On her radio show this Friday, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios joined the new-low chorus of her fellow right wing firebrands and questioned the patriotism of DNC speaker Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed by a suicide bomber while serving in Iraq.
Rios claimed that because of his Muslim faith, it’s impossible for Khan to speak as a patriotic American because “supporters of Islam and the Quran cannot embrace the Constitution” and that it’s Khan’s “responsibility” to publicly “condemn Islamists” in order to prove his allegiance to the U.S.
“From my perspective, it is the responsibility of Mr. Khan to distinguish himself from Islamists, from the Muslim Brotherhood whose treatise is to destroy us from within,” Rios said. “If he is a patriotic, loyal, American-Muslim, then we want to hear that, that’s great, and we grieve with them over the death of their son. But do not disparage Americans or Donald Trump for having concerns about Muslims in our midst.”
“And if you are so concerned, Mr. Khan, if you’re an American first, then distinguish yourself and condemn Islamists, condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, then we will listen to you, and stop waving the Constitution,” she continued.
“As far as I can tell… supporters of Islam and the Quran cannot embrace the Constitution. Now, if you have a different view, then explain that to us and then maybe we can be persuaded, but don’t shame America for having genuine and rightful concerns about Muslims in our midst when we have no idea who they are or what they really believe, and we’re not even sure about you, sir…”
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem) July 29, 2016
Rios then accused Khan of practicing the Shia Muslim doctrine of “taqiya,” which she claimed is the “practice of lying to the infidel in order to advance the Muslim cause.” That is a misinterpretation, however. Taqiya, which literally means “prudence, fear, or caution,” is the allowance under Sharia for a Muslim to lie in the event that he/she is being persecuted or under duress.
“So I’m sorry — we’ll not be shamed. I’m sorry for the loss of their son and I hope he is a loyal American, but I think a loyal American Muslim would be more like Zuhdi Jasser, who is very clear about where he stands, who was very patriotic and loyal and totally distances himself from Islamism, so if that’s the case for this gentleman, then he should’ve said that on the platform rather than shaming us for having concerns about Muslim immigration.”
Listen to the audio below, via Right Wing Watch: