So James O’Keefe has another scalp.
Apparently, Glenn Beck can call the president of the United States a racist on national television and keep his job, but if you’re an NPR executive who says the same thing privately about a bunch of nameless Teabaggers — you’ve gotta go.
And the real kicker is, what Ron Schiller said is 100% true.
“The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian — I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.”
Yes, the Teabaggers are more anti-choice and anti-gay marriage than even most Republicans. And they are absolutely Evangelical Christian: Ralph Reed, looking at polling, said the two groups were “inextricably intertwined.”
Fundamentalists? Yes. Almost 50% believe the Bible is the literal word of God.
(As for the “weird” part, that’s pretty subjective. But their favorite former governor submitted to a religious ceremony involving protection from “witchcraft” — and that didn’t seem to bother them at all. Draw your own conclusions.)
Here’s more of what Schiller said.
“Tea Party people” aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”
Xenophobic? Sure looks that way: Teabaggers want more border security and 90% oppose to a path to citizenship for immigrants.
Islamophobic? 67% of Teabaggers — more than any other polled group — believe Islam incites violence.
Gun-toting? They’re even more fanatical about gun rights than your garden variety Republican.
Racists? Several polls have indicated that Teabaggers are fuming with racial resentment. Plus, there’s all racist/xenophobic statements by Teabagger leaders as well as reams of photographs of racist Teabagger signs.
And when you put all these various polls together, who wouldn’t call this “scary”? So why should Schiller have to lose his job over simply stating facts?