Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 14, 2010

Condemning Muslim Prayer in the Virginia General Assembly

First, Oldest, Legislature in the Western Hemispere - the Virginia General Assembly - convenes in a Christian church

  Saturday, March 13th, 2010 my proxy to the State Central Committee, Republican Party of Virginia, read this statement to the body: 

From 1619 to closing of the bloody Virginia frontier , the General Assembly  never felt compelled to call in an Amer-Indian shaman to call on pagan gods in prayer.  Such an act would be a descrecation – as much as a public place can be shamed – in an act against the God in whose name Virginia was founded.  In whose time Virginia’ days are measured.  In whose ideas, creation and history every good thing which is Virginia can be traced.  The God of the Christians and Jews and none other. 
Asking a Muslim to pray to before the General Assembly is political correctness, the sophistry of socialist Human Secularism, beyond the folly of begging the prayers of a Wiccan, Druid, or some other modern pagan poseur.   Islam, unless it is highly compromised, accomodated, reformed Islam is incompatible with Western Civilization.  It has been so since Mohammed’s first act of genocide against a Jewish tribe in 627 AD. It remains so today.  Muslims can be lovely people – especially the more Westernerized they are.  Muslims can be Virginians as long as they deny parts of the Koran.  Islamic Civilization is the foe to all things Virginian.  All things American.  Islamic Civilization is more barbaric to us than the Visigoths were to the Romans – whose civilization they destroyed.  The Visigoths were only 600 years behind Rome.  Islam is 800 years behind the West – America and Virginia.
Politicians shouldn’t mock God in the General Assembly with political correctness.  It is beyond folly.  I condemn this invitation.
James Atticus Bowden.
today written near Shrivenham, England
My proxy was carried by Catherine Crabill.  She is gathering signatures to run in a Republican primary to represent the 1st Congressional District, Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She is a Constitutional Republican. 


  1. James, if you’re so considered about Muslims maybe you should ask your proxy (and apparent choice in the 1st CD) why she opposes the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  2. Jim: Good for your and Ms. Crabill for calling them out. Those who subscribe to, and act on, the foundational texts of Islam are a clear and present danger to the United States. Those who promulgate those texts should not be given a voice, in Virginia or anywhere else in the United States.

  3. Tim: This post is about my words. I identified the proxy who carried them.

    Attack her on another day, if and when, I post her worldview on the Long, Long War.

    I’m sure you will do so without personal animus and in the spirit of Christian lovingkindness.

    Joel: Thanks for supporting fires.

  4. Really? She hasn’t nothing to do with this post when you just essentially endorsed her? Besides, I already know her views on “the Long, Long War.” This particular quote from her is especially illuminating: “These last five years the American public and the poor Iraqis have anguished over this horrific war made worse by the fact that the decision to engage this battle was based on lies by the Bush administration.”

    And if you’re concerned about “Christian lovingkindness”, you might want to consult with Crabill about her praying for ills to be inflicted on others, as she has publicly stated to others.

    And as for the subject of your post, as you may be aware, there’s this thing called freedom of speech in the United Sates. It’s even mentioned in that Constitution that you (and your ‘associate’ Crabill) claim to be experts on.

    There’s even a large paragraph dedicated to that subject in the Constitution of Virginia too.

  5. @ Tim Watson:

    While you may be inclined to disagree with this post, I find your undue sarcasm incredibly pretentious. Jim Bowden and I have had many political and idealogical conversations, and, as a left leaning individual you can imagine that our opinions differed often. However, never did I walk away without learning something. You may want to consider the education, knowledge base, and experience of this man before you run off at the mouth. Your sarcasm (and poor grammar) make you look young and absurd. Learn some respect.

  6. Jim:
    Good to see you back in battery again.

    This is more a culture war issue rather than a WW IV issue. Part of our problem in the culture war is that we have lost a common Christian worldview as a people. This is primarily metaphysical as so many don’t know or want to know the truth about reality, but prefer to merely appear PC and therefore “approved” by popular culture.

    If all religion is merely opinion then it certainly doesn’t matter which we hear from, or pray with for that matter. In fact, giving special recognition to non-western, non-traditional American religions shows we are really up to date and very PC. (Cool)

    Are you surprised at the state of our GA or just venting because we can’t believe few others are objecting to this nonsense?

    God is not amused. . .

  7. Thanks again, Cortney.

    DV: You last point is my greater point.

    Politicians may ask a barking dog to ‘pray’
    at the GA. In fact, a barking dog would be less offensive than a Muslim imam.

    God will not be mocked.

  8. I happened to be present in the House of Delegates when that Muslim cleric said the invocation, and it was indeed uncomfortable. (Some of my students were kept outside the gallery because they had reserved a large section of seats for Muslim visitors.) I wouldn’t object to a prayer by a Muslim who was on record as denouncing the radicals, but Imam Abdul-Malik (not his original name) appears to be a tacit sympathizer, at least. That plus his affiliation with the mosque where two of the 9/11 terrorists attended makes this special event very, very troubling.

  9. It should not be hard to understand that having a Muslim pray in the General Assembly is foolishness. Until Muslims accept the concept of freedom of religion, what is the point?

    Why did our leaders do this? I feat what motivates these many of these people is fear and hatred of Christianity. They really don’t understand the difference between Christianity and Islam; they want to throw the fact they think both religions are equivalent into the faces of Christians.

    What should Christians do? Instead of getting angry, Christians should relish the prospect of the comparison. We know that Christianity can withstand any fair comparison with Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Secularism, and so forth. So if Secularists insist upon the comparison, we should take up their challenge as an opportunity to educate them.

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