Carrying the great American tradition of baseless xenophobia to new lows is Tennessee state Rep. Rick Womick, who had these kind words for Think Progress at Friday's "Preserving Freedom Conference" — on Veterans' Day, no less:
Personally, I don't trust one Muslim in our military, because they're commanded to lie to us through the term called taqiyya. And if they truly are a devout Muslim and follow the Koran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me.
Womick is far from the first person to advocate purging Muslims from the U.S. military: Two years ago, the American Family Association's "Director of Issue Analysis" Bryan Fischer capitalized on the tragic shooting at Fort Hood to proclaim:
[T]he more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday's massacre is living proof. And yesterday's incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers.
Most recently, GOP Presidential candidate (and allegeged serial harasser) Herman "9-9-9" Cain has warned that Islamic law will eventually corrupt our judicial system, and he invites you to call him crazy for it.
While Tennessee is certainly no stranger to uneducated and politically motivated attacks on Muslims by fundamentalist Christians, Womick's comments most certainly put him in the running for a big fat Boner Award all his own.