Muslim Nezar Hamze Kept Out of Broward GOP Committee Amid "Pit of Discrimination"

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Nezar Hamze (left) across from local radio host "Joe Citizen" in a July protest outside a Margate mosque.
Nezar Hamze -- a Muslim and executive director of Florida's Council on American-Islamic Relations -- is no stranger to taking heat from right-wing politicos in Broward County.

He's feuded with Rep. Allen West, U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner, radio host Joyce Kaufman, and pretty much anyone else in South Florida who believes that freedom of religion doesn't include Islam.

Recently, Hamze, who says he aligns with the values of the Republican Party, applied to become a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee -- the governing body of the Republican Party of Broward County -- and to create a Muslim Republican Club.

Those events did not unfold in his favor last night, as Hamze says he found himself in a "pit of discrimination."

The Broward Republican Executive Committee just so happened to change the rules for yesterday's process of bringing people onto the committee, which included a question-and-answer session before the crowd -- which Hamze says included around 200 people last night.

Hamze said he fielded about 15 minutes' worth of questions, some of which weren't even questions, as he says people called him "terrorist" and said "You're in al-Qaida," which is just about as bad as having to take questions from Americans Against Hate Chairman Joe Kaufman -- which Hamze also had to do.

"It was a living, breathing group of discrimination," Hamze tells the Pulp. "It's disgusting."

People also distributed page-length fliers -- which you can see at the bottom of the post -- encouraging people not to vote for Hamze.

The flier claims going against him is because of his job with CAIR and says voting against him "has nothing to do with [his] religion."

If you don't believe that, we wouldn't blame you.

Kaufman has been at odds with Hamze for quite some time, and he's the kind of guy who calls Afghan children "Future Terrorists of Afghanistan" and protests a Muslim family day at a Six Flags theme park.

By the time the vote came around, which was done by secret ballot, the results didn't come as much of a surprise to Hamze -- he was denied by a vote of 158-11.

The ten other people who applied for membership were all admitted, and the Miami Herald says no one in the room could remember another time of someone being denied membership.

After the crowd cheered the chairman's announcement of Hamze's denial, Hamze says one of his African-American friends in the room turned to him and said, "I know what you're going through; I went through this when I was a kid."

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btezra
btezra

if you're not white, Christian or straight the radical right wants nothing to do with you, nor cares about you as a person

it's that simple.

Samharira
Samharira

 alan west does not remember when his ancestor were slaves and WHITE people discrimite them.What an idiot is alan west.

Aminujibril66
Aminujibril66

It baffles me to hear how Muslims are discriminated against and it goes without anybody raising an eyebrow. So many attrocites are committed against Muslims all over the world and on daily basis, nobody cares. But if some Muslims react in their own way, the entire Muslims of the world are branded terrorists. What manner of lopsided and archaic judgment is this?

Benoît Evans
Benoît Evans

They should change their name to the "Hypocrite Party". The Bill of Rights and its freedom of religion provision (first amendment) was something of an after thought and was added during the ratification process because some states would not sign the Constitution unless the Bill of Rights was added. However, the Founding Fathers had already made sure that religion would not be an impediment to holding public office. Art. 6 Para. 3 of the Constitution says: "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

The Broward County FL Republican Party Executive Committee is not a government body and is not directly bound by Art. 6 Para. 3. However, you would think Republicans, with their proclaimed commitment to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers would follow the spirit of the Constitution in electing members to their own executive committee.

It looks like Senator McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee targeted the wrong group! The real danger to the Republic is not Muslim Americans; it is Republican Americans. As Pogo once said, "We have seen the enemy, and he is us."

hga
hga

Bob, I would suggest that before you post such incorrect information you check the facts or attend yourself. 

Sue Braun
Sue Braun

Judaism is a form of racism.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Once again, the New Times absolutely and unequivocally refuses to conduct even the most basic investigation into CAIR.  Why won't the New Times ask Hamze some very simple questions that certainly would interest the New Times readership?  Why won't the New Times simply call Hamze and interview him?

1.  Does CAIR support the rights of gays to a) engage in same sex acts, and b) marry?

2.  Does CAIR unequivocally denounce the laws of Muslim countries where sexual acts between members of the same sex are outlawed?  Does CAIR accuse those Muslim countries of violating their gay citizen's civil rights?

