3small25Separation of Church and State?


Gerard P. Keenan

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) doesn’t seem to believe in it.

He is the sponsor of House Resolution (HR) 288 condemning religious bigotry. It contains four points – and Islam is mentioned specifically in each of them. I find it very odd, and offensive, that no other religion is mentioned for protection.

Muslims desecrate the Christian bible on a daily basis, as well as other symbols of Christianity and other religions. Where are Conyers’ protestations and Resolutions about that?

In Saudi Arabia bibles are banned. Visitors to the kingdom have all non-Muslim religious symbols confiscated upon arrival by the Saudi religious police and are then destroyed.

This is official government policy under the Wahhabi theocracy. Saudi police routinely raid private gatherings of non-Muslims arresting all present for conducting non-

Muslim religious services. In September, 1993, a 23-year-old man named Sadeq Mallallah was beheaded on a charge of apostasy – for merely owning a bible. All TV programs that show Christian clergy, or any non-Islamic religious items, are censored.

In October 2004, in Riyadh, protestors for reform carrying the Koran were charged by riot police. In the ensuing melee hundreds of Korans were knocked from the hands of the protestors and trampled by the police. Apparently, respecting the Koran applies only to non-Muslims. It is perfectly acceptable for Muslims to trample their own holy book into the ground; but even a rumor of disrespect for the Koran by an infidel is enough to spark rioting and killing all over the Muslim world. Saudi Arabia was the first Middle Eastern country to officially denounce the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo and demand an investigation. That investigation, of course, proved the desecration claims were false as Newsweek printed a retraction of the article on this non-existent incident, backed by the admission of their sole source that he was wrong.

Has Saudi Arabia apologized for jumping the gun on an unverified rumor that caused 17 deaths? No. Have they apologized for the thousands of arrests of non-Muslims over the years for practicing their religion? No. Have they apologized for the confiscation and destruction of hundreds of Christian bibles and religious symbols of all faiths each year? No.

Maybe Rep. Conyers can define “religious bigotry” for the rest of us who are apparently missing something. He may even be able to explain just what is meant by the separation of church and state.

The Supreme Court ordered a federal courthouse to remove the Ten Commandments from federal property because some found it offensive.

A federal court in California sided with an atheist to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Numerous schools and districts have been forced to allow Muslim girls to wear the hajib because it is an outward sign of their faith.

Therefore; it is completely acceptable for Muslims in our public schools to openly display signs of their faith – but totally unacceptable for Christians to do so.

This is not only an erosion of the separation of church and state concept, it is also showing favoritism toward one religion over all others.

It is true that a Resolution does not carry the weight of law – but it is a step in that direction.

Perhaps not very strange is that the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has fully backed Rep. Conyers’ resolution. That should guarantee Conyers’ re-election, since his Detroit-area constituency has one of the country’s largest Muslim populations.

So why would Congressman Conyers worry about little things – like CAIR being heavily funded by the Wahhabi government in Saudi Arabia, or that numerous members of it’s board of directors, executives and rank and file members have been indicted and charged with supporting and financing international Islamic terrorism, or that its

Canadian branch (CAIR-CAN) is being sued by the families and survivors of 9/11 for 1 trillion dollars for its part in supporting and funding the 9/11 hijackers.

Come on, Congressman, explain your concept of the separation of church and state?

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