The GOP has declared war on American Muslims
by Sheila Musaji
If you type GOP or Republican into the search engine of The American Muslim site, you will come up with a lot of articles about the GOP and most involve Islamophobia. In our TAM collection of anti-Muslim statements made by elected representatives and government officials, a great majority have been made by Republicans. This lengthy collection of statements has just been updated on 1/29/2015.
Here are just a few of the incidents over the past few years:
There was State Senator Greg Ball (R-NY, chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee) who held a hearing titled “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11”, and invited known Islamophobes to testify.
There was the Southwest Broward Republican Organization in Florida that sent out an anti-mosque protest email.
There was the June GOP Presidential Candidates’ Debate in New Hampshire during which Herman Cain once again discussed a test that will show which American Muslims are loyal to the United States and the Constitution, and Newt Gingrich suggested that all Muslims should be suspect until they prove their loyalty and they deserve higher scrutiny, like Communists or Nazis.
There was Rep. Sue Myrick’s hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood and her support for the hate group ACT for America.
There were the statements made by four conservative Republicans — Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Sue Myrick (N.C.) in the halls of the lawmakers of this country about Muslim interns on Capitol Hill.
There was Rep. Adam Hasner (the head of Florida’s House Republicans) who co-sponsored a so-called “Free Speech Summit” in Delray Beach, Florida along with Pamela Geller of SIOA (designated a hate group by the SPLC). One of the speakers at this event was Geert Wilders who said Islam should not be recognized as a legitimate faith and Muslims should not have religious freedom. Hasner also sponsored a showing of the hate film “Obsession” for Florida State Legislators.
There was Rep. Virgil Goode’s hateful rhetoric about the the use of a Qur’an for the ceremonial swearing-in of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.
There is a long list of GOP elected officials who have called on known Islamophobes to provide “expert” testimony on Islam and Muslims. For example: — Rep. Carl Gatto (R-AK), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Ralph Hall (R-TX) and State Rep. Jerry Madden (R-TX) who called on Pamela Geller, and Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) who defended Geller, — Rep. Michelle Bachmann who has sought advice from Frank Gaffney and Pamela Geller, — Rep. Allen West, (R-FL) who met with Brigitte Gabriel head of anti-Muslim group ACT! for America, — Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) who invited David Yerushalmi of SANE to testify at a hearing on Capitol Hill.?
Last nights GOP debate must be added as another reprehensible incident. Rick Santorum is giving the green light to the racial profiling of Muslims at airports. He said “Obviously, Muslims would be someone you’d look at, absolutely,” Herman Cain agreed with Santorum, and only Ron Paul stood up for the Constitution and the civil rights of American Muslim citizens. 11/23
There is a long list of GOP representatives actively pushing anti-Sharia legislation in at least 23 states now.
There is a long list of GOP representatives making statements about the proposed Cordoba House/Park 51 project in New York that go well beyond any sort of civil disagreement. And, the National Republican Trust PAC even ran an anti-Muslim ad against the proposal.
There is a long list of hateful anti-Muslim statements that have been made by elected representatives of the United States, and most of these are GOP officials, who have forgotten that Muslims are part of “we the people”. We have published a summary of such statements divided into categories ranging from “thoughtless ignorance” to “bigotry” to “expressions of outright hatred” that have been made by members of the GOP.
There was the event sponsored by Rep. Allen West (R-FL) in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Culmination of the Muslim Brotherhood’s 50-year History of Infiltrating America,” presented by Peter Leitner of Citizens for National Security (CFNS), located in Boca Raton, Florida. During this presentation CFNS announced that it would be releasing the names of 6,000 active members of the Muslim Brotherhood. But when the big day came, the group stated that the names would actually be kept under wraps and only released to select “responsible parties.” In a response to a query from Wired’s Spencer Ackerman, Leitner conceded that the people on his list had not necessarily been charged with any crimes. Instead, they were just people who are involved with organizations he had connected to the Muslim Brotherhood—like the Muslim Students Association.
There have been political campaigns like those of Lynn Torgerson vs Keith Ellison, Marvin Scott vs Andre Carson, or Rene Ellmers and Bob Turner and Rae Hart Anderson, Dan Fanelli, Rick Torres, and Jill Holzman Vogel that were based on religious hatred. Ellmers and Turner even ran an anti-Muslim ad.
There was the incident in Orange County earlier this year. Congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly attended and spoke at a protest rally at a Muslim charitable fund raiser. Some of those who attended the rally began shouting hateful statements at the families entering the event. Deborah Pauly made a statement during her talk that “What’s going on over there right now, make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil ... I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in Paradise.” After the event, Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.) who chairs the international terrorism subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee defended Pauly’s statement and the event.
There were the Republican members of Congress Trent Franks (AZ), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Pete Hoekstra (MI) who praised Frank Gaffneys bigoted Sharia report.
There was the incident when Councilman Don Redman of Jacksonville, FL asked the newly elected Muslim council member, Parvez Ahmed to “say a prayer to your God” at a Council meeting. This followed a particularly Islamophobic campaign against Dr. Ahmed’s appointment to the Council’s Human Rights Commission.
There was the incident in which the Republican Jewish Coalition was responsible for mailing the virulently anti-Muslim film “Obsession” to Rabbi’s across the country ahead of the last Presidential election.
