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CuriousLurker  Oct 9, 2015 • 10:55:42pm

As with any large group, there are going to be bigots in the Democratic party, but unlike with Republicans, being anti-Muslim hasn’t become some sort of patriotic litmus test. I would also point out that both of the Muslim members of the current (114th) Congress belong to the Democratic party, as do the lone Hindu & Buddhist members. Of the 28 Jewish members only one, Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1), is a Republican. (Sources: 1, 2)

Of the 10 members who don’t have a religious affiliation (1) or who refuse/don’t know what theirs is (9), all are Democrats. Those numbers speak pretty loudly.

The numbers also show that the overwhelming majority of the 535 voting members of the U.S. legislature are Christian, so the Christians who claim persecution because they have to bake a cake or issue a license for something they disapprove of really ought to STFD and STFU.

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CuriousLurker  Oct 9, 2015 • 11:16:46pm

Just to clarify, I think Mr. Qarni was absolutely correct to call out the VA Democrats who refused to support him, but their cowardly behavior pales in comparison to the rampant Islamophobia & lack of diversity in the GOP.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 10, 2015 • 6:26:25am

re: #2 CuriousLurker

Just to clarify, I think Mr. Qarni was absolutely correct to call out the VA Democrats who refused to support him, but their cowardly behavior pales in comparison to the rampant Islamophobia & lack of diversity in the GOP.

Agreed with you on both counts. I wish I had known about Mr. Qarni’s candidacy. He lives a ways from me (Northern Va is huge but I’m happy to support any candidate regadrless of religion if he or she ahs good goals for our state and country.) Shame on the assholes who did not support him but fuck the Republicans who are trying to MBF this too.

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CuriousLurker  Oct 10, 2015 • 2:42:59pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

The numbers also show that the overwhelming majority of the 535 voting members of the U.S. legislature are Christian, […]

I just realized that I didn’t provide a link to the January 2015 Pew report, Faith on the Hill, which provides a breakdown of all the numbers. Note that while Christians comprise 73% of American adults, they comprise 91.8% of Congress—i.e. they’re overreepresented by almost 20 points.1

1. Yet we’re still asked to believe the absurd claim that American Christians are somehow downtrodden martyrs who are constantly being marginalized and are in danger of becoming extinct.

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fern01  Oct 10, 2015 • 5:15:25pm

So another research project by the US media to prove that “both sides are the same”

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CriticalDragon1177  Oct 10, 2015 • 8:43:26pm

re: #5 fern01

So another research project by the US media to prove that “both sides are the same”

Not really. It wasn’t a “research project.” The guy really ran for public office. It also doesn’t show that both sides are the same, nor is it really meant to, but it does show that Democratic party isn’t free from bigotry either.


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