Shouldn't the significantly gay readership of the New Times be given the answers to these questions before an implicit endorsement by the New Times is made? CAIR is an honorable organization filled with honorable people, just like the New Times readership, right?  So why is the New Times afraid to ask Hamze CAIR's position on these matters?  It is, after all the "Council" on American Islamic "Relations"...so come, on, "relate."

So Hamze wants to be a Republican?  It wasn't a baiting publicity stunt?  Well, here's what a few of the Republican candidates have to say:

1.  Cain - "If You Mess With Israel, You’re Messing With the USA"

2.  Bachmann - "I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play."

3.  Romney - "[W]e must work as individuals and as a country to resist the worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel. We must fight against that campaign in every forum, call it for what it is, and make clear that Israel’s existence is not up for debate."

4. Perry - "“As a Christian, I have a clear directive to support Israel,[a]s an American and a Christian I will stand with Israel.”

So then New Times, do your job and ask Hamze if he agrees with his fellow Republicans.  Will he publicly acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and defend itself from Arab aggression?  Will he publicly oppose Palestinian statehood through UN fiat?  He says he's a Republican, right?  So what's the problem?  Ask him the question!

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Once again, the New Times absolutely and unequivocally refuses to conduct even the most basic investigation into CAIR.  Why won't the New Times ask Hamze some very simple questions that certainly would interest the New Times readership?  Why won't the New Times simply call Hamze and interview him?

1.  Does CAIR support the rights of gays to a) engage in same sex acts, and b) marry?2.  Does CAIR unequivocally denounce the laws of Muslim countries where sexual acts between members of the same sex are outlawed?  Does CAIR accuse those Muslim countries of violating their gay citizen's civil rights?

Shouldn't the significantly gay readership of the New Times be given the answers to these questions before an implicit endorsement by the New Times is made? CAIR is an honorable organization filled with honorable people, just like the New Times readership, right?  So why is the New Times afraid to ask Hamze CAIR's position on these matters?  It is, after all the "Council" on American Islamic Relations...so come, on, "relate."

So Hamze wants to be a Republican?  It wasn't a baiting publicity stunt?  Well, here's what a few of the Republican candidates have to say:

1.  Cain - "If You Mess With Israel, You’re Messing With the USA"

2.  Bachmann - "I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play."http://minnesotaindependent.co...

3.  Romney - "[W]e must work as individuals and as a country to resist the worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel. We must fight against that campaign in every forum, call it for what it is, and make clear that Israel’s existence is not up for debate."http://www.nationalreview.com/...

4. Perry - "“As a Christian, I have a clear directive to support Israel,[a]s an American and a Christian I will stand with Israel.”http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

So then New Times, do your job and ask Hamze if he agrees with his fellow Republicans.  Will he publicly acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and defend itself from Arab aggression?  Will he publicly oppose Palestinian statehood through UN fiat?  He says he's a Republican, right?  So what's the problem?  Ask him the question!

REAL MEN ARE DEMOCRATS
REAL MEN ARE DEMOCRATS

Dear Nezar Hazme,While I applaud your efforts to diversify the Broward Republican Party, I would ask you to reconsider your desired membership.  The Democratic Party of Broward is not the anti-business demon that many on the right make them out to be.The Democratic Party is a party of inclusion, equality, and community based on ethics and not greed, fear, and hatred.We will gladly embrace Muslims as part of our Multicultural tapestry which is representative of our Democracy, while the Republicans will only usher you outside the backroom where they make all their decisions.You have proven yourself to be a great political spokesman for Muslims in South Florida, however I would caution you from joining a group that would only let you join to assuage criticisms of bigotry.You don't want to be one of the poster boys for Republicans so that they can shield themselves from criticisms of being homogeneous yet not providing you any voice for your concerns or voter segment.

Bebep
Bebep

I'm surprised they haven't resorted to real scientific tests to make sure they're not terrorists.

Such as placing a person under water, if they float they're terrorists and if they sink to the bottom then they are a patriotic republican american.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Mr. Hamze

Which "values" of the republican party do you "align" with?

