The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 May 2005

And every tent shall have a camel's nose

You may as well read the whole thing:

Whereas believers of all religions, including the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, should be treated with respect and dignity;

Whereas the word Islam comes from the Arabic root word meaning “peace” and “submission”;

Whereas there are an estimated 7,000,000 Muslims in America, from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, forming an integral part of the social fabric of America;

Whereas the Quran is the holy book for Muslims who recite passages from it in prayer and learn valuable lessons about peace, humanity and spirituality;

Whereas it should never be official policy of the United States Government to disparage the Quran, Islam, or any religion in any way, shape, or form;

Whereas mistreatment of prisoners and disrespect toward the holy book of any religion is unacceptable and against civilized humanity;

Whereas the infringement of an individual’s right to freedom of religion violates the Constitution and laws of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) condemns bigotry, acts of violence, and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors, and citizens of the Islamic faith;

(2) declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith, should be protected;

(3) recognizes that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect; and

(4) calls upon local, State, and Federal authorities to work to prevent bias-motivated crimes and acts against all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith.

And we're doing this — why, exactly? It surely isn't reciprocity.

(Found at LGF.)

Posted at 9:30 PM to Dyssynergy

Because it gives the appearance that our legislators are accomplishing something?

Posted by: unimpressed at 12:24 AM on 25 May 2005

Better this than establishing a Bureau of Dog Excrement Identification...

Posted by: McGehee at 7:55 AM on 25 May 2005

For the same reason that they do everything: votes.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at 9:57 AM on 25 May 2005