This is the funniest thing I’ve read all week. A Muslim Republican asks to join the Broward County GOP’s executive committee. The locals pepper him with insulting questions and panicky rules changes, and then vote him down with a victorious enthusiasm I suppose they’d showcase if Jane Fonda tried to join. And after all that appalling behavior, the Florida Republicans are angry at him.
Funny. But perhaps the idea of a Muslim joining the likes of Broward trash is so outrageous that a Muslim would have to be playing games with the GOP. Then again, maybe Nezar Hamze didn’t know how uniformly bigoted Republicans can be. If so, he learned soon enough:
“I’m aligned with Republican values. And I want to serve the party,” said Hamze, 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.
Over and over, I keep thinking of party politics in the deep South after World War II. I imagine former GOP Chairman Michael Steele’s grandfather being dumb enough to try to join a particularly vicious Alabama chapter. “N*gger!” said one man.
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.
Spages knows of what he sees: radical Islam dancing all around him like Yetis at Burning Man. Once you’ve seen, oh, A Muslim, Hamze’s charade looks like the inside of your eyelids.
The actual kicker: Hamze is Florida chapter president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. For the Broward wolves, it was as if Muhammad himself had chucked a taqiyya lamb chop into their den. ‘You can’t fool us!’ they seemed to be saying. ‘TOLD you I was Muslim,’ Hamze accurately replied, uselessly.
Imagine also, then, if Grampa Steele had worked in a civil rights organization. It goes the same way.
A new litmus test was then born: Do you support Rep. Allen West? The tea-party Republican has repeatedly denounced Islam and clashed with Hamze. So has Joe Kaufman, chairman of the group Americans Against Hate and former vice-chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition of South Florida. “Are you willing to support Congressman Allen West… as a Republican?” Kaufman said loudly in the microphone. “Will you denounce terrorism?”
Mr. Steele: are you willing to support our Grand Wizard… as a Republican? Will you denounce race mixing? It’s too funny. Do bank robbers have secret societies? Do they recruit security guards?
Hamze said he couldn’t comment on the politics of CAIR because it’s a non-profit non-partisan group. He later said he denounces terrorism and that he’s not involved in any terrorist activities.
The security guard said, “If you don’t shoot me first, I won’t shoot you. Deal?”
Mr. Steele affirmed, “I haven’t mixed-up anyone. Not even you. We good?”
Final vote: 158 to 11. Darn.
After the vote, Broward Executive Committee Chairman Richard DeNapolis said simply: “Mr. Hamze, your membership has been denied.”
The crowd cheered loudly.
Next: Hamze petitions the Dixie Pork Bingers . .
ADD: You’d think the Broward geniuses could have spent the same 30 seconds it took me to find out who Nezar Hamze is:
“Relief. Closure. Hope. These are the sentiments expressed by Fort Lauderdale Muslims, American Muslims, and Muslims across the globe at the death of Osama Bin Laden.
“Every major Islamic group in North America has released a statement expressing relief that Osama Bin Laden is dead and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is no exception. ‘At first, I didn’t believe it, but then the news sunk in with President Obama’s speech,’ said Nezar Hamze, Executive Director of CAIR Florida’s Miami Chapter, who just returned from a national meeting of Muslim leaders. ‘We are all satisfied that justice has been served.'”