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Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant Speakers to Appear at Religious Right Conference in Dallas

Kris Kobach

The “Pro­Fam­ily Leg­isla­tive Net­work Con­fer­ence,” which will be held in Dal­las, Texas, next week­end, will fea­ture one speaker with an anti-immigrant agenda, and a sec­ond who has vil­i­fied Mus­lims. Anti-immigrant lawyer Kris Kobach will report­edly speak on “Pre­serv­ing the Sanc­tity of Our Elec­tions: How to Stop Voter Fraud,” and Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who has a his­tory of mak­ing anti-Muslim state­ments, will deliver a pre­sen­ta­tion titled “Never Surrender.”

The con­fer­ence is being orga­nized by Wall­Builders, an Aledo, Texas-based orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes the idea that the United States was founded on Chris­t­ian pre­cepts. Their con­fer­ence, designed for state leg­is­la­tors from around the coun­try, will address cur­rent pub­lic pol­icy issues “in a man­ner that hon­ors our Judeo-Christian her­itage and the vision of our Found­ing Fathers.”

Kobach, the Sec­re­tary of State of Kansas, has drafted some of the harsh­est anti-immigrant laws in the nation. Kobach and the broader anti-immigrant move­ment often use alle­ga­tions of voter fraud as a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for attempt­ing to pass voter-ID laws in states around the coun­try. Though the anti-immigrant groups claim that non-citizens are vot­ing in U.S. elec­tions, there is lit­tle to no evi­dence to sup­port those asser­tions, and the voter-ID laws passed in the name of defend­ing against voter fraud dis­pro­por­tion­ately affect minorities.

Boykin, the for­mer U.S. Deputy Under Sec­re­tary of Defense for Intel­li­gence, is noto­ri­ous for mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial state­ments about Mus­lims, often voic­ing the con­spir­acy the­ory that the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is infil­trat­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Boykin once stated that Islam “is not just a reli­gion, it is a total­i­tar­ian way of life.” He went on to say that Islam “should not be pro­tected under the First Amend­ment, par­tic­u­larly given that those fol­low­ing the dic­tates of the Quran are under an oblig­a­tion to destroy our Con­sti­tu­tion and to replace it with Shariah law.”

Over the past few years, the issues of immi­gra­tion and Islam are increas­ingly becom­ing impor­tant top­ics of dis­cus­sion at con­ser­v­a­tive and reli­gious right gath­er­ings such as the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence and the Value Vot­ers Sum­mit. Kobach and Boykin’s planned appear­ances at the Pro­Fam­ily Leg­isla­tive Net­work Con­fer­ence are just the lat­est exam­ple of this trend.