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Allen West's comments about another congressman's religion stir controversy

Allen West has declared he's "neither anti-Muslim nor anti-Islam" in response to a group of national Jewish and Christian organizations that have called on the controversial congressman to apologize for remarks he made about a fellow member of Congress.

Leaders of the Interfaith Alliance, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, said in a letter to the Broward Republican that he has a "tendency to offer intemperate comments about Islam" that "intensify an unsettling trend of anti-Muslim rhetoric and fear.''

The letter cites a recent interview on the Shalom Show in which West responds to a question about Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and his Islamic religion, by saying that Ellison "represents the antithesis of the principles on which this country was established." 

"We urge you not to use the prestige of your position in the U.S. House of Representatives to proselytize for one religion or demonize another," the letter says.

West, who caused a stir on the campaign trail last year when he said that Islam is "totalitarian theocratic political ideology" and "not a religion," replied in a letter of his own that he is "neither anti-Muslim nor anti-Islam" but against "the extremist, radical element that has hijacked Islam."

 - JAWEED KALEEM 

And he says his comments were not directed at Ellison's religion but his support of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Islamic civil liberties organization that West suggests is a group that may "masquerade as more peaceful moderates."

The Palm Beach Post reported that West clashed with the South Florida director of CAIR, Nezar Hamze, at a town hall meeting in Boynton Beach on Monday. At the meeting, Hamze told the congressman that he has "consistently demonized and insulted my religion."

"I will always defend your right to practice a true religion under the First Amendment," West said, adding that he is "not going to stop speaking the truth." He then listed violent incidents in Islamic history.

"Your version of Islam is exactly what the anti-Islam people are teaching you,'' said Hamze, who added that violence has "nothing to do with Islam."

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miam_e

I think you are missing the word 'not' in the first half of the first sentence after the video.

yo

Is it possible that this schmo is a black redneck?

When it comes to violence and religion, refer to the holy wars, the anglican church, the inquisition and the Nazi party.

xerxesblack

What authority have the Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations to deny me, Allen West or any citizen of the United States our First Amendment right to speak up about any religion in any way we want, as long as their religions are not persecuted? How come they are not so dedicated to condemn those who use their First Amendment rights to promote and distribute pornographic movies, pictures, music, etc.? Could it be because many of those who distribute that crap are their main donors?

WTFWest

Ironically Mr. West, a black men cites historical references to support his assertion of Islam being a violent religion. If we were to use his twisted logic we would have to conclude that the white man is a violent and racist creature based on historical events. West is an idiot.

Dan


What authority has xerxesblack to deny the Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations their First Amendment right to speak up?

Luckily s/he has that right (even if without authority).

Manny

Amen to Rep. West. Finally a man who will speak the truth and stop coddling Muslim extremists and their apologists.

Eric

Is the CAIR organization that Mr. West is referring to the same one that has ordered all Muslims not to speak to the FBI, or else?
They have even printed posters depicting an FBI investigator as some sort of sinister creature.
If that is the case, then he is right on the mark.

Go West!!

As a Christian who is a staunch supporter of Israel & my jewish kin- I find West's honesty to be refreshing and exactly what's needed. This guy from CAIR purposely went looking for a fight- West met him with charm and honesty. Shame on these Jewish/Christian shills for questioning him. Enough of the PC police...

dtom1955

Gee, if only congressman Allen were a Democrat. He wouldn’t have to worry about being attacked and vilified in the press. But thankfully he is a conservative, patriotic Republican and that is why the intelligent people of Florida elected him. Unfortunately for democrats and Islam alike, it seems to be that pesky bright light of truth that always keeps getting in their way.

sick and tired

Gee, if only Republicans would pull their heads out of their collective nether regions, they would realize that most Muslims are conservatives and would support less government involvement in personal lives, less taxes, less corruption in society (pornography, drug usage), and less laws that penalize the family.

But it's OK. You've showed us that you don't care how we vote politically, the only reason any of you "claim" to be conservative is to push your evangelical interpretation of Christianity on the masses. Who has the "totalitarian, theocratic political ideology" now?

anisa

Allen West probably does not even know that about 30% Black people during slavery time brought in this country were muslims. To say that Islam is not religion it is only show tha he is really never learn anything about the history of religion. Throughout the story of the Prophets bring the truth to the humankind, but they suffered a great deal. people would hate them and torture them and deny them.
But I am not suprise if he learn Islam 101 from somebody like Pat Robertson etc.
" Do not argue with the people of the book but in the best manner except with those who do wrong, and say to them: "we believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, our God and your God is one and to Him we have submitted." [Quran 29:46]
muslim believe all the prophets that God send to this earth. I hope he would learn the truth and respect others.Being humble is better than being arrogance.

