Over the last couple of weeks, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal was the torchbearer for the anti-Muslim fringe of the Republican Party as he repeated claims that even Fox News retracted regarding “no-go zones” in Europe that were allegedly controlled by Muslims. He’s apparently relinquished the torch, at least temporarily, to a Texas state representative named Molly White who not only skipped town rather than meet with members of the Muslim community, but also made some bigoted demands for Muslims who want to meet with her staff.
Now, the last time I checked, one was not required to say the Pledge of Allegiance or do anything else like that in order to meet with their state or federal representatives or staff. However, Texas state rep. Molly White (R-Belton) is asking members of the Muslim community to do just that if they want to meet with her staff during Muslim Capitol Day.
According to the Texas Tribune:
Texas Muslim Capitol Day is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. On its website, the day-long event is described as “an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues.” The agenda calls for sessions about political activism and visits to the offices of state representatives. (Source)
Now, here’s Molly White’s message that she left on her Facebook page announcing she would not be present during Muslim Capitol Day:
“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,” she posted on Facebook. “We will see how long they stay in my office.” (Source)
Can you imagine the outcry we’d hear from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the hundreds of conservative clickbait blogs if a black, Muslim or liberal lawmaker left town during a Jewish or Christian event at the state capitol? Imagine if he or she left a note asking white or Christian constituents to renounce the KKK or Neo-Nazis before meeting with his or her staff? Every single guest for the next week on Fox and Friends would be trying to outdo each other with cries for resignation, an investigation and angry talking points about how Christians in America are being persecuted. They would have a media field day with the story, yet Molly White will become a new rising star within the GOP for this outrageous insult to Muslims in Belton, Texas as well as the of the state.
Molly White is no stranger to making bizarre statements intended to pander to the religious fringe of the Republican Party in Texas. Back in November, she told the religious news blog Live Action News that the media is engaging in a cover up on abortion (sounds like Benghazi, huh?) and that the procedure causes mental illness and addiction in women who have had an abortion. This is what she told the anti-abortion blog:
First, it [reporting on post-abortion aftermath] flies in the face of the propaganda that abortion is supposed to be safe, without consequence, and empower women, Secondly, women who speak out about the long term risks and consequences of abortion is a direct threat to those who are living in denial that their own abortions hurt them. Finally, those who support, condone and participate in the abortion movement and industry live under a tremendous weight of blood guilt. Facing their responsibility and guilt is too much to bear. I know, I have been there. That is why we must show the grace and forgiveness of Christ in our pro-life approach. (Source)
So it’s safe to say that with the combination of blaming the media for covering up the “truth” about abortion along with stoking the flames of Islamophobia, it looks like Rep. Molly White is bound to be a new rising star on the national GOP stage. I doubt she believes in half of what she’s saying, but she knows it goes over well with the people who do believe this stuff. Sadly, that’s the base the Republican Party has found itself stuck with and it doesn’t look like they’re going to break away from them any time soon.
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