There is Rep. Peter King’s ongoing series of hearings about which TAM has an article The American Muslim Community and Rep. Peter King’s “Islamic” Radicalization Hearings which has a great deal of background on Peter King and these hearings, and an extensive article collection. We also have a series of articles breaking down various aspects of the hearings:
- Peter King’s Hearing: What Was the Point? discussing the content of the hearings, with a collection of articles written after the hearing ended.
- Peter King’s Civics Lesson for American Muslims which has a collection of anti-Muslim statements by elected representatives and government officials made during and before the hearings.
- Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community and Polls, Surveys, and Statistics Relating to Islam and Muslims with actual hard evidence so lacking in the hearing.
- Response of Civic Organizations and Interfaith Community to “Muslim Radicalization” Hearings
- Elected Representatives & Government Officials Who HAVE Questioned Islamophobia with quotes from elected representives and government officials attempting to counter the bias of this hearing both during and before the hearing.
- Peter King’s hearing: witness testimonies - allegations but no facts
- Zuhdi Jasser and AIFD - Identified by Rep. King as the Ideal American Muslim Leadership
- Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter?
- Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community which lays out all of his claims and allegations and provides detailed answers to each. (e.g. Do Muslims cooperate with law enforcement? Do Muslims speak out against terrorism and extremism? Are most Muslims terrorists? Are 80 to 85% of mosques run by radicals? Have American Muslim organizations responded to the issue of radicalization? Are mosques the source of radicalization? etc.)
- The scope of Rep. Kings Hearings Creates Homeland “in"Security
If a Muslim runs for political office, whether he is a Republican or a Democrat, outrageous charges of “stealth jihadist”, “Muslim Brotherhood plant”, etc. are made by Islamophobes. Congressman Keith Ellison faced such abuse. A Muslim GOP candidate in a Virginia House of Delegates race, David Ramadan faced the same sort of abuse. When Republican Gov. Chris Christie nominated Sohail Mohammed as a judge on the state Superior Court he faced a firestorm of controversy, prompting him to finally say in exasperation “The guy’s an American citizen who has been an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of New Jersey, swearing an oath to uphold the laws of New Jersey, the constitution of the state of New Jersey, and the Constitution of the United States of America . . . .This Sharia law business is crap. It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”
You don’t even have to be a Muslim to come under attack by the Islamophobes. Gov. Rick Perry was attacked by Islamophobes simply for his friendship with the Aga Khan and not being anti-Muslim enough.
The problem is that this sort of Islamophobic rhetoric is coming not just from the professional Islamophobes, but is also coming from GOP elected representatives.
And now we have the case of a Republican Muslim who is facing discrimination by the Republican party itself. Nezar Hamze who as Zaid Jilani reports
Nezar Hamze is both a Muslim American who is the executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a self-identified Republican. As a way to further his activism in the Republican Party, Hamze campaigned for a position on his local Republican party’s executive committee in Broward County, Florida.
During a “raucous meeting” of the party on Monday night, Hamze’s bid for committee membership was rejected by a vote of 11-158, as he was attacked with offensive questions about his faith and even compared to a terrorist by Islamophobic attendees.
Before the vote even took place, the local party changed its rules to require that each new applicant to the executive committee answer questions for five minutes, a rule change Hamze jokingly told a reporter could be called the “Hamze rule.” And as audience members stepped up to interrogate Hamze, he was told that his organization CAIR was identified as a terrorist organization and asked if he supported terrorism. Following the lead of GOP audiences who have booed gays and condemned the uninsured, one attendee yelled out “terrorist!” as Hamze was trying to speak.
And, through all of this, even those in the GOP who are not actively participating in Islamophobia have been silent. The list of elected representatives who have questioned Islamophobia includes almost no one from the GOP. Gov. Christie and Susan Collins, (R-Maine) are notable exceptions.
It is becoming more and more difficult for American Muslims who are Republican to remain loyal to the Republican Party
As Dr. Hesham Hassaballa said in an article The last of the Muslim Republicans I truly do not want to abandon the Republican party, but unless things change, I cannot keep from asking if the party has already abandoned me.
Kamran Pasha also wrote an article about why he left the Republican Party in which he said And then something started to change within the party. An ugly cancer of anti-Muslim bigotry began to reveal itself during the first Iraq War. I was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, where the student body was perhaps the most conservative of the Ivy League schools. At meetings of the College Republicans, I began to hear distressing venom against Muslims. American Muslims were being openly talked of as a fifth column in the country, and my fellow students applauded rumors that internment camps were being set up in the Midwest for Muslim subversives. I was shocked to see my friends suddenly speak of my faith as the enemy.
Brian Beutler reports that “an influential Muslim GOP donor is at the end of her tether, and tells TPM she may eventually have to leave the Republican party over its opposition to the Cordoba House project and other anti-Muslim positions. “I don’t know if I’ll be a Republican a year from now,” says Seeme Hasan, who chairs the Hasan Family Foundation in Colorado, and has close ties to the Republican party leadership. Hasan’s frustration with the GOP was evident, and not just over their public opposition to the construction of a Muslim cultural center in lower Manhattan. “Every time a Muslim person becomes famous, they are viciously attacked,” Hasan said. “The past few years in the Republican party has been constant humiliation for Muslims,” Hasan told TPM in an interview yesterday evening.”
And it has been reported that Muhammad Ali Hasan, the founder of ‘Muslims for Bush’ and the biggest Republican organizer among American Muslims has had enough after this past election cycle’s openly anti-Muslim bigotry, and has changed parties after meeting with Nancy Pelosi.
