From the 910 group. (HT Steve Harkonnen)
Dear 910 Group Activist,
We are asking for your help. Please send either the email text provided below, or your rewrite of it, to your Congressman and Senator, and if possible also mail a print copy to them. Below is text for an email and letter campaign protesting the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR) attack against Representative Virgil Goode (R-VA), for his legitimate criticisms of Representative–elect Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) plan to use a Koran for his swearing-in. You can change this text as you see fit, and your letter should be sent from you personally, not from the “910 Group.”
Please send this letter to your Congressional Representatives and Senators by email. Just cut and paste the text into your own email, rewrite it if you want, and then copy the contact information for your Congressman and Senators into the “to” line.
For contact info for your representatives, go here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/officials/congress and enter your zip code or address.
To send a copy of your email to your local media, as well as national media, go here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media and enter your zip code.
To send a copy of your email to the Republican National HQ, asking them to stand by Goode, go here: http://www.gop.com/ContactUs/
A warning: Congress now blocks many emails, so to be effective, you should also send your letter by regular postal mail (snailmail). Remember to include in both the email and letter the information that you are a constituent, the city where you live, that you vote, any relevant organizational or interest group affiliations, and whether you are an employer in the state.
Thanks for your help in this urgent matter.
The 910 Group Directors
In the last twenty-four hours, U.S Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-VA) has been subjected to an unfair and biased persecution, orchestrated by the extremist, Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), for positions that he expressed in a recent letter to his constituents. In this letter, Rep. Goode wrote with concern over Muslim immigration into the United States , and criticized the decision of Representative-elect Keith Ellison to use the Koran at his swearing-in ceremony. Rep. Goode has also received several threatening phone calls according to the Franklin County Sheriff - simply for writing a letter to his constituents.
Enough is enough. I am writing to ask for your support for Rep. Goode. The symbolism of using the Koran at a ceremony where Mr. Ellison will swear to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States should raise questions about the obvious conflict of interest that Mr. Ellison must have in fulfilling such an oath. We need to stand firm against pressure from extremist Islamist advocacy groups, and from their appeasers in the media and in our Congress.
Rep. Goode of course supports the right of any American to practice his or her religion, no matter what it is. So do I, and I know you do also. But he doesn’t support the right to practice a dangerous political ideology, in the form of Radical Islam, which is masquerading as a religion.
Radical Islam is a political ideology, like communism or fascism, that threatens most Muslims and all non-Muslims worldwide. People of all other religions, including freedom-loving Muslims and atheists, are in its gunsights. All races are its victims, and people all over the world are being blown up, beheaded, tortured, and intimidated by those who act in the name of this bullying political ideology.
When Rep. Goode and our other elected representatives put their hands on the Bible to swear an oath, they are simply asking God to be their witness. They are not citing Christian or Jewish or other religious authority to justify or require any particular legislative action.
But a Muslim’s holy book requires him to wage jihad and create certain political – not religious – institutions such as sharia law, which are in direct opposition to American values and the American Constitution. The Koran, which to Muslims is the word of God, compels believers to install by any means the legal and political system of sharia in all human societies. It regards the land as belonging only to Allah and commands believers to return it to the community of Islam from the occupying non-believers. The literal application of teachings in the Koran would compel our society to live under these harsh strictures of sharia law, the legal code prescribed by the Koran, which denies basic rights to women, prescribes death to Islam’s apostates, and forbids or subjugates other religions.
This political ideology of Radical Islam is a clear and present danger in this country and throughout the civilized world. America ’s traditions of open-handedness and religious tolerance have been used against us. If we do not take a stance against this political ideology, and its apologists like CAIR, someday the tradition of American tolerance will no longer exist.
For this reason we ask you to support Rep. Goode in his concern that the Koran demands loyalties that directly counter our Constitutional liberties. We ask that you call on all Muslims in America to repudiate publicly the Islamic scriptures and traditions which sanction conquest by violence, oppression, and religious intolerance.
We live in a dangerous world, one in which deceit and disinformation are being used against us by an implacable enemy. Self-appointed spokesmen such as CAIR pretend to represent Muslim Americans but in fact represent nothing more than the interests of their fundamentalist millionaire backers. It is no longer enough to take their word that they and their co-religionists mean the rest of us no harm. It is both reasonable and prudent to ask Muslims to demonstrate by both word and deed that they support the United States Constitution and the rule of law, even if it disagrees with their religion’s instructions. Especially if it disagrees with their religion’s instructions.
This is the line we are drawing. We need to know who is standing on our side of the line, and we welcome you, and people of all religions, including Islam, to stand with us.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
From the 910 group. (HT Steve Harkonnen)