Rep. Molly White Not Quite Sure Who's an American
Republican rep says Muslim visitors should pledge allegiance to U.S.
By Amy Kamp,
11:53AM, Thu. Jan. 29, 2015
Today, Jan. 29, marks "Texas Muslim Capitol Day," a lobby day organized by a civil rights coalition, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, "urging lawmakers to support issues that affect people of all faiths," according to CAIR-Texas' Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the idea of Muslim Texans and their fellow civil rights supporters participating in their state's democratic process proved too much for some to bear. A small group of protesters greeted the visitors on the south steps of the Capitol with signs bearing such hostile sentiments as "Go home and take Obama with you," and "Radical Islam is the new Nazi."
CAIR Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah says the purpose of Texas Muslim Capitol Days are to provide training on political activism, especially for students; show support for civil rights and Muslim-Americans; and to educate lawmakers on those topics.
Freshman Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, who is perhaps best known for her fear-mongering on the topic of abortion, isn't in Austin today, but wasn't about to let an opportunity to engage in a little Islamophobia slide. She wrote on her official Facebook page, "I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office."
So, let's see if we've got this straight. Americans practicing their right to religious freedom: not actually American if that religion is Islam. But a Texas state rep. leaving the flag of another country to greet her visitors: super-duper American.