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GOP Congressman Warns That Library Books About Muslim Culture Will Undermine Christianity (Video)

There was no photo-op or press release from Rep. Walter Jones’ (R-NC) office when a local library in his district was awarded a federal grant to expand its collection. Instead, in an exceedingly rare move, Jones actually criticized the grant money that will soon be coming to eastern North Carolina for one reason: it will be used to buy books about Muslim culture.

Craven Community College, a small school in New Bern, was recently awarded a small National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The money, enough for 25 books and a DVD, is intended to expand the library’s Muslim culture collection. Jones protested that the money was unfairly benefiting Muslims and harming Christians, as he explained in a local TV interview.

“I want to treat it fairly and I think too many times the Christian faith is not treated fairly,” Jones said. “If they want to have book about the Muslim’s faith, let’s have equal number of books about Judeo-Christian [faith].”

The North Carolina Republican insisted he has nothing against Muslims. “Keith Ellison from Minnesota is a friend of mine and he’s a Muslim,” Jones said.

Jones told WITN he wrote a letter in response to the grant to a local Christian organization, asking for them to provide an equal number of Judeo-Christian items to offset the new Muslim culture books in the library’s collection. For its part, the college is happily anticipating the new funds. Judy Eurich, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development Liaison at Craven Community College, explained: “anytime we have an opportunity to apply for a grant that’s going to either give us money or resources to enhance our library collection, that’s an important resource to us.”

Still, Jones’ protests are unlikely to harm his standing in the eyes of constituents. In a WITN web poll, only 14 percent of respondents thought the college should accept the grant, compared to 62 percent opposed.

by Anonymousreply 501/15/2013

Conservatives are such cowards, always terrified of anything different...

by Anonymousreply 101/15/2013

Oh good grief, books about comparative religions and Islam have been in libraries forever.

Christ on a stick these fuckers are ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 201/15/2013

Don't want to be a Muslim, then don't become one!

The U. S. Constitution that these pinheads love to say is being trampled IS being trampled -- by them with their religious intolerance!

by Anonymousreply 301/15/2013

I work in a public library that got about 20 books about Islam about 8 years ago. I think every library in America was sent those books free of charge. They were bland books that just explain the basics of that religion, and one book was about famous Americans who are Moslem.

At that time, hardly any library in America had any books explaining Islam in them, so it was good to get them. We already had thousands of books about Christianity and hundreds about Judaism, as well as some about Buddhism & Hinduism. So what's the big deal about finally adding a few books about Islam? Customers were asking for such books since Islam is in the news now and we know next to nothing about it. None of the books were propagandistic.

Republican congressmen look for devils under every rug.

by Anonymousreply 401/15/2013

I'm afraid all the Christian books in US libraries will undermine the Muslim religion, not to mention the Jewish religion. I say get rid of any Christian slanted book not only in the US libraries but anywhere in the country. Go into homes and pull them off the shelves and even the night tables. If they're reading them on the toilet rip 'em up and flush them immediately.

by Anonymousreply 501/15/2013
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