Earlier this month, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a well-known critic of President Donald Trump, announced that he won’t be seeking re-election in 2018, which is great news considering the fact that he’s been actively attacking other Republicans. For example, just recently, he targeted Roy Moore, an Alabama judge who’s currently campaigning for a Republican seat in the Senate, for comments he made over ten years ago criticizing Islam.
Specifically, during a recent interview, Sen. Flake expressed incredible outrage over the fact that Moore was his party’s nominee for Senate. “When a judge expressed his personal belief that a practicing Muslim should not be a member of Congress because of his religious faith, it was wrong. That this same judge is now my party’s nominee for the Senate from Alabama should concern us all,” he began.
“Religious tests have no place in the United States Congress,” continued Flake. “Standing up for people of faith, whether Muslim or Catholic, who are facing unfair prejudice should be an act of basic conscience that should be expected of all of us, regardless of party,” he added.
Flake’s comments are in reference to an article, titled “Muslim Ellison Should Not Sit In Congress,” that was written by Moore back in 2006 and published on the website “World Net Daily,” which is a politically conservative American news and opinion website. In the article, Moore spoke out against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who had just been sworn into office using a Quran a month prior, and asserted that “Islamic law is simply incompatible” with the law in the United States.
“Congress has the authority and should act to prohibit Ellison from taking the congressional oath today!” wrote Moore in the article. “Enough evidence exists for Congress to question Ellison’s qualifications to be a member of Congress as well as his commitment to the Constitution in view of his apparent determination to embrace the Quran and an Islamic philosophy directly contrary to the principles of the Constitution,” he added.
Despite this, Moore claimed that such an endeavor isn’t even necessary. This is because he believes that “common sense alone dictates that in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power who shares their doctrine.”
To support his argument, Moore pointed to Jaafar Sheikh Idris, the Founder and Chairman of the American Open University, which is a radical Islamic school that supports Islamic law. Just recently, Idris stated that “Islam cannot be separated from the state,” and that “no Muslim elected to Congress or the White House can swear to uphold the United States Constitution and still be a Muslim because the law of Allah as expressed in the Quran is supreme.”
In an attempt to clarify his viewpoint, Moore compared taking an oath on the Quran to taking on oath on other questionable books. “In 1943, we would never have allowed a member of Congress to take their oath on ‘Mein Kampf,’ or someone in the 1950s to swear allegiance to the ‘Communist Manifesto,’ he reasoned.
Unsurprisingly, countless people were extremely upset at Moore for expressing his concern about a potential national security problem. However, Moore has since come out and made it clear that he does not believe our government should have a “religious test” in order to be elected. He was simply writing about some concerns that he had.
Sadly, Flake’s attack on Moore is unsurprising. This is because he recently announced that he’s no longer running for re-election in a speech on the Senate floor that was full of similar attacks against Trump and the Republican Party.
For example, Flake started his speech by complaining about how “dysfunctional” the Republican party is. “I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles,” he began.
He then proceeded to rail against normalizing the “present coarseness of our national dialogue.” Specifically, he stated, “We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country – the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.”
To clarify, he added, “none of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that this is just politics as usual, then heaven help us.”
Clearly, now that Flake has announced that he’s not seeking re-election, he’s beginning to become more outspoken and increasingly unhinged. Hopefully, come election time, Arizona’s residents elect someone into office who is actually committed to making America great again.