On Monday, the Heritage Foundation held a panel to discuss — what else — the September 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. embassy facilities in Benghazi, Libya. When a Muslim law student identified herself as such and asked how the U.S. can fight an "ideological" war against radical Islam with weapons, ACT! America's Brigitte Gabriel responded by comparing Muslims to Nazis.
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports from the scene:
[Gabriel] said "180 million to 300 million" Muslims are "dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization." She told [student Saba Ahmed] that the "peaceful majority were irrelevant" in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and she drew a Hitler comparison: "Most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and as a result, 60 million died."
Throughout her rant, Gabriel dismissed peaceful Muslims as "irrelevant" and made scare quotes with her fingers around the word "peaceful" when describing Muslims. She pointed at Ahmed and said, "I'm glad you're here. But where are the other Muslims speaking out?" That got raucous applause from the audience, which made Gabriel laugh.
Later, Gabriel accused Ahmed of taking "the limelight" by being the sole Muslim to ask a question at the panel. She asked Ahmed if she was an American and told her "it is time we take political correctness and throw it in the garbage where it belongs." Gabriel suggested that Ahmed should have brought ten Muslims with her to determine how to hold the government responsible for the four Americans that died in Benghazi. To be clear, no Muslim was invited to sit on the panel at this event.
Ahmed responded, "As a peaceful American Muslim. I would like to think I'm not that irrelevant."
Panel moderator Chris Plante then asked, "Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?" The audience then taunted Ahmed, saying "Yeah, yeah."
Ahmed responded, "I guess it's me right now."
[Video via Media Matters]