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Anti-Vax Sentiments In Islamic Paper Have Marjorie Taylor Greene Campaigning For Muslim Religious Freedom

Anti-Vax Sentiments In Islamic Paper Have Marjorie Taylor Greene Campaigning For Muslim Religious Freedom

Marjorie Taylor Greene is not a fan of Islam. She announces her Christianity frequently, and declares herself in favor of religious freedom, but she has also made her feelings clear on Muslims’ rights in the United States. However, when she stumbled across an Islamic paper that carried anti-vax sentiments, she was ready to make an exception.

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Greene posted a 17-tweet thread about her visit to the facility where defendants charged in the January attack on the U.S. Capitol Building are being held. Greene has made herself a very vocal defender of these particular inmates, and in the thread, she gripes about prison conditions, particularly for unvaccinated inmates, but largely focuses on the reading material available.

She says that there were two choices of religious literature available — Christian and Islamic. She scooped up a copy of an Islamic paper, but when she started perusing it, she learned that she and at least one Islamic group agree on some some things.

Louis Farrakhan is the leader of Nation of Islam — a group the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “based on a somewhat bizarre and fundamentally anti-white theology.” Farrakhan they describe as an antisemite who “blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression.”

However, Greene found common ground when she learned that the paper also espoused anti-vax views.

In fact, she’s suddenly advocating for the religious freedom of Muslims in America:

Of course, in the United States, religious freedom is supposed to be for all beliefs, not just Christianity. Still, Greene has attacked Islam in the past. Politico reports that she’s specifically indicated that she doesn’t believe Muslims should be allowed in government — which doesn’t exactly sound like she was supporting religious freedom.

Incidentally, Louis Farrakhan doesn’t represent all Muslims, and you can read an op-ed here at Interfaith Youth Core from an infectious disease specialist who is Muslim and says that being vaccinated is not just “permissible” but “obligatory” for his faith — short excerpt below.

If there are no contraindications specified by your physician to get vaccinated, it is my belief that as Muslims, we are obligated to get vaccinated just as I believe it is our obligation to wear a mask, wash our hands frequently and practice social distancing during this pandemic. Our religion teaches us to rely on the opinion of experts.

National Geographic also reported in July on a number of Muslim leaders and activists who are fighting to overcome disinformation, misunderstandings, and hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine in Islamic communities.

Not only are many Imams encouraging their congregations to get vaccinated, but there are also mosques asking attendees to be vaccinated to enter, and offering virtual services in order to protect their worshippers.

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