Just so readers don’t get the idea that all I do here is complain about the GOP, I’m lavishing praise on the party for its forward-looking platform plank on American Laws for American Courts (described here). I’m actually stunned it made it into the platform, but then again maybe everyone was too busy (worrying and writing rules! about those dastardly Ron Paul people and Tea Party troublemakers who they contend threaten the establishment) to pay attention.
But, you know the Council on American Islamic Relations was paying attention. Here is their press release calling on the GOP to abandon the plank. But, before reading on, watch this short clip of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presenting the plank and in less than two minutes it’s adopted. Some Marylanders had the pleasure of meeting attorney Kobach in Frederick, here, in May of 2011.
From CAIR’s press release:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/24/2012) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked the Republican Party to reject a newly-adopted platform plank that includes a section supporting a ban on foreign law, which its sponsor admits targets the religious principles of American Muslims.
CAIR noted that the plank appears to be modeled on dozens of bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide based on draft legislation promoted by David Yerushalmi, an infamous Islamophobe with a history of bigoted statements targeting women, African Americans and people of the Jewish faith.
[NOTE: CAIR today released an “Islamophobe profile” of Yerushalmi, the first in a series of such reports. See below for details.]
You know you are really something if you get your own “Islamophobe profile” from CAIR!
On Tuesday, the anti-Islam plank was adopted without argument or debate during a meeting of the Republican Party’s platform committee. The policy statement was introduced by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration activist who also wrote Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” law.
“This plank is part of a nationwide trend to marginalize Muslims and keep them from having the same rights and access to the courts as Americans of other faiths,” said CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw. “The plank is irrelevant, since the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause ensures that no foreign law can replace it, and only serves as a smoke-screen for anti-Muslim bigotry.”
If the plank is irrelevant and CAIR has no intention of inserting Shariah arguments into legal cases, then why care if this is in the Republican platform?
Readers should have a look at Rep Keith Ellison’s fit over the platform plank as well, here. Republicans are a bunch of bigots! Ellison, a Muslim, represents a district in Minnesota that has a huge Somali refugee population considered the largest in the US.
Republicans in a dark ugly place!
Here is Ellison:
Ellison blasted Republicans as “the party of hate” for having “demonstrated hatred towards Muslims” in adopting the language.
“I’m sad that they have decided to go into this dark, ugly place where they see the whole world as their enemy,” Ellison said. “And this is the thing: I don’t mind debating taxes and spending; we probably should. But they’re the party that is basically a bigoted party and they have now officially declared themselves against a whole segment of the American population, because if we said we were going to put a plank opposing Jewish law, or Catholic canon, it would be an outrage. This is also an outrage. But you know, it’ll pass.”
CAIR tantrums not limited to GOP. While condemning “Islamophobia” they want the right to be anti-Semitic. They say they want “robust political debate!” Here is the story from California:
A controversial Muslim lobby group known for its attempts to shut down criticism by labeling detractors “Islamophobic” is opposing a California resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the campuses of public universities in the state.
The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, was a signatory to a letter to members of the California state Assembly who passed a nonbinding resolution stating “no public resources will be allowed to be used for any anti-Semitic or any intolerant agitation.”
CAIR’s national office was named by the Justice Department an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation’s biggest terrorist-financing scheme.
The letter argues the “highly ideological” resolution, HR 35, “stifles robust political debate on university campuses” and “contributes to a climate of intimidation faced by Muslim and Arab students on California campuses.”
Huh? If the shoe fits!
The fruits of an earlier hissy fit by CAIR
Yesterday, at Refugee Resettlement Watch, I reported on an arrest in Tennessee of a Muslim (Somali?) worker who threatened a co-worker at Dell. She is being charged with a terrorist act after suggesting she would get a gun and kill all the infidels at her place of employment. She also said America will be a Muslim country soon.
And, isn’t it interesting that her place of employment, Dell, succumbed to demands by CAIR to educate non-Muslim workers in Muslim religious (Shariah!) requirements about seven years ago.
Thanks Kris Kobach and the Republican Party for your good work! Now, who in Maryland will promote American Laws for American Courts in Annapolis this winter?
Update: CAIR reports record number of Muslim delegates at DNC convention, here.