PilgrimSoul

I've seen the interview, and I was shocked that the question about Keith Ellison was about the first or second question asked. The show's backdrop was of Jerusalem, and it was set up as though it came from Israel, but I suspect the whole thing was a neo-con set-up to call attention to the fact that Keith happens to be a Muslim.

When will people who are passionate about Israel realize that disseminating religious bigotry isn't helping the cause of Israel? It simply draws attention to the fact that Israel is moving to the right, and becoming more hateful and bigoted to the Palestinians. The Israel Lobby no longer has anything to do with progressive thought, but has joined the racists and the war-mongers.

Progressives should organize in this man's district and start the electoral campaign against him today. Given his extremism, I don't think he should be that hard to beat.

Silvia Hall

Every time that Allen West opens his mouth he says something stupid. It could be regarding another congressman or the events in Egypt. Does he realize that Florida was one of the states hit the hardest in the real estate bubble and now the foreclosure fraud? Were is he in these issues?

What about health care? I am sure he enjoys the government-run health care now that he is a congressman. What about the rest of us? It is you are on your own.

Allen West

People should send him boxes of Oreo Cookies

Allen West

Does this moron realize that he is black?

Mohammed Amin

What I find disappointing about Allen West and many other speakers who make anti-Muslim comments is that they display such limited knowledge of Islam. Since most people are short of time, I have written a brief guide to Islam for non-Muslims that is only 10 pages long, which can be read at the link below:

http://www.mohammedamin.com/Community_issues/Islam-brief-introduction.html

Until they learn what Muslims actually believe, most people are unaware of how much Islam overlaps with Judaism and Christianity, with Islam confirming the story of the virgin birth of Jesus.

btilly

Thanks Mr. West for telling the truth. A religious-political cult posing as a religion, teaches that black men like Ellison and West are less than a donkey's penis and black women are a sign of a black disease (Ishaq 243 and Hadith 9:162,3. Tabari 11 says allah created women stupid and blacks to be slaves to white people and then hellfire. You unread people need to know that Jews and Christians are apes and pigs Quran 5:60. Jesus never did interfaith with Judaism nor did Moses interfaith with the pagans during his time.
The veil was first written in the Bible as worn by temple prostitutes in Genesis 38. Temple whores wore burkas long before Muhammad made the rule after a peeping tom asked him to make his wives cover after looking at their bodies while they used the outfields for their waste.

btilly

Xexersblack, Mr. West doesnt have to quote from the book of deceit called the Quran nor a cult of sex and slavery to say Islam is evil. I will. Any black man who has joined a religion that stole North Africa from Africans and now call it the Middle East and who put alll black Muslims out of Islam in 1998. I challenge anyone to discredit what I said. Black dogs were cursed and so are black faces.
Quran 3:106. Boko Haram means education is evil in Islam and allah said dont ask questions about Islam quran 5:101,2.

GO MR. WEST. WE GOT YOUR BACK WITH AL THE NEGATIVES REMARKS MADE BY ALLAH AND PROPHET MO.
Zurka means dirty nigga in Arabic and the call black men and women gorillas as Muslims they make fun of them. Black men do not even get 72 big breasted white women and 28 white boys who dont bleed as allah created black men for hellfir and most Muslim women go to hellfire so says the Hadiths of Muhammad who said sex with little girls is holy quran 65:4. Read it for yourself.

btilly

Mr. Amin
Islam copied from pagan Hindues and Arabs and the Jewish Talmud. Islam came some 600 years after the apostle John wrote Revelations on the Isle of Patmos.

Allah said in the Quran that he was the greatest liar, deceiver,schemer and planner to do it. I have learned Islam and know that slavery is a part of Islam. Muhammad said men can beat wives Quran 4:34 and have slaves sex girls and marry children like Muhammad did. The Mosaic ZLaw was only for Jews not Arabs nor anyone else. Moses married a black woman, a Cushite name Zipporah, but not Muhammad who called black women ugly, nappy headed, pug nosed abeds(slaves) White slaves were called mamluks as during Jeffersn's time-Barbary Wars
where the Muslims enslaved millions f white Slavs from Europe and America.

Muslims enslaved, castrated and killed over 300 million Black Africans from the 7th century to the 14th. Just like Muhammad did the Jews when he stole Yathrib from Jews and renamed it Medina after the Jews had interfaithed with him. He was angry because Jews laughed at him for nt accepting him as a prophet and follow him.

