As an American, Arkansan, legislator and a human being, I want to make it clear that I in no way agree with smearing or even hinting at smearing Muslims for their religion. To do so is unacceptable. Full stop. My religious belief is not superior to that of the the Muslim faith. As a person, I am not superior to anyone.See below the post by Rapert that started the controversy; regarding high turnout among Muslim voters, he asked, "Do you want them ruling everything in America?"
One of the most rewarding parts of doing my job as a legislator is the honor of serving all kinds of peoples. All means All. I know some folks have issues with religious diversity and other kinds of diversity. I do not. To my great delight, Muslims live in my Senate district. There is a mosque near where I live in the University District. We are a diverse, international part of our city. Life here smells good, tastes good, feels good, is good and growing better. One of the best ways to grow together is for everyone to vote. That includes every Muslims. There is no such thing as too many of any “group” voting, not even with the totally, demonstrably unneeded Voter ID with which we have sadly amended our state constitution.
When officials make statements like this, it poses a threat to the fundamental American values of freedom, democracy & security. Our nation’s diversity is to be celebrated—not feared. I’d welcome constructive conversation, with @jasonrapert or anyone, on ways we can do that #arpx pic.twitter.com/4b09mtcP00— Clarke Tucker (@clarketucker) December 3, 2018
Our nation was formed with the wisdom that our Creator has endowed all people with certain inalienable rights. When Arkansans and Americans are attacked for their religious beliefs our moral compass compels us to speak up. It is especially disheartening when those who attack religious freedom are the very people who profess its importance and are elected to protect it. The Faith Caucus and the Democratic Party stand with Arkansas’s religious communities, especially those who are routinely targeted. All people have the right to Democracy and to their faith.