Pa. Lawmaker's Anti-Muslim Comment Derails Measure

June 18, 2008

Author: Mark Scolforo

Source: Lebanon Daily News

Wire Service: AP

State lawmakers Wednesday held up voting on a resolution in recognition of a Muslim group's upcoming convention after a legislator protested that "the Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God."

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, north of Pittsburgh, said he opposed the House's formal recognition of this weekend's 60th annual convention in Harrisburg of the U.S. chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

"The Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God and I will be voting negative," he said on the House floor.

The two-page resolution, sponsored by Speaker Dennis O'Brien, a Republican from Philadelphia, noted that the convention's mission was to "increase faith and harmony and introduce various humanitarian, social and religious services."

The remarks by Metcalfe drew a rebuke from Democratic Rep. Jewell Williams of Philadelphia.

"We should be careful in making these remarks and we should support all people in America," Williams said.