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April 16, 2003
Church and State More separate

Church and State

More separate than some would like to see, which is okay, unless that "some" includes the U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige.

I heard about his remarks a few days ago, but this additional information makes the situation sound as though it was even worse than the first reports indicated.

Republicans aren't in favor of all free and open expressions of religion, of course. We all know that. There are even times when they flaunt their bias quite openly.

The California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today called on GOP leaders to repudiate recent Islamophobic remarks made by the former chairman of that state's Republican Party.

At a pro-war rally on Friday sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC) College Republicans, Shawn Steel said: "The Islamic community has a cancer growing inside it, which hates Jews, hates freedom and hates western society...The disease of Islam must be rectified. It's kill or be killed." He also blamed peace activists and the Democratic Party for the Holocaust, the Ku Klux Klan and slavery. During an April 8 rally at Loyola Marymount University, Steel referred to Islam as a "dangerous" and "diseased religion."

Does it seem to anyone but me that these types feel a lot more free to express disapproval of others' freedoms than they did, for instance, under the previous Administration?
"The Republican Party can no longer remain silent in the face of the anti-Muslim bigotry spewed by a minority of hate-mongers within its ranks.
Not that it will probably make the Muslims feel any better, but I'd like to point out that bigotry in the ranks of the Republican party isn't confined to anti-Muslin sentiments. There are even factions of the party that might bristle at the idea, implicit in the first quote above, that hating "Jews" is a bad thing.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:46 PM


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