Equal Protection For Muslims = Votes For You!
This election cycle, Muslims in Puget Sound are going through Phase One of self-assertion. We are requiring any politician who ants our ballot support, to pledge s-he will guarantee equal protection under the constitution for ALL, including Arabs and Muslims.
This should not be such a difficult issue for any politician since, their oath of office includes swearing to uphold the constitution of the United States and THAT guarantees equal protection for all. It is a sad comment that most politicians are afraid to use the “A”-word (Arab) and the “M”-word (Muslim) in any but a hostile manner. Politicians seem over-eager to take a bash at Muslims and Islam (just look at any Teapublican Presidential candidate), but are fearful of appearing even neutral on Muslims and Islam, for fear of antagonizing the Hate-Islam Lobbies, which right now, include almost every right-wing Church, Synagogue and group in America.
We made it easy for the politicians, we kept our requirements simple. The Pledge we drafted for them to sign says the following;
“All People Are Created Equal…”
I, ________________________________ do affirm my belief that all people under the jurisdiction of the United States, have the right to equal protection under the constitution of the United States, including Arabs and Muslims.
I promise to repudiate, reject and oppose publicly, any acts or statements of bigotry against any race, nationality or religion, that may occur in my environment. This includes acts and statements of politicians in the State of Washington as well as in Washington DC., Towards that goal, I will use all available means at my disposal, to oppose the training against Islam and Muslims, that is being imparted to our national, state and local law-enforcement agencies and to our military.
One politician made changes that extended the protections ONLY to US citizens and he did not wish to take open stands against anyone who spewed rubbish against any minority. We agreed that he would not have to extend protections to non-citizens if he could sho us where the constitution limited its protections to citizens only.
It is noteworthy that Congressman Adam Smith of the 9th Congressional District of Washington understood our needs and agreed to sign on almost immediately; here is his signed statement (we allowed personal changes as long as the intent of the pledge is preserved):
“All People Are Created Equal…”
I, Adam Smith do affirm my belief that all people under the jurisdiction of the United States have the right to equal protection under the constitution of the United States, including Arabs and Muslims.
I promise to repudiate, reject, and oppose publicly any acts or statements of bigotry that may occur in my environment. These include statements or acts against any race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any status protected by federal, state, or local law. This includes acts and statements of politicians in the State of Washington as well as in Washington DC. Towards that goal, I will continue to work with our Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Armed Forces to ensure all training includes protocols that meet culturally competent training standards.
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9)
We are not sure how many politicians and aspiring candidates for office, will see the light and agree to protect all minorities including us chickens. However, we ARE pretty sure that we will be able to muster about 4000 Muslim votes in the state of Washington and these votes will go against those who were too cowardly or, bigoted, to sign the pledge and these votes will go in favor of anyone who agrees to take the pledge that is their constitutional duty anyway.
If a Democratic candidate agrees, we will vote Democratic. However, if the Dem does not support us and a Republican does, we WILL support the Republican because we will take him at his word that he will stand up to protect us if we should need his protection.
If neither agree to sign the pledge, we will simply sit out that ballot and deprive both, of the 4000 Muslim votes.
It is our plan to run a state-wide candidate in the 2014 elections, just to prove we have 4000 bloc-votes and more. We would have done so this time around, but there was not enough time to get organized in a manner that would work efficiently.
Stay tuned, we will soon know who is te coward, the bigot and the brave…
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