpose once, but no more.

    Like most who hang around the Imperial Capital too long. He has become infected with multiple DC area diseases.

    Hell like our President, he’s probably a closet muslim at this point. At the end of the day, he’ll end up being pro sharia taxes on the infidels. That’s you ignorant goy yahoos.

  12. Rob in CT says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    So it would seem.

  13. Barry says:

    “Ok, so Farah thinks that Grover Norquist is a stealth Islamist bent on spreading Shariah while at the same time is promoting perversion by being involved with pro-gay rights Republican group. The cognitive dissonance here is pretty stunning.”

    The cognitive dissonance is stunning, but nothing new. The right has had this level of batshit insanity and lying for decades; it’s just that turning on one of their own is newsworthy.

  14. doubter4444 says:

    @Highlander:
    You are kidding, right?