There is at least one encouraging sign this week. Scott Keyes of Think Progress reports that Three weeks ago, Frank Gaffney released a new pledge asking presidential candidates to swear they will fight the non-existent threat of Sharia if elected president. Yet, as of publication time, none of the 10 major Republican presidential candidates have signed Gaffney’s anti-Sharia pledge. (Gaffney’s spokesman told us they are “still in touch with the campaigns.”)
This is encouraging and hopeful, as it still remains possible that the GOP will turn a corner and treat American Muslims as fellow citizens, or perhaps they are beginning to at least realize that Muslim bashing doesn’t win elections .
A FEW QUOTES FROM THE GOP CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain said “The role of Muslims in American society is for them to be allowed to practice their religion freely, which is part of our First Amendment. The role of Muslims in America is not to convert the rest of us to the Muslim religion. That I resent. Because we are a Judeo-Christian nation, from the fact that 85 percent of us are self-described Christians, or evangelicals, or practicing the Jewish faith. Eighty-five percent. One percent of the practicing religious believers in this country are Muslim. And so I push back and reject them trying to convert the rest of us. And based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion, you know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them. Now, I know that there are some peaceful Muslims who don’t go around preaching or practicing that. Well, unfortunately, we can’t sit back and tolerate the radical ones simply because we know that there are some of them who don’t believe in that aspect of the Muslim religion. So their role is to be allowed to practice their religion freely, just like we should be allowed to practice our religion freely, and not try to convert the rest of us.”
— Cain also said that Muslims have no place in the U.S. government. 3/11
— Cain has now upped the ante, not only defending his comments. Cain was asked if he believes a Muslim can be loyal to the constitution. “They could be,” Cain said. “But I haven’t done any surveys to find out how many Muslims are loyal to the constitution. But I don’t know any Muslims who will subvert sharia law for our laws. That’s the problem I have. And I don’t have time to do the research to find out. I’d have a country to run.” He said “Many of the Muslims, they are not totally dedicated to this country, they are not totally dedicated to our Constitution. Many of them are trying to force Sharia law on this country.” 4/11 and in the New Hampshire GOP debate on 6/13 he repeated this idea of a loyalty test for American Muslims.
— Herman Cain accused Rep. Keith Ellison of putting Sharia law over American law. Cain said “If you take an oath on the Qur’an, that means you support Sharia law. I support American law. Our laws were derived from principles that are biblically based. Maybe not said in the same words that are in the Bible, but our laws are derived from principles based upon the Bible. This is why I’m not going to back down or pander to anyone who wants to call me xenophobic or a bigot simply because I said no. I don’t want anybody in my administration that I’m going to have to be looking over my shoulder to figure out if they are going to try to do something against the principles that I believe in which are also the principles that the majority, the overwhelming majority of the American people believe.”
— Cain said on the Laura Ingraham program that he has “never met a Muslim who didn’t fit his definition of a radical—and in the same interview, alleged that Rep. Keith Ellison (D–Minn.), who’s Muslim, has pledged his loyalty to Allah, not the Constitution.
—Cain now wants Muslim government appointees to take a special loyalty oath in spite of the fact that any religious test for public office is forbidden by the American Constitution. 5/11
— Herman Cain speculated that Barack Obama ‘jeopardized’ Osama bin Laden mission
— Cain said that an effort by local Muslims to build a large mosque here is an attempt to “sneak” Shariah law into the fabric of the U.S. legal system. “I think it is an infringement and abuse of our freedom of religion, and I don’t agree with what’s happening here because this isn’t an innocent mosque,” Cain told reporters after speaking to a crowd of hundreds on the Murfreesboro Public Square. “This is another way to sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.” 7/14/11
— Herman Cain said that communities should be able to prevent the construction of mosques in their neighborhoods. “Our Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state,” Cain said on “Fox News Sunday.” “They are using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their mosque in that community and the people in the community do not like it, they disagree with it.” When asked by host Chris Wallace if any town could “then say we don’t want a mosque in our community?” Cain responded “they could say that. 7/17/11
— Cain apologized at one point, but then seems to be going back to his old ways.
— Cain said that “a majority of Muslims share the extremist views” His campaign spokesman later “clarified” that he didn’t mean “Americans” as in Americans. Not at all. What he really meant, his campaign spokesman has clarified, was Muslims from some other country. Hard to believe since during the interview in question he was asked directly Alan Richman: Are you talking about the Muslim community in America? Or the world? Herman Cain: America. America. 11/15/11
— Cain said that he was glad a doctor who was part of the team treating him for cancer turned out to be a Christian Arab and not a Muslim. He was worried when he saw the doctors name, but when he found out he wasn’t a Muslim, Cain said “Hallelujah! Thank God!”
Newt Gingrich stepped into the Islamophobic attack on Cordoba House. He said “There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.” “The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.” “America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization.” He also said “It’s not about religion, and is clearly an aggressive act that is offensive.” Right, let’s just throw out the Constitution. Ibrahim Hooper got right to the heart of this fuzzy thinking when he commented “as if the constitutionally-protected religious rights of Americans depend on the actions of a foreign government.” Gingrich compared the backers of the Cordoba House to Nazis. Gingrich claimed that the Islamic center project in NYC ‘would be like putting a Nazi sign next to the Holocaust Museum.’ Gingrich parroted the right-wing fringe in declaring the Muslims behind the center are “radical Islamists who want to triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by radical Islamists.”
