***LATEST UPDATE BELOW as of Sept 10, 2016***
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Last December I published “Freedom of Speech: The Continued Assault on America’s Most Precious Liberty” which discussed the dangerous aspects of the bill giving special status/protection to one religious group. I published the entire text of the bill (without the list of sponsors) in that article- If you have not read it yet, you can see it here — https://definingthenarrative.com/2015/12/31/freedom-of-speech-the-continued-assault-on-americas-most-precious-liberty/
According to GovTrack.us the House Resolution which will give Muslims special status against “violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric” has gained many new co-Sponsors, all Democrats. This makes 145 co-Sponsors, all Democrats.
The bill is still in Judiciary Committee, which is comprised of 23 Republicans (including Louis Gomhert, Trey Gowdy, and Steve King) and 16 Democrats (including Hank Johnson, who thought the island of Guam would capsize with so many military personnel and equipt, and Sheila Jackson Lee).
Here is a link to the entire text of the bill in pdf itself so you can see the entire list of the original sponsors and download for your own use: https://ingrafted.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/hr-569-us.pdf
This bill is an American Muslim version of UN Resolution 16/18, a bill pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which represents the 56 Islamic nations around the world. Hillary Clinton stumped for it at Ankara, Turkey, while Sec of State.
HR 569 specifically names Muslims as a special class, worthy of protection from “bigotry or hateful rhetoric”. “Hateful rhetoric” is a subjective term and can mean anything, including criticism of Islam, and in the Shari’a “bigotry” can be something as simple as rejection of Islam itself, which is an offense to Muslims according to the Sharia, and justifies jihad. We are seeing the results of this manifested in European countries today. I do not ever recall a House Resolution which gives special preference to Jews, Christians, Buddhists, or any other religious group. It is outrageous!
We hear the propaganda from the media on a daily basis about how Muslims are the most persecuted group in America. The simple fact is, of all religious groups, Jews are still the most victimized. The FBI reports 62% of anti-Religion hate crimes are against Jews, compared to 11% against Muslims. While that FBI report is 2012, the latest available in a quick search, the latest data gathered by a media study group shows an uptick in post terror attack of about 17% in the next few weeks, but dropping back to 10% higher a year later. That would increase the overall anti-Muslim instances to about 12-13% of all anti-religious hate crimes are against Muslims while not changing the 62% against Jews appreciably.
This pro-Muslim bill is most likely being peddled by Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood organization who has had incredible influence on the Democrat Party members and some Republicans. They have free access to the White House and continue to have “preferred” status at WH events. CAIR is still listed as a “co-conspirator” in the 2008 terrorist funding trial, where several of its members were convicted and are currently in prison. The indictments ceased when Mr. Obama took office.
Contact your Representative as well as the House Judiciary Committee members which you will find at this link: http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/committee-members .
Tell them to stop HR 569 in Committee.
LATEST UPDATE as of 9/10/16: Most recent Additional Co-sponsor: Garamendi, John [D-CA3] (joined May 23, 2016)
Updated 5/17/2016 NEWEST Additional Co-sponsors are:
Foster, Bill [D-IL11] Capuano, Michael [D-MA7] Adams, Alma [D-NC12] Graham, Gwen [D-FL2] The Resolution now has 144 cosponsors (144 Democrats, 0 Republicans)
Updated on 4/28/16 -Newest additional Co-sponsors are: Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31] , Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53] , Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] , Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2] . The resolution now has 140 cosponsors (140 Democrats, 0 Republicans).
Updated on 4/22/16: HR 569 now has 136 Democrat sponsors (No Republicans to date). Latest additions include the following Representatives: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ1] , Rep. David Scott [D-GA13], Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16], Clarke, Yvette [D-NY9] , Hoyer, Steny [D-MD5] , Kind, Ron [D-WI3] , Nolan, Richard [D-MN8] , Levin, Sander [D-MI9] , O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX16] , Visclosky, Peter [D-IN1], Beatty, Joyce [D-OH3]
Update 2/3/16: HR 569 now has 125 Democrat sponsors (No Republicans to date) Latest additions include the following Representatives: Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44]Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5], Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3] Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] , Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18], Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32] , Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1], Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]< /a>, Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14], Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1].
Update 1/20/16 : There are now 115 Democrat sponsors on HR 569 (No Republicans to date). New additions include: Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51] Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12] Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29] Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1] Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7] Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7] Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL22] Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
Previous additions (1/11/16) include Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1] , Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3] , Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] , Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40] , Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2] , Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2] , Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18] , Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] , Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2] , Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2] , Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14] , Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33] , Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] , Jared Huffman, D-CA; Steve Israel, D-CA; Alan Lowenthal, D-CA; Michelle Luian Grisham, D-NM; James McGovern, D-MA; Seth Moulton, D-MA; Patrick Murphy, D-FL; Raul Ruiz, D-CA; Louise Slaughter, D-NY; Adam Smith, D-WA.