On December 17. 2015, eighty-two members of the House of Representatives co-sponsored a resolution entitled “House Resolution 569 – Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” The full text, and the list of the 82 House Members that signed on to this atrocity, are given below. Is YOUR Congressman/woman on the list?
“IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 17, 2015
Mr. Beyer (for himself, Mr. Honda, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Norton, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Kaptur, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Kildee, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Peters, Mr. Ashford, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Takai, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Keating, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Gallego, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Delaney, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Gutiérrez, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Esty, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Meng, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Farr, Mr. Pallone, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Lee, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sires, Ms. DelBene, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Polis, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Pascrell, Mrs. Dingell, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Takano, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Van Hollen, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Heck of Washington) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.
Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;
Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious practice is a cherished United States value and violence or hate speech towards any United States community based on faith is in contravention of the Nation’s founding principles;
Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cultures, and both immigrants and native-born citizens;
Whereas this Muslim community is recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural and economic fabric and well-being of United States society;
Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against Muslims are contrary to the United States values of acceptance, welcoming, and fellowship with those of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;
Whereas these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families, communities, and the entire group whose faith or beliefs were the motivation for the act;
Whereas Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing have been disproportionately targeted because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances; and
Whereas the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes;
(2) steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;
(3) denounces in the strongest terms the increase of hate speech, intimidation, violence, vandalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim;
(4) recognizes that the United States Muslim community has made countless positive contributions to United States society;
(5) declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all United States citizens, including Muslims in the United States, should be protected and preserved;
(6) urges local and Federal law enforcement authorities to work to prevent hate crimes; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those perpetrators of hate crimes; and
(7) reaffirms the inalienable right of every citizen to live without fear and intimidation, and to practice their freedom of faith.”
There you have it. Almost 20% of the House of Representatives wasted government time and money perpetuating the false narrative of “religion of peace” and Muslim victimhood. Where’s the Resolution condemning the concepts in Islam that motivated the San Bernardino killers? Where’s the Resolution condemning the senseless savagery and human rights violations inherent in blasphemy laws? Where’s the Resolution condemning the cruel and unusual punishment going on in Islamic countries around the world, especially Saudi Arabia? But no, they’ve got to get this out there instead.
The part of this Resolution that troubles me the most is the last “Whereas” before the things they “Resolve”: “Whereas the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways.”
Two things are wrong with this statement. The first is the idea of a “false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam…” It’s not a false narrative at all. The idea that it is a false narrative is due to the rampant cowardice running through our government regarding confronting the issues of Islam. Western ethics and values can only be implacably opposed to those of Islam. Islam believes apostates and blasphemers should die, that women and minority religions are second class citizens, that homosexuals should be shunned or destroyed, and that non-muslims have fewer rights in the justice system than Muslims. Western Civilization rejects these obvious human rights violations, but for some reason, we have lost our courage to speak out against these wrongs. We need to find our courage once more, and admit that Western ideas of civil and human rights and Islam’s ideas of civil and human rights are, indeed, at war with each other.
The second issue I have with this statement is the last clause, where it says hateful and anti-Muslim speech “can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways.” Who, exactly, are the “certain individuals” being referred to here? Are they talking about people incited to commit hate crimes against Muslims…or are they talking about the exceedingly thin-skinned and easily provoked Muslims themselves as the ones who might “react in extreme and violent ways”? The resolution doesn’t make that clear…and it really doesn’t matter either way. The idea that the person who uttered harmless words is responsible for a deed done by another is completely illogical. People are expected to be in control of their own actions and their own choices. Words don’t hurt. It’s the things people hear in them that hurt. Like, for example, the truth. Who decides what “hateful and anti-Muslim” speech is? In some European countries, hate speech can consist simply of reading unflattering parts of Islamic hadiths. By using these words, we are admitting that we are afraid to confront violence and repression in the name of defending freedom of expression. We are caving to a threat of future terror and brutality, and sacrificing the truth and honest discourse. This article by Judith Bergman for the Gatestone Institute is another excellent discussion of this treasonous resolution, including Hillary Clinton’s efforts as Secretary of State to limit free speech.
People need to make a statement about the inappropriateness of this resolution. It is a blatant attack on free speech. It says at the end of the list of willfully blind Representatives that the Resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Here is a link to the Committee. You can click on each member Congressman’s name on this page. This takes you to their individual web page, where you can contact them to let them know exactly what you think about this resolution. Take action! More people need to start speaking up against the lies and cowardice! Help defend free speech…before this right is lost to us altogether!