The White House isn't the only venue for bigotry these days. Congress played host this week to a congressional screening of a film that was produced and promoted by another known hate group, the Clarion Project. We're not sure why any member of Congress would want to give a venue to a group with a biased film pushing biased, discriminatory, anti-Muslim ideas. But indeed there were a small number of Congressmen who put their name on this craziness, and AAI let all of them know we're not happy and why. Lest we forget that U.S. taxpayer dollars fund Congress and all of it's activities, including this film fest of hate. It’s ironic that in the context of such a congressional briefing and the current environment here that Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-2) had this to say: “I will tell you that unless those that are capable stand between the innocent and the malevolent, then humanity is lost…. In the final analysis, this whole battle, this whole thing, is about this foundational concept that spawned America, that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all of us are created.” Members Juan Vargas (CA-51) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) also spoke endorsing the gathering—and with thoughtful remarks from what we heard. So why would members of Congress who declaratively side with equality for all associate themselves with a well-known hate group? It it not right or proper for members of Congress to allow groups like the Clarion Project to normalize their hate by giving them the credibility of Congress. We all deserve - and need - better. 

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