Wow. Just…wow. This story comes out of Texas, where elected officials still say things like this. (h/t: CriticalDragon):
Texas Republican To Pakistani-American Law Student: Maybe You Should Go To Afghanistan With All the Radical Muslims
(The Daily Dolt)
*Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly implied that Riddle referred to the Afghan people as “terrorists.” She referred to the Afghan people as “radical Muslims” “who want us all dead.” Our bad.
Oh, Minnesota. We know you feel bad about the fact that your state has a crazy lady representing you in Congress. And you should feel bad. Because she really is crazy. But cheer up, because today’s story is not about Michele Bachmann. As it turns out, Texas also elects crazy people to represent them:
“Our soldiers do NOT need to be taught how to be sensitive to radical Muslims [Dolt ed. note: have a look at the "radical Muslims" in the photo from the newspaper article about which she is complaining]. They do not need to be worried about blowing their nose wrong or using their left hand and offending someone. . . . They should not be bothered with being sensitive to people who want us all dead! We need a true leader in the White House — a vote for Obama is a vote to destroy our country.”
Abdul Pasha, 23, a student at South Texas College of Law, then provided a link to the article in question and responded that Riddle and her followers should actually read it before making “bigoted” comments: “Go educated [sic] yourself, if yall have real guts.”
Debbie did not like this:
“Abdul, if you are so offended by our soldiers then you don’t need us or our money in Afghanistan. As an American I am greatly offended that we have had American soldiers killed by the very ones we were attempting to train and help — Afghanistan soldiers. Get a grip fellow — if you want to be an American act like one and be proud of our country and stand up for our military. If you can’t do that then go where people are sensative [sic] enough for you – I guess that would be Afghanistan – where they still live like they are in the Stone Age – but still very sensative.”
But Pasha doesn’t need to “act” like an American” — he is an American. Also, it would be a little difficult for him to move back to Afghanistan since he wasn’t born there. Pasha, who is an American citizen, was born in Pakistan and moved to Houston when he was 10 years old — which he then awesomely pointed out to Debbie and her followers [sic for typos throughout]:
I’m not offended by our soldiers. They are the most underpaid and unappreciated members of our society. With that being said, there is nothing wrong with being critical of our policies and military industrial complex. Furthermore, Im offend by yall, who are so close minded that, its your way or get the hell out of here. The amount of xenophobia is incredible! A society does NOT work that way. All this does is alienate people. I would go to Afghanistan but only if all of yall come with me and see the truth rather than relay on what Fox News feeds yall. And, I don’t have to “act” like an American. I am an American and I’m not going anywhere.
Riddle then got a little maternal on his ass, telling him that young people should not question their elders:
Abdul – I guess it is OK that the Muslims kill and torture people when they get their feelings hurt. I guess we should not have 1st Amendment rights – we might hurt your feelings. I guess we should all bow and scrape to Muslims because we don’t want to be politically incorrect. Well, I suggest that you step out of your easily offended world and appreciate those of us who pay the taxes and provide your education and your freedom. We provide benefits for you and you call us names because we are angry at the Muslim world for killing our citizens. So, be proud of your country and stand against people that murder our people. I would also advise you that it is not nice to insult those of us who are old enough to be your parents or grandparents because we have lived more life and know a little more about the real world than you do. It is called respect and you will do far better in life appreciating what others have done for you. I won’t burn a building or kill someone because you are insulting – I just consider it ignorance on your part and you will grow up someday.
It looks like Texas is going to be stuck with Riddle for some time to come. First elected to the Texas State Legislature in 2002, in the upcoming election Riddle faces Democrat Brad Neal, whom she already defeated in 2010 with more than 70 percent of the vote.
And in case you were wondering, no, this is not Riddle’s first visit to Crazytown. Here are some souvenirs from her past vacations there:
- “Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell.“
- Riddle claimed on Anderson Cooper 360 that Middle Eastern women were coming to the United States to give birth and were then returning to their home countries to raise their babies as “little terrorists” who also had US citizenship.
- “Formal prayer has been taken out of our schools. How about this idea? Read from the book of Proverbs from the Bible. Proverbs is a book of wisdom. Proverbs is in the Holy Scriptures for Christians and Jews. As for other religions — the wisdom won’t do them any harm. This nation was built on Christian and Jewish values and the Bible was actually used in the classrooms in our early days. To toss the very foundation on which our country was built because of political correctness is wrong and we see the results in society today. I say have a reading out of Proverbs each day in our classrooms. What do you think?”