The Crescent Report

May 21, 2010

How Rand Paul’s civil-rights views escaped media scrutiny

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 12:41 pm

President of the Tea Party Express, Mark Williams, blogged that Muslims worshipped a monkey god. The ‘Tea baggers’ respond, “Oh, no we are not racist and prejudice. We are standing up for America.” Ok, I’ll give you that. But, what America are you standing up for? And who are you standing with? Is it the America of Joseph McCarthy? George Wallis? Lester Maddox? Bull Conner? Steve Emerson? Robert Spenser? David Horowitz ? (And the list of the bigots go on and on…) But maybe I am being unfair.  Let’s take a look at the darling of the Tea Party, the poster child for “taking America back,” Ran Paul. Say, what! Oh, no, you mean to tell me that Ran Paul opposes the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Ok, enough, check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “I am afraid the masquerade is over.”

How Rand Paul’s civil-rights views escaped media scrutiny

The editorial board of Louisville’s Courier-Journal didn’t mince wordsfollowing its sit-down with Rand Paul last month. Much of what the Republican Senate candidate supports, it wrote, “is repulsive to people in the mainstream,” including “an unacceptable view of civil rights.”

And yet Paul’s view that the federal government should not have the power to force integration on private businesses – part of 1964’s landmark Civil Rights Act – didn’t get the attention of the national press until Wednesday, following interviews with NPR’s Robert Siegel and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. (Watch the exchange with Maddow below. Paul subsequentlychanged his position Thursday, after an intense 24 hours of media fallout.)

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