Will GOP respond to anti-Muslim letter?

Rep. Virgil Goode’s “letter to constituents,”:http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/goode-letter/ in which he urged new immigration policies to keep Muslims out of the U.S., is drawing more criticism by the day.

Goode wrote: “I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America.”

Democrats, of course, are taking the Virginia Republican on. But now the “Council on American-Islamic Relations”:http://www.cair.com/ is calling on state and national Republican leaders to repudiate his position. You have to figure that GOP leaders will have to say something.

But what?

They are unlikely to endorse anti-Muslim immigration policies. By staying quiet, they appear to be doing so. I would expect party leaders or even the White House to gently distance the party from Goode’s letter.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.