— He has also produced through his Gingrich Productions an anti-Muslim film called “America at Risk”. — He also said at the Values Voter Summit VVS that it’s time to take federal action to prevent Shariah Law from infiltrating courtrooms in the US. and he called for the removal of Supreme Court Justices if they disagree. Gingrich also said “I have two grandchildren ... I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” It’s hard to understand how the Muslims will dominate the country and force everyone to live under Sharia law while at the same time turning the country secular and atheist.
— Gingrich blasted blasted the Obama administration for what he labels a refusal to confront radical Islam: “Until you replace this president and until you have the Congress and the new president replace large parts of our bureaucracies, we’re going to continue to be dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite, which is seeking to impose on us rules that make zero sense,”
— Gingrich praised the anti-Muslim, David Barton of the American Family Association.
— He said “America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization.”
— During the New Hampshire GOP debate Newt Gingrich suggested that all Muslims should be suspect until they prove their loyalty and they deserve higher scrutiny, like Communists or Nazis. He seemed to agree with Herman Cain’s call for a loyalty test.
Gov. Rick Perry hosted a mass Christian prayer rally in his home state of Texas. The principal sponsor of the rally, the American Family Association, has a truly vile record on immigration issues. The Association’s principal spokesperson on policy issues, Bryan Fischer, says that Muslims should be barred from becoming naturalized citizens, that Muslims already here should be deported, that Muslim immigrants are not protected by the First Amendment. Fisher says there should be “no more mosques, period” because “each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.” Perry’s event also includes Rev. John Hagee, James Dobson, David Barton, Jim Garlow, Lou Engle, and Tony Perkins. (See here for more on some of these folks.)
Mitt Romney said: “Based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.” Absolutely amazing that a Mormon has such a short memory about where such prejudice leads. Mitt Romney, has also expressed opposition to the Cordoba House project in NYC.
—Romney announced his foreign policy advisors and they include Walid Phares Tied To Christian Militia That Committed Atrocities In Lebanon’s Civil War. 10/11
Rick Santorum has called Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf “a jihadist”.
— Santorum gave a lecture on Islam in which he said “A democracy could not exist because Mohammed already made the perfect law. The Quran is perfect just the way it is, that’s why it is only written in Islamic (sic).” defended Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim comments.
— He said “Jihadism is evil and we need to say what it is ... “We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution. “Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature an origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States.” ** Interesting double standard here, since in January he said regarding the law on abortion “Abortion doesn’t conform to the natural law. Why? Because we don’t—all life should be respected. And so this agitation of having secular laws inconsistent with the natural law is something that we’ve dealt with in America from its very founding. But we have to recognize that there is a place for the articulation of the sacred law, or the natural law, or the universal law, and that they need to be in the public square and they need to be involved in the political discourse because there are moral components to every single law we pass.” 3/11 He also called Sharia “evil”
— Santorum pointed out what he thought were the main differences between Christians and Muslims. Santorum said Christians, who believe in Jesus Christ, never governed or conquered anyone, but Mohammed was a warrior and killed people. Santorum has defended the Crusades. He said “The American Left hates Christendom. They hate Western civilization.” And, “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical.”
— He told a New Hampshire political dinner audience that Muslim immigrants in the U.S. left their home countries “because of sharia law,” adding that “sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.”
See CPAC and White Nationalism for details on CPAC panels. Conservative views are expected, but at this CPAC gathering there are at least two panels that go way beyond conservative into the realm of fringe hate. The first was a panel yesterday on the failure of multiculturalism, and the second will be held later today “Islamic Law in America: How Obama’s Department of Justice is Selling us Out.” The Islamic law panel has been sponsored by the AFDI/SIOA and organized by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.
See Why Is a mosque not like a church? for information on a recent series of attacks on places of worship, and of attacks on individuals in a short two month period. There have a total of seventeen bigoted incidents or attacks against houses of worship or facilities connected with different minority religious groups in the past two months. This should be a concern to every American.
This week Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said at a Town Hall meeting that Muslims are “trying to kill Americans every week. Islam is a threat in America, It’s a real threat…and it’s a threat that is much more at home now than it was right after 9/11. It’s here, in the suburbs of Chicago.“It’s in Elk Grove, it’s in Addison, it’s in Elgin. It’s here.” A couple of attacks on Illinois mosques happened very soon after he made this statement.
Elected representatives and military and government officials who seem to have forgotten that they represent “WE the people” have openly called for acts like: purging Muslims from the military or requiring Muslim soldiers to be openly identified as Muslims, considering excluding Muslims from the protection of the First Amendment of the Constitution, requiring a special “loyalty test” for Muslims to serve in government, excluding Muslims from entering some States of the U.S., declaring war on the religion of Islam? Can you imagine making such statements involving any other minority?
Rep. Walsh is only the most recent of our elected representatives to jump on the anti-Muslim bandwagon. The GOP particularly seems to have declared war on American Muslims. There has been a series of worrisome examples. Rep. Peter King’s radicalization hearings focusing only on the Muslim community and ignoring any other threats to our security despite clear documentation that other threats were greater. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s witch hunt against American Muslims serving in government. Rep. Sue Myrick’s hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood, and witch hunt against Muslim interns on Capital Hill. State Senator Greg Ball’s hearing calling on known Islamophobes as witnesses. See The GOP has declared war on American Muslims for many more examples.