John

@xerxesblack,

You err.

There are many persons here who abhor the things in your reply. Persons of conscience toward God, humility, and a desire to see His will performed in their lives.

What others may do may be deplorable, evil, and ananthema. If persons are partakers of other mens sins, then they shall suffer for it.

islam is an evil not protected under the United States Constitution, but indeed may be tolerated. At risk.

But, as the Declaration of Independence says, "...all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed".

Which explains why, when the light of the Gospel manifests itself to the muslim, the muslim becomes the strongest advocate against the evil machinations of islam.

The allah of the quran, is not the God of Father Abraham, neither is the jesus of the quran the Jesus of the Gospels.

Indeed, there are many jesus' in the world, there is even the jesus that, should you be talking to the right person, does not exist.

No, you are not free to practice any religion, though men do. We have rapists murderers, and thieves running on our streets, but their day is coming, and so too those who would blaspheme the pure Name of Christ.

I am just not sure what ax you are grinding?

FJones

Mohammed was a vile savage. No wonder islam is so violent (and NOT peaceful) if you read below verses from the hadits which describe mohammed's life:
"Then the Messenger of Allah commanded that ditches should be dug, so they were dug in the earth, and they were brought tied by their shoulders, and were beheaded. There were between seven hundred and eight hundred of them. The children who had not yet reached adolescence and the women were taken prisoner, and their wealth was seized."
Tafsir Ibn Kathir - The Campaign against Banu Qurayzah

"Then they surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of B. al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches."
Ibn Ishaq

Don't ever let anyone tell you islam is peaceful. Allen West is right: Islam is the antithesis of everything we believe in. Don't tolerate it.

Ellen F

All those who think islam is peaceful and tolerant are wrong. In islam, there can only be one religion worldwide, and this is islam. The ultimate goal is to establish a global caliphate, i.e. a world ruled by sharia law. If you don't want your children to be stoned to death for adultery or unislamic behavior, decapitated for apostasy, mutilated for theft, flogged for drinking alcohol or wearing trousers as a woman, lynched for being homosexual, then fight the increasing spread of islam and sharia in the West and support those who oppose it. Educate your friends about the dangers of islam. Islam is not tolerant of non-muslims and woman:

"And if any believe not in Allah and His Messenger, We have prepared, for those who reject Allah, a Blazing Fire!"-Koran 48:13


"Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe." (Koran 8:55)

"Sufficient for the Jew is the Flaming Fire!"-Koran 4:55

"Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends. They are but friends and protectors to each other."-Koran 5:51

"But the disbelievers are the firewood of hell."-Koran 72:15

"The semblance of the infidels is one who shouts to one who cannot hear. They are deaf, dumb, and blind. They make no sense."-Koran 2:71

"In hell I saw women hanging by their breasts. They had fathered bastards."-Ishaq:185

"If blood, suppuration, and pus, were to pour from the husband's nose and the wife licked it with her tongue, she would still never be able to fulfill his rights over her"-Hadiths

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." Sahih Bukhari 3:48:826

"Women are domestic animals. Beat them."-Al-Tabari

TruthSeeker

I wonder if there will still be some liberal fools who will ignore above quotes from the koran and the Hadiths. I completely agree with Ellen F and fJones: islam is not peaceful. Don't ever believe anyone who tries to convince you of the opposite. We should not allow this hateful ideology to spread in our great country. I am saying this as a life long Democrat.

JK

Attention Truthseeker, et al. How many selective quotes can one pull from the Bible that openly advocate the killing of other people for a meriad of reasons? Answer... a Damn lot! And for such grievances as wearing clothing of two different threads, working on Sunday, or talking back to ones parents.

btilly

JK
The Bible under the Mosaic Law was for Jews only and no one else.
Christians were never told to kill any one, but preach the world. Make disciples by choice and free will. Jesus told the disciples to walk away if no one wanted to listen. Muhammad said behead them and enslave them. The Bible is two parts, the Mosaic Law and the new covenant brought by Jesus to love God and love your neighbor. When people posing as Christians did evil killing and etc. they did it alone, not because God told them as the Muslims kill because Allah aka Muhammad said do.
The things you talk about only applied to the Israelites. Others were doing evil, as the Isheaelites and Arabs who always atacked Israel and wantd them dead way back then, because Jews lived the best as long as they obeyed their God. When they stopped obeying, the went down. When Jesus came the Mosaic covenant was over. Thank goodness. Only Muslims are stoning people and trying to a better Jew than the Jews. Jesus said he who is without sin throw the first stone! No one ever kept the Law, not one Israelite.

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