OLYMPIA…Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, today called for Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to issue an apology to Republicans or resign as insurance commissioner after issuing a statement equating Texas Republicans to the Afghan terror organization, the Taliban.
Kreidler’s statement was issued in response to a new Texas law that effectively restricts abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy and the Republicans in Texas who passed the law. No such legislation has been sponsored here in Washington.
“Whatever Mike Kreidler’s stance is on abortion, his characterization of Texas Republicans, and Republicans in general by extension, as equal to the Taliban is not only wildly inaccurate, it’s insulting, sick, and extremely offensive. Likening Republicans to a terror group that is guilty of war crimes, systematic executions, mass murder, gang rapes and house-to-house searches constitutes hate speech. It’s appallingly unacceptable and Mr. Kreidler should issue an apology or resign his position immediately.
“It’s unbelievable that Mr. Kreidler can get away with posting something this incendiary and unethical on his official state-funded website. I’m waiting to hear if the insurance commissioner also considers Jay Inslee to be Taliban-like since he is restricting women’s health-care choices by forcing vaccinations on women under the threat of taking away their ability to feed their children.”
There is no international legal definition of hate speech, and the characterization of what is ‘hateful’ is controversial and disputed. In the context of this document, the term hate speech is understood as any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factor. This is often rooted in, and generates intolerance and hatred and, in certain contexts, can be demeaning and divisive.