Congressman Clay Higgins can be somewhat outspoken from time to time. He was outspoken in the wake of the London terrorist attack. Here’s what he wrote on his Facebook page.
This has brought a response from an outfit calling themselves the Interfaith Alliance. They have called for Higgins to be expelled from Congress.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins‘ “kill them all” attack on suspected Muslim radicals makes him “unfit for office,” the Interfaith Alliance said Thursday (June 8). It called for the Port Barre Republican’s resignation or expulsion from Congress.
“Rep. Higgins built his reputation as being a tough-talking law enforcement officer, but having taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, he should himself be subject to its laws,” said Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance. “In addition to endorsing murder, his outrageous statements propose violating numerous provisions of the Constitution, including due process and the prohibition on establishing an official religion.”
Higgins’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Interfaith Alliance’s exhortation came four days after Higgins, on his campaign Facebook account, posted this message:
[…]Referring to his Facebook post, the Interfaith Alliance said: “This clear violation of his oath, as well as his encouragement of blatantly illegal actions, make him unfit for office,” Moline said. “The citizens of Louisiana’s 3rd District are entitled to representation that sets a standard of integrity and lawfulness, regardless of policy positions. The House of Representatives itself is sullied by tolerating such rhetoric and conduct by one of its numbers. He is an embarrassment – and worse – to his 434 colleagues.”
I’m not going to defend what Clay Higgins said. He went a little overboard as he is prone to do from time to time.
But the Interfaith Alliance is not just some faith-based organization. Instead, they’re a partisan left-wing outfit that has even encouraged stealth jihad in the past.
By contrast, IA is much more accepting of non-Christian “religious minorities in the United States” who “continue to be the target of discrimination based on their faith.” In particular, the Alliance laments that Muslims in the United States are frequent targets of “Islamophobia.” Among the measures that IA has taken to “change [public] perceptions and foster an environment of understanding” toward Muslims are the following:
In April 2011, IA’s Long Island, New York chapter co-sponsored “What is Sharia Law?”—an educational program where several imams depicted Sharia as a benign legal and religious code that poses no threat whatsoever to American values or freedoms.
When Repubican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in 2012 asked the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State to investigate whether the Muslim Brotherhood was gaining undue influence over U.S. government officials, IA denounced Bachmann for “question[ing] the loyalty of faithful Americans based on nothing more than their religious affiliations” and thereby threatening “religious freedom and the health of our democracy.”
To combat alleged misconceptions that have “led to a rise in discrimination against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims,” IA helped produce a school lesson plan titled “What is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions and Answers.” This lesson was adopted as a curriculum item by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Higgins’s remarks were overboard. But they certainly aren’t worthy of expulsion from Congress. However, he’s coming under attack from an outfit that has helped push stealth jihad. That shouldn’t go unanswered.