Across American history, lots of minority groups have taken lots of hits. Many of the earliest English arrivals used to look down on later arrivals from such places as Germany and eastern Europe.
The Irish, the Jews (from wherever they came), the Chinese and other Asians, the South Americans. All these and more have suffered the slings and arrows of prejudice, though none so viciously as the slaves from Africa.
We're a more respectful nation today in our increasing diversity but we're a long way from being welcoming to all. Especially repugnant, as this Atlantic piece notes, is the anti-Muslim sentiment often expressed by many of the Republicans who want to be president.
What we're getting from such GOP political heavyweights as Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and others is simple prejudice and hatred. What's worse, as the Atlantic piece notes, they're getting away with it because it's reflective of current American culture, especially in these post-9/11 years.
But it needs to be called what it is, which is raw bigotry that has no place in American politics. Politicians can say this trash only as long as they think it will help -- not hurt -- them politically. All of us need to tell them that it won't fly any more. It's perfectly acceptable to dislike (and even speak out against) any particular Muslim or Christian or Buddhist because he or she is a crook or a knave. But accusing a whole people is simply immoral.
* * *
HILLARY TALKS ABOUT THE BIBLE
Speaking of presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton met a pastor doing a little private Bible study in a bakery the other day. He was reading I Corinthians 13, often called the "love chapter." She said she knew it well and they talked about it. It would have been a lot more interesting had the pastor been studying, say, Genesis 19. (You could look it up.)