3 Congressional Muslims Hail First-Ever Vote ‘Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry’

By Susan Jones | March 8, 2019 | 6:13am EST
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) poses for photographs with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) and her family at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution inspired by the anti-Semitic remarks of Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

But under pressure from various Democrats, the resolution was expanded way beyond anti-Semitism to include every group that has ever claimed oppression, including Muslims. And it did not call out Omar by name.

It was the part about anti-Muslim discrimination that got top billing in the following statement released by three Muslim members of Congress after the resolution passed on a vote of 407-23.

H. Res. 183 begins this way:

"Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”

The text of the resolution devotes several paragraphs to white supremacists, although those particular haters did not prompt the resolution. The insulting remarks of a newly-elected Muslim congresswoman, aimed at Jews, spurred Congress to act.

But nevertheless, white supremacists are singled out first, as follows:

Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence;

Whereas the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., taught that persecution of any American is an assault on the rights and freedoms of all Americans;

Whereas on August 11 and 12, 2017, self-identified neo-Confederates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen held white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they marched on a synagogue under the Nazi swastika, engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations and committed brutal and deadly violence against peaceful Americans;

Whereas a white nationalist murdered nine African American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, in the hopes of igniting a nationwide race war;

The resolution goes on to condemn the “scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States...including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis.”

It also “acknowledges the harm suffered by Muslims and others from the harassment, discrimination, and violence that result from anti-Muslim bigotry.”

The text of the full resolution is linked here.

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