Top Republicans denounce attack on Clinton aide - Yahoo! News
While I'm glad that mainstream Republicans are denouncing this ridiculous attack on American Muslims, I have to wonder why rabid right wing partisans have such an axe to grind with Muslims. They constantly point out that Obama's father is a Muslim. They try to stop Muslims from building mosques in New York. They even attack Muslims serving in our own congress. Xenophobic attitudes like this need to be exposed as being wrong.The top Republican in the Congress on Thursday criticized Representative Michele Bachmann and four other fellow House Republicans for making "pretty dangerous" accusations when they questioned the security clearance of a Muslim aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The comments of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner came after Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, blasted the five lawmakers for seeking an investigation into whether Huma Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff, had connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization.
Boehner, speaking at a regular news briefing, said "accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous." He said he did not know Abedin, but "from everything I know of her, she has a sterling character."
McCain took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to accuse the lawmakers of making a "sinister" attack on Abedin. Following the custom in Congress, he did not name them but left no doubt he was talking about Bachmann, as well as Representatives Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland.