Certain loaded words can get tossed around too freely in political discourse. “Bigot” is one of them. But, you know, sometimes that word just fits very well.
Take, for example, Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, the Lone Star branch of Phyllis Schlafly’s far-right outfit. Adams proudly parades her prejudices on issues ranging from religion to sexual orientation. She has arrogantly questioned President Obama’s religious faith, suggested that Mexican immigrants have inferior morals, and insisted that Dallas voters oppose candidates for office simply because they’re gay.
Adams has been particularly vocal in her distaste for Muslims. She doesn’t even bother to distinguish between Muslims generally and violent Islamic extremists. For Adams, apparently, they’re all evil and untrustworthy. So we weren’t surprised to see our friends at Right Wing Watch report about a recent presentation Adams gave to the Far North Dallas Tea Party. From their report:
Adams sees the influence of “stealth jihad” everywhere in American society – including in the Republican Party. In her speech, Adams claimed credit for personally bringing down the candidacy of Amir Omar, an Iranian-American Republican who ran for Congress in Texas in… Read More
Well, that’s what he said. And no, we have no idea what the hell he meant. But one thing is for sure when Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert goes on one of his unhinged rants — it will sound like he forgot to take his meds that morning. That’s pretty much the impression he gave on Wednesday during a committee hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder.
The East Texas congressman insisted that law enforcement officials and the Justice Department failed to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing because of “political correctness,” claiming that federal officials harass Christians but are worried about offending Muslims. Attorney General Holder, clearly exasperated by the bizarre attacks, pointed out that Gohmert was woefully misinformed. That brought an even angrier, rambling response from Gohmert. The Republican chairman of the committee tried to restore order as Gohmert charged that Holder was “casting aspersions on my asparagus.” Huh? See for yourself.
Republican Congressman Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert of East Texas is once again showing that he’s a master of reckless smears and idiotic statements in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Thursday, speaking on the radio program for the kooky fringe website World Net Daily, Rep. Gohmert accused the Obama administration of “trying to help terrorists” and charged that the administration is filled with members of the Muslim Brotherhood:
“It’s very clear to everyone but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us. I’m hoping either this administration will wake up, or a new one will come in at the next election before irreparable damage is done. This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.”
It’s surprising that someone can stoop so low and stay balanced on two feet. You can read more from the interview on the World Nut Daily website here.
Another anti-Sharia measure received a surprise hearing in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, even though there was no advance notice for the hearing. HJR 43 is a constitutional amendment by Dan Flynn, R-Van, stating that a “court of this state may not enforce, consider, or apply any religious or cultural law.”
Strangely, the bill’s author never uttered the words “Sharia” or “Islamic law” when explaining his bill, offering only bland, empty platitudes about respect for Texas law and courts. Rep. Flynn also announced that he was working on a committee substitute that changed his proposal in ways he did not specify. But, adding to the odd presentation, he did not bring any new language to show the committee.
The proposal as filed shares all the flaws of the anti-Sharia bill (SB 1639) that was heard in the Senate a few weeks ago — and then some, since the language of this constitutional amendment is MUCH more broad. Unfortunately, since the committee provided no advance warning for the hearing, they did not hear the full range of opposition that mobilized against SB 1639 in the Senate Business &… Read More
In an impromptu meeting called at the close of the Senate’s regular business on Wednesday, the Business and Commerce Committee quietly — and narrowly — voted to pass Senate Bill 1639 by a vote of 5-4. Based on our quick review of the audio file of the meeting, the vote count was as follows:
Yes: Carona (R), Taylor (R), Eltife (R), Hancock (R), Lucio (D)
No: Estes (R), Van de Putte (D), Watson (D), Whitmire (D)
It’s not exactly surprising to see a measure targeting the mythical threat of Sharia law advance in Texas — it’s certainly not the first time. But given the overwhelming chorus of voices that unequivocally demonstrated that there is no problem with Sharia law in Texas courts, it is a little disconcerting.
And yet, some on the committee were clearly listening to that testimony. Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, explained why he joined with three Democrats on the committee to vote against the measure:
Senator Carona, I want to first start by saying that I believe this bill was filed with the best of intentions. I think… Read More