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Friday, January 21, 2011

More Islamophobic Fear-Mongering from House GOP

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), who made headlines this summer by championing the "terror baby" trend and again recently for proposing legislation that would allow lawmakers to carry firearms into the Capitol building, recently signaled his intention to hold hearings in the House on the "creep of Shariah law" in the legal system of the United States. Gohmert explained the need for such hearings on the radio show of Islamophobic "Shariah expert" Frank Gaffney, who we covered two weeks ago for his paranoid insistence on the infiltration of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference by Muslim extremists. From the interview on Gaffney's radio program:
GOHMERT: The biggest shock out of all of this is that the women’s liberation groups have not just gone berserk over this creep into our society that diminishes women as it does.

GAFFNEY: This creep of Sharia law you’re talking about, Congressman Louie Gohmert. You’re absolutely right, they’re nowhere to be seen as this is such an affront to everything that they supposedly hold dear. It’s really extraordinary and it’s why we’re so delighted that you are in place in the United States Congress and that you will be holding forth I know as the Judiciary Committee begins its deliberations this session to look at the creep of Sharia law.

GOHMERT: I’m hoping we’re going to have some hearings because I’m going to be pushing for them. To discuss this issue because it does diminish the Constitution when you bring any law in that doesn’t allow women to be full equal citizens of the United States.
Gohmert's sudden concern for the rights and dignity of women marks an abrupt about-face for the Representative, who has voted against every piece of anti-discrimination legislation that has crosses his desk, including the Equal Pay Bill of 2007. Gohmert might also be interested to learn that under the very Constitution he is hoping to protect from diminishment, women were not allowed to vote as "full equal citizens of the United States" until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

Gohmert's proposed hearings mark the latest chapter in a rising tide of anti-Muslim action by conservatives in Congress. As we reported last week, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is going ahead next month with hearings on the supposed rise of "Muslim radicalization" in the United States. Lawmakers and Muslim-American interest groups have expressed concern over the hearings' potential to alienate the country's Muslim population and stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.

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