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Anti-Immigrant Group Accuses Obama Administration of Funding Terrorists

Stephen Piggott • Aug 11, 2010

Yesterday morning, the president of Texans for Immigration Reform (TFIR), Louise Whiteford, sent out the organization’s August newsletter along with a special message to its members. In the long-winded message, Whiteford touched on many subjects that the anti-immigrant movement likes to discuss including SB1070 in Arizona.

A more disturbing issue that Whiteford brought up is her opinions on Muslims. First she stated that, “Sharia law and a republic cannot exist together. Every Muslim is by their faith bound to support a theocracy.”

She follows this first claim with another, stating, “Obama is bringing in Hamas refugees. We not only provide funding for Hamas but we then make them refugees.”

Whiteford argues that all Muslims are bound by their faith to support a theocracy (a form of government in which a god or deity is recognized as the state’s supreme civil ruler). The only country in the world today which has a government that can be classed as a theocracy, or something like it, is Iran. According to the CIA world fact book, Iran has a theocratic republic form of government. Instead of trying to understand the religion for what it is and the separations between church and state, she makes an assumption that all Muslims are in favor of a theocracy. If this was the case, we would have theocracies in countries like Albania, Comoros, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, just to name a few.

Whiteford second and more outrageous claim is that the Obama Administration is funding an organization listed by the United States as a terrorist organization and that Hamas refugees are being brought to the United States. The U.S. has provided aid to the Palestinian people through USAID and non-profit organizations. There is no proof that the money given to the Palestinian people is being used to help fund Hamas. This ludicrous claim is like saying that because the U.S. government gives money to the Afghani people and because Al Qaeda are prevalent in Afghanistan, then the Obama Administration is aiding Al Qaeda.

The other accusation that Hamas members are being allowed into the United States as refugees is also unfounded. The Obama administration would never allow members of an organization they list as a terrorist organization into the United States as refugees.

It is not surprising that these Islamophobic views are coming from Texans for Immigration Reform, a state contact of the Federation for Immigration Reform. FAIR is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. FAIR solicited and received over $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that has a history of promoting the genetic superiority of white, European-Americans.

FAIR is also behind the racist SB1070 law in Arizona and is actively seeking to have similar legislation passed across the country. TFIR has recently hosted Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, the public face of SB1070 at a meeting in Houston.

With all of the hate rhetoric surrounding the plans to build a mosque near ground zero in New York, this anti-Muslim outburst from TFIR is irresponsible, especially when the lies are coming from the president of the organization. Attacking the Obama Administration and Muslims in general with false claims is unacceptable.

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