The following are those Elected Representatives who have so consistently engaged in anti-Muslim rhetoric that they have their own backgrounder pages in our Who’s Who of Islamophobes:
— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) **
—Herman Cain, Presidential candidate **
—Newt Gingrich (R-GA) **
—Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) **
—Rep. Peter King **
—Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) **
—Rick Santorum Former R-PA Senator, Presidential Candidate **
—Rep. Allen West, (R-FL) **
For the most part other Elected Representatives and Government Officials, even those who are not actively participating in Islamophobia have been silent. The list of elected representatives who have questioned Islamophobia includes almost no one from the GOP. Gov. Christie and Susan Collins, (R-Maine), and now Sen. John McCain are notable exceptions.
As I wrote in an article on Michele Bachmann’s recent letters
When individuals are elected to public office, they take an oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
It would seem that some of our elected representatives had their fingers crossed when taking this oath.
All of these folks really need to study the Constitution of the United States to remember that the Congress represents “we the people”, all of us, not just some particular segments of the population.
American Muslims are a part of “we the people”. We are Americans. We are not going anywhere. And, I believe that it is well past time that other Americans begin standing up against this demonization of Islam and Muslims. It would be nice to know that this sort of bigotry is not shared by most of our fellow Americans.
As the MPAC statement on this incident said: The congressional leaders making these accusations along with Bachmann have breached the trust of the public they serve. These members must be held responsible by the media and their constituents. If there was any offense that would warrant a resignation from a member of Congress, it seems that we have reached that point.
It is well past time for all of our Elected Representatives and Government Officials to STOP demonizing American Muslims and fanning the flames of hatred, and to actively counter such bigotry. It is time to actually represent ALL OF THE PEOPLE of the U.S., not just SOME OF THE PEOPLE. Those who don’t step up to counter this rampant bigotry are not simply avoiding getting involved, they are clearly telling the American people that they do not consider Muslims to be equal citizens.
Is Congressional Christian Brotherhood Group Behind GOP Islamophobia? has details on Capitol Ministries and its’ members, and their anti-Muslim positions. It is interesting how many of those in Congress who have an Islamophobia problem are members of the same group CAPITOL MINISTRIES which hosts regular Christian Bible studies for, and ministers to, members of Congress.
Texas Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) took to Facebook recently to vent her absolute disgust at a newspaper article describing the sensitivity training for American soldiers in Afghanistan:
“Our soldiers do NOT need to be taught how to be sensitive to radical Muslims [Dolt ed. note: have a look at the “radical Muslims” in the photo from the newspaper article about which she is complaining]. They do not need to be worried about blowing their nose wrong or using their left hand and offending someone. . . . They should not be bothered with being sensitive to people who want us all dead! We need a true leader in the White House — a vote for Obama is a vote to destroy our country.”
Abdul Pasha, 23, a student at South Texas College of Law, then provided a link to the article in question and responded that Riddle and her followers should actually read it before making “bigoted” comments: “Go educated [sic] yourself, if yall have real guts.”
Debbie did not like this:
“Abdul, if you are so offended by our soldiers then you don’t need us or our money in Afghanistan. As an American I am greatly offended that we have had American soldiers killed by the very ones we were attempting to train and help — Afghanistan soldiers. Get a grip fellow — if you want to be an American act like one and be proud of our country and stand up for our military. If you can’t do that then go where people are sensative [sic] enough for you – I guess that would be Afghanistan – where they still live like they are in the Stone Age – but still very sensative.”
Read the rest here
Also, results of a poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute are out. See Republicans Have Strongly Negative Views Of Muslims, Arabs: Poll for details. A few highlights:
...Republican sentiment toward Muslims produced the highest negative results, with 57 percent of respondents saying they had unfavorable opinions. Only 26 percent said they had favorable opinions. Republicans gave Muslim-Americans slightly higher marks, responding 47 percent unfavorably and 35 percent favorably. Though not gauging a direct religious following, the results were similar on questions regarding Arabs, who received 53 percent unfavorable to 27 percent favorable responses, as well as Arab-Americans, who received 48 percent unfavorable to 33 percent favorable responses. Respondents on the other side of the aisle also provided less-negative responses toward Muslims. Among Democrats, 29 percent gave unfavorable responses, though 49 percent responded favorably.
Vera Eyzendooren, president of the San Bernardino County Federation of Republican Women, accused a San Francisco attorney who is running for a leadership role in the state party of being a terrorist sympathizer. Harmeet K. Dhillon, who is a Sikh, not a Muslim, is a candidate for vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party
** Eyzendooren posted on Facebook (screenshot here “I was told by one of Harmeet’s friends that because of her religion, her loyalty is to the Muslim religion,” Ms. Eyzendooren wrote on Facebook. “So she will defend a Muslim beheading two men without any hesitation……she is not a Republican.” Her comments have been denounced by other Republican party officials.
The many hateful statements and incidents were updated on 1/29/2015 in the article Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives. In addition, a number of articles have been written recently on this distressing trend: Peter Beinart, The GOP’s Islamophobia Problem: Will conservatives confront rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in the Republican Party?, Dean Obeidallah For Republicans, Muslims Will Be the Gays of 2016, Zack Beauchamp, How a handful of anti-Muslim crusaders hijacked segments of the GOP, William Saletan, The Muslim Threat and the GOP, Arif Rafiq Bobby Jindal’s Muslim problem, Miranda Blue How The ‘No-Go Zones’ Myth Traveled From The Anti-Muslim Fringe To The Mouths Of GOP Politicians. This list could go on and on, but these articles should make any reasonable person aware that there is a very real problem here.
