Texas Lawmaker To Muslim American: ‘If You Want To Be An American Act Like One’

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"Texas Lawmaker To Muslim American: ‘If You Want To Be An American Act Like One’"

Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball)

Last Wednesday, Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) posted an angry rant on her Facebook page, declaring that “[o]ur soldiers do NOT need to be taught how to be sensitive to radical Muslims. They do not need to be worried about blowing their nose wrong or using their left hand and offending someone.” In response to this rant, a Muslim American law student named Abdul Pasha posted a link to a news report from a conservative news outlet explaining that a recent Defense Department study did indeed recommend that U.S. servicemembers receive training, not to teach them how to blow their nose, but instead to avoid certain behaviors that have led Afghan security forces to attack Americans.

Riddle did not take kindly to Pasha’s attempt to inject facts into the discussion. Most notably, Riddle told Pasha, who is as American as she is, that if he wants to be an American he should “act like one,” and suggested that he relocate to Afghanistan:

This kind of behavior is not atypical for Debbie Riddle. The Texas lawmaker sponsored a copycat bill emulating Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 law, and she once claimed that pregnant women are coming into the United States to have American citizen babies then returning home “with the nefarious purpose of turning them into little terrorists, who will then come back to the U.S. and do us harm.”

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