4 Stories Showing the GOP Is as Islamophobic as Ever

In 2019 we will see the first two Muslim women†– Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — enter Congress. Muslim voters†turned out in droves all across the country to cast their ballots in an effort to change the current make-up of our government. And, overwhelmingly, those voters supported Democratic candidates.

No wonder the GOP is so frightened by the group’s new political power.

Here are four horrible things Republicans have†said†about Muslims in the U.S. that show just how afraid they are of religious inclusion in politics.

1. The House floor will “look like an Islamic Republic.”

The additional two female Muslim Congressional members brings the total number of House Muslims to … three. But unlike before,†when all Muslim†members of Congress†were male, the†women’s use of head coverings makes their religion far more visible.

And that has far-right Trump supporter and pastor — and failed political candidate –†livid.

According to†Talking Points Memo, Jackson said:

We are a nation rooted and grounded in Christianity and thatís that. And anybody that doesnít like that, go live somewhere else. Itís very simple. Just go live somewhere else. Donít try to change our country into some sort of Islamic republic or try to base our country on Sharia law….The fact that weíre electing these people to Congress and electing them to office is just beyond the pale. Now, donít get me wrong, I believe in the freedom of religion, I believe in the First Amendment, but Iíll tell you what, Iím not voting for a Muslim to serve in any office. Me, personally, Iím not doing it. Ö The threat to humanity is not merely radical Islam, the threat to humanity is Islam, period.

2. “You can’t be a GOP leader and Muslim.”

In Texas, the Republican Party is having its own internal shakeup, and members are ousting the only Muslim conservative in†their ranks.

Splinter†reports:

Thereís a storm brewing in Tarrant County, TX, where the local Republican party is set to vote on whether or not to oust county vice chair Shahid Shafi from a leadership position within the party.†Shafi, a local surgeon, happens to be Muslim. And for a group of Tarrant County Republicans, thatís simply a bridge too far. “Dr. Shafi is a practicing, Mosque-attending muslim [sic] who claims not to follow sharia law or know what it is,” one local conservative activist said in a Facebook post calling for Shafiís ouster. “As a practicing muslim that is an overt falsehood. Sharia law is anathema to our Constitution because Islam recognizes no other law but shariah [sic].”

The party will vote in January on whether to remove Shafi, a female precinct chair who is married to a Muslim, from power.

3. “I’m so Islamophobic I got banned from Twitter.”

Arkansas legislator Jason Rapert has always been a bit of a Bible thumper, but now it’s become so bad that he was banned from Twitter. Of course,†Rapert claims it’s “anti-Christian bias” afoot, since he was accused of criticizing Muslims.

After announcing the launch of his new endeavor “The National Association of Christian Lawmakers,” Rapert opined about the new wave of Muslim voters, declaring “Do you want them ruling everything in America?” His vitriol spilled over to Twitter, where he got banned for 12 hours.

The Arkansas Times†reports:

According to Rapert, Twitter temporarily locked him out of his account, due to its hateful conduct policy. In his video posted to Facebook last night, Rapert held up a printout of an apparent message from Twitter, which stated that for a 12-hour period, he would not be allowed to send tweets or retweets, follow other users, or like other tweets, though he would still be allowed to browse the site and send direct messages to his followers.

4. It really was a Muslim ban.

Remember President Donald Trump’s first move in 2017 — the Muslim travel ban? Well, the courts may have knocked it down — but that doesn’t mean that the president wasn’t extremely effective in stopping Muslim refugees from entering the U.S. on his watch.

According to the Cato Institute:

President Trump has dramatically reduced the number of Muslim refugees. According to data from the U.S. Department of Stateówhich records the religions of refugeesóMuslim refugees peaked at 38,555 in fiscal year (FY) 2016, fell to 22,629 in FY 2017, and reached just 3,312 in FY 2018óa 91 percent decline from 2016 to 2018. Refugees of other faiths have also seen their numbers cut, though not to the same extent as Muslims. The share of refugees who were Muslims dropped from 45 percent in FY 2016 to 44 percent in FY 2017, and then again to 15 percent in FY 2018. President Trump has reversed the earlier trend under President Obama, where Muslim refugee admissions increased.

All together, Muslim refugees have dropped by about 91 percent.

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danii p3 months ago

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

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Lesa D
Past Member 3 months ago

i think hate is the ugliest four~letter word...

thank you Robin...

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Daniel N
Past Member 3 months ago

thanks

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Elaine W
Elaine W3 months ago

God is love.

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Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld3 months ago

Pan W.,
I disagree. This country was founded on Christian values. Claiming otherwise is blinding yourself to the truth.

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pam w
pam w3 months ago

This nation is NOT ''rooted and grounded" in Christianity. Read Jefferson and Franklin's comments on the Christian faith! I'm so disgusted with faux Xtians spouting this kind of rhetoric to justify their attempts at ''theism."

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