This is a case of the Democrats believing their own rhetoric. Leftists and Islamic supremacists have been calling opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims and others “anti-Muslim” for so long that many actually think that opposition is some attempt to deny Muslims rights. In reality, opposition to jihad terror is not in the least “anti-Muslim,” unless that Muslim is a jihad terrorist, and denies rights to no law-abiding citizen. This “anti-Muslim” rhetoric has been effective in marginalizing and demonizing foes of jihad terror, but it was a dud in the Democrats’ attempt to demonize Pompeo.
“Munro: Democrats Throw Softballs at Pompeo’s Criticism of Islam,” by Neil Munro, Breitbart, April 12, 2018:
State Department nominee Mike Pompeo easily deflected Democrats’ softball questions about his prior criticism of Islamic ideology.
Pompeo was able to dodge the issue of Islam’s belligerent ideology at his confirmation hearing on Thursday because Democrats also dodged the issue by asking for his views about the uncontroversial personal rights of Americans who are Muslims.
That unspoken cooperation allowed the pro-migration Democrats and the pending Secretary of State to hide the difficult issue of how the federal government should deal with mainstream Islam’s belligerent ideology, cited by many orthodox adherents as the motivation for their “Allah is Supreme” (Allahu Akbar) terror attacks.
Pompeo’s tactful responses denied Democrats an easy excuse to vote against his confirmation. The tact is needed because the GOP holds only 51 seats in the closely divided chamber. Also, the GOP has just a one-vote advantage in the foreign relations committee which likely will cast the first votes on Pompeo’s nomination….
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