Phillips said he has spent time personally studying Islam and believes that when a Muslim swears the oath to the Constitution using the Quran, that negates the constitutional law because they are “sworn to turn this country into an Islamic country.”
Hamas-linked CAIR has already weighed in, calling upon “state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate the Islamophobic, unconstitutional statements” made by Phillips. That was to be expected, but Rick Phillips’ statement opens up a needed debate on the nature of Islam and the potential impact of jihad and Sharia upon America. The larger question Phillips poses is this: if the normative belief of any religion contradicts the American Constitution, and if a religious practice teaches the supremacy of that faith over America, and in fact views America as part of the House of War (dar al harb), is that religion protected under the American Constitution? In other words, does the Constitution allow for sedition and subversion as long as it is carried out under the auspices of a religion?
Rick Phillips is being attacked as an “Islamophobe,” but the questions he raises have too long been swept under the rug, and they require attention for the survival of America and its values. This does not mean that it is prudent to revoke the religious status of Islam altogether, but his recommendations should lead to further discussion about treason vis-a-vis the general understanding of religious freedom today, the activities of Muslim Brotherhood operatives, the imposition of the “Islamophobia” subterfuge, the tolerance of radical mosques, and much more.
“Republican in Iowa’s 2nd District primary calls for Islam’s religious status to be revoked,” by Ian Richardson, Des Moines Register, April 13, 2020:
A Republican candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, whose platform calls for redefining Islam as “militant cultural imperialism seeking world domination,” drew fire Monday for saying he doesn’t believe Islam is protected under the First Amendment.
Pella Republican Rick Phillips told Quad Cities television station WHBF that he believes the founding fathers were specifically talking about Christianity and its denominations when they established the freedom of religion outlined in the Bill of Rights.
“They were not talking about anti-Christian beliefs,” he said. “Now, if a person doesn’t want to believe in Christ, that’s their business. But to say that this First Amendment right includes all religions in the world, I think, is erroneous.”
Reached by the Des Moines Register Monday afternoon, Phillips said he has spent time personally studying Islam and believes that when a Muslim swears the oath to the Constitution using the Quran, that negates the constitutional law because they are “sworn to turn this country into an Islamic country.”
He said former president Barack Obama brought several Muslims into the country and there has been an increasing number of mosques built since 9/11.
“All this is packaged as if it’s harmless, and stuff like that,” he said. “But I really see this as an invasion to install a caliphate — an Islamic form of government — here.”
Both the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, and the Republican Party of Iowa have condemned Phillips’ remarks.
In a news release, Robert S. McCaw, director of government affairs for CAIR, called on state and national Republican Party leadership to “repudiate these Islamophobic, unconstitutional views.”
“The Constitution must protect Americans of all faiths,” he said. “The kind of hatred and anti-American views promoted by Mr. Phillips places in danger both constitutional protections of religious freedoms and the safety of ordinary American Muslims.”
Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Aaron Britt said in an email that Phillips’ comments “are not reflective of the views of the Republican Party of Iowa.”…
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