On Thursday, the Democrats finally released the text of the amendment to a House resolution that was triggered by the anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and as expected, not only did the resolution refuse to mention Omar by name but it also watered down the condemnation of anti-Semitism by including a plethora of other groups, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, and immigrants.
Christians as a group were not mentioned.
The amendment was offered to replace the existing preamble to House Resolution 183; it begins with language about anti-Semitism that is immediately echoed by language about anti-Muslim discrimination:
Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.
The amendment then cites the Constitution’s commitment to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom and equal protection of the laws before it tries to sound even-handed politically, condemning bigotry from the “political right, center, or left.”
But then, sure enough, it ignores hatred from within the Democrat Party’s own ranks and concentrates on white supremacists’ hatred, writing:
Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence … Whereas on August 11 and 12, 2017, self-identified neo-Con- federates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen held white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they marched on a synagogue under the Nazi swastika, engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations and committed brutal and deadly violence against peaceful Americans … Whereas a white nationalist murdered nine African American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, in the hopes of igniting a nationwide race war…”
The amendment then segues to the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in order to finally return to anti-Semitism. It then cites a 2017 report from the FBI of a “37 percent increase in hate crimes against Jews or Jewish institutions” as well as attacks against Jews or Jewish institutions making up 58.1 percent of all religious-based hate crimes,” then returns to saying the “scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States have persisted for many years, including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis.”
The amendment addresses the maleficence of using a charge of dual loyalty (which both Omar and her fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib have used against Jews) without naming them, then segues to a long passage citing anti-Muslim sentiment.
The amendment concludes:
That the House of Representatives rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance; condemns anti-Semitic acts and statements as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States; reaffirms its support for the mandate of the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism as part of the broader policy priority of fostering international religious freedom and protecting human rights all over the world; rejects attempts to justify hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere; acknowledges the harm suffered by Muslims and others from the harassment, discrimination, and violence that result from anti-Muslim bigotry; condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities as contrary to the values of the United States; condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim Members of Congress, including in recent weeks; encourages law enforcement and government officials to avoid conduct that raises the specter of unconstitutional profiling against anyone because of their race, religion, nationality, political, or particular social group, including the assignment of blame or targeting members of an entire religious group for increased suspicion, based on the conduct of a single individual or small group of individuals; and encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, as well as historical struggles against them, to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom, and equal protection as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the first and 14th amendments to the Constitution.