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Baca Tangles with Another Republican Congressman Over Muslim Americans

Sheriff Lee Baca takes on the Islamophobes again.

Baca tangles with another Republican congressman over Muslim Americans [Updated]

(LATimes)

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca drew national headlines again Monday for tussling with a Republican congressman over Muslim Americans.

At a Washington, D.C., forum hosted by American Muslim groups, Baca challenged assertions by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) that members of the religious minority haven’t always been cooperative with law enforcement.

Baca dismissed the congressman’s remarks, inviting him to come visit Los Angeles County, where the sheriff says Muslim Americans have been pivotal in helping to fight terrorism and other crime.

Baca, who proudly declares himself an international sheriff, found himself in a similar position last year when then-Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) said during a House Homeland Security subcommittee meeting that Baca had allied himself with a Muslim American group that engaged in “radical” speech by going to its fundraisers. Baca shot back at that description of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and told Souder he would be fine with going to more fundraisers for the group.

“If he thinks I’m afraid of what he said, I will go to 10 fundraisers because he said it,” Baca said afterward, before labeling Souder an “amateur intelligence officer.” [Updated, 6:51 p.m.: An earlier version of this post implied that Souder is still a congressman. He resigned last May for unrelated reasons.]

“The sheriff is adamant about including Muslim Americans in the community they’re a part of,” said Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore. “He’s been known to take heat for that, and he’s more than willing to do that.”

No word yet on whether King will be accepting the sheriff’s invitation to visit him in L.A. Calls to the congressman’s office Monday were not returned.

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  • http://loonwatch armed liberal

    Peter King is clueless. Maybe he can go do the sheriffs job for a week and figure out what it takes to deal with the real world instead of republican fantasy land.

  • Daniel

    Sheriff Baca is a model of how law enforcement is supposed to work in a free society: treat all equal under the law.

  • 8 ball fluke

    weldone sheriff for taking on those cowboy bandits

  • http://www.dailyhadithonline.com Justin

    “The sheriff is adamant about including Muslim Americans in the community they’re a part of,” said Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore. “He’s been known to take heat for that, and he’s more than willing to do that.”

    He is an American patriot. Allah bless him.

  • Khushboo

    Now that’s one brave American telling it like it is! I wish more American Muslims would speak out without fear.

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  • Sulayman F

    Agreed, Bravo to this man for standing up for all Americans. If Peter King’s investigation had any merit, he would have actual lawmen like Sheriff Baca testifying.

    Already the far right is trying to smear him, claiming he supports the Muslim Brotherhood etc. (a ridiculous claim)

  • marco

    This guy is awesome. He’s got the balls to stand up to these fascists

  • mindy1

    I love this guy 😀 Good people will win if we encourage them

  • http://aayjay.wordpress.com AJ

    Bravo Sheriff Lee Baca!

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