5 Islam-bashing Republicans to watch in 2013: While some prominent haters were booted out of office, Islamophobia is still alive and well in American politics, Alex Kane http://www.salon.com/2013/01/01/5_islam_bashing_republicans_to_watch_in_2013/
The 10 most Islamophobic moments in the 2012 elections, Jillian Rayfield & Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/10/20/the_10_most_islamophobic_moments_in_the_2012_elections/
A Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_whos_who_of_the_anti-muslimanti-arabislamophobia_industry
Anti-Muslim Sentiments Are Strongest Amongst Republicans and People Who Trust Fox News http://www.goddiscussion.com/41001/anti-muslim-sentiments-are-strongest-with-republicans-and-people-who-trust-fox-news/
Anti-Sharia article collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_sharia_and_jewish_halakha_arbitration_courts
Are Muslims the enemy within?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/are_muslims_the_enemy_within1/
Are the Republican Presidential Wannabes the new Imperial Wizards?, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/are_the_republican_presidential_wannabes_the_new_imperial_wizards
At Allen West-Sponsored Event, Group Paints Thousands Of Muslims As Terrorists, Ryan J. Reilly http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/at_allen_west-sponsored_event_group_paints_thousands_of_muslims_as_terrorists.php
Bachmann Compares Letter From Muslim Advocacy Group To Hitler’s Manifesto http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/11/1318831/bachmann-hitler-muslim/
Bachmann, Gaffney, and the GOP’s Anti-Muslim Culture of Conspiracy http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/23/bachmann-gaffney-and-the-gop-s-anti-muslim-culture-of-conspiracy.html#sthash.t6ScIPFT.dpuf
Bachmann Keeps Seat On Intelligence Committee Despite Discredited Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/02/08/1563431/bachmann-keeps-intelligence-seat/
Michele Bachmann Ups the Ante in the GOP War on American Muslims, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/michelle-bachmanns-muslim-problem/0019257
Bankrupt in Ideas, US Republican Contenders Demonize Islam for Political Gain http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20Editorials/2011/April/4%20o/Bankrupt%20in%20Ideas,%20US%20Republican%20Contenders%20Demonize%20Islam%20for%20Political%20Gain.htm
Paul Broun and Dr. Strangelove, Cynthia Tucker http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2009/10/15/paul-broun-and-dr-strangelove/?cxntfid=blogs_cynthia_tucker
Herman Cain Needs to Read the Constitution of the U.S., Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/herman_cain
Eric Cantor, House GOP Leader Defends Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt http://www.alternet.org/hot-news-views/house-gop-leader-defends-bachmanns-anti-muslim-witch-hunt
Chevy Chase GOP to Host Anti-Muslim Speaker, “Gopher” from Love Boat tv series? http://www.marylandjuice.com/2011/08/chevy-chase-gop-to-host-anti-muslim.html
Chris Christie Lambastes Anti-Muslim Bigots In The GOP http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/chris-christie-lambastes-anti-muslim-bigots-in-the-gop/#sthash.yTMxQ0i7.dpuf
Citizens for National Security and Rep. Allen West Bring Islamophobia to Congress, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cfns
Congressman Criticizes Election of Muslim (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/21/us/21koran.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
CT GOP Asked to Repudiate Candidate Rick Torres’ Anti-Muslim Comments http://blog.ctnews.com/kantrowitz/2010/05/15/ct-gop-asked-to-repudiate-candidates-anti-muslim-comments/
Conservative Republicans and Islam: A New Crusade for Votes and Funds, John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-l-esposito/conservative-republicans-_1_b_836750.html
Clue to Republicans: This is Why Most Minorities Don’t Vote For You, Stephen Kral http://www.manolith.com/2009/10/15/clue-to-republicans-this-is-why-minorities-dont-vote-for-you/
Conyers blasts GOP lawmakers’ accusations of Muslim ‘spies’, Michael O’Brien http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/63325-conyers-blasts-gop-lawmakers-accusations-of-muslim-spies
Crowd in GOP big tent doesn’t include many Muslims http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/aug/20/tamara-holder/crowd-gop-big-tent-doesnt-include-many-muslims/
Elected Representatives & Government Officials Who HAVE Questioned Islamophobia, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/elected_representatives_government_officials_who_have_questioned_islam
Fear of a Republican Muslim: An attempt to create a new GOP group causes widespread backlash, Justin Elliott http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/09/08/florida_muslim_gop
Florida. House GOP Leader Adam Hasner Hosts Event Denying Religious Freedom http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/fla_house_gop_leader_adam_hasner_hosts_event_denying_religious_freedom
Fox Trumpets CAIR Conspiracy Theory Charges Made by Author with Anti-Islam History http://mediamatters.org/research/200910150015
Frank Gaffney Was Barred From Participating In CPAC, So He Invented A Reason To ‘Boycott’ It http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/02/15/144098/frank-gaffney-banned-from-cpac/
Pam Geller’s view of civilizational clash with Islam finds a home in the GOP, Alex Kane http://mondoweiss.net/2012/09/gop-offers-space-to-pam-geller-view-of-civilizational-clash-with-islam.html
Louie Gohmert Says Americans Need Guns To Protect The Nation From Sharia Law http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/02/21/1622561/congressman-says-americans-need-guns-to-protect-the-nation-from-sharia-law/
Gohmert Floats New Conspiracy Theory: Obama Ousted Qaddafi ‘So Al-Qaeda Could Take Over’ http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/11/29/1255401/louie-gohmert-obama-libya/
