Islamophobes In Power

Islamophobic lawmaker shouts down interfaith gathering at state capitol

South Dakota state Sen. Neal Tapio (R) created quite the scene at the capitol building in Pierre on Wednesday. After awkwardly agreeing to be photographed with an interfaith gathering, he turned on them, launching into one of his familiar rants attacking Islam and condemning the gathering as a “political movement.” “I don’t like being called a racist,” he shouted at the group of religious leaders. “If you don’t have the freedom to leave a religion, is there a freedom of religion? …That’s the question we have to asks ourselves as a state.”

 

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