1. Religious xenophobia2. Cultural, xenophobia3. Racial, xenophobia4. Sexual Orientation  xenophobia (except for congressmen looking for quickies in the men's room at the airport and old guy congressmen wrestling with their male pages)5. Destruction of the fundamental rights of working people to assemble and organize6. Capital Gains taxes for the rich at 15 % -One of the lowest rates among 1st world countries7. Deeply imbedded and pervasive corruption - that was John McCain at Scott Rothstein's house, not Barak Obama8  Breaking Social Security's 90 year covenant with working people9.  Breaking Medicare's 45 year covenant with working people10. Revoking AARP's tax exempt status11 Establishing christianity as a state sanctioned religion12. Deporting bright, ambitious young men and women brought to this country illegally as small children13 Trillians of dollars to bail out a corrupt and incompetent financial industry14 Killing Clean air regulations15 Killing Clean water regulations16 Killing Fuel economy regulation17 jerrymandering of congressional districts18 The pervasive destruction of the middle class

etc etc etc

Suggestion.  Go hang with the democrats.  You will find lots of committees to join, no problems.  Bet you could find some values to align with there too.  Dont fall for that republican BS that just because you are two paychecks ahead, you need to align with the corrupt and greedy wealth favoring "values" of the republicans.

Theyaredicksbuthesbullshitting
Theyaredicksbuthesbullshitting

Soooo.....anyone who called him a terrorist or otherwise defamed his good name is an idiot. However, I'm surprised that you would take Mr. Hamze's assertion that his values align with Republicans and that's why he applied. Would an anti-abortion, pro defense of marriage act, pro don't ask don't tell, conservative fundamentalist Christian who had demanded Debby Wasserman Schultz'z resignation or feuded with several members of the committee have been admitted under the local Democratic leadership club's tent?Perhaps Mr. Hamze applied with the intention of showing how racist the reactions would be. If so, he succeeded. But it is a tad disingenous to say that he was merely applying because he felt their values aligned more closely with his.Easy to clarify by asking him about his history of voting Republican BEFORE applying to BREC, what values specifically that they espouse that resonate with him, what Republicans he has supported, plans to support, and why. Etc. Etc.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Joe Kaufman is an ignorant, xenophobic a-hole. An extremist who spews his zio-fascist hate speech whenever given the opportunity.

This mouth breather is an embarrassment to Jews, Americans and mankind in general.

The dehumanization of all Muslims, which began on 9/11, is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated upon the American people.

A Panicked American Muslim
A Panicked American Muslim

Not unexpected. It not a good time for American Muslims. Constitutional protection is everyone - except MUSLIMS?? You can not torture an animal in this country but torture on Muslims are permitted???

nanook5
nanook5

looks like the house of unamerican activities commission is alive & well in broward county.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

"So many attrocites are committed against Muslims all over the world and on daily basis,"

Yes, by their fellow Muslims.   

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Like Hendley, you are simply ignorant of who Hamze is.  He is not simply a Muslim.  He is the leader of an organization with values incongruent with Republican party platforms, and he was merely pursuing a publicity stunt.  What if Debbe Wasserman Schmutz tried to join and was turned away?  Would you cry sexism?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Whose Bob? Have you watched the news lately, like in the last year?

nanook5
nanook5

i-am-an-agent-of-cair-i-will-destroy-you-by-factually-pointing-out-your-arguments-are-gibberish-and-that-you-are-racist-garbage

(laughs nefariously & screams ALLAHU AKBAR at the same time)

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

We did interview him, that's why his words are between quotation marks. I don't feel like our "significantly gay readership" needed to know about CAIR's position on anything because CAIR didn't apply for membership, and Hamze did not apply on behalf of CAIR.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Gee, I didnt know that the New Times readership is significantly gay. (not that there is anything wrong with that).  Must be in the wrong place at the wrong time again.  Wont be the first time.  Wont be the last time.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention in this interesting and informative  comment Jewish Marksman and L'Shana Tova to you and yours, and to all the significantly gay New Times readership.  Especially Virgil.  I got my suspicions about him. (not that there is anything wrong with that). 

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

P.S. I am a heterosexual who supports gay rights and you happen to be correct on how extreme interpretations of Islam are anti- gay and primitive. Then again, that does not reflect the beliefs of all Muslims.

There are still Christian evangelicals and orthodox Jews who share the same ignorance; the point being, all of you primitive thinking religious knuckle draggers need to join the rest of us in the 21st century.

