Alan Harper represents the 61st District in Alabama’s State House. Like many other Republicans across the country, Harper decided to voice his ignorance and fearmonger against Muslims, issuing a hateful statement on his Facebook page about convenience store owners.
Alan Harper isn’t just some racist with a blog, he’s an elected official and he’s using his personal Facebook page to incite hatred toward business owners who provide an important service to his district.
Alan Harper, an Aliceville Republican who represents Tuscaloosa and Pickens counties in the Alabama House, said in a Monday Facebook post that travelers should try to “shop and purchase gas and other items at American owned stores.”
“The C stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians.” Harper wrote, using an abbreviation for a convenience store. “In large part, these stores are owned by folk that send their profits back to their homeland and then in turn use these funds against our country to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction.
“I realize I am “painting with a broad brush” here, but the madness has to stop. Please join me in making the extra effort to never support these stores/shops! I am trying to do my part and I know you will too,” he said, adding “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May God Bless.” (Source)
When a gas station clerk in his district gets assaulted or even murdered, Alan Harper will have blood on his hands. He’s not explicitly calling for violence, but he is most certainly fanning the flames of prejudice and xenophobia, which can lead disturbed individuals to take their hatred to another, deadly level. In the aftermath of the massacre in Paris by Islamic radicals, America is in full freakout mode once again, and there have already been hate crimes committed against people believed to be Muslims.
What I want to know is how Alan Harper determines who is, and who is not a God-fearing Christian. Is there some sort of skin color or religious test his friends and constituents need to apply to the employees or owners of the convenience stores before they buy gas or a six-pack of Old Milwaukee? I’m sure it’s pretty safe to say that a majority of the people in the 61st District can’t tell the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim, much less explain to you why Shiites, Sunnis or Sufis are different in their interpretations of the Muslim faith.
All of these years after 9/11, the majority of Americans still confuse Sikhs with Muslims, and they’ve been the target of numerous acts of domestic terrorism. Alan Harper’s rhetoric is making things worse, and he is just one of many figures on the right exploiting the ignorance and bigotry of his constituents for political gain. It’s only a matter of time before someone else gets hurt.
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