Sept. 20, 2017
by Dave Gibson
On April 6, 2017, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), introduced House Resolution 257 (HR 257), which offers protection against “racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence,” for Muslims, yet excludes Christians from such safeguards.
A few notable excerpts from the biased Resolution follow:
Whereas, in 2015, hate crimes targeting Muslims in the United States increased by 67 percent, reaching a level of violence targeting Muslim Americans that the United States had not experienced since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Whereas, in 2017, Islamic centers and mosques have been burned in the States of Texas, Washington, and Florida, and Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in the States of Missouri and Pennsylvania;
In the Resolution, Rep. Comstock even calls for “the development of an inter-agency task force led by the Attorney General and bringing together the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities.”
Though without offering any examples, Comstock goes on to claim that “during the 2016–2017 school year there has been an increase in White supremacist activity on college campuses across the United States.”
As of the date of this article, the following House members have joined with Rep. Comstock and are listed as co-sponsors to HR 257:
In June 2017, Retired FBI Agent Joseph R. John, wrote for the Sonoran News:
This is an attempt to suppress law enforcement and opposition to Sharia Law.
These resolutions were engineered by CAIR and The Muslim Brotherhood and are designed to silence any American who speaks up to oppose what we are seeing happening in England today. The goal is “criminalizing speaking out against Radical Islamic Terrorism” resulting in arrest and being criminally charged in court. The net result is that CAIR would make an example of any American who speaks out, and to suppress all Americans from ever speaking out against the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR programs again (like opposing the indoctrination of students in Islam and Sharia law in Public Schools).
There is an accompanying piece of legislation in the Senate, known as SR 118, which the Gatestone Institute has characterized as an effort “to criminalize free speech,” and has been introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
On June 20, 2017, Judith Bergman of the Gatestone Institute stated:
The drafters of Senate Resolution 118 and House Resolution 257, are two Muslim organizations, EmgageUSA (formerly known as EmergeUSA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. This is what EmgageUSA published on its website on April 6, 2017:
‘We are excited to report that EmergeUSA and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) worked with Senator Kamala Harris to introduce Senate Resolution #118, which was passed unanimously today. The historic resolution is the first of its kind to condemn hate crimes and other forms of racism. The hate crimes extend beyond targeting just Muslim and Jewish Americans to also include religious minorities such as Hindu and Sikh Americans… EmergeUSA is committed to engaging, and empowering the Muslim American community via the political process by working towards making federal and state legislation and policies more equitable for the Muslim American community.’
EmgageUSA goes on to tell its members to thank senator Kamala Harris and her co-sponsors, as well as to urge their congressmen to support “similar resolutions” when they come up, and to also urge their local representatives to adopt such resolutions. In other words, this campaign is to be a nationwide effort.
In a blog post in The Hill, Chief Executive Officer of EmgageUSA, Wa’el Alzayat, wrote:
‘On April 5, the Senate unanimously adopted Resolution 118… As a Muslim American, I am grateful for this welcome gesture to help address the troubling rise in hate crimes against immigrants and ethnic and religious minorities… The Muslim American community has been on the receiving end of a long-running campaign of Islamophobia that pre-dates the current political climate… Senate Resolution 118 is a welcome and necessary step from our national leaders, but much more needs to be done; not only by our government, but also by average citizens, especially Muslim Americans…’
On May 6, EmgageUSA published the following on its Facebook page:
‘Representative Barbara Comstock, second term Republican from Virginia’s 10th District is teaming up with EmergeUSA and MPAC to successfully pass a House Resolution which condemns ethnic, religious and racial hate crimes. The bi-partisan resolution was co-sponsored by Representatives Dingell, Taylor and Curbelo and mirrors its Senate Counterpart, S. Res. 118… The Resolution is now in the House and we need you to help pass it. Take action and contact your Representatives today and urge them to sign on to pass this resolution.’
Would it not be appropriate for the politicians sponsoring and voting for these resolutions first of all to find out what drives the organizations responsible for drafting them?
The co-founder of EmgageUSA and the group’s National Board C0-Chair, is none other than longtime criminal defense attorney Khurrum Wahid, who has represented numerous Islamic terrorists, including, Shahawar Matin Siraj, who in 2007, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a plot to plant several bombs around New York City.
It would seem that when it comes to our elected representatives, selling-out the American people as well as forgetting our founding values and principles is a truly bi-partisan issue.