“Sorry if you’re offended, but Muslims cannot be both good Muslims and good Americans”

The Kansas Democratic Party requested that a Kansas House Republican retract his statements suggesting that Muslims can’t be considered good Americans because of their allegiance is to Islam.

CJ ONLINERep. Joe Seiwert, a Republican re-elected this month to another two-year term, sent an e-mail recently to about 40 people indicating Muslims couldn’t be considered U.S. patriots because they owed their allegiance to Islam. He also said during an interview with The Hutchinson News that he stood by his belief regarding the loyalty of Muslims.

Kenny Johnston, executive director of the state’s Democratic Party, said Seiwert owes the public an apology to Muslims living in Kansas. “Representative Seiwert is supposed to be a role model in his community and a representative of our state’s government,” Johnston said. “For him to compare honest, hard-working Americans in his own district to murderers and tax cheats is not only ignorant, but disgusting and offensive.” (That’s funny, there’s no Democrat outrage when they call Tea Party people Nazis and violent extremists)

Seiwert said he frequently gets questions from constituents about Islam’s influence in American society and saw the e-mail as “a story of interest” to pass on to a group of friends.

Asked whether he thinks Muslims can be good Americans, Seiwert said, “I think most of them try to be.”

Seiwert, 59, was elected to the House in 2008. He serves the 101st District and is a member of the House Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee. He also is on House committees devoted to energy policy and economic development.

The e-mail said Muslims “cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Terrorist Front Group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), said the message is “one of the more prominent anti-Muslim e-mails out there.” “Unfortunately, there are a lot of these anti-Muslim e-mails that have gone viral on the Internet,” he said. “Obviously, it would trouble us anytime an elected official would promote anti-Islamic bigotry.” (Yes, well it bothers us that you keep trying to convert/kill us)

The legislator defended sharing of insights into Muslims. “There’s political correctness in everything we do,” Seiwert told the Hutchinson newspaper. “Everybody has an opinion, and with the right to freedom of speech or whatever, we should be able to say whatever we want to without having to be worried about what we say.”

“Actually, it’s an insult to me that you’re trying to make something out of this deal, because I have the right to freedom of speech no different, no different than anybody else does,” Seiwert said. (No, you don’t, not when it comes to Muslims)