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Citizens for a Strong America: Secret Muslim group?

Posted by James McPherson on April 8, 2011

In this age of interest group-funded partisan politics, it’s naturally to wonder where such shady organizations as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce get their funding.

The right-wing multi-billionaire Koch (pronounced “Coke) brothers have drawn quite a bit of attention recently for their actions in funding the Tea Party movement, influencing Wisconsin and national politics, and generally trying to make the world a worse place for most of us who don’t happen to be billionaires or politicians.

But one of their newest “astroturf” groups may be even more insidious than what we’ve come to expect from the Kochheads. A shadow group that operates out of a Wisconsin UPS box, but which funded TV ads attacking Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg in that troubling race, has Koch connections.

But I’ve uncovered something even more amazing about Citizens for a Strong America. They seem to be a Muslim front group. Need proof? Simply look at their logo, shown here:

See what I mean? No? Perhaps it would help to turn it sideways. There, plain as day (or night), is the symbolism that scared right-wingers have taught us to recognize as symbolic of radical Islam:

Hey, it makes as much sense as the blogger claims that the Missile Defense Agency logo under Obama is a Muslim symbol (despite the fact that, as even Fox News pointed out, the symbol preceded Obama’s presidency).

Or Rush Limbaugh’s claim that Obama’s health care logo reflected Nazi symbolism.

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One Response to “Citizens for a Strong America: Secret Muslim group?”

  1. […] supposedly interested in objective journalism, he likes to call people names and babble about conspiracy theories.” As I pointed out to Lane–and frequently here–I’m hardly someone who would […]

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