While a few Republicans came to Haley’s defense, Haley herself did not say anything to discourage or condemn these sorts of attacks on other candidates or the Sikh community. Instead of making her personal choice of faith off limits, she simply sought to affirm that she is indeed a Christian who converted from the Sikh religion that is practiced mainly by those of Indian descent. One would be hard press to find a comment from Haley or any other Republicans in leadership positions who have asked Knotts to apologize to the small Sikh community in South Carolina. Jake Knotts not only used an ethnic and religious slur in his comments about Haley but he also accused her of "
Knott’s comments are indicative of what is wrong with the Republican Party and in some cases the Democratic Party as well. Consider that no one seems to mind that an ethnic and religious minority in the United States wields considerable power in the political sphere. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee exists solely to influence America’s foreign policy in the Middle East and lobby for American tax dollars. Israel reported receives 1/3rd of all U.S. Foreign welfare payments even though it is not a developing “third world country". AIPAC’s tentacles reach deep into both parties. Consider Israel’s inhumane treatment of the Palestinian population under what former South African president Nelson Mandela and Catholic Bishop Desmond Tutu refer to as a system of apartheid that has existed since its creation. Democrats, according to Mr. T West of Afrisynergy
, were among 292 members of the House of Representatives who signed a “letter in support of the Zionists’ criminal acts on the high seas” referring to the attack on a Turkish flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza in defiance of Israel’s three year old illegal blockade of that region.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
, prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Since political candidates are seeking employment in Federal, State and Local governments, Title VII is applicable. Yet the election system on all levels allows candidates to make their religious affiliations and beliefs, mainly so-called Christian Conservatives like Sarah Palin who endorsed Haley as a Tea Party candidate, a central part of their campaigns. These practices encourage the voting population to discriminate against candidates of other faiths in direct violation of Federal law and must be addressed by the Federal Elections Commission and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
There should be a federal ban on any political action committee that bases its membership on religious affiliations or has a religious political agendas as well as those who are acting on the behalf of a foreign country. They should not be allowed to make campaign donations or give endorsements if we are as a country to remain true to anti-discrimination policies and adhere to the letter of the law pertaining to Title VII. One might pose as a counter argument that these entities and practices are protected under the First Amendment as freedom of speech. The counter to this counter argument is the First Amendment expressly prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion” and to use it as a defense of religious bigotry would be a sick joke.
As individuals, we are allowed to peaceably assemble with other like-minded people who share our faith and can freely practice our religious beliefs as long as our expression of religion brings no harm or infringes upon the rights of others to do the same. However, when we allow a person’s religious beliefs to be made part of the political qualification process, we are guilty of violating the spirit of civil rights legislation that people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds fought so hard to secure.
You can be sure as conservative commentator Glen Beck, the self described "rodeo clown" plans his rally to be held on August 28th this year in Washington, DC, the 47th anniversary of the march for jobs and freedom led by civil rights icon MLK Jr., it is highly doubtful he will address the hypocrisy he is so much a part of when it comes to respecting the civil rights of minority groups of any kind. After all, a rodeo clown's job is is distract an angry bull from going after it's intended target as it is Beck's job to distract the masses from the true agenda of those who control his puppet strings.