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Citizens 4 Ethics In Government

Yesterday, a political action committee called Citizens 4 Ethics In Government spent tens of thousands of dollars to prop up the re-election campaign of U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Tennessee’s 4th congressional district.

There are ethical questions about Citizens 4 Ethics In Government’s interference in the 4th district race. Almost all of the money being spent by the Citizens 4 Ethics in Government PAC comes from people associated with a company called Healthmark Ventures. Healthmark Ventures owner Andy Miller had ethical problems of his own in the 2012 campaign season when he used the Citizens 4 Ethics In Government PAC to launch political attacks against an opponent of congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik at the same time he was serving as campaign manager for Zelenik. Miller was forced to resign in disgrace.

islam rising billboardAndy Miller is also involved in the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, a group with a name that sounds harmless enough, but has been cited by Islamophobia Watch as one of the world’s most virulent anti-Muslim organizations. TFC has supported an activist who calls for the banning of the Koran and has conducted training sessions for police in Tennessee about how to fight back against an Islamic uprising that TFC asserts is taking place, and has organized a conference called Sharia and the Islamization of America.

The Citizens 4 Ethics in Government PAC also seems to have a blind spot for the ethical problems of Congressman DesJarlais himself, who was reprimanded and fined for violating professional ethics when he was caught having sex with two patients while serving as their medical doctor. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government has listed DesJarlais as among the “most corrupt” in Congress.

7 comments to Citizens 4 Ethics In Government

  • Dave

    In one article on the link, Islamophobia Watch’s Sheila Musaji notes that “looking through information on Capitol Ministries (a Michele Bachmann thing) it seems that they are not only anti-Muslim but also anti-gay and anti-Catholic.”

    Last time I checked, when they have political power a certain strain of Muslims hangs gays and drives Catholics and Christians out of their countries by the boatload. Those who run the site seem to want to appeal to a certain Brit and American mind while knowing that they themselves do not have that mind. Not defending what Islamophobia Watch calls Muslim bashing, but do you think it wise to take the side of a group that cannot restrain its radical factions that have proven themselves to be dangerous to civil liberties once they have the power to do so?

    Sheila Musaji’s ideological brethren in Northern Sudan have killed a million Christians; should we really believe she is concerned about gays and Catholics in the U.S.

  • Peregrin Wood

    I don’t side with Islam, in the sense that I don’t find Islam to be an attractive religion, for many of the same reasons that I find Christianity to be an unattractive religion: It’s filled with self righteous violence.

    What I side with are those who oppose people like those at Citizens 4 Ethics In Government, who seek to criminalize any religion other than their own.

    Christianity has been unable to restrain its radical factions, Dave. How can you, following your own standards, continue to side with Christianity?

    • Dave

      Islam is not simply a strange bedfellow. It can be a quite dangerous one, even if they seem to accept you as a comrade.

      I would argue that Christianity does indeed have a restraining influence on its kooks that Islam does not have. A Christian flying airliners into the WTC, for example, would be met with condemnation from virtually all people of like faith. When Muslims did so, the silence from the Muslim world was deafening.

      • Jim Cook

        Dave, I’d suggest that perhaps you haven’t met a representative sample of Muslims and may be overexposed to crazy-Muslim stories. Like Peregrin, I have a lot of problems with Islam (just as I have a lot of problems with Christianity). There are many reasonable Muslim people I have met (just as there are many reasonable Christian people I have met).

  • […] a dearth of reliable polling in the race — the only public poll is one from early June by (the perhaps ironically named) Citizens For Ethics In Government, which had DesJarlais up by 25 points. The race is, in all […]

  • […] dearth of reliable polling in the race — the only public poll is one from early June by (the perhaps ironically named) Citizens For Ethics In Government, which had DesJarlais up by 25 points. The race is, in all […]

  • […] dearth of reliable polling in the race — the only public poll is one from early June by (the perhaps ironically named) Citizens For Ethics In Government, which had DesJarlais up by 25 points. The race is, in all […]

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