Target: Oklahoma State Rep. Pat Ownbey
Goal: Denounce state representative for promoting material that calls for a “final solution” regarding Islam.
An Oklahoma lawmaker posted an article that calls for a “final solution” against Islam, which also claims that Islam is not a religion and shouldn’t be protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The phrase “final solution” was used during the Holocaust to refer to the genocide enacted against Jewish people, Romani, LGBT people, and the disabled.
The author of this recent bigoted article again uses the Orlando shooting as an excuse for vile Islamophobia in spite of the fact that the FBI recently confirmed that the shooting had little if anything to do with religious extremism or any of the opposing terrorist organizations the killer cited in a 911 call prior to the shooting. Using this tragedy to attack Muslims and all of Islam is not only profoundly disrespectful, it encourages violence against this entire group of people and anyone who might appear to be a part of it.
There have already been multiple reports of Muslim persons being attacked following the Orlando shooting and mosques being threatened for no reason other than being Muslim. The standard violent rhetoric against Muslim persons coming from conservative politicians is bad enough, but to use language that came from Adolf Hitler himself is incredibly alarming. Sign our petition to denounce this Nazi language and demand Oklahoma State Representative Pat Ownbey apologizes.
Dear Representative Ownbey,
Your recent Facebook post reproducing an incredibly Islamophobic article is unacceptable. Perhaps you somehow don’t realize, but “final solution” is the exact phrase used by Hitler and the Nazi Party during the Third Reich to talk about the genocide against Jewish, Romani, LGBT, and disabled people. That piece of writing appears to be directly advocating for genocide.
Trying to declare a 1,400-year-old religion to not be a religion is also a form of genocide–cultural genocide. You can’t claim Islam to not be a religion and to not be worthy of freedom of religion protections. This claim is not even slightly supported by religious studies. Islam is every bit as worthy of being considered a religion as Christianity and is no more violent or involved in government.
The article you posted and kept up on your Facebook page for at least two days is incredibly bigoted and anti-American. Our American values are deeply entrenched in freedom from religious persecution, no matter what that religion is or what groups of extremists are doing. We demand that you immediately remove this post if you haven’t already and apologize for perpetuating religious bigotry and advocating for genocide.
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