Three Carolinas congressmen -- including GOP Rep. Robin Hayes of Concord -- were among 42 House members who recently refused to support a resolution that acknowledged the Islamic month of Ramadan, called Islam a great religion and rejected bigotry against Muslims.
The House resolution passed 376-0, with Hayes and the others voting "Present." Of those 42, only one was a Democrat: Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton.
The version that passed included an amendment that commended Muslims who reject "interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence and terror."
But both Hayes and McIntyre appeared to base their "Present" votes on the wording in the original resolution, which didn't note that some Muslims are terrorists.
Said Hayes: "I think it is inappropriate at this point -- as we are in the middle of a war -- to honor a particular holiday (in a resolution) that makes no separation between peace-loving Muslims and radical Islamic terrorists."
McIntyre echoed that: "I did not mind recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, but no distinction was made (in the original resolution) between those who sincerely practice Islam and those who might be engaged in terrorist acts."
Those reasons were called "ridiculous" by Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights group.
By that logic, Hooper said, "are they not going to make any favorable reference to Christmas because the Lord's Resistance Army is massacring people in Uganda (where it wants to establish a government based on the 10 Commandments)?" (MORE)