From the Detroit Free Press, with thanks to EPG:
Michigan Muslims of Indian descent are hailing the U.S. government’s decision to deny a prominent Indian minister entry into the country because of his intolerance toward religious minorities.
The State Department’s move came after U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, sponsored a congressional resolution last week to condemn Narendra Modi, chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat. In 2002, anti-Muslim riots broke out in his state after a train carrying Hindu activists was attacked. Some Muslim and human-rights groups said Modi failed to stop the violence and has allowed a culture of intolerance to take hold in the state where Mohandas Gandhi was born….
Hmmm. Modi didn’t start any violence…he just “failed to stop” the violence actually started by Muslims — and he’s the “intolerant” one.
Conyers said Thursday that he was urged to action by the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C….
Well well, these are heady days for CAIR. We might as well elect Ibrahim Hooper President and get it over with.
The decision brought protests from some Indian Americans and the Indian government, which asked the United States to reconsider, noting that Modi was a democratically elected official and should have been given the respect afforded elected officials….
“I personally call him the Hitler of Gujarat,” Quayid Saifee, a computer consultant from Rochester Hills born in India, said Thursday….
Conyers’ resolution, introduced March 15, was supported by U.S. Reps. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania and Trent Franks of Arizona, both Republicans. They also expressed concern about Modi’s treatment of Christians.
In the resolution, Conyers noted that the Indian Supreme Court had admonished Modi for his inaction in the 2002 riots.
Conyers said he hopes the move won’t adversely affect America’s relations with India. “We consider ourselves allies of India,” Conyers said Thursday. “We just have this one problem.”
We sure do.