Earlier this week I posted about how several GOP representatives are taking a horrific and racist moves against Muslim (and those they believe to be) Muslim individuals both at the national and state levels.
During the last month many republican controlled states have moved to ban Sharia law. Last week Orange County hosted a “Patriotic Rally” in response to a Muslim fund-raiser at which several members of the republican party spoke at. This rally produced some of the most disturbing, vile, and gut-wrenching footage of racism on the right in my lifetime and has been largely cast off by the right as acceptable behavior or an attack on Christianity.
This week GOP representative Peter King (R-NY) will hold a “hearing” for radical Islam. Democratic members, Pete Stark and John Dingell, have started an effort to urge King to reconsider his actions as they are entirely unfounded, utterly racist and completely unnecessary. So far there are 28 co-signers on this letter and not a single republican name appears.
Baldwin (D-WI), Blumenauer (D-OR), Chu (D-CA), Conyers (D-MI), Edwards (D-MD), Frank (D-MA), Fudge (D-OH), Grijalva (D-AZ), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hirono (D-HI), Holt (D-NJ), Honda (D-CA), Jackson (D-IL), Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Kucinich (D-OH), Lee (D-CA), McCollum (D-MN), McDermott (D-WA), Meeks (D-FL), Moran (D-VA), Polis (D-CO), Rush (D-IL), Schakowsky (D-IL), Scott (D-VA), Serrano (D-NY), and Waters (D-CA)
And the full letter:
Dear Chairman King:
We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee’s upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans. We ask that you reconsider the scope of these hearings and instead examine all forms of violence motivated by extremist beliefs, rather than unfairly focusing on just one religious group.
We believe that the tone and focus of these hearings runs contrary to our nation’s values. Muslim Americans contribute to our nation’s wellbeing in many professions including as doctors, engineers, lawyers, firefighters, business entrepreneurs, teachers, police officers and Members of Congress. Their hard work helps to make our country exceptional.
Furthermore, casting a negative light on an entire community — rather than focusing on actual dangerous fringes will only strain community relationships and trust that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have worked hard to develop. Muslim Americans are an integral part of our larger American society and should be treated as such, not viewed with suspicion.
The choice between our values of inclusiveness and pluralism and our security is a false one.
If you wish to examine violent extremism, we ask that you do so by examining violence motivated by extremist beliefs in all its forms. Singling out one religious group and blaming the actions of individuals on an entire community is not only unfair, it is unwise– and it will not make our country any safer.
Pete Stark John Dingell
Member of Congress Member of Congress
CC: Ranking Member Bennie Thompson
I’m just out of words. This is truly heart breaking for to witness. Haven’t we, after all every one this country has oppressed, tormented, murdered for not having the same religion, the same color of skin or didn’t “fit in” in some minuscule way, learned nothing from history?
Same story; different color. Same words; different religion.
Can you give any example in the history of humanity where this has ever ended in anything other than tragedy?