Muslim Veteran Tells Texas Lawmaker: How Dare You Question My Patriotism

In this commentary, Ramon Mejia addresses state Rep. Molly White’s actions on Texas Muslim Capitol Day.  

February 10, 2015 9:37 am

This year’s Texas Muslim Capitol Day drew hundreds of supporters. The biennial event, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, aims to create a dialogue between legislators and the Muslim community. Some anti-Islamic protesters gathered on the Capitol steps, but a post to social media by one Texas representative hit the hardest for some.

In anticipation of the event, freshman state Rep. Molly White posted the following message to Facebook: “I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office.”

In a blog post, Ramon Mejia, a Muslim war veteran responded. “To think that my patriotism is being questioned by a member of the Texas legislature, as a result of my Islamic faith, is not only an insult to my military service, but also to my fellow brothers and sisters in Islam who reside in the United States.”

Listen to an audio version of his commentary in the player above.