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Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin: Muslim Americans Shouldn’t be Protected by U.S. Constitution

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More extremism, intolerance and bigotry from far-right-wing Virginia State Senator Steve Martin (R-Wingnuttia). On his Facebook page, Martin first writes, “I’m thinking that if one’s religion requires they kill others to get to heaven, it’s okay not to tolerate that.”  Obviously, Martin’s referring to Islam (which he frequently rants against), and just as obviously he’s dead wrong — Islam of course does NOT require its adherents to “kill others to get to heaven.” I’d also note that if Martin’s going to make that “argument” against Islam, then he’d better be ready to explain the long history of religious violence in ALL world religions, including his own religion of Christianity (ever hear of the Crusades and/or the Inquisition, Senator Martin?), but that doesn’t mean that those other religions require their adherents to “kill others to get to heaven” either. Yeah, I know, those pesky things called “facts” rear their inconvenient heads again.

Next, a commenter asks Martin on his Facebook page, “Will their religion, culture and laws be protected,under the Constitution?” Martin’s response is chilling and profoundly unAmerican:

No, it won’t Karen. Because life and liberty are governments’ first two responsibilities – both of which their “religion” opposes. They celebrate death. We celebrate life. They celebrate denial of liberty. We celebrate liberty restrained by virtue.

In this comment, Martin doubles (triples? quadruples?) down on his ignorance and bigotry. First, he actually puts the word “religion” in quotes, as if Islam isn’t really a religion. Martin further claims that Muslims – 1.6 billion adherents, or 23% of earth’s population, the fastest growing religion on earth – all “celebrate death” and the “denial of liberty,” which of course is beyond ridiculous. Just speaking from personal experience, I’ve known many Muslims in my life, and I can’t think of a single one who believes either of those things.

By the way, it’s also worth noting that Steve Martin and his ilk are the same people who support torture (see “Child’s Host” State Senator: Torture Justified “no matter what body parts are lost in the process”), war, no limits on guns, etc., so they’re not exactly people we should listen to on “denial of liberty” or “celebrating life.” So yeah, Martin et al are extremist nutjobs who should by all rights be completely ignored. Except for one problem: Martin is a Virginia State Senator, and he’s not even necessarily the craziest and most extreme on the Republican side of the aisle (e.g., Sen. Dick Black would give him a good run for his money). Scary.

  • campaignman

    This guy is tragically ignorant…and dangerous.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Steve Martin’s election to the oldest representative body in the Western Hemisphere is a sad commentary on the district he “represents” and the voters who keep him in office.

  • ir003436

    Hmmm. Comments include these:

    “This guy is tragically ignorant . . . and dangerous.”

    Republicans haven’t condemned him.

    His election is a “sad commentary . . . ”

    All these comments are true and irrelevant.

    HE WAS ELECTED AND I GUARANTEE HE’LL STAY ELECTED AS LONG AS HE WANTS TO BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE FOR HIM BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID.

    The truth does not have the equivalent of Fox, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Ingraham, Palin, . . . .

  • gzitver

    It’s “currently unavailable.” Did anyone make a screen grab?

  • pvogel

    he says   and  i quote

     We celebrate liberty restrained by virtue.

    So who   decides virtue???????   This guy  needs  to say  sayanora  next  november

  • sonofkenny

    Hmmmm…what was his name again?

  • fendertweed

    this is the room temperature IQ religious zealot in action…

    The late Prof. Irving Younger said it all:

    “It is the utter mediocrity of nearly everyone that explains the world around us.”

  • True Blue

    Maybe elected officials should undergo psychiatric evaluation before they get access to taxpayer dollars?  Maybe elected officials should have to be drug-tested?  Maybe part-time elected officials should be guaranteed lifetime healthcare benefits only if they work for a minimum of 30 years, like many of their constituents?

  • AnonymousIsAWoman

    Since he supports torture, which is a deprivation of life and liberty, he should not be protected by the Constitution either. Hold him to his own standard.

    Ok, all snark aside, he completely misunderstands the Muslim faith and The Constitution. And he completely misunderstands the word liberty. Restrained by virtue? What does that even mean?

    It’s Orwellian doublespeak.