What Would a Muslim Congress Look Like? Take a Peek.
American Christian conservatives have a bizarre fantasy driving their zeal to ban the building of mosques in America, a fantasy that involves a group making up only 0.6% of the adult U.S. population somehow stacking the Supreme Court, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress with so many Muslim politicians that the government will be able to implement draconian Islamic laws in the United States and end! life! as! we! know! it! !!!
And here’s the really delicious part: these same Christian conservatives — who right now are organizing to strip equal rights from gay and lesbian Americans — taunt liberals by telling them what will happen to LGBT Americans when the Muslims somehow increase their population share 10000% and seize the majority:
gays will not only be denied the right to marry, they would be either castrated or executed? And we want to allow people like that to build a mosque near ground zero?
Oh, the possibilities for satire:
So the other night I announced plans to build a gay bar catering to Islamic men, near the proposed mosque site near Ground Zero. The goal? To echo the mosque’s own website, which says it’s trying to promote integration and tolerance. I figured, I could return the favor, by opening a gay bar.
After all, Islam despises homosexuality – and this Muslim-friendly gay bar would help mend fences.
Right now the working name of the bar is Heaven and Halal. It will be two floors – one serving Hallel food, and other other serving cocktails. There will be 72 of them. And they will be virgin.
Oh, it’ll be a blast! Get it? Muslims and alcohol… 72… virgins… haw haw haw. Snort? Actually, not really funny, especially coming from a Christian political movement that is already pushing to discriminate against gay people right now.
You know, instead of just throwing these claims around, why don’t we actually take a look at reality? Crazy idea, but it’s just so crazy it might work. You see, as of today there are two Muslims who have been elected to national office: Representative Andre Carson of Indiana and Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Oddly enough, neither of the two has blown up the Capitol building or even detonated a toilet. Click on the names of these two congressmen and you’ll be taken to a page describing their legislative record toward gay and lesbian Americans in the 111th Congress of 2009-2010. Just in case you’re too lazy to do that, let me describe their records here:
Both Rep. Carson and Rep. Ellison have cosponsored H.R. 1024, the Uniting American Families Act, which seeks to end immigration-status discrimination by sexual orientation, allowing LGBT Americans to sponsor their same-sex partners in the same way that straight Americans can already sponsor their partners.
Both Rep. Carson and Rep. Ellison have cosponsored H.R. 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. If passed into law, this bill would grant same-sex domestic partners of federal workers the same benefits as federal workers’ different-sex spouses.
Both Rep. Carson and Rep. Ellison have cosponsored H.R. 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This bill, if passed into law, would make it illegal to engage in hiring discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
Both Rep. Carson and Rep. Ellison voted for The Patrick Amendment to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and stop discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans in the military.
Both Andre Carson and Keith Ellison are members of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the 111th Congress. Heck, Rep. Ellison is a Vice Chair of the group.
H.R. 3567 would repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and make federal recognition of same-sex marriage possible. Keith Ellison is a cosponsor of this bill.
The two Muslims in Congress right now sure don’t seem to despise gay people. They don’t seem determined to take away LGBT Americans’ freedoms. The source of anti-gay policy in the U.S. Congress right now isn’t Islam; the source of discrimination and intolerance in Congress is right-wing fundamentalist Christianity.
The facts don’t fit the script. Which are you going to throw away?