Overheard On A Street In Murfreesboro

Beneath the bell tower of the antebellum Rutherford County courthouse, local Tea Party founder Lou Ann Zelenik says the mosque is a threat. “I lurk here every day. Just hoping somebody will listen to me. I feel threatened every time one o’ them there swarthy lookin’ A-rab types comes struttin’ his stuff right by me; “Shakin’ they tight little butts” like they don’t even see me.”

“Don’t they feel threatened? Come on; tell the truth. why do really want them gone?”

“When you have Islam, that is more political than religious,” she says. “See; there they go again. See them secret terrorist signs they give each other when they meet? See how that one just touched his forehead? Probably a code to start a terrorist raid or somethin'”  ” And always talking that heathen jibber-jabber.” “That is something that doesn’t work under our Constitution.”

” Yeh, I remember that no forehead touching clause.Wow, I bet you’d like to just drop the bomb on this whole community. Huh?”

“Aw, you bet I would but I don’t think we could do that.”

“Too extreme?”

“No Not that. But a Bomb might damage the Frog Pond Bar right down the street. Then where would I get the best Hogs Jowls and Fried Pork Fat in the whooooole world?”

“Good point.”

“Yeah, I say we just put em all in a camp somewhere out in the boonies, like right over there behind the Piggly Wiggly. Then we offer em nothin’ but bacon and pork chops till they starve to death.” “Heh, heh, heh, Can’t say we didn’t feed em eh?”

” Yes; very clever.”

Zelenik is the executive director of the Tennessee “Freedom For Wealthy White Tea Party Republicans Coalition  whose mission includes stopping the growth of radical Islam and people with common sense

The group’s chairman and founder, Andy Miller, asks,

“Who has been attacking us? It wasn’t a bunch of radical Lutherans.”

Miller says there’s a reason the fight is playing out in Tennessee.

“I think there’s an effort being made to target what they view as the buckle of the Bible Belt, the beauty spot of the Southland” “The Oasis of Dixie” “They are out to sully the flower of Southern Womanhood. They want to pervert our culture of Southern Gentility.” Miller says. “If they can do it here, they can do it anywhere before you know it there will be mosques all over the place. The damn terrorists will be livin’ right here among us.”

“But sir, these same people have been living here for thirty years”

” Don’t you back talk me Boy. I’ll have you taken out back and hung from the nearest……………I mean please don’t try to confuse me with facts Son.”


“I don’t want to underestimate what happened on Sept. 11,” he says, “but also I don’t want Sept. 11 to dominate us, to take our rights away from us.”

Mayor Burgess, says that won’t happen on his watch.

“You stand on those basic, fundamental principles that are contained in the Constitution and those green books right behind me — the state of Tennessee, the law and the constitution of the state of Tennessee,” he says.

Most of the time, he says, it works out, either before or after the people of this backwoods town kill off everybody who doesn’t look or dress like them


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