In a email to a constituent obtained by the Raleigh News & Observer, one North Carolina state representative said that she is against Muslim prayer because, “I do not condone terrorism.”
Rep. Michele Presnell (R) was a co-sponsor of North Carolina’s proposed (and since dropped) unconstitutional resolution to establish a state religion. But when one of her constituents challenged her idea of imposing a religion on others, asking in an email if Presnell would “be comfortable with a public prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting in Raleigh,” that’s when Presnell got Islamophobic:
In an email exchange with a constituent, Republican state Rep. Michele Presnell of Burnsville was asked whether she was comfortable with a prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting. Presnell responded: “No, I do not condone terrorism.”[...]
[Constituent Britt] Kaufmann replied: “Yes, I do understand that the ACLU is suing Rowan County and I think they have clearly articulated why they are not comfortable with prayer before the commissioners meetings. I wanted you, as my representative, to know that I do not think the proposed bill is a good solution to that problem. … Would you be comfortable with a public prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting in Raleigh?”
Presnell equated Islam to terrorism and added,“We just need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”
Muslims in the United States have endured horrible Islamophobia since the September 11, 2001 attacks, and unfortunately legislators at both the state and federal level have been behind much of the vitriol. Just recently, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) led a Islamophobic witch hunt in Washington, DC wherein she claimed that one of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s aides was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.