Sheridan Says We Must Fight Terrorism While Not Falling Prey To Inflammatory Rhetoric – June 14, 2016
Tim Sheridan, the Democratic Party’s candidate for Congress in California’s 42nd District said today that we must be vigilant in the fight against terrorism, but not blame a religion with 1.6 billion people because single individuals or small groups of people carry out such acts.
“Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack at an LGBT club in Orlando reminds us that radicalized terrorism is a real threat to our national security,” Sheridan said. “We must utilize all appropriate measures to stop these attacks using every resource available.”
“What we should not do, however, is demonize a whole religion because a small number of terrorists claim that they are acting on behalf of their religion,” he added.
Sheridan’s opponent, 23-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who Mr. Calvert has endorsed, have both blamed the Islamic religion for the acts of terrorism. Both have insisted that the acts be referred to as “Radicalized Islamic Terrorism.”
“Using inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric serves no purpose whatsoever – it is still terror,” Sheridan said. “Such language only serves to hurt the vast majority of Muslims who live the United States and who otherwise might alert authorities if they see someone becoming radicalized.”
“Think about it — you’re not going to verbally abuse your neighbor if you want them to call the police when they see someone breaking into your house,” Sheridan reasoned.
Sheridan went on to say that Ken Calvert’s support of the Confederate Flag last summer and Donald Trump’s continuous practice of name-calling and hate speech is not going over well in California’s 42nd Congressional District.
“The people in the 42nd are Californians first, and in the most diverse state in the country, they don’t like hateful symbols, hate speech or name calling,” Sheridan asserted. “We’re proud of our diversity and we’re not going support those who attempt to divide us based on our race or religion. I stand firmly against such incendiary symbols and statements,” he concluded.
California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X.” runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore