There are two resolutions before the House condemning anti-Muslim backlash, also known incorrectly as “Islamophobia.” Not surprisingly, neither bill has snowball’s chance in hell of passing.
HUFFPO Muslims in America have, in recent months, had plenty of reason to feel ill at ease. Amid heightened and vitriolic anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and from politicians after the Islamic terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. allegedly have tripled. (Bear in mind, that calling someone a ‘raghead’ is now considered a ‘hate’ crime)
The Huffington Post has also documented the near-daily harassment and bigotry Muslims face across the country. (Note: Most of the so-called ‘attacks’ listed are verbal attacks)
In March alone, a teacher called a Muslim student a “terrorist”; a man told a couple of Muslim teens, “I’ve killed your motherf***ing kind”; a Muslim college student was attacked by a man yelling “Trump!”; a newspaper published an editorial comparing Islam to Nazism; a Buddhist monk mistaken for a Muslim was attacked; fearmongering and ‘pointless’ pieces of legislation targeting Sharia lawand Syrian refugees were advanced; a presidential candidate said we need to “patrol and secure” neighborhoods occupied by people of a certain religion; and a Muslim college student was spit on and called a “Muslim f***ing bitch.”
Yet the bill — which merely declares the resolve of the United States House of Representatives, and does not have the effect of law — will likely never pass.
Five months since its introduction, the resolution has the support of 133 Democratic co-sponsors, but not the support of a single Republican in the GOP-controlled House. The bill has only a 9 percent chance of getting past committee, and an 8 percent chance of being agreed to, according to govtrack.us. Multiple congressional aides confirmed to HuffPost: this resolution is a no-go in this House of Representatives.
Another similar resolution introduced in September by Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-Texas) — HR 413, which honors “the victims of hate crimes and Islamophobia”since the Sept. 11 attacks — faces the same bleak odds, according to .
Congress, it seems, has arrived at the unhappy moment when it’s politically untenable to condemn acts of discrimination and violence against some “7 million” (DING DING DING! Not 7, more like 3 million) of the Muslims it purportedly represents.
“[HR 569] has become party line and it should not be party line,” said Robert McCaw, the national government affairs director at the designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). “The fear among Republicans is that if they stand up to Islamophobia they are going to be challenged by the 70 percent of the GOP that wants to ban Muslims entering the U.S.” McCaw said.
The failure to pass the resolution also highlights the blatant “Islamophobia” of some members of the House of Representatives itself. In order for the resolution to even get to a vote, it would first need to get out of a House subcommittee whose members have often spouted vile anti-Muslim rhetoric and conspiracy theories.
It’s ultimately up to Trent Franks (R- Arizona) whether the resolution will get a vote on the House floor. In 2008, Franks endorsed an anti-Islam film called “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America.” In 2009, he alleged that the Council on American-Islamic Relations was trying to plant “spies” in Congress. In 2013, he spoke at a conference about the “enemy of freedom: Islam.” And here he is last month refusing to condemn a proposal by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”
Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), also named as part of the Islamophobia Network, once made the wildly unsubstantiated claim that Muslims were sending pregnant women to the United States to give birth to “future terrorists” who would “help destroy our way of life.”
He has accused Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin, among others, of wanting to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic Sharia law. Gohmert also once flat-out said: “Islam is evil. We must shout this out so loud that even President Obama and all the other cowards in politics all over the West will hear it.”
Steve King (R-Iowa) has said the U.S. government should spy on mosques, and has called for Muslims to renounce Sharia law before entering the country.
He also once said that an imam in Jerusalem (below) told migrants to “go into Western Europe, build your enclaves there, breed their women, and do not associate or assimilate into the boarder society.”