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30 Aug, 2012

Sikh-led prayer and GOP convictions – CNN.com

If Mitt Romney and Republican leaders want the historic Sikh invocation to be more than tokenism — and are serious about preventing another Oak Creek — they cannot continue to let hateful speech within their own party go unchecked. In a time when hate groups are on the rise, the Republican Party must accept responsibility for fostering a political climate that often casts people of color as foreign and inherently suspect.

GOP leaders have not only stood silent while fellow Republicans fan the flames of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bias, they have given them the megaphone. Singh will speak on the same stage as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, infamous for shaming and rounding up undocumented immigrants, saying that it’s an honor to be compared to the KKK. Newt Gingrich, who is presiding over “Newt University” at the RNC, has compared Muslims to Nazis.

via Sikh-led prayer and GOP convictions – CNN.com.