Miami FL GOP: no muslims!!

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This is really ugly. I mean, UGLY. Or better yet, FUGLY:

Muslim denied spot with Florida county's Republican Party
(source: McClatchy)

"MIAMI — Islam and tea party activism clashed at a raucous meeting Monday night when a group of Broward County Republicans blocked a Muslim activist as a member of the party's executive committee.

Republicans, who changed their rules to publicly vet Nezar Hamze and then vote on his application by secret ballot, said they didn't oppose him because he was a Muslim - but because he is associated with the Center for American-Islamic Relations, whose Washington-area affiliate was an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorism indictment.


Hamze, CAIR's South Florida director, said his local group had nothing to do with the suspect activities in Washington. He said CAIR advocates for civil rights for Muslims, who have been unfairly targeted ever since 9/11.


"I'm aligned with Republican values. And I want to serve the party," Hamze said, who earlier told a reporter that any effort to block him was the result of anti-Islamic "bigotry."

At times, when he addressed the packed room at the Sheraton Suites in Fort Lauderdale, a few members shouted out among the crowd of about 300.


"Terrorist!" said one man.
"Let him speak!" said another.


Members of Broward's Republican Party said Hamze was making a mockery of their rules and was trying to become a member as a publicity stunt.


"I don't have a positive impression of Mr. Hamze. I don't think he will be an asset to our party," said Scott Spages, who is involved in programs concerning radical Islam at his church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.


In the end, the Broward Republican Executive Committee voted 11-158 to block him from committee membership. He can still attend meetings, but as a general member of the public.


"Wow," he said afterward. "If I had realized it would be like that, I wish they had just sent me a letter saying I was denied."


One Broward Republican member, blogger Javier Manjarres, objected to the process. "They singled him out," Manjarres said. "It was a set up."

Aside from questioning his motives, there was also a dispute about how long he had been a Republican.

Party Vice Chair Collen Stolberg said Hamze became a registered Republican only since August and that before then he was registered with no party affiliation.


Hamze said that wasn't true. He said he changed his address in August, but has been a registered Republican for about a decade.


Of the 11 applicants for the party, only Hamze was rejected - the first time anyone in the room could recall that happening in a county where Republicans complain about how outnumbered they are by Democrats.


Prior to deciding the new-member applications, a Republican successfully moved to change party rules and require that applicants say how long they've been a Republican and to take five minutes worth of questions for the crowd.


Hamze called it "The Hamze rule."

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Go read the rest. Really ugly stuff. More evidence that the Tea Party is calling the shots.

And the GOP wants us to think it is a party of inclusion.

That said, I have a major beef with CAIR. CAIR has indeed been indicted as a co-conspirator with the Muslim Brotherhood and has been accused of channeling money for weapons for El Quaeda. So, CAIR is not as innocent as Hamze makes it out to be.

But to eject the man for his associations? Without proof of any wrongdoing on his part at all? Wow. Wow. Wow. But the Tea Party in RI was more than willing to promote a white "christian" man for the RI State Senate, a man who has a criminal record longer than my arm and is now sitting behind bars in neighboring Massachusetts.

Wow. Wow. Wow.
 

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That said, I have a major beef with CAIR. CAIR has indeed been indicted as a co-conspirator with the Muslim Brotherhood and has been accused of channeling money for weapons for El Quaeda. So, CAIR is not as innocent as Hamze makes it out to be.

But to eject the man for his associations? Without proof of any wrongdoing on his part at all? Wow. Wow. Wow. But the Tea Party in RI was more than willing to promote a white "christian" man for the RI State Senate, a man who has a criminal record longer than my arm and is now sitting behind bars in neighboring Massachusetts.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

It's not just an 'association'. He's the director of the local group ... They would be branded with the association themselves, had they voted to accept the director of a suspected-terrorist group. The only beef I have with it, is they changed the rules to secret balloting and all the rest, just for his application. Why not stick with the process and reject him under existing rules?
 
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It's not just an 'association'. He's the director of the local group ... They would be branded with the association themselves, had they voted to accept the director of a suspected-terrorist group. The only beef I have with it, is they changed the rules to secret balloting and all the rest, just for his application. Why not stick with the process and reject him under existing rules?
And what does that say about our democracy when every local group is suspect just because the national group has been indicted but not convicted? Is this the America we want? Like I said, I have my own beef with CAIR, but this is too extreme for me.
 

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And what does that say about our democracy when every local group is suspect just because the national group has been indicted but not convicted? Is this the America we want? Like I said, I have my own beef with CAIR, but this is too extreme for me.
I guess I don't know enough about their structure to know how intertwined or separate the national and local groups are.
 
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I guess I don't know enough about their structure to know how intertwined or separate the national and local groups are.
That is just the point: without knowing for sure, are we not judging an entire group of people for the actions of perhaps just a few?
 
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Perhaps it goes without mentioning, but this incident simply bolsters that image that the GOP already has that a great deal of it's party membership plain old despises most all minorities: blacks, browns, gays gays gays gays, muslims... and in a very weird symbiotic way, even jews.