E.W. Jackson: Electing Muslims to Congress Is ‘Just Beyond the Pale’

Religious Right radio host E.W. Jackson went on an anti-Muslim rant on his program yesterday in response to reports that Democrats plan to eliminate a rule banning headwear on the floor of the House of Representatives. While the rule change proposed by Democrats would exempt religious headwear, including yarmulkes, Jackson is outraged that it will be used to accommodate Ilhan Omar, a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf for religious reasons who was recently elected to Congress.

“What? Are we now going to turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law?” Jackson complained. “This stuff is just crazy … Lord, help us.”

“The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,” he continued. “I mean, really? Man. We are a Judeo-Christian country. We are a nation rooted and grounded in Christianity and that’s that. And anybody that doesn’t like that, go live somewhere else. It’s very simple. Just go live somewhere else. Don’t try to change our country into some sort of Islamic republic or try to base our country on Sharia law.”

“The threat to humanity is not merely radical Islam,” Jackson said. “The threat to humanity is Islam, period. That’s right, I said it and I mean it … That system is dangerous and it is a threat to freedom. Period.”

“The fact that we’re electing these people to Congress and electing them to office is just beyond the pale,” he added. “Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in the freedom of religion, I believe in the First Amendment, but I’ll tell you what, I’m not voting for a Muslim to serve in any office. Me, personally, I’m not doing it. I’m not doing it. Period. I’m not doing it.”