Congressman Gerry Connolly Stands up for Islam

About a week ago, Pat Robertson stated that Islam is a “violent political system.” He happens to be correct, but as usual one of our politicians has to come running to stand up for a religion/political system that they know little about.

Virginia’s 11Th District Congressman Gerry Connolly (D), has issued this statement calling for Pat Robertson to apologize for his comments about Islam. 

“In the week since Mr. Robertson’s statement that Islam is ‘not a religion’ but a ‘violent political system’ whose adherents should be treated like members of the communist or fascist party, I have heard from hundreds of outraged Northern Virginians – Muslim and non-Muslim. Here in the 11Th Congressional District of Virginia and, in fact, across our Commonwealth, Muslim-Americans are a vibrant part of our communities. They serve in our nation’s military, contribute to our economic growth, and in myriad other ways, help form the diverse tapestry that is Virginia in the 21st century.

“Some will dismiss Mr. Robertson’s comments as the strange ramblings of a man stuck in a bygone era. But when a prominent Virginian chooses to engage in hate-filled rhetoric that divides us and has the potential to fuel real discord in our polity, leaders cannot remain silent. That is why I am calling on Mr. Robertson to apologize to my constituents – Muslim and non-Muslim – for the hurt he has caused and the damage he has done. It is a week overdue.”

Of course Robertson should never apologize for speaking the truth. But I was curious if the Congressman had any sound evidence to back up his statement. So I called his Washington DC office today.

When I called a staff member named Nick answered. I stated that I am calling in regards to the Congressman telling Robertson to apologize and why does he believe that Robertson’s comments were not accurate? I mentioned this site, what is was about and if I could ask a few questions. Nick stated that he didn’t know about the issue, but he would write down the questions and give them to the Congressman. 

These were the three questions.

1. The”Justice” chapter of Reliance of the Traveller
A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, describes Jihad as the following.

o9.0 JIHAD
(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and it etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad.

Does the Congressman think that this is non-violent?

2. The Congressman spoke of division. Koran verse 9:29 specifically calls for Muslims to dominate and extort non-Muslims (jizya). Is that not division?

YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

3. Congressman Connolly mentioned “hate-filled rhetoric” coming from Robertson. Saying that he “hurt” Muslims. I stated that under Islam, Jesus will come back as a Muslim and destroy Christianity . I am “hurt” and “offended”, will Connolly make a statement against Islam now?

Of course he will not, but we have to pressure our politicians and let them know that Muslims are not the only ones living here. As for staff member Nick, he was very polite and interested in what I had to say. He said that I shall receive an answer in the mail. I wouldn’t be holding my breath though.



8 comments for “Congressman Gerry Connolly Stands up for Islam

  1. December 13, 2009 at 4:16 am

    This is a repost from Islam in Action. The update is that as of now the Congressman never replied to my questions.

  2. josh
    December 13, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Next time you talk to his office, ask him how much money he gets from rich Saudis. Clinton, Both Bushes, Carter, Obama, all of them got tens of millions, and even hundreds of millions from the saudis. likewise European politicians, and sitting members of the UN. all are bribed for less than 5 billion a year, nothing to them at all.

    • December 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      We need to be drilling for our own oil and building nuclear power plants like France has. They get approximately 80% of their electricity from them. Unless we get off of Saudi oil, we will never truly confront them on the Mosques of hate that they are funding across America.

  3. Lydia
    December 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Chris, go back and look at Connolly's political career. When he was on the Fairfax County board of supervisors, he was always more than happy to carry water for the highest bidder. Nothing has changed except that he is now in Congress. The guy is an unprincipled, left-wing crook. He was purchased by the Muslim interests here long ago, and will be proclaiming their innocence until the very day they blow up his office, and probably afterward.

    • December 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks for that backup info, I figure all we can do is let them know we are on to them. The more of us that pressure them the better.

      Happy holidays to you and your family!

  4. Jane
    December 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Islam is a violent cult, its as simple as that. Muslims have no intentions of living in peace with none Muslims, we all know that, but some people for their own reasons will pretend Islam is just like any other religion, which its not by far.

    This congressmen looks like the wimp he is.

  5. Robin Shadowes
    December 14, 2009 at 12:12 am

    This is a couple of years old or so but from same channel. Here they report from the third biggest city of Sweden and it hasn't become one bit better since then. Just 10 years ago it was mostly swedish and fairly calm. Today it is just another muslim hell hole. Many of us today has ironically nicknamed the city Ramallmuh…

  6. Dustin Arnold
    August 5, 2010 at 5:06 am

    We in the 11th District are praying that Mr Connolly become un-employed as of Nov 2, 2010.
    Keith Fimian should have beat Conolly last election, He appears to be leading the race this time around. Conolly has repeatedly answered my emails with the standard party answers to every question. He is so far in the “pocket” you cant find him!

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