"Values" Voter Summit: Of Train Wrecks and Frankenstein's Monsters
It’s said that “Birds of a feather flock together,” and from September 14 to 16 this will once again be the case. The upcoming Values Voter Summit, organized by the obsessively anti-gay, fundamentalist Christian extremist Family Research Council (FRC), bills itself as the “Premier Conservative Event of 2012” and is a crucial date in the electoral calendar. As such, the conference will entail a massive migration to Washington D.C. of religious fanatic “birds of prey” of all different types. Oh, the strange and sundry variety of intolerant Christian fundamentalist creatures that will migrate, blazing hatred in tow, to our nation’s capitol! Indeed, the Values Voter Summit is a sight to behold insofar as it offers a perverse glimpse into the freefalling degeneration of evangelical Christian fundamentalism in U.S. politics.
As I’ve noted in the past, while the odious Fred Phelps and his bizarre gang of Westboro Baptist Church clowns (of “God Hates Fags” fame) can be considered a moth-eaten, chintzy carnival of sorts, the FRC is a virtual Cirque du Soleil of horrendous anti-gay, Islamophobic, fundamentalist Christian and unconstitutional lobbying. It’s not for nothing that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called the FRC a “hate group.” In addition to equating homosexuality with pedophilia, the FRC has defended world-class cretin Congressman Todd Akin’s stupefying misogyny exemplified by his notorious suggestion that so-called “legitimate rape” exists. More feared than respected among conservatives, the FRC has become a ghastly and grotesque edifice of Dominionism within American politics. In this crucial election year, the FRC conference is most assuredly something to watch, in the same manner as one would observe a train wreck in slow motion.
The summit’s website depicts a radical evangelical festival resembling a sort of Christian Jihadi Convention. The summit will include a breakout session facilitated by the freshly appointed Executive Vice President of the FRC, retired Lieutenant General William Boykin, an infamous and utterly putrescent Islamophobe about whom I’ve written much. Among numerous other putrid statements, Boykin has scandalously suggested that Muslims’ civil rights “should not be protected under the First Amendment.” Now an “ordained minister,” this constitutional derelict fancies himself a sort of “Holy Warrior” in U.S. combat fatigues waging a perpetual battle against the forces of Satan – or, in his case, “demonic” Islamists spawned from Somali “principalities of darkness.” Boykin rounds out the Family Research Council’s relentless Islamophobic witch-hunt with his own John Rambo-esque war against domestic Muslims, whom he feels are intent to “destroy us as a Christian Army.” It’s no exaggeration to say that an evangelical fundamentalist Christian zeal that mirrors Al Qaeda’s Salafist-Jihadi fanaticism quite positively possesses Boykin.
Boykin’s Islamophobia workshop will be co-facilitated by Kamal Saleem (a.k.a. Khodor Shami), a truly bizarre charlatan whose claim to fame is having perfected a fictionalized, shameful “ex-Muslim terrorist” shtick. Sound familiar? Indeed, Saleem is one of the infamous “Three Stooges” of Arab extraction, a troupe that also features Zachariah Anani and Walid Shoebat. The three claim to have been “Islamist terrorist” fighters, yet their CVs appear to be comprised of amateurish fabrications that would be perfect for a spoof film along the lines of The Naked Gun or Hot Shots. In fact, the stooges’ “terrorist” bona fides resemble Star Trek actor William Shatner’s qualifications to be an actual Starship Captain. Their expertise is isolated to a realm of pathetic cakewalking and self-ridicule before racist fundamentalist evangelicals, Christian Zionists, and Islamophobes. Finding steady employment in the fundamentalist media and conference circuit, Saleem also manages an enterprise known as “Koome Ministries,” whose claimed goal is to “expose the true agenda of [Muslims] who would deceive our nation and the free nations of the world.” The following outlandish statements rank among Saleem’s absolute worst: