Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Congress?

Commonwealers might be interested to note a growing movement within Congress that is arguably anti-Muslim. Back in January, Sue Myrick, Republican Congresswoman from North Carolina, formed the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the House of Representatives. (See Press release here.)

The Caucus originally had 67 members and has apparently now grown to 118. If you want to see why we ought to be deeply concerned by this development, please read the interview Congresswoman Myrick gave to Investors Business Daily. The interview was posted on IBDs website last week and can be found here.

Here is one exchange:

IBD: Many Islamists are well-spoken, and seem skilled at manipulating not only our media but our laws. If they can use our constitutional freedoms against us to block due scrutiny, what chance do we have of marginalizing them?

Myrick: Over the last 25 years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions in America. They have done that by funding professors projects in our colleges and universities. Then, they influence what is taught by making the program dependent on their yearly donations. Several classes have graduated and are now in the media, the judicial system, teaching in our schools and colleges, various branches of our government, even in our military.

Congresswoman Myrick goes on to talk about how jihadists wish to impose sharia law in the U.S. Unchallenged, she says, it will happen.

The paranoia in this interview is pretty frightening. If the interview reflects the thinking of a majority of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, there is cause for real concern.

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