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Royce Stands With Religious Bigots while Sanchez Stands Up For Religious Freedom and Civil Rights

On Sunday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the Yorba Linda Community Center. They were there to protest a fundraiser for a New York bases Muslim charity called the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA. The Orange County Register’s Jan Norman reported:

Many in the crowd waved U.S. flags and carried signs saying, “God Bless America” and “No Sharia Law,”in reference to Islam’s sacred law. In the afternoon, the event had the atmosphere of a July 4 picnic. Many brought lawn chairs and blankets, sang patriotic songs and tied red, white and blue bandanas on their dogs.

As the fundraiser started, a splinter group of about 100 stood about 50 yards from the community center entrance and booed, yelled “go home” and chanted “no Sharia law” as attendees entered the building. Among their signs were ones that said “ICNA supports Hamas and Hezbollah.”

Hmm, I’m trying to remember the last July 4th picnic I attended where he atmosphere was scented with people shouting at others to go home, and in the next breath saying “God Bless America.”

Congressman Ed Royce (CA-40)

Among those protesters was Orange County Republican Congressman Ed Royce(CA-40). He wrote about his excursion in Yorba Linda in a post over at, Intrigue in the O.C. Royce writes:

On the Foreign Affairs Committee, I’ve tracked the growth of radical Islam, in Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan and elsewhere. The threat of sharia law is real. It’s the death of individual liberties, especially for women.

I’ve held hearings on “Islamist terrorism,” the threat the 9/11 Commission identified. And I’ve been criticized for doing so. The Obama Administration refers to the bland threat of “violent extremism.” For years, I’ve made the point that we can’t tackle a problem if we don’t even call it by its name. 9/11, Fort Hood, Times Square and on and on demand candor.

Yet the attacks our nation has suffered aren’t the biggest threat. In a way, they’re a tactic to keep our eye off the ball, which is the “soft jihad” that the speakers in Yorba Linda preach. That is, attacking the institutions that make the U.S. great and protect our liberties. It’s an attack on our culture, including our culture of tolerance.

Culture of tolerance Ed? Really? Where are you hiding your tolerance? Mr. Royce has a simple belief, one that fits well with his simple mind. He believes that all Muslims are extremists. Again I turn to his own words:

A big part of the problem is that our children have been taught in schools that every idea is equal, that no one should criticize other’s positions, no matter how odious. That’s multiculturalism, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgment we need to prosper as a society. History has taught us time after time that unfortunately bad ideas have bad consequences.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Photo: Lou Delgado)

Now contrast the article by Royce today about his protest against all things Muslim with the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on February 9, 2011. In the hearing Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) questioned key Department of Homeland Security officials on current and emerging terrorist threats facing the United States and efforts by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to thwart such attacks.  Rep. Sanchez was particularly interested in the FBI’s probes into the American Muslim communities of Orange County.

“I have the honor of representing one of the largest Arab American communities in the United States and have been very concerned in recent months by the FBI’s recent probes into our local American Muslim community and its practice of planting informants in community centers and mosques,” said Rep. Sanchez. “Director Michael Leiter of the National Counterterrorism Center assured me that actions have been taken so that law enforcement officials do not intimidate a place of worship and that enforcement agencies do not conduct any investigation that is unwarranted.”

Rep. Sanchez also expressed concern about the possibility of terrorists exploiting the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of specific countries to visit the United States for a limited amount of time without obtaining a visa. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano responded that the Visa Waiver program is very secure, given the high volume of passengers who come into the country, and that investments in Visa Overstay and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are some of the most valuable tools in the fight against terrorism.

“I am encouraged by the testimonies received here today, and I look forward to working with the Secretary in finally implementing the US-VISIT Exit System to ensure that those who enter our country, exit it is as well and do not overstay their visa.  I also look forward to working with my colleagues this Congress as we determine how best to combat current and emerging terrorist threats facing the homeland.”

Two Congressmembers from central Orange County, representing two very different points of view. One voicing a message of tolerance, understanding, charity, and religious freedom, the other representing fear, hatred, and bigotry. In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said it best:

“We thank Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for her principled stand in voicing concern about a larger trend to marginalize and treat the American Muslim community as suspect. Engagement is a two-way street, and American Muslims have had an impeccable record collaborating with law enforcement agencies. Other lawmakers, including Rep. Peter King, should take the Congresswoman’s lead in working toward the goals of inclusivity and safety of all Americans, with the understanding that national security does not have to be at the expense of civil rights.”


  1. Robert Lauten Robert Lauten February 16, 2011

    Some people believe that the Yorba Linda Community center was the hosting location of two terrorism activists, Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik.

    Imam spoke at the University of California in May 2010 and his support of terrorism was condemned by Chancellor Michael Drake. The UCI Chancellor released his statement on May 15, 2010 on behalf of the University,
    “Let me be clear: we condemn the speaker’s endorsement of terrorism….these remarks supporting terrorism were deplorable.”

    For information on the ICNA “Islamic Circle for North America “and the two terrorists activists, > Search > enter ICNA
    Also enter, Imam Siraj Wahhaj:
    Also enter, Amir Abdel Malik.

    Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is a politician who will pander to any group, with no consideration for the consequences for America.

  2. Mohamed B Mohamed B February 16, 2011

    It is funny how people are so quick to label others, yet fail to look at the core issues that even create the circumstance for such labels to be used against one another in the first place.

    The word terror.. terrorism.. Islamist terrorist is being played time and time again to keep you and I in a constant state of fear. Yet how come a person that was about to blow up a mosque filled with Civilians in Detriot was never labeled a terrorist, nor the individual who shot a crowd and congresswomen in Arizon never labeled a terrorist. The unjust killing of civilians should be condemned to the highest degree no matter who the perpetrator of the crime is. We are all caught in game of double standards which seek to divide people and keep them in constant state of fear, rather than promoting forums in which people of different opinions can easily express their viewpoints and listen to others.

    How we do we expect global terrorism to stop when we Americans are the biggest terrorists on the planet?… Do you think the arms we sell go to builidng communities, planting trees and saving the planet?? Shouldnt we, the greatest nation to ever exist, be an example and role model for others. What kind legacy did the pharaoh’s… napoleon’s.. and hitler’s of the past leave behind? Is that what we want American to leave behind? The greatest oppressor that ever existed?? I DONT! I want to ensure that the world knows that America was the most JUST nation to ever exist. How can we get there, we we are still stuck in middle school calling each other names??

  3. Sarah Sarah February 16, 2011

    The easiest way to demonize a minority is to question their loyalty and patriotism to the country. It happened to the Irish, Italians, Jews, Japanese Americans and Latinos.

    Ed Royce is no patriot, he’s doesn’t respect or believe in upholding the Constitution, as his comments show. All he cares about is using cheap political tricks to gain votes and $$.

    Who’re you gonna go after next Ed Royce, once you’re done scapegoating Muslims?

  4. Phil Phil February 17, 2011

    Some people believe the sun goes around the earth. For more information go to your local nutcase website.

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