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Texas Rep Asks FBI How Their Baptist And Catholic Outreach Plan Is Going

Texas Rep Asks FBI How Their Baptist And Catholic Outreach Plan Is Going

A rather confusing exchange occurred when the Director of the FBI was questioned by a Texas representative.  The congressman began questioning the FBI on their plans to do outreach to other religious communities like they do with the Muslim communities.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday whether the bureau had any outreach programs specifically for the Baptist or Catholic communities like it did with the Muslim community.

“How is your outreach going with the Baptists or the Catholics?” Gohmert inquired.

“Do you have a particular program of outreach to Hindus, Buddhists, the Jewish community, agnostics, or is it just a particular outreach program for [Muslims]?” Gohmert pressed. “I’ve looked extensively and I haven’t seen anywhere … that there’s been an extensive outreach program to any other community trying to develop trust and this kind of relationship. And it makes me wonder if there is an issue of trust or something like that the FBI is seeing in that particular community.”

Mueller was appearing before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on FBI oversight. I caught up with Gohmert after the hearing to find out what he was getting at.

“You can try and figure it out,” Gohmert told TPM. “I was just trying to explore because he said that there was no more suspicion basically in one community than the other so I was trying to explore just how similar all the other communities were.”

Mueller said in response to Gohmert’s question that the FBI’s citizens academies involve “individuals from a variety of segments” of the communities in which they operate.

“It doesn’t sound like there extensive outreach programs to all the other communities, so I think there’s a difference,” Gohmert told TPM.

So, was Rep. Gohmert trying to push the FBI to look at other segments of religious populations, or was he trying to get Mueller to state that only Muslim populations require outreach in an effort to enhance the “outsider” status of Muslims in America?  Let us know what you think in the comments.

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8:23PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

The guy is dangerous and doesn't know what he is talking about. The biggest danger to democracy are conservative/religious radicals like him. And, who are the nuts who vote for him.

3:04AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Is that the pre election flutter of the rogue republican banner I hear?

12:36PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Ha Ha that is kinda funny! I thought at first he was one of the few Muslims in office. But I guess from Texas he wouldnt be. Any way you know they are singeling out one comunity just like the Racial profiling of the 60-70 to present of the blacks and now the hispanics. and there are also us Long haired white boys they drive flashy red sports cars. even at 50 they swear I gotta be doing drugs.

11:12AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

seeing as he's a republican,
I'm guessing the later of the two

8:46AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

most of you guys are dopes or swallowed some stupid pills.

6:56AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

It just looked to me that Rep. Louie Gohmert was just pointing out the FBI's hypocrisy in saying they weren't targeting the Muslim religion over any other religion given that it's the only religious community that they are "reaching out" to... because if there's only one religion to which an outreach is being devoted, then that religion is, indeed, being targeted.

1:59AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

What an idiot!

9:47PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

More smoke and mirrors; why waste your breath
trying to make sense of nonsense?

I'm sure the FBI follows leads wherever they take them. They look for people who are a danger to our society. Let's get off arguing about religion which has no place in politics.
We are a diverse society, all governed by the same laws. (Excepting the super rich. sarcasm
intended.)

9:14PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Who ever would have thought, that planet Earth could produce so many loony-tunes?

8:51PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Who creates these stupid polls? 75% of them are phrased in such a non-sense way and who do they serve?
Why not ask an intelligent question. Who at Care2 creates these Polls? I am not as much responding to this "how stupid are you with your knowledge of the FBI?" as the dozens of polls I have seen after an interesting article that are really dull witted.
This article is not about Christians or Buddhists or anything other than a ploy by the Feds to gain trust from the Muslim community. Gohmert was being a wise guy when he asked the director if they had outreach program for Baptist and Catholics.

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