Islamophobia 101: Episode 24: Rudy Giulani Campaign Official-“Chase Muslims Back to their Caves”.

Posted on December 31, 2007


By Greg Sargent – December 28, 2007, 2:36PM

This has already gotten some attention, but it deserves a lot more.

The Guardian of London is conducting video documentaries up in New Hampshire. And they did a segment on Rudy in which they got a very off-kilter quote about Muslims from a Rudy campaign official in the state. The Guardian identifies him as John Deady, the co-chair of state Veterans for Rudy. […]

Deady — and the key here is that he is a Rudy campaign official — says that Rudy should be our President because he has what it takes to tackle one of our “most difficult problems,” which he identifies as the “rise of the Muslims.” Deady adds that we need to “chase them back to their caves” or otherwise “get rid of them.”

Now, it’s very clear here that this Rudy campaign official, who hasn’t yet returned our call, is talking about the rise of Muslims in general, not about terrorists or Islamofascists or what have you. After all, he says that this problem hasn’t happened “for a thousand years.”

Here is the video of the Islamophobic statement made by a key campaign official of US Presidential candidate Rudy Giulani:

Here is a transcript of what Deady said about Giulani according to CBS News:

“He’s got I believe the knowledge and the judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims, and make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years. These people are very, very dedicated and they’re also very smart, in their own way. We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves — or in other words get rid of them.”

It certainly sounded like Deady wasn’t just targeting so-called “Islamofascists,” but rather was talking publicly about chasing all Muslims “back to their caves,” and getting “rid of them.

According to CBS News, Greg Sargent tracked Deady down yesterday afternoon, and the Giuliani surrogate didn’t back down at all. Indeed, he made matters worse. Asked, for example, if he stood by his comments, Deady said:

“I most assuredly do. I’ve been very concerned about this Muslim thing for quite awhile. The average American does not know beans about what the Muslims are about. I am talking about the Muslims in general. I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims.”

Deady added, “When I say get rid of them, I wasn’t necessarily referring to genocide.”

He was “necessarily” referring to genocide? [more]

Please read the whole article here.

News update: Newsday reported on Dec 30, 2007 that Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign said yesterday that the volunteer co-chairman of New Hampshire Veterans for Rudy, John Deady, resigned after making controversial remarks about Muslims.