State Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is sticking to her guns and not apologizing for anti-Muslim comments she made on Facebook a week ago. So maybe it’s time to put a final period on this whole thing. For now. Maybe.
We know White is not apologizing because she’s pretty much said so in several attempts to explain, and shift the blame, for her comments. She started by saying her comments were taken out of context and blown out proportion. She also said she didn’t expect anyone outside her district to see her comments, nevermind the fact that she posted them on the Internet.
The latest explanation/blame-shifting came Wednesday, again on Facebook. On her page, White blamed “political correctness” for the whole thing:
Last week during Texas Muslim Capitol Day, I posted a statement on my Facebook page to bring attention to a serious problem facing Texas and the United States of America. Instead of understanding the comment, the political correctness that dominates our public dialogue sought to construe the statement into something intolerant, bigoted and anti-American. This politically correct syndrome seeks to inflict social discipline and tolerance reminders on the perpetrators of candid statements with the intention to silence comments on important issues that face our society. When we remain silent, we lose the opportunity to shed light on issues important to our freedom
Those comments were attached to this video, in which she claims her office is open to all and that “she never asks” about the religious backgrounds of visitors. Technically, she’s right. In her original Facebook post she made it clear it was her staff that was instructed to do pretty much just that.
Incidentally, the Texas Tribune debunked the claims White makes about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in her video.
Now the entire controversy seems to be dying down. And maybe White, a freshman lawmaker, will learn from the experience and will avoid the kind of rhetoric that made her story go viral.
So this is it, yes? Maybe. For now.