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Florida County Republican Party Appeases Islamophobia And Denies Muslim Republican A Spot On Executive Committee

Nezar Hamze

Nezar Hamze

Florida County Republican Party Appeases Islamophobia And Denies Muslim Republican A Spot On Executive Committee

(ThinkProgress)

Nezar Hamze is both a Muslim American who is the executive directorof the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a self-identified Republican. As a way to further his activism in the Republican Party, Hamze campaigned for a position on his local Republican party’s executive committee in Broward County, Florida.

During a “raucous meeting” of the party on Monday night, Hamze’s bid for committee membership was rejected by a vote of 11-158, as he was attacked with offensive questions about his faith and even compared to a terrorist by Islamophobic attendees.

Before the vote even took place, the local party changed its rules to require that each new applicant to the executive committee answer questions for five minutes, a rule change Hamze jokingly told a reporter could be called the “Hamze rule.” And as audience members stepped up to interrogate Hamze, he was told that his organization CAIR was identified as a terrorist organization and asked if he supported terrorism. Following the lead of GOP audiences who have booed gays and condemned the uninsured, one attendee yelled out “terrorist!” as Hamze was trying to speak:

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.

After the vote, Hamze said he wished he had received a letter of denial rather than face such a barrage of hostile questions. One Republican member remarked that Hamze had effectively been “singled out“:

“Wow,” [Hamze] 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.”

Before seeking a spot on his local party’s committee, Hamze told the Florida Independent that the main reason he was making his bid was to bring “Muslims to the mainstream political process.” Yet it appears that the Broward County Republican Party seems to believe that Hamze has to be either a Muslim or a Republican, but not both.

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  • Grand Republic

    What happened to a fine man like Mr.Hamze is a disgrace.But I caution those who use the term’Nazi’so loosly and recommend they start reading history books and not the Hollywood version of events.That was another culture continenant,place and time.And actually 150.000 Jews served in the German armed forces during ww2 (see book,Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers)and the Third Reich had Muslum military contingents and relations wih the Grand Mufti of Jerusulem plus supported Rashid Ali of Iraq.See HITLER”S WAR by David Irving.At one time; the GOP was the least Zionist of the the two major US parties.It was the liberal,Democrats who were the most pro-Zionist being ardent Jewish backers of FDR,Truman,Stevenson and Johnson(not JFK whom they distrusted).Zionist loved Humphrey,Scoop Jackson, Pat Monyihan and Mondale.But that began to change with the rise of Neoconservatives.All ex’Troyskyite’Marxists!And Democrats.There backers worked in tandem with the rise of Christian Fundementilisem in the late 70’s to take over the’ right,’and the GOP.Thus they became Zionist conservatives like ther inspiration;the manical Winston Churchill.(See HUMAN SMOKE BY NICHOLSON BAKER,CHURCHILLL THE END OF GLORY BY CHARMLEY)They saw the conservatve drift of the USA and the shift of political power to the South and West with concearn and decided to co-opt the Republicans with great success.So now we have a viciouse Isreali run GOP ready to fight those NAZI LEFT WING MUSLUMS,the poor,and anyone outside of there narrow desperate views.Remember according to them.They are for FREEDOM.So EVERYONE opposing IS THUS:Nazi(There new phantom menace,)Comunnist,Socialist,Athiest,Buddist,Muslum,Gay,Pro-Freemason,Anti-Freemason,and even the poor,hodgepodge of people or ideas they know little about,but are told are bad and they should hate.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Jack Cope:

    I really like that saying! Is there something like a proper citation or reference that I should/could use in referencing it, or is “a saying of the Prophet” sufficient?

    Also, agree with me one more time, and I’ll send you a membership in my fan club. But, just to turn the tables on you a bit, why call people here “so called muslims”? If we use the “so called” appelation for anyone who does not always live up to the ideals of their religion, much less for those who may believe they do so but who we think do not, then we would probably find almost no actual members of any religion left, only so called members. (Said as I post this electronically on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.) We probably all get carried away at times in our arguing. But don’t let that be enough to try to cast someone out of their religion.

  • Hatethehaterz

    Well put JD.

  • JD

    There was State Senator Greg Ball (R-NY, chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee) who held a hearing titled “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11”, and invited known Islamophobes to testify.

    There was the Southwest Broward Republican Organization in Florida that sent out an anti-mosque protest email.

    There was the June GOP Presidential Candidates’ Debate in New Hampshire during which Herman Cain once again discussed a test that will show which American Muslims are loyal to the United States and the Constitution, and Newt Gingrich suggested that all Muslims should be suspect until they prove their loyalty and they deserve higher scrutiny, like Communists or Nazis.

    There was Rep. Sue Myrick’s hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood and her support for the hate group ACT for America.

    There were the statements made by four conservative Republicans — Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Sue Myrick (N.C.) in the halls of the lawmakers of this country about Muslim interns on Capitol Hill.

    There was Rep. Adam Hasner (the head of Florida’s House Republicans) who co-sponsored a so-called “Free Speech Summit” in Delray Beach, Florida along with Pamela Geller of SIOA (designated a hate group by the SPLC). One of the speakers at this event was Geert Wilders who said Islam should not be recognized as a legitimate faith and Muslims should not have religious freedom. Hasner also sponsored a showing of the hate film “Obsession” for Florida State Legislators.

    There was Rep. Virgil Goode’s hateful rhetoric about the the use of a Qur’an for the ceremonial swearing-in of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.

