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Tea party leader says all Muslims a ‘threat’ to U.S.; seeks recall of McCain

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A prominent Phoenix tea party leader who believes Muslims cannot be trusted to be loyal to the United States and should not be working for the federal government is incensed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s defense of a top State Department official and is eying a recall drive against Arizona’s senior senator.

Wes Harris, the founder and chairman of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said he plans to take out a recall petition against McCain. While Harris has many problems with McCain, a mass email he sent out focused solely on the senator’s recent defense of Huma Abedin, a top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Harris accused Abedin of having ties to an Islamic extremist group, and he objected to the fact that a Muslim was working for the State Department in the first place.

Harris said he believes Muslims’ loyalty to the U.S. is questionable because their ultimate loyalty is to the Quran and Islam, which he described as “more a fascist type of organization.”

“Have you ever read the Quran? I suggest you do so, because anyone that is a Muslim is a threat to this country, and that’s a fact,” Harris told the Arizona Capitol Times. “There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. If they are Muslim they have to follow the Quran. That’s their religion and that’s their doctrine.”

Harris said he plans to circulate recall petitions against McCain. In his email, he said, “We must find a way to get rid of this embarrassment.”

The email Harris sent includes a forwarded item from the blog Bare Naked Islam that castigates McCain for defending “Islamic enemies of America” and attacking U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and tea party favorite. The blog piece ends by saying, “Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap.”

Bachmann was one of five members of Congress – a list that includes Arizona’s Trent Franks – who signed a letter to the State Department’s inspector general alleging that the Islamic group Muslim Brotherhood was influencing the department. The letter also alleged that members of Abedin’s family had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Harris said McCain’s impassioned defense of Abedin on the Senate floor was far from the only reason he’s seeking the senator’s ouster, but it was a major factor.

“He just took Michele Bachmann over the coals on the floor of the Senate for her warning about the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into our government,” Harris said. “It’s just one of many things. It culminates in this latest debacle.”

Harris is also a precinct committeeman in the Legislative District 6 Republican Committee.

Recalls against federal officials are not legally binding, and McCain would not be required to leave office if Arizona voters rejected him in a recall election. But state law allows federal elected officials to file statements with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office pledging to resign if they lose a recall election, and McCain has filed such a statement.

No federal elected official in Arizona has ever faced a recall election. McCain critics on both sides of the aisle have pursued several unsuccessful recalls against him in recent years.

Harris said he believes Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. But ultimately, he said it doesn’t matter whether she’s linked to the group or not because he doesn’t believe Muslims should work for the federal government.

On Wednesday, McCain rose to Abedin’s defense in response to a June 13 letter that Bachmann, Franks and three other congressmen sent to Harold Geisel, a deputy inspector general at the State Department asking Abedin and other agency employees be investigated for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He said the allegations involving three of Abedin’s relatives were unsubstantiated, and criticized the members of Congress who sent the letter for launching “specious and degrading attacks.”

“These allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant,” McCain said. “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.”

Harris disagreed with McCain’s assessment of Abedin, saying she shouldn’t be working for the State Department, regardless of whether she has Muslim Brotherhood ties.

“Is she a Muslim? Is she an active Muslim?” Harris said. “I rest my case. That’s all she needs to be.”

Zuhdi Jasser, the founder and president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, an organization dedicated to opposing Islamic extremism, said Harris’ views are misguided, ignorant and dangerous.

Jasser said there is no inherent conflict between Islam and American values, and that Harris is confusing the religion of Islam with the political ideology of Islamism. Jasser, a Valley doctor, said there’s no reason why Muslims can’t be good Americans, though he believes Islamists cannot be, and he noted that thousands of American Muslims have served with honor in the U.S. armed forces.

“A Muslim is anybody that follows and adheres to the faith of Islam. An Islamist is a supremacist that believes the state should be guided by a particular interpretation of Islam,” Jasser said. “It is extremely dangerous, and I think misguided American policy, to mix up being Muslim with being an Islamist.”

