Notice the assumptions: 1) assuming that Rep. Keith Ellison does not support the U.S. Constitution, 2) that Islam instructs its adherents to kill those who disagree with Islam, and 3) that Islam tells its adherents to kill Jews.
This is irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric that can and will lead to the continuing demonization of Muslims in the United States as well as to violent actions against Muslim Americans. Judson Phillips is not just a loon, but a disgusting human being without an ounce of knowledge about the religion of Islam. The statements he made below are completely contradictory: he says voters shouldn’t not vote for a Muslim politician because of their religion, but at the same time he says that Islam tells Muslims to not be loyal to the United States and to kill people who disagree with them (meaning, don’t vote for the people with the crazy religion!). His bigotry is as apparent as it could possibly be.
Should we vote out Keith Ellison just because he is a Muslim? No.
So that’s that, then? Nope. Phillips goes on to suggest that maybe having a Muslim in Congress isn’t such a good idea after all:
But his beliefs define his character and his character is a central issue. Do we want someone who supports and defends the Constitution or someone who supports the imposition of a theocracy?
Should Muslims be denied the right to run for office because of their religion? No. The Constitution specifies that no religious test can be used to exclude someone from public office. But when someone adheres to an ideology that says kill people who disagree with you, that is something voters should seriously consider when they vote.
Liberals go nuts when they hear this stuff. They think we should simply forget and just be “tolerant.”
I learned everything I needed to know about tolerance on September 11th.
And he also talks to Chris Moody at the Daily Caller:
“A majority of Tea Party members, I suspect, are not fans of Islam,” Phillips said. “I, personally have a real problem with Islam. With Islam, you have a religion that says kill the Jews, kill the infidels. It bothers me when a religion says kill the infidels. It bothers me a lot more when I am the infidel.”
So, to summarize: Phillips does not believe Ellison should be voted out because he is Muslim. But Phillips has a “real problem” with Islam, and he also thinks voters should “seriously consider” whether to vote for an adherent of Islam.