By Alec Rooney
House Democrats have moved to clamp down on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment and crime in the United States that they concede — in the very text of their own resolution — does not actually exist.
A mere two weeks after a pair of Muslim terrorists shot to death 14 people in California, Democrats on Dec. 17 quietly introduced a resolution to condemn what they describe as a wave of violence, crime and verbal abuse against U.S. Muslims.
Introduced on Dec. 17 by Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., H.R. 569 is specifically intended to condemn “violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” The resolution is being cosponsored by 82 other House members, all Democrats. Read the full text of the resolution here.
The move came shortly after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned — On Dec. 3, one day after the radical-jihad-inspired San Bernardino massacre — that her justice Department would take aggressive action toward Americans whose anti-Muslim rhetoric “edges toward violence.”
Apart from the obvious dangers of U.S. lawmakers moving to demonize Americans for the things they say, the resolution goes on to confusingly cancel itself out in terms of simple logic.
After declaring the importance of Muslims to the U.S. culture and economy, and that “hate speech” goes against “the Nation’s founding principles,” and that women in hijabs and headscarves are being “targeted,” H.R. 569 paradoxically states in its eighth paragraph that:
“ ... the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam.”
The resolution is targeting, therefore, a “rise” in Americans' speech and actions that is in fact, when cited “by terrorist groups,” merely a “false narrative.”
It is unclear why, if this wave of intolerance and crime is merely a baseless propaganda invention of jihadis, made up to recruit terrorists, there is any need for the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn it so "steadfastly."
It appears that in their enthusiasm to crack down on Americans' speech, the 83 Democratic backers of H.R. 569 garbled their own words into a logical impossibility.