Mayor's Christian Remarks a Hate Crime?
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 23:00 Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster, California is in serious trouble over an innocent political remark he made during a State of the City address. Parris said of the city of Lancaster, "We're a growing Christian community and don't let anybody shy away from that."
So CAIR, a radical Muslim advocacy group, filed a civil rights complaint against the mayor. CAIR argues that the mayor’s remarks violate the “separation of church and state.”
Then a hearing was convened by the local Human Relations Task Force. They invited anyone who was affected by the mayor’s remarks to give their testimony. The task force then determined that Parris’s remarks constituted a hate crime under California laws.
Now Mayor Parris is facing ridiculous hate crime charges, but this is a political matter, not a criminal one. We can’t let Mayor Parris fight this battle alone.
So of course I have to go and investigate. Turns out, from what I can find, that's not quite what he said. It seems what he really said was “We’re growing a Christian community. Don’t let anybody shy away from that … I need [Lancaster residents] standing up and saying we’re a Christian community, and we’re proud of that.” so you can see why CAIR (Council on Islamic-American Relations) would be a bit annoyed. You could see how anyone who wasn't a Christian would be annoyed. He's not exactly representing his whole constituency, is he?
But, at least he's seen the error of his way and apologized.
Of course it's re-election time and whole lot of back pedaling is expected. Anyone think he's genuine in his apology? Well, let's ask him, he talked about it a few days earlier...
Christian Anti-Defamation League, I think you've lost this one.