GOP congressman teams up with anti-Muslim group, Justin Elliott http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/07/allen_west_terrorism/index.html
GOP House members call for investigation of Muslim political activity, Glenn Greenwald http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo: They’ve Lowered the Bar Again!, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/gop_lowers_the_anti-muslim_limbo_bar
GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo: How Low Can They Go?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_gop_anti-muslim_limbo_how_low_can_they_go
GOP Congressman Walter Jones Warns That Library Books About Muslim Culture Will Undermine Christianity http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/15/1452861/walter-jones-muslim-books/
GOP Courting leaders of an anti-Muslim hate fest, Zaid Jilani http://www.salon.com/2012/09/18/courting_leaders_of_an_anti_muslim_hate_fest/
GOP Debate: Newt Gingrich’s Comparison of Muslims and Nazis Sparks Outrage http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gop-debate-newt-gingrichs-comparison-muslims-nazis-sparks/story?id=13838355
GOP dirty tricks in the swing states, Richard Silverstein http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/sep/22/uselections2008.republicans
GOP donor Foster Friess stars in his own anti-Muslim video http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/13/1131617/-GOP-donor-Foster-Friess-stars-in-his-own-anti-Muslim-video#
GOP embraces anti-Shariah, Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/08/21/gop_embraces_anti_sharia/
GOP Grand Old Islamophobes? Polls Show Widespread Republican Concerns Over Muslims—And Obama, Evan McMorris http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/grand-old-islamophobes-polls-show-widespread-republican-concern-over-muslims.php
GOP Muslims Fear Failure Of Bush Outreach Efforts After Anti-Mosque Furor http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/republican-muslims-to-gop-youre-on-thin-ice.php
GOPer can’t define, but wants to ban, sharia law, Justin Elliott http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/07/alabama_sharia_ban/index.html
The GOP’s Anti-Muslim Wing Is in Retreat, Tim Murphy http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/muslim-shariah-republican-herman-cain-grover-norquist-allen-west
GOP’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric A ‘Sure-Fire Impetus’ For Violence, James Zogby http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/zogby-anti-muslim-rhetoric-a-sure-fire-impetus-for-violence.php
The GOP’s clever anti-mosque strategy, Mark Silk http://blog.beliefnet.com/religionandpubliclife/2010/08/the-republicans-intolerance-gene.html
The GOP has a Muslim problem, Dean Obeidallah http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/29/opinion/obeidallah-gop-muslim-problem
The GOP Swaps Gay Bashing for Islamaphobia, Sarah Jones http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-islampaphobia
The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims, Cynthia Tucker http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/08/17/the-gops-new-mccarthyism-against-muslims/
The GOP’s Problem with Islam, Aaron Saari http://tpcmagazine.org/article/gop%E2%80%99s-problem-islam
Growing anti-Islam rhetoric in the Republican Party http://www.amperspective.com/?page_id=1709
Has Sue Myrick ever worked on Capitol Hill? http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2009/10/15/has-sue-myrick-ever-worked-on-capitol-hill/
Heard on the Hill: Congressional Cool Points http://www.rollcall.com/issues/55_41/hoh/39519-1.html
Rep. Honda: Slander of Muslims Is ‘Slander Against Democracy and Religious Freedom’, Spencer Ackerman http://washingtonindependent.com/64117/rep-honda-slander-of-muslims-is-slander-against-democracy-and-religious-freedom
House GOPers Accuse Muslim Advocacy Group of Espionage http://nyulocal.com/national/2009/10/16/house-gopers-accuse-muslim-advocacy-group-of-espionage/
House Republicans Continue Muslim ‘Intern Spy’ Crusade, David Sessions http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/10/16/republicans-continue-muslim-intern-spy-crusade/
House Republicans Pal Around with anti-Muslim, anti-Black racist David Yerushalmi, Alex Kane http://alexbkane.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/house-republicans-pal-around-with-anti-muslim-anti-black-racist-david-yerushalmi/
How to lose friends and alienate Muslims, GOP edition, Tim Murphy http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/index.php?mod=article&cat=USA&article=4257
Mike Huckabee: Another Republican Anti-Muslim Bigot http://marcovilla.instablogs.com/entry/mike-huckabee-another-republican-anti-muslim-bigot/
I Have… In My Pocket… A List of Members of the Muslim Brotherhood…, Spencer Ackerman http://spencerackerman.typepad.com/attackerman/2011/07/i-have-in-my-pocket-a-list-of-members-of-the-muslim-brotherhood.html
Idaho GOP Hosts Anti-Muslim Activist http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/idaho-gop-hosts-anti-muslim-activist
Interfaith Group To GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert: Stop Demonizing Islam http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/02/22/1628061/interfaith-gohmert-islam/
Is Republican rhetoric alienating Muslims? http://www.pri.org/stories/politics-society/is-republican-rhetoric-alienating-muslims4418.html
Is The GOP Anti-Islamic ? No, But They Are Playing With Fire, Doug Mataconis http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/is-the-gop-anti-islamic-no-but-they-are-playing-with-fire/
Islamophobia Inc. Targets GOP Muslims Too http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2011/09/islamophobia_in/
Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives, (list of statements) Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia_no_longer_even_questioned
