Category Archives for Islam

Anti-Muslim Hysteria Returns to the Texas Capitol

Efforts to pass legislation addressing the mythical threat of Sharia, or Islamic law, in Texas are gearing up yet again in the current legislative session. Right-wing state lawmakers have been pushing for years to pass legislation banning Sharia in Texas. Many such bills around the country have been linked to a core group of anti-Muslim fanatics (see here […]

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Texas House Candidate Warns of Muslim ‘Infiltration’ in American Society

A candidate seeking a seat in the Texas House of Representatives in the May 27 Republican runoff recently warned listeners on a religious radio program about “the infiltration of our society by Muslims.” The Texas Tribune reported about the comments by Rob Henneke, who finished second in the March primary for the GOP nomination to replace state Rep. […]

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Houston Religious-Right Group to Host Discredited Anti-Muslim Hysteric

A Houston-based group whose executive director has made numerous incendiary statements about his city’s mayor, President Obama and others is hosting a prominent but discredited anti-Muslim hysteric at an event later this month. The Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC), which honored Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (who is running for governor this year) with its […]

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Are Anti-Muslim Activists Targeting Next Year’s Social Studies Textbook Adoption in Texas?

With the science textbook adoption mostly behind them, State Board of Education (SBOE) members are turning their attention to next year’s adoption of new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. And we’re already seeing right-wing activists preparing to turn that adoption into another “culture war” battleground. Circulating among tea party and other right-wing activists in […]

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From Cathie Adams’ Fevered Mind: Grover Norquist Is a Secret Muslim Because ‘He Has a Beard’

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 […]

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Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Blows Up: Stop ‘Casting Aspersions on My Asparagus’!

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 […]

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Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Says Obama Administration Filled with Muslim Brotherhood Members

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” […]

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Another Anti-Sharia Measure Pops Up in House

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 […]

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Sharia Ban Advances in Texas Senate

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 […]

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Sharia Law in Texas: ‘There Is No Problem Here’

A rare moment of rational debate broke out in the Texas Senate last week in the most unlikely of places — a committee hearing on a proposal to ban Texas courts from imposing  “foreign law” (code for Sharia law) on citizens. Hearings on this contentious subject in previous years have been marked by open bigotry and […]

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