Wednesday, November 25, 2015

You don't represent me @GerryConnolly

It is my misfortune that I reside in the 11th Congressional District, Virginia, which is represented by Gerry Connolly. Here is a message that I sent to Mr. Connolly:

You don’t represent me, Mr. Connolly

Dear Rep. Connolly, I read with alarm your Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis,

You wrote:
To be clear the SAFE Act is not a moratorium or a pause on the refugee program. It does not harm the vetting process we have in place. It does not demagogue a particular group of people or promote one religious belief over another, as some prominent Republicans have demanded. 

By demagoguing a particular group of people, I take it that you are referring to Muslims. You have been in the pocket of Muslim interests, which are not my interests. Examples:
  • You accepted a $1000 donation from Dr. Esam Omeish. Dr. Omeish has had positions of leadership in Muslim Brotherhood fronts such as the Muslim Students Association and the Muslim American Society. He personally hired the late Anwar al-Awlaki to be the imam of Dar al-Hijrah mosque. (Anwar al-Awlaki, as you might remember, was killed in a drone strike in Yemen. He frequently corresponded with Nidal Malik Hasan before the 2008 Fort Hood massacre. He also had contacts with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear” bomber.)
  • You publicly denounced your constituent who opposed expansion of Islamic Saudi Academy as a “bigot” when you chaired the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Audio revealed that you mentioned this denunciation while currying favor with Arabs and Muslims. 
  • You accepted money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IPAC) to support the Iran nuclear deal, when polls showed that the majority of Americans wanted Congress to reject the deal.
You wrote that the SAFE Act does not “promote one religious belief over another, as some prominent Republicans have demanded.” Christian refugees are more likely to assimilate, and I call upon their co-religionists to mentor them in the US. Do I have to tell you that Islamic State has singled out religious minorities for persecution? Most likely, the UN will tell the U.S. to accept refugees from its camps. Lord Carey, the past Archbishop of Canterbury, noted:
Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them. 

For those reasons, I prefer re-settling Christian refugees and refugees of minority religions.