In case you missed it, last week The Daily Show ran a funny piece on the battle over the re-election of Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House. The show poked fun at the “miracle” of electing a Jewish speaker in a famously Christian land like Texas. And predictably, they found plenty of religious discrimination and rank hypocrisy in Texas, only it was directed at another minority religious group — American Muslims.
When correspondent John Oliver went looking for a useful bigot, Dave Welch of the right-wing Houston Area Pastor Council proved himself more than happy to oblige. Oliver asked — tongue in cheek — “Can we at least agree that we don’t want a Muslim speaker?” To which a smug Welch replied:
“I would say right now, yes, for a variety of reasons. Again, we have deep concerns about the loyalty of Muslims to the Constitution.”
Wait a minute.
Last time I checked, the Constitution pretty clearly states “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” (Article VI, paragraph 3).
Somebody isn’t being loyal to the Constitution, alright. But it isn’t American Muslims.
2 thoughts on “No Religious Test… Except for Muslims”
Coffee-spewing moment was when the little girl put on the tiny cowboy hat with a Star of David on the front. A laff riot.
The shorter Welch: Ah am not a big-got! I jes don’t like no one who is differnt frum me, like, jews, blacks, womenfolk, muslims, American Indians and Episcopalians. Gimmie a fat, white, good ole boy any day!
I must respectfully disagree: the right wing in America is, ultimately, not interested in imposing a religious test only on Muslims. Ultimately, they would like to impose a religious test on everyone who is not a conservative Christian (what they’d REALLY like to do is exclude everyone who’s not a conservative evangelical Christian, but they need the Catholics).