In the past month, anti-Muslim sentiments have been making waves on the Douglas and Chaffee County Republicans’ Facebook pages. An official of the Douglas County GOP initially expressed mild concern over a so-called “Islamophobic” post made by the group’s official Facebook page, but it has not been removed.
Colorado Times Recorder The Douglas County Republicans’ Facebook page posted an anti-Muslim meme November 5 that criticized American schools for not encouraging standing for the pledge, but accepting Muslim worship practices.
David DiCarlo, First Vice Chair of the Douglas County Republicans, initially expressed remorse when told that his organization had posted an Islamophobic meme. But I do have a problem when one group (Islamic) is allowed to exercise their religious freedom, and another group isn’t,” DiCarlo told Colorado Times Recorder. “That should be something everybody has a problem with, you know?”
DiCarlo did not respond to an e-mail with a screenshot of the post asking if he believed the post should be removed. As of November 25, the post remains on the Facebook page with almost 600 “reactions” and almost 200 shares. (And thanks to it being posted on BNI, it will be seen and/or shared by approximately 50,000 more people today)
Iman Jodeh, Community Advocate and Liaison at the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and spokeswoman for the Colorado Muslim Society, explained why the DougCo post may not provide all of the necessary context around the issue of in-school worship and reciting the pledge.
“The pledge left many people uncomfortable because it used the word God. For those who do not believe in God (Muslims), or that it references an Abrahamic God, one that many view different than their own interpretation of what God is, made it seem unfair to make ALL students stand and give the pledge every morning,” said Jodeh.
“Muslim students, or any other student, who chooses to worship privately in school has the right to do so because they are not making everyone in school worship with them.
The clear separation of enforcing the masses to say something that may not apply to their religious beliefs, versus, praying with those who do believe the same thing in a private room, are two different things.”
This isn’t the first time that the Douglas County GOP has shared anti-Muslim sentiments via social media. In September, the same Facebook page posted a meme tying Muslim members of Congress to the 9/11 attacks.
Last Tuesday, the Chaffee County Republicans’ Facebook page jumped on the bandwagon by posting their own anti-Muslim meme, which implied that Muslims are taking over the world by “outbreeding” white Europeans.
The Chaffee County Republicans are similarly guilty of a history of anti-Muslim memes. In December of 2017, the page posted a parody quote attributed to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) stating that “women need to be raped by Muslims to prove our tolerance.” (She might not have exactly said it that way, but we know she thinks it, considering her call for Open Borders and support for mass Muslim immigration and late term abortion)