Though Jasser disagreed with the five congressmen’s decision to name Abedin in their letter, he said he shared many of the other concerns they shared about the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat of Islamic extremism to the United States. Islamism is a genuine threat to America, he said.

But statements like the ones Harris made make it harder to combat extremism by alienating Muslims who believe in America’s values, he said, both in this country and abroad. Jasser said moderate Muslims are America’s greatest asset in the fight against Islamic extremism.

“If you want moderate voices of Islam to marginalize the supremacists that seek global domination, then they need to feel supported in countries that share our values, like the United States,” Jasser said. “If the sentiment becomes that it’s incompatible, then it becomes very difficult for me to get traction in the Islamic community that this country will defend our rights.”

Abedin is the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat who resigned last year after he was caught sending women lewd photos of himself via Twitter.

One signer of the letter, Congressman Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican, later told Politico that naming Abedin “was not the wiser path to go down,” and that the focus of the letter was to improve national security, not go after her.

A McCain spokesman declined to comment on Harris’ comments or his recall threat.

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54 Comments »

  1. I believe Mr. McCain is safe.

  2. Exactly what they said about JFK and his religion

  3. Tea Party? HA!!!! They don’t know the difference between tea and urine.

  4. Typical Tea Party lunacy.

  5. I’ve heard many Christians say, “God before country.” Does that make their loyalty questionable too?

  6. I wonder if you asked Psycho-Christians if they put God above country what their answer would be? I think they’d say God so let’s put them in this same category with the radical Muslims and consider them a “threat” to the U.S. as well.

  7. im not muslim but i do believe that not ALL muslims are a threat to america. in my opinion they’re very interesting. i’d like to study they’re culture. by the way i’m an american christian. salamaleko!

  8. This man is so ridiculous it’s bordering hilarious. I love that we have information at our fingertips but jackwads like this prefer to perpetuate hate. *facepalm*

  9. Yes, folks used to say something similar to this about Roman Catholics being primarily subjects of the Pope, more willing to do the Pope’s bidding than the Presidents. Pshaw…what utter rubbish.

  10. Quran and islam for life………Who did you expect us to be loyal to asshole? Empty skull.low thinking. You can go to hell we will never be loyal to anything else even if jesus comes back………..quuran and islam for life.

  11. ooh i like you (not like that) add me?

  12. If someone wants to hold all Muslims responsible for the actions of a few, I’m going to start holding all Christians accountable for the actions of WBC (for starters).

  13. This is ridiculous. I am from Michigan and we have many Muslims here and they are no different from anyone else in this country and this is coming from a Wiccan!

  14. Well said Valerie! and OMG John McCain is one of the few decent republicans left who can still speak rationally and think critically.

  15. Absolutely incredible – The Tea Party demonizing a religion, an assault against millions of adherents – while defining their own ignorance, misplaced ethnocentrism and bigotry. Kudos to McCain for speaking out.

  16. Yet more proof that the world is filled with ignorant fucktards!

  17. Sen McCain has shown a lot of dignity and courage to defend Abedin in defiance of the radicals in his party. We need more politicians who will follow McCain’s example.

  18. It is too bad the GOP’s moderates such as McCain are being hijacked by radicles.

  19. *headdesk* are they STILL doing this?

  20. fascism the marrying of corporation and the state, kind of like the system practiced in US today, which is a sort of “soft fascism. This guy is an idiot, perhaps if he understood basic political definitions people would take him seriously/

  21. Could the same thing not be said of Catholics to the Pope in Rome? How about the Mormons to their archbishop in Utah?

  22. Evangelical Christianity, at the present moment, poses the single greatest threat to the social and political well-being of the USA, period.

  23. By Harris’ criteria, Christians’ loyalty to the U.S. is questionable (if we are true to our faith), because our ultimate loyalty is to Jesus Christ. Many of the first Christians were martyred because they proclaimed Jesus, not Caesar, as Lord.

