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Detroit Reps. Conyers, Clarke call on federal government to counter anti-Muslim sentiment

31 May 2011 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Jonathan Oosting | MLive.com

U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Hansen Clarke want the federal government to take an active role in countering anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

In a House resolution introduced last week, the Detroit Democrats urged federal investigators to avoid unconstitutional profiling and called for the government to target rhetorical attacks and violence against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American communities.

“Communities should be protected from the threat of violence and suspicion that, for example, was at the heart of last January’s thwarted attack against the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn,” Conyers and Clarke said in a joint statement. “They should also be able to rely on law enforcement’s fundamental integrity and respect for First Amendments protected rights.

“Ultimately, the American Muslim community should be able to rely on the federal government to lead the effort in fostering an open climate of understanding and cooperation. Only through a balanced examination of the challenges facing the nation will we establish a strong policy framework for protecting security, while respecting the Constitution and the interests of affected communities.”

The resolution comes in the wake of complaints from several Metro Detroit Muslim Americans who say they were harassed, searched, groped or jailed without reason when crossing into Michigan from Canada.

The complaints prompted a probe by the Department of Homeland Security’s office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, while last week’s resolution was sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which Conyers chairs, for review.

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  1. YES! It is about time that common, rational sense take hold in Washington D.C. This obscenity of treating Muslims like criminals has got to stop. Our Legislators have been acting in such an un-American manner way too long ever since the institution of the Patriot act, which has created the fear-mongering in this nation.

  2. Kerry, I am also for getting rid of the Patriot Act whose name is akin to the double speak out of Orwell’s 1984.

  3. not sure the mentally ill can be stopped of anything? john hinckley jr shot the president. and what the hell are “rhetorical attacks”? shouldn’t we be targeting 9/11 style attacks? how about the times square bomber? how about our head of the terrorism task force being less worried about elf in early 2001 and more worried about islamic extremists. they only tried to blow up the wtc in 93, blew up a couple of our embassies, attacked the cole, blew up khobar towers…etc, etc.

    but absolutely the law should respect the first amendment. i’ve only seen muslims calling for the first amendemt to be repealed? maybe that is what is meant by “rhetorical attacks”?

  4. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

  5. Mike we seem to be giving up our liberties on a regular basis over the last few years.

  6. “The resolution comes in the wake of complaints from several Metro Detroit Muslim Americans who say they were harassed, searched, groped or jailed without reason when crossing into Michigan from Canada.”

    Much depends on just “when” they were “crossing”. Pres.George W.Bush immediately following his inauguration in Jan.2001 forged a “cooperation” agreement with Canada, and my heart sank. I merely happened to be reading Canadian newspapers that morning. What this meant to me was that there would be no more friendly relationships as in the Sixties when only the Canadians know how many of our war resisters were made welcome by Canadian churches who found them housing and jobs. Another way of looking at this, I knew meant he took seriously the protests against his becoming President, while he had been campaigning. Once again, it was the churches and the war-resisters on this side of the border who had been severely aggravated by the indications of his “father’s” Gulf War.

    What I hadn’t expected was how this would prove to be the case, as the protests against W. Bush continued into his second-term and we would learn following his administration that he still carried the same begrudging sadistic payback described by Hunter S. Thompson in Rolling Stone. As long as you understand his “cooperation” with Canada occured some 8 months prior to 9/11.
    To my knowledge, the Canadian authorities would not have permitted the persons making this complaint to have even left Canada to cross into the U.S., if they were not carrying the appropriate papers. I never needed a passport to visit my sister-in-law before W. took the attack personally and referred to Hussein “tried to kill my father” and I wondered what the hell is he talking about? Today, I have the extra expense of having to buy a passport by going through the rigamarole involved at our age, in case my sister-in-law dies and I want to attend her funeral.

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