Islamophobia on parade at GOP debate http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-06-15/news/bs-ed-gop-debate-islam-20110614_1_islamophobia-muslims-illegal-immigrants
Jewish Democrats blast Republicans for targeting Muslims http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2011/6/15/jewish-democrats-blast-republicans-for-targeting-muslims.html
Rep. King and the “Prislam” Hearing, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rep._king_and_prislam
Rachel Maddow Exposes Anti-Islam Extremists in Congress http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E271Es21vaM
Meet The Man Behind The Intern Spy Wars: Muslim Mafia Author Dave Gaubatz, Justin Elliott http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/man_behind_intern_spy_wars_muslim_mafia_author_david_gaubatz.php?ref=mp
Members of Congress Blast Claims That Muslim Interns are ‘Spies’, CAIR http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS212218+15-Oct-2009+PRN20091015
Montgomery Democrats Issue Letter Condemning Local GOP Extremist Speaker http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2011/09/maryland-democrat-leaders-issue-letter.html
More Than Half Of Republicans View Muslims Unfavorably http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/republicans-muslims-poll_n_693142.html
Muslim bashing doesn’t win elections, Sephan Salisbury http://mobile.salon.com/politics/war_room/2011/07/18/muslim_bashing_doesn_t_work/index.html
Muslim-bashing the GOP’s sell?, Barry Lynn http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/Barry_Lynn/2011/02/muslim-bashing_sure_to_be_gops_political_sell.html
Muslim Republicans And The GOP http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95821085
Muslim Students Challenge Allen West’s Anti-Islamic Speaker on Capitol Hill http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/07/26/278407/muslim-students-challenge-anti-islamic-speaker/
The Muslims Are Coming! (with video), Dean Obeidallah http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-obeidallah/the-muslims-are-coming_b_321764.html
Muslims, Keep Out: The Republican campaign against a Ground Zero mosque, William Saletan http://www.slate.com/id/2262495/
Muzlem infiltrators in Congress!?, Jeff Siddiqui http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muzlem_infiltrators_in_congress
Rep. Sue Myrick’s hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/myrick_panel
Rep. Sue Myrick Backs Anti-Islam Hate Group http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rep._sue_myrick_backs_anti-islam_hate_group
New York primaries: Which anti-Islam Republican will win?, Alex Pareene http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/09/13/new_york_primaries
Orange County 2011 or Germany 1933?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/germany_or_orange_county
Poll: GOP really dislikes Muslims, Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/08/23/poll_republicans_really_dislike_muslims/
Republican Lawmakers Leading Witch Hunt Against Muslim Group http://mediamattersaction.org/factcheck/200910150008
Republican Muslims Refuse To Enable GOP Hate Campaign http://simplifythepositive.blogspot.com/2010/08/republican-muslims-refuse-to-enable-gop.html
Republican’s anti-Muslim letter sparks outrage http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Republican-s—anti-Muslim-letter-sparks-outrage
Republicans Whip Anti-Muslim Hysteria While Gainesville Pastors Plan Readings From Quran in Response to Planned Burning, Jim White http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/2010/08/21/republicans-whip-anti-muslim-hysteria-while-gainesville-pastors-plan-readings-from-quran-in-response-to-planned-burning/
The Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism (in-depth backgrounder) http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-right-wing-playbook-anti-muslim-extremism
RNC gambles with anti-Sharia platform, Ahmed Bedier & Nadia Ahmad http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/aug/31/naopino2-rnc-gambles-with-anti-sharia-platform-ar-479051/
Romney Campaign’s Ugly Anti-Muslim Strategy to Win Cash and Votes http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/romney-campaigns-ugly-anti-muslim-strategy-win-cash-and-votes
Mitt Romney’s Muslim-Baiting Backers http://www.thenation.com/article/169956/mitt-romneys-muslim-baiting-backers
Talking with Republican Muslims, Mona Eltahawy http://www.monaeltahawy.com/blog/?p=78
Tennessee Republican Primary Candidates Wage Anti-Islam Contest http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/tennessee-republican-primary_n_1731206.html
Unfounded Accusations Against Muslim Interns Both Offensive and Stupid http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=10&year=2009&base_name=offensive_and_stupid
U.S. Right Wing and GOP Presidential Candidates Spreading Paranoid Anti-Muslim Hysteria as Part of Take-Over Strategy, Max Blumenthal http://www.alternet.org/story/152274/u.s_right_wing_and_gop_presidential_candidates_spreading_paranoid_anti-muslim_hysteria_as_part_of_take-over_strategy?page=entire
Virginia Lawmaker’s Remarks on Muslims Criticized (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/20/AR2006122001318.html
Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_is_the_u.s._government_getting_its_information_on_islam_and_musl
Why Does the GOP Seek to Silence American Muslims?, Ahmed Rehab http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/why_does_the_gop_seek_to_silence_american_muslims
Why the GOP embraced Islamophobia, Joe Conason http://www.salon.com/news/politics/republican_party/?story=/opinion/conason/2010/09/12/islamo
Yet More Republican Racism: Iowa Republican Steve King insults blacks and Muslims http://culturekitchen.com/mole333/blog/yet_more_republican_racism_iowa_republican_insu