East Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Baby” Gohmert today defended the accusations and smears he and four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been aiming at Muslim Americans serving in the U.S. government. But he probably didn’t help himself when he directly insulted the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain has sharply criticized the anti-Muslim smears, particularly those suggesting that Huma Abedin is part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Abedin is a long-time aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking on Dennis Miller’s radio show today, Gohmert had this to say:

“Well, it’s obvious that John McCain didn’t even read the letter because of what he said in accusing Michele [Bachmann] and us of making these horrible accusations. There were five letters and there were many things that are stated that are facts in each letter. And I wish some of these numb nuts would go out and read the letter before they make these horrible allegations about the horrible accusations we’re making. But we also know that John McCain himself had said back in the early stages of stuff going on in Egypt that he was,… Read More

The late Joseph McCarthy’s soul surely was dancing over the shocking behavior of East Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert at a congressional hearing on Thursday. It gets especially outrageous at the 3:00 mark. Words fail.

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Sadly, this won’t surprise many folks. East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert is one of five Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are facing sharp criticism from their colleagues for demanding an investigation into unfounded charges that Muslim extremists are infiltrating the U.S. government.

Two years ago Gohmert warned that pregnant foreign terrorists are breeding baby terrorists in America. Now he has joined Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and three other members of Congress in the latest example of anti-Muslim hysteria, and an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become a smear target. From a CNN story:

Among the issues they raise is a claim that long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, has three family members connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and is at risk of being influenced by her family members.  The members of Congress want to know how she holds a high level security clearance.

“The concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function… Read More

Will we soon be hearing cries of betrayal from religious-righters who have been warning that Muslims are using charter schools to indoctrinate Texas kids?

Campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that David Bradley, a leader of the creationist faction on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), received three late contributions in May to his re-election campaign from people associated with charters schools that religious-right groups claim promote radical Islam.

The contributions, which totaled $3,700, came from the chief operating officer of Harmony Public Schools, a principal at one of the Harmony schools in the Houston area and a Houston board member for an organization said to be associated with a major financial backer of those charter schools.

Groups like Texas Eagle Forum have claimed that Harmony financial backer — a wealthy Turkish Muslim man  named Fethullah Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania — is using the charter schools to indoctrinate American students in Turkish and Muslim culture. Insisting that the so-called “Gulen movement” is a radical threat to America, they almost succeeded in holding up approval of a state budget in 2011 when some legislators promoted their arguments that “Gulen schools” (Harmony)… Read More

He’s too old to have been in school when the Texas State Board of Education passed its 2010 resolution attacking Islam and falsely claiming that history textbooks have an anti-Christian and pro-Muslim bias. But a 24-year-old Texas man has been charged with violating the civil rights of members of a Tennessee mosque.

Talking Points Memo explains the charges against 24-year-old Javier Alan Correa:

Correa allegedly used a cell phone to call the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and left a message saying there was going to be a bomb in the building on the 10th anniversay of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Listen up you f***ing Muslim b****es, go back to your f***ing dirty f***ing country, f***ing Muslim fascists, get the f*** out of here,” he allegedly stated.

At least that comment is more succinct than the offensive resolution the State Board of Education adopted.… Read More