Paul Ryan’s ‘Muslim Beard’ Has Conservatives Up In Arms

Paul Ryan’s “Muslim beard” is apparently a source of controversy among conservatives. Yes, you read that right: A GOP congressman, the Speaker of the House no less, is being called out for having facial hair. We have now reached a level of Islamophobia in this country where anything more than a five o’clock shadow means you hate America and secretly support terrorism.

This bizarre situation was first reported by The Hill, which noted that members of the right-wing are angry with Ryan after he helped pass a “trillion-dollar spending deal with Democrats.”

I guess they thought his first order of business would be to push for anothergovernment shutdown since we already know that obstructionism is what the GOP does best at this point.  Breitbart claimed that by failing to stop the spending bill, Ryan “betrayed America.” That level of tantrum-throwing was bad enough, but then we get social media going off on Ryan for having a “Muslim beard.”

#paulryan equals TRAITOR!!!! He’s growing a beard and turning Muslim, like Obama! But Obama ain’t man enough to to grow facial hair.

— America Trump (@americatrump16) December 19, 2015

@BlissTabitha Paul Ryan must be turning Muslim starting his beard. Lets send him a prayer rug 4 Christmas — Big AL from Chicago (@bigalchitown) December 19, 2015

Wow. What a time to be alive, right?

Apparently conservatives have dissolved into a puddle of hatred so concentrated that they are tossing out anti-Islamic insults at Catholic-raised GOP congressmen. I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the people who are most likely to make that kind of mental leap are probably the same people who will proudly be voting for “The Donald.”

I mean, what kind of person other than your far-right, Teabagger would describe a beard as “Muslim”…or act as if merely being Muslim is enough evidence that someone is a diabolical individual who hates America. As for those bad people who do, I’d also like to point out that beards are hardly a universal standard. Just ask Timothy McVeigh.

But seriously, no matter what I may personally feel about Ryan, I will say that I am not moved to call his beard — or anyone else’s beard for that matter — “anti-American.” Nor do I feel it’s something to be afraid of because of a ludicrous belief that anything connected to Islam is evil. This is the same kind idiocy that has people sending death threats to shops named after an Egyptian goddess (Isis) because they’re too goddamn stupid to know the deity was referenced historically LONG before anyone ever heard of ISIS or the Islamic State.

While this beard business is just hilariously pathetic, it’s also a window into the hypocrisy and ignorance driving the GOP base. I wonder how many of the “Good Christians” harping on Paul about his “Muslim beard” ever read Leviticus 19:27:

“Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.”

The “Muslim beard” hysteria is certainly an interesting consequence of the rampant ignorance often encouraged on the right. The Young Turks had a discussion about the mind-bending backlash on their channel. You can watch the video below:

What do you think about this “Muslim beard” nonsense? Why do you think some conservatives have latched onto facial hair as being “evil?” Share your thoughts, theories, and general amusement in the comment section below!

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