SOUTH DAKOTA Republican lawmaker, Neal Tapio, under fire for attacking Islam in an interfaith meeting, stunned participants by asking, “If you don’t have freedom to leave a religion, is there any freedom at all in that religion?” making reference to Islam.
If you are in his district in South Dakota, there are many reasons you should vote for Neal Tapio for US Congress, one of which is his broad knowledge of Islam and the constant threat that it poses to America.
In a public Facebook rant in which he asserted that Islam at its core is responsible for Al-Qaeda and ISIS-associated terror attacks around the world, saying, “Where the hell do you think this hateful and deadly ideology comes from? Does it come simply by accident? Or from a few extremists who ‘misinterpret’ the true Islam? Give me a break.”
SPLC Tapio also disagreed with George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and “even the Pope that Islam is a ‘religion of peace,’ and that ‘terror has nothing to do with Islam.’” He later went on to assert himself a informed about Islam, claiming, “I’ve read the Koran twice.”
Multiple screengrabs of his Facebook post also show his account “liking” several blatantly anti-Islam comments, including one that says “What many don’t realize is the Islam [sic] is not a religion, it is a theocracy.”
Another comment, also liked by Tapio’s account, reads “Islam, and its tenets, present a clear and present danger to the way of life that so many have fought, been wounded, and died for. Telling the citizens of this country that Islam is a religion of peace, disgraces those who have given their all for the protection of country.”
Tapio’s anti-Islam vitriol is hardly a one-off for him. Earlier this year he gained media attention for attacking a delegation of multi-faith leaders visiting the South Dakota state legislature. Cowardly U.S. lawmakers recently gathered at the capitol building to honor Islam as a peaceful religion during an interfaith meeting. However, before they could finish the event, one senator shut down their shameless liberal propaganda
Tapio claimed, “Interfaith dialogue is a part of a war, it’s a silent part, it’s a part of a way of taking away the Christian fabric of our nation.”
ArgusLeader After awkwardly agreeing to be photographed with an interfaith gathering, he turned on them, launching into one of his familiar rants attacking Islam and condemning the gathering as a “political movement.” “I don’t like being called a racist,” he shouted at the group of religious leaders. “If you don’t have the freedom to leave a religion, is there a freedom of religion? …That’s the question we have to asks ourselves as a state.”
Tapio contended that he had been called “an extremist, a racist, an Islamaphobe and a hater” for saying that the “war on terror” was about people that consider themselves Muslim and who believe that you should be killed for leaving Islam.
When someone contradicted that claim, Tapio insisted, “When 14 Islamic countries kill you for leaving Islam, don’t you think we would want to keep those people out?”
The former state director for President Donald Trump then launched into a speech he’s frequently made before. He stressed the need to ban travel to the United States by Muslim individuals, particularly from Muslim-majority countries where groups have supported Sharia law.
Although several lawmakers attempted to drown out Tapio’s truthful exposition by belting out an impromptu rendition of “America the Beautiful,” the indignant senator refused to back down.
Tapio said, “There were 50 Somali people in Minnesota who joined ISIS, an organization that chops the heads off of men. Why do you think they join? They weren’t refugees, they were children of refugees.”
His legislative activity has largely matched his colorful rhetoric. In 2018, Tapio was the prime sponsor of five legislative proposals, two of which were anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant:
- SB 200: a bill to “suspend all direct or indirect resettlement of refugees and refuse to accept chain migration into South Dakota” and
- SCR 13: a legislatively non-binding resolution asking the U.S Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to declare “Sharia Law” as “the root cause of the global war on terrorism.” In 2017, he was the prime sponsor of only one legislative proposal — another non-binding resolution commending President Donald Trump for “his commitment to keeping the country safe from radical Islamic terrorism.”
Also in 2017, Tapio issued a press release calling on political rival Shantel Krebs to state whether or not she agreed with Trump’s proposed “Muslim registry,” and tacitly endorsed the proposal himself. (In response, Krebs affirmed that she did support the idea of a national Muslim registry.)
Tapio’s honest thoughts about terrorism and his congressional candidacy appear to be consistent with someone who has studied Islam and its teachings.
— Sam Caravana (@samcaravana_) January 11, 2018