Congressman Walsh: “Islam is a real threat”
Republican Rep. Joe Walsh -- Xenophobe

Washington, DC | August 9, 2012 | www.adc.org -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is appalled and shocked at the irresponsible and bigoted statement made by Republican U.S. Representative Joe Walsh on Wednesday at a townhall meeting in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

According to reports, in response to a question from the audience, Rep. Walsh asserted that Muslims are “trying to kill Americans every week.” The question asked to Rep. Walsh itself was bigoted and prejudicial, with an audience member stating, “Islam is not the peaceful, loving religion we hear about.” Walsh also said Islam is a threat in America, “It’s a real threat...and it’s a threat that is much more at home now than it was right after 9/11.” Walsh continued his tirade by letting the audience know, “It’s here,” referring to “radical Islam” in the suburbs of Chicago. “It’s in Elk Grove, it’s in Addison, it’s in Elgin. It’s here.”

Rep. Walsh is yet another example of a Congressional Member who has made a mockery out of the House of Representatives. The actions of Rep. Walsh are even more alarming and shocking given that they were made only three days after the fatal shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Time has shown that this type of political rhetoric leads directly to violent crimes against the Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. Rep. Walsh, and other politicians who engage in such rhetoric, are