Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Senators have come out strongly against the nomination of Islamophobe and notorious Arab-hater Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace. During the meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Kennedy, Dodd and Harkin were the most vocal opponents.

The usual bigots did not stay home:

At a news conference held by Muslim and Arab-American groups following today's meeting, a Pipes supporter threatened Awad, saying, "We know who you are, watch out." (Those taking part in the news conference included representatives from CAIR, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Arab American Institute, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Muslim American Society-Freedom Foundation.):
I thank the committee, both the Democrats and Republicans for their support against the nomination of Mr. Pipes. A man so respected by the news media, but with exceptionally anti-Islam and anti-Muslims viewpoints is not worthy such a high position.

Electronic Intifada has the scoop from the Arab American Institute.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) recalled poignant stories from his childhood of his immigrant mother. He described her as a devout woman who took pride in her heritage but was fully American. Senator Harkin indicated that he saw no contradiction in one's being proud of their ethnicity or faith and being American. He added that Cedar Rapids is home to the oldest American mosque and that the community flourishes as an example of religious diversity and co-existence. Senator Harkin went on to express his reservations about Pipes questioning the "enfranchisement" rights and "affluence" of Muslims and called Pipes a "lightning rod".
Just consider the things this man has said about "brown people" ("Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. . . . All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.") and Islam ("This religion would seem to have nothing functional to offer."). If appointed, my guess would be that Muslims would not be allowed even for a week to breath freely after making anti-American/anti-Israel statements and publicly making just one tenth of the kind of derogatory statements Danial Pipes have made against Islam.

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