Conservatives Freak Out After Mistaking Soccer Jersey for ‘Muslim Prayer Rug’ Left at Border
A yokel Texas sheriff claimed last week that “Quran books” as well as prayer rugs have been found abandoned along the border. Would a devout (in his own mind anyway) ISIS infiltrator really toss his copy of the Quran and his prayer rug into the dirt beside the road? These absurd stories have spread like a contagious disease among the usual RWNJ suspects, leading my friend Carol to remark that these idiots wouldn’t know a prayer rug from a kotex, though they fear both.
Adding to unfounded worries that immigrant children attempting to enter the U.S. are reintroducing a panoply of diseases such as Ebola and dengue fever, conservatives grew more agitated yesterday after “American security contractors” found what they believed to be a “Muslim prayer rug” abandoned near the Arizona border.
According to Adam Weinstein at Gawker, the “rug” is actually a diamond-patterned Adidas soccer jersey.
A spokesperson for American Patriot, Three Percent — a self-styled militia patrolling the Mexican/U.S. border — contacted breitbart.com and relayed the discovery of the ‘rug’ Monday night, just south of Sierra Vista in Coronado national forest.
According to the spokesman, Matthew Leber, the “patrol” was walking through a wash when he spied something on the ground.
“That’s when I saw this thing laying around. And I was like, ‘What the hell is that?’ We walked over there and I didn’t really want to pull at it not knowing what was on it, ” Leber said. “I poked a bit at it with a stick and noticed some of the Arabic writing and was just like, ‘Oh boy.’ I snapped a couple of photos and then went on our patrol.”
Leber did not indicate whether he considered picking up the ‘rug’ and turning it over to Homeland Security.
As Weinstein notes, a quick glance at the picture sent to Breitbart by Leber clearly shows a sleeve and the distinctive Adidas three-stripe logo.