    There is a long list of GOP elected officials who have called on known Islamophobes to provide “expert” testimony on Islam and Muslims. For example: — Rep. Carl Gatto (R-AK), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Ralph Hall (R-TX) and State Rep. Jerry Madden (R-TX) who called on Pamela Geller, and Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) who defended Geller, — Rep. Michelle Bachmann who has sought advice from Frank Gaffney and Pamela Geller, — Rep. Allen West, (R-FL) who met with Brigitte Gabriel head of anti-Muslim group ACT! for America, — Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) who invited David Yerushalmi of SANE to testify at a hearing on Capitol Hill.?

    There is a long list of GOP representatives actively pushing anti-Sharia legislation in at least 23 states now.

    There is a long list of GOP representatives making statements about the proposed Cordoba House/Park 51 project in New York that go well beyond any sort of civil disagreement. And, the National Republican Trust PAC even ran an anti-Muslim ad against the proposal.

    There is a long list of hateful anti-Muslim statements that have been made by elected representatives of the United States, and most of these are GOP officials, who have forgotten that Muslims are part of “we the people”. We have published a summary of such statements divided into categories ranging from “thoughtless ignorance” to “bigotry” to “expressions of outright hatred” that have been made by members of the GOP.

    There was the event sponsored by Rep. Allen West (R-FL) in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Culmination of the Muslim Brotherhood’s 50-year History of Infiltrating America,” presented by Peter Leitner of Citizens for National Security (CFNS), located in Boca Raton, Florida. During this presentation CFNS announced that it would be releasing the names of 6,000 active members of the Muslim Brotherhood. But when the big day came, the group stated that the names would actually be kept under wraps and only released to select “responsible parties.” In a response to a query from Wired’s Spencer Ackerman, Leitner conceded that the people on his list had not necessarily been charged with any crimes. Instead, they were just people who are involved with organizations he had connected to the Muslim Brotherhood—like the Muslim Students Association.

    There have been political campaigns like those of Lynn Torgerson vs Keith Ellison, Marvin Scott vs Andre Carson, or Rene Ellmers and Bob Turner and Rae Hart Anderson, Dan Fanelli, Rick Torres, and Jill Holzman Vogel that were based on religious hatred. Ellmers and Turner even ran an anti-Muslim ad.

    There was the incident in Orange County earlier this year. Congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly attended and spoke at a protest rally at a Muslim charitable fund raiser. Some of those who attended the rally began shouting hateful statements at the families entering the event. Deborah Pauly made a statement during her talk that ”
    What’s going on over there right now, make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil … I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in Paradise.” After the event, Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.) who chairs the international terrorism subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee defended Pauly’s statement and the event.

    There were the Republican members of Congress Trent Franks (AZ), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Pete Hoekstra (MI) who praised Frank Gaffneys bigoted Sharia report.

    There was the incident when Councilman Don Redman of Jacksonville, FL asked the newly elected Muslim council member, Parvez Ahmed to “say a prayer to your God” at a Council meeting. This followed a particularly Islamophobic campaign against Dr. Ahmed’s appointment to the Council’s Human Rights Commission.

    There was the incident in which the Republican Jewish Coalition was responsible for mailing the virulently anti-Muslim film “Obsession” to Rabbi’s across the country ahead of the last Presidential election.

  • Géji

    No one should be surprised, the republican party has declare war on Islam and American muslims long ago. So he should have only himself to blame for sticking with a party who have a long history of racism and prejudice. But seriously this guy must be one of the last remaining republican muslims, as the party of GOP(Grand Old Party) has become the GOI(Grand Old Islamophobes)?

  • http://www.bandofstrangers.org Jack Cope

    Once again I’ve got to agree with Just Stopping By and others here; don’t tar with the same brush. Like Just Stopping By I also find myself emphasizing and ‘defending’ any side that get’s judged in such a way. Indeed, I’ve found myself without friends in hostile places doing it but I always remember the saying of the Prophet:

    “Forgive him who wrongs you; join him who cuts you off; do good to him who does bad to you and speak the truth even if it be against yourself.”

    Wise words there, heed them, especially the last bit in this case. Lots of the so called Muslims on this site, and I’m not going to name names but you know who you are, are not setting a good example to say the least!

  • corey

    maybe they didn’t want to be accused of helping “the jihad” by letting a muslim in there party by “soup nazi” geller and “reconquista” spencer.

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.com

    Serves him right!

    Any Muslim who is a Republican in the USA today is a traitor. He deserves what he got.

    Mosizzle get your head seen to.

    And NassirH, it doesn’t matter who heads the Democrat Party. It is NOT a party of Islamophobes. The Republican party is.

    It doesn’t matter who heads the Democrat Party, it’s the party for Muslims.

  • NassirH

    Obviously it’s wrong to tar all Republicans as anti-Muslim bigots, though it’s not as if countless GOP members have refrained from tripping over themselves in an effort to show their base just how intolerant they are. Polls show that most Republicans have a negative view of Muslims (up to 85% according to a Zogby poll), and the bigoted mass at the recent GOP debate booed Ron Paul for claiming that not all Muslims are responsible for 9/11. Despite this, most Muslims once voted for Republicans about a decade ago. We were thrown under the bus, of course, but it’s not as if Obama hasn’t done the same thing.

  • Mosizzle

    “Following the lead of GOP audiences who have booed gays and condemned the uninsured, one attendee yelled out “terrorist!” as Hamze was trying to speak:”

    And obviously that person will be convicted on misdemeanour charges of disrupting a meeting, right? Or does that only happen when the victim is an Israeli ambassador?

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