Video footage has been released of a hate rally in Yorba Linda against a Muslim fundraiser held by the Islamic Circle of North America. Republican Congressmen Gary Miller and Ed Royce along with Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly gave supportive speeches at the event, and Pauly even called the Muslims attending the event ‘terrorists.’ In the video, Tea Party protesters and other conservative groups shout down the attendees and tell them to ‘go home’ despite home being Orange County for many of the Muslims there. The Republican Party has shown itself once again to be a stalwart defender of prejudice and hate.
Since winning the election, conservatives have mounted a ferocious attack on minority groups across the country. ACORN has been demonized by the Republican Michael Moore, James O’Keefe, despite it being key to lobbying minority interests regarding urban development. Women’s rights are under attack by the attempt to cut Planned Parenthood’s provision of preventative services like contraceptives or necessary STD tests. Further, Georgia lawmaker Bobby Franklin proposed a bill that would investigate whether a woman’s miscarriage was accidental or not, deeply violating privacy rights of women. And Arizona lawmakers are challenging the 14th Amendment to prevent immigrant children from being considered citizens.
When the Tea Party says they want to restore America to its original roots, it has nothing to do with the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. The Constitution treats all equally. The Tea Party’s beliefs, on the other hand, are the very antithesis of the Constitution.