BY SAM FIELDS
Once again the Republican Party has allowed its core bigotry to interfere with a natural alliance.
This time it was a secret vote of The Broward Republican Party.
By 158-11, the party’s central organization rejected Muslim Nezar Hamze, who is director of the Florida branch of Counsel of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He was seeking a seat on the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC).
It was a rejection that the Republican crowd loudly cheered.
He was the only candidate on the slate to be rejected.
He was the only candidate who was shouted down when he tried to speak.
He was the only one asked to identify his religion.
The questioning of Hamze was not spontaneous.
According to disgruntled Republican bloggers, BREC Chairman Richard Lee DeNapoli changed the voting rules to assure the Hamze candidacy was treated like a public stoning with the inevitable result.
Capo di tutti Capo DeNapoli ran the meeting like it was the back room of the Bada Bing Club. (OOPS! Was that anti Italian?)
You don’t need to look very far to see that tons of Muslims are small businessmen who are a natural fit for the GOP. But GOP bigotry will make sure that never happens.
And Muslims are not the only group.
Every economic reason calls for Gays to be Republicans. Overwhelmingly childless, with higher than average incomes, they have way more disposable income than the average American. And many gays are more likely to resent paying school taxes to educate the offspring of “breeders”…as they call the folks on our team.
But the GOP’s wacky fundamentalist religious beliefs makes it impossible to welcome “Sodomites” into their midst.
(Note to The Log Cabin Republicans: You make about as much sense as a “Martin Luther King Klaveran of the KKK”.)
Less obvious, but equally fervent, is GOP/Evangelical hostility to Mormons. A Harris poll found that 54% of Evangelicals (read Republican core voters) had a problem with a Mormon President. And that’s the ones that would admit it.
In practically every issue Mormons and the GOP are on the same page. The one exception for the party of the “No New Taxes Jesus” is the notion that Mormons believe that, along with The Old Testament and The New Testament, there is also a “Very” New Testament. It tells how Jesus showed up in America and hung with the Indians. And that is the “turd’ in the punchbowl that “real” followers of Jesus will never forgive or forget.
Hamze should now understand that the GOP is a White Christian party with a sprinkling of “Honorary Aryans” like Allen West, Herman Cain and Joe Kaufman.
(Special note to Kaufman, a Jew: Hardcore Christian GOPers don’t see Christ killers as actually White.)
Honorary Aryans will be tolerated as long as they toe the latest GOP hate line…and they do. West’s anti-Islamic speeches sound like he has plagiarized from KKKer David Duke.
In the case of Hamze, it was Kaufman who is reported to have raised the initial hue and cry that Hamze was the incarnate of Osama bin Laden.
So the GOP can now add Muslims to the NWNCNNA (Non-Whites, Non Christians Need Not Apply) list. That group already included Blacks and Hispanics.
In the 1960’s the Party of Lincoln aligned with defecting segregationist Southern Democrats, the scion of the Confederacy. They are now the GOP political base. Don’t be surprised if one day BREC meetings institute “White” and “Colored” water fountains!
With exception of elderly Cubans, the GOP has alienated Hispanics with their lynch mob mentality toward anyone whose complexion is one degree on the wrong side of cornstarch. Rick Perry has recently found out that anything short of summary execution is considered soft on illegal aliens. (Read: “the little brown ones.”)
Arguably many Blacks and Hispanics are not in the economic pond that the GOP fishes in. But Muslims, Mormons and Gays are a perfect fit…if the GOP would drop their “White, Christian, Heterosexual Only” policy