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Cathie Adams’ Islamophobia just more of the same from Eagle Forum


Imagine 2050 Staff • May 06, 2014

http://www.texastribune.org/2010/06/11/the-2010-texas-republican-convention/

If there’s one person who won’t be fooled by those stealthy Muslims, it’s Cathie Adams. For those who didn’t already know, this became evident last month after the Texas Eagle Forum president went on a lengthy diatribe against Muslims and exposed what she claims to be Muslims’ malicious intentions.

Adams, the former state chair for the Republican Party of Texas and president of the Texas chapter of Phyllis Schalfly’s organization the Eagle Forum, recently spoke at a Texas Tea Party event where she partook in smearing Muslims and Islam.

According to the Cleburne-Times Review, Adams told the audience that the United States government and culture has been infiltrated by Islam, which she referred to as a “warring religion.” She also claimed Muslim groups plan to replace the U.S. Constitution with Shariah law by way of “stealth jihad.”

Adams warned against trusting those who say Islam is a religion of peace because, she says, Muslims can turn on someone at any minute.

“How do you know who is going to turn radical when every Muslim embraces Sharia law?” she said.

Adams insisted that while Muslims are “extremely hospitable when you are under their roof,” the minute one walks out of their home “you can be shot in the back.” She continued on that in order for American to survive it “must remain a land that holds to the rule of law.”

This is not the first time Adams has drummed up the anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. In fact, she and her organization already have a well-documented history of making inflammatory remarks and weighing in on policies involving Muslims. Adams has voiced her opposition to Congressional passage of comprehensive immigration reform because it will attract individuals from “Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures,” all of whom, according to her, all want to impose Shariah.

In 2010, Adams’ Eagle Forum chapter endorsed an essay written by Elijah Abraham, an Evangelical Christian convert from Islam, which provided solutions on how to stop the spread of Islam in the United States. The solutions included barring Muslims from running for office, working as government employees and serving in the military. The essay also advocated passing anti-Shariah legislation and monitoring mosques.

Adams recently joined other anti-Muslim activists in accusing fellow Republican and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist of being a convert to Islam. The hard evidence Adams provided to support her claim? Norquist’s wife is a Muslim and “he has a beard.”

Tennessee Counterparts

Purporting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories is not just limited to the Texas Eagle Forum. The Tennessee chapter of Schlafly’s organization has also gained notoriety for spreading anti-Muslim sentiments statewide. They belong to an umbrella organization entitled the Tennessee Freedom Coalition where they work alongside other vehemently anti-Muslim groups such as ACT! for America. The coalition continues to host Islamophobic events and endorse anti-Muslim activists such as Bill Warner.

In 2011, the group provided state Rep. Judd Matheny with a bill that aimed to ban Shariah from Tennessee courts and jail those who follow the Islamic doctrine. Tennessee Eagle Forum president Bobbie Patray later confirmed the bill was written by anti-Muslim lawyer David Yerushalmi, who is responsible for drafting the model legislation American Laws for American Courts.

The Eagle Forum state chapter’s hostility toward Muslims is a reflection of the nativist rhetoric espoused by the national organization and its founder Schlafly. She and her organization continue to champion the idea that an increase in the population immigrants and Muslims in the U.S. will lead to the demise of the nation’s Western-European traditions and roots. Earlier this year, the Eagle Forum put out a misleading report intended to highlight this. The report capitalizes on anxieties that immigrants, especially Muslims, will not assimilate and want a bigger government, thus radically changing the nation’s character. To emphasize this point, Schlafly has even argued — as a warning — that polygamist Muslim men are bound to establish themselves in the U.S. and put all of their wives on welfare.

Adams’ latest anti-Muslim diatribe simply builds on existing nativist rhetoric espoused by Schlafly and the Eagle Forum. Their ongoing belief that Muslims are the epitomy of the outsiders that will change America continues to be prevalent theme in their platform.

 

Image sources: Texas Tribune and Skidmore, Wikipedia Commons

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