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Texas Reps Get it Right on “Muslim Capitol Day”

By Dorrie O’Brien

Lon Burnam, Texas House of Representatives, D-90, Fort Worth, 1/31/13


WHEREAS, Texas is a state composes of people of many religious beliefs, including a large population of Muslims who are ethnically, professionally, socioeconomically, and politically diverse; and

WHEREAS, Members of the Muslim community from throughout the state are gathering in Austin on January 31, 2013, for Texas Muslim Captiol Day to enhance understanding and cultural awareness and to join together with their fellow Texans to work for the common good; and

WHEREAS, This noteworthy event provides an opportunity for Texans of the Muslim faith to learn more about the legislative process and to meet and share information with elected officials; and

WHEREAS, Participants in today’s activities will bring their perspectives to the dialogue on important policy issues, and in so doing, they are working toward a brighter and more prosperous future for all residents of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas Legislature hereby recognize January 31, 2013, as Texas Muslim Capitol Day and extend to each visitor best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable day in Austin.  [—followed by 24 House Reps names.] Note: Resolutions do NOT have any force of law.

Dallas Morning News


Muslim Day resolution procedure is altered

House members deviated from their usual practice Thursday for a resolution declaring it Muslim Day at the Capitol.

The sponsor of the legislation routinely asks that all names of House members be added to resolutions, but Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, said that as a courtesy to some members, he would not ask for the names to be added. Instead, he asked those who wished to honor Texas Muslims to sign the resolution in the House clerk’s office.

Islamic organizations and mosques from across the state came to Austin to meet with elected officials and advocate civic participation by Muslims and interfaith partners. The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that the event prompted threats online, forcing an increased police presence. [Oh, please. There were no more police there than with any other group talking on the capitol steps. This is CAIR posturing.]


And from that tiny article in the Dallas Morning News came this commentWhy not? Why wouldn’t politicians in Texas follow the normal procedures and sign this important resolution [who said it was?] declaring it Muslim Day across Texas? Why wouldn’t these politicians want their constituents to know they supported  [who said they did?] a day for Muslims – a day to advocate for sharia law in Texas. [Not yet. They aren’t at that stage of Muhammad’s footsteps yet.]


The comments section was filled with about what you’d expect about nasty old underhanded politicians working with anti-Americans and keeping what they’re doing from the hapless constituents.

Dobintexas sent in this comment: “The ‘normal procedure’ that was altered was not putting all the House reps names on it. Rep Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) apparently got a great deal of push-back from the Representatives. They did not want their names on the resolution, so to save face, Burnam had to resort to asking only those who wanted to, to put their names on the House Clerk’s record. There were 24 Representatives names on the list when Burnam published HR237; 5 sponsors, 19 co-sponsors (all but 2 were Democrats). The Texas House has 150 Reps; 95 Republicans, 55 Democrats. Texas State Representatives should be applauded for doing the right thing here, folks.”

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