June 27, 2011

Christian Militants Discussed in Congress

Sheila jackson leeThe Republican Party wants us to fear Muslim extremists while ignoring their embrace of Christian extremism. Even as some of their presidential candidates represent undiluted Christian dominionism, they want us to be so terrified of Muslims (not to mention immigrants, gays, and atheists) that we ignore their hypocrisy. And yet, it would be a mistake to think that all of our elected officials are blind to this strategy. Believe it or not, the subject of Christian extremism does come up in congress once in awhile.

The video below is from a House Homeland Security Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on the subject of Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons. It shows a fascinating exchange between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Patrick Dunleavy, a former New York Department of Correctional Services official. Rep. Lee not only acknowledges the reality of Christian militants and the threat they pose to America but points out that they are not that different from the radical Muslims the right wants us to fear.

I do not know much about Rep. Lee or her record. From what I have seen on her website, I assume that she is a Christian and probably would not appreciate me labeling her an "atheist hero." However, her courage and willingness to call out this hypocrisy is certainly admirable. Bravo, Rep. Lee!

H/T to PoliticusUSA