A self-proclaimed “former terrorist” with strong ties to the Religious Right recently provided a training session to Ocean County, N. J., police academy. According to the Asbury Park Press, Palestinian-American Walid Shoebat openly encouraged his audience to single out Muslims for special scrutiny. He also told aspiring officers to beware of Muslims taking martial arts classes as this was evidence they were preparing for jihad.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president, apparently believes Americans should not elect a Muslim to the presidency because, he says, Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said, in an interview with The Hill in September. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the freedom of religion by allowing a lawsuit challenging retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s company policy that banned religious headgear for employees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
American Muslims visiting the office of Texas state Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) were asked to confirm their loyalty to the United States by staffers, according to The Texas Tribune.
White, who was not present in her office for Texas Muslim Capitol Day, an annual citizen lobbying event, left an Israeli flag on her desk along with instructions for Muslim visitors to publicly renounce terrorism and announce their respect for American law.
House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) condemned White’s actions in a statement.
Facing a lawsuit, a Georgia city council reversed its vote rejecting a zoning variance for an Islamic prayer center.
The Kennesaw City Council originally voted 4-1 last month to deny the Suffa Dawat congregation a permit for a storefront worship space. Council members cited concerns about traffic, but congregants argued that the space would have simply acted as a temporary home during the construction of a permanent mosque.
Abercrombie & Fitch company policies that banned religious headgear violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says in a brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Americans United joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Jewish Committee in the matter of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court this term.
The owner of a shooting range in Arkansas says her facility is a “Muslim-free” zone.
Jan Morgan, owner of Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, made the declaration on Facebook. She claimed her action was spurred by the “strange behavior” of two recent customers.
“They spoke very little english (sic), one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns,” Morgan wrote. “Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.”
It has been a while since we visited the Pat Robertson Carnival of Craziness, so fasten your seatbelts and strap on your helmets. We’re going in.
In an extended rant last week, the volatile TV preacher warned America that militant Muslims and atheists are at work to “destroy the fabric” of society. Robertson opined that the only way to stop them is to put an end to this “nonsense” about separation of church and state.