US lawmaker Molly White is being criticized for instructing her staff to ask Muslims to take loyalty oaths and for using an Israeli flag in her office.
White, a House Republican, left the instructions on her Facebook page for her staff to administer to potential visitors as people were celebrating Texas Muslim Capitol Day on Thursday.
“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,” read her Facebook message.
The event held at the state capitol in Austin was organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The organizers of the event put into question the ethics behind White’s actions and wrote to House Speaker Joe Straus complaining about the issue.
However, they received a response saying, “Legislators have a responsibility to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated.”
In addition, American Muslim officials have condemned the decision, expressing regret that even US lawmakers do not know Muslims.
They say why Muslims have to denounce anything that happens in the world, which has nothing to do with them.
White has previously told her Facebook followers that “assimilating into the American way of life” is not what “most Muslims who move to America” want.