  24. Anyone who is an idiot is a threat to general civility and logic, and this includes the teaparty.

  25. He is not a member of the tea party. McCain is bought by the same corporations that fund Obama and Romney. Ron Paul is the father of the tea party and wouldn’t stand for this.

  26. Hmmm…makes one wonder what he thinks of Christians (being that they are threatened with ETERNAL DAMNATION)…

  27. @Jeremiah that maybe true, but the Tea Party has produced dangerous politicians such as this guy, Allen West, and Michelle Bachman. They are not giving more freedoms, they are taking them away.

  28. Wes Harris belongs to the Tea Party. Muslims worship Islam. I’ll take Islam any day of the week. It’s a less-fascist mythology.

  29. The muslim PR is now in a climbdown mode from statements of past years that they were going to take over the country, destroy our culture, etc. This does not mean that they aren’t still thinking along those lines.

  30. What about powerful and wealthy pro-Israeli American lobbyists…?

  31. May those who are set to destroy this country understand that we fought for the freedoms guaranteed in the constitution. As a social studies instructor, my students always were expected to understand those freedoms guaranteed in the 1st Amendment.

  32. Wes Harris ,Allen West, Michelle Bauchmann,NUTS

  33. We probably need to round up the Quakers, too! What part of crazy/bigoted do these folks misunderstand?

  34. I respect John McCain

  35. McCain brought this on himself by popularizing the tea party with Palin. Should have left the clown in the box.

  36. If that is the case, then we America should only elect Agnostics and / or Athiests… right? Because as far as I’m concerned, all religions require devotion from their followers… Christianity and Judaism no less than Islam.

  37. Someone has never read the Qur’an & thus believes that it says what it doesn’t say.

  38. Separation of church and state. The Tea Party doesn’t seem to understand this means ALL religion–especially theirs.

  39. NO….not all Muslims are threat to the US….bigot !

  40. so does that mean that Mohammed Ali’s loyalty is in question? or Kareem Abdul Jabbar? or Dave Chappelle? or Ahmad Rashad? or any other Muslim who have been born here? or have been converted? I question the sanity of these nut jobs!

  41. Tea baggers are a threat to the US……hate , bigotry and racism is a threat to the US. Not caring about others is a threat to the US….

  42. I don’t like John McCain, but the guy who’s against him makes him seem like a saint.

  43. Kudos to Senator McCain! Honor still means a lot to him..

  44. Dumb and dumber grows the discourse politic…

  45. Is he stupid to say that, or his smart and read the Quran and understand it, because i don’t read it all, or someredneck beside him tell him to sa that?

  46. Is he stupid to say that, or his smart and read the Quran and understand it, because i don’t read it all, or someredneck beside him tell him to sa that?

  47. Aren’t there Christians who say their ultimate loyalty is to Jesus and the Bible? Are they then not considered patriots? I am confused…

  48. Is that kinda like saying Christians’ loyalty is questionable because their ultimate loyalty is to the Bible and Christianity which is more a socialist organization?

  49. I think people who have such convoluted opinions should just keep it to themselves.

  50. I remember a Rabbi telling the congregation we needed to elect a Senator that was good for Israel. What bullshit, I’m an American not Israeli.

  51. …and i wonder why my cousin is a gop fan

  52. Some people on this page are exactly like those who they despise. A few Christians hate Muslims/blame us for the acts of a few. So they are going to start blaming all Christians for the acts of a few Christians? Count me out on that!

  53. “You can go to hell we will never be loyal to anything else even if jesus comes back” You are saying even if Jesus proves Christianity is right? by you saying “even if Jesus comes back” you would claim to follow Islam still and follow the path to god under Islam if Jesus proved it wrong and the true path to god was Christianity???

  54. I always thought the Tea Party was too extreme. From the day it started I had a bad felling about them, even though I am a Repub. If they do push to have McCain removed it will make a battle ground for McCain supporters and Islomophobics. I hope it would show the true colors of the Islamophobics to Americans. Attacking McCain for defending his friend when he felt there was no facts to back up what they said about Abedin. Any real friend would do that.

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