More than 40 religious and civil rights groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and American Baptist Churches USA wrote a withering letter to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann condemning her allegations that high-level U.S. government officials have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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By Kevin Diaz
July 26, 2012
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and 41 other religious and civil rights groups wrote to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann Thursday to protest her allegations connecting high level U.S. government officials to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“We write to raise our voices in protest,” the groups said in a letter to Bachmann and four Republican colleagues who have joined her effort.
Bachmann, who requested that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin be investigated, has run into a torrent of criticism from Democrats as well as some prominent Republicans in Congress. She has ignored calls for apologies, and instead has broadened her allegations by saying that Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison also has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Bachmann actions, the groups’ letter states, “question the loyalty of faithful Americans based on nothing more than their religious affiliations and what is at best tenuous evidence of their associations.
“As such,” the letter continues, “your actions have serious implications for religious freedom and the health of our democracy.”
A Bachmann spokesman said she had no comment.
Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood claims condemned by Catholic bishops, 41 other groups (Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post, July 26, 2012)
Religious, secular groups decry Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood accusations (Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio News, July 26, 2012)
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