Law Makers vs. Free Speech? 2 Muslim Congressmen move to block US entry of Dutch Politician
The irony comes from claims of harmful “Islamaphobia” by two lawmakers associated with groups supporting antisemitism, destruction of Israel, and destroying the Western civilization from within.
Several members of the U.S. Congress are taking a cue from the Muslim Student Association (MSA) tactic of banning speakers they find offensive.
On Apr 28, 2015, The Daily Caller reported …
The two Muslim members of Congress have called on two U.S. Cabinet members to block Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders from entering the U.S. because they believe he is “Islamophobic.”
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson penned a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson last Thursday. Foreign Policy reported it on Tuesday.
“We write to raise our deep concern regarding the visit of Mr. Geert Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker known for perpetuating Islamophobia,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote, citing a 1998 law, the International Religious Freedom Act. The law allows the State Department to deny foreign leaders guilty of “severe violations of religious freedom” from entering the U.S.
Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, is scheduled to speak at several events throughout the US. His stance on “Islamisation” of the Netherlands is quite clear – calling for an end to Muslim immigration and a ban on the building of new mosques. His political party considers Islam a violent ideology rather than a religion. Islamists have called for his death.
A copy of his scheduled speech to the Conservative Opportunity Society in Washington D.C. can be viewed here.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Rep. Ellison was a past representative/member of the Nation of Islam. From an article in an October 2006 edition of the Weekly Standard:
Having spoken out over many years as an advocate of the Nation of Islam under guises including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison might reasonably prompt Fifth District voters to wonder where he really stands. His recent account of the nature and extent of his relationship with the Nation of Islam cannot be squared with the public record. During his congressional campaign, Ellison has nevertheless held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. As if to shore up his identity as a Muslim activist, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, flew to Minneapolis to appear as a featured guest (along with Ellison himself and Guantánamo chaplain James Yee) at an Ellison fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis on August 25. Awad is notable, among other things, for his past expressions of support for Hamas.
From April 2006 to November 2014 it is reported that Rep. Ellison has received over 212 separate political donations totaling over $212,000 from Islamists. From January 2008 to October 2014, Rep. Andre Carson reportedly received 60 separate political donations totaling over $36,000. The vast majority of the these donors are affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood front groups that include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.