- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2015

Newly elected Texas state Rep. Molly White is under fire from an Islamic rights group for a Facebook post demanding Muslims visiting Austin for Texas Muslim Capitol Day declare publicly their allegiance to the United States.

Her post: “I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office.”

The Council of American-Islamic Relations, which began the Texas Muslim Capitol Day in 2003, petitioned Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to launch an ethics investigation of Ms. White, United Press International reported. Mr. Straus declined, but condemned her post and said her views “reflect poorly” on Texas government.

Some Facebook users also condemned her comments. But Ms. White has since doubled down and said she only intended to send the message that those who love America are considered friends — and those who don’t are enemies.

“I do not apologize for my comments,” she wrote. “If you love America, obey our laws and condemn Islamic terrorism, then I embrace you as a fellow American. If not, then I do not.”


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