And that would include those--like you-- who want to solve a "modern day" dispute over land by pointing to the words in some 2,000+ year old book of fairytales.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Thanks for reminding me why I want to vomit profusely every time a politician shills for the likudist lunatics. You don't actually think any of them believe that nonsense, do you? (Maybe freakazoid Bachman)

As evidenced by Obama last week at the U.N., "all" politicians shill for the same apartheid loving lunatics because they desperately need that campaign money. Therefore, on this one issue, there is literally no distinction between the parties, and that is tragic because the entire world wants justice for the Palestinians, but we are stuck with corrupt politicians who are on the wrong side of history.

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

Your test is not an accurate one. You must first tie a 100 pound weight to the person, then place in the water. Then and only then, if they float they are terrorists.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Great post. Don't be such a stranger, "Irving".

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

My guess is that he believes in low taxes and is pro- business. But the mouth breathers in the GOP want to make the tent even smaller, and have allowed zio- fascist/ neo- conservatives to hijack their party.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

"torture on Muslims are permitted?"

Yes, as a Muslim you should know that in most Islamic countries torture and mutilation are perfectly acceptable forms of legal punishment for crimes such as theft, adultery and sodomy.  However, in the United States, not only is cruel and unusual punishment prohibited, but adultery and sodomy (even both simultaneously!) are perfectly legal.

"It not a good time for American Muslims."

Really?  So why are Muslims the second largest group of immigrants to the US (after Hispanics) if things are so bad here?

nanook5
nanook5

How many Muslim countries are occupied right now? At least three, but not A SINGLE ONE OF THEM are occupied by Muslims. Unless you're counting the Saudi Arabian GCC regime which is fully backed by the US.

Sulayman
Sulayman

Actually, his organization CAIR endorsed Bush in 2000. It is in tune with a lot of the Republican party, such as pro-religion and pro-family that American Muslims support.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

According to the "Non Compete" clause in Bob's  old New Times employment contract, the New Times has use of his name and first born son for a period of 18 months after termination of the contract.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Your position has been noted.  And noted. And noted. And noted.  And noted again.  Then re-noted.  Can you add something new or at least funny to the discussion?

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Hendley,

Hamze and CAIR are the New Times go-to on all things Muslim.  There have been dozens of New Times articles mentioning and interviewing them.  Never ever a single word of criticism or questioning of CAIR, never a single effort to test the accusations against CAIR, and never a single test of Hamze's statements.  That is an implicit endorsement of CAIR, plain and simple.  You do a disservice to your readers who would shun CAIR if they really knew what the organizational values were.

Hamze's stunt was the equivalent of David Duke attempting to attend meetings and join the NAACP, and then whining if they refuse to let him in.  The NAACP would not refuse Duke admission because of his race, but because of the policies that he has associated himself with.  Think Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter trying to join PETA or the ACLU.  The same holds true for CAIR/Hamze. 

You and the New Times, Hendley, are too lazy (or stupid) to test Hamze's sincerity with some simple litmus tests, the most obvious being CAIR and Hamze's positions on Israel.  Like the Republican candidates, does he support Israel's right to exist and oppose a Palestinian state formed through UN fiat?  Does he support the rights of Jews to live anywhere in Jerusalem?  To the extent CAIR's views are the polar opposites of the Republican party's how does he reconcile his professed Republicanism with his leadership of CAIR?  Has CAIR, as his employer, consented to this obvious conflict of interest?

As for other topics, did you ask him which Republican party platforms he identifies with?  Did you ask him which Democratic party platforms he opposes?  Did you ask him which Republican candidate he favors?

Or did you just decide that you have no journalistic ethics, are happy with your career at that rag of a media outlet, and would just tow the New Times party line of burying your head in the sand with respect to CAIR?

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Unless you are a spokesperson for CAIR like Hamze, your responses to my demands on the New Times are irrelevant.

AMarkoff
AMarkoff

Well said. Being "pro-Israel" in America these days means nothing more nor less nor other than being pro-Likud Party.

Dolly Dagger
Dolly Dagger

Just curious -- how do you feel about atheists?

nanook5
nanook5

We don't need to prove you're a liar anymore than we have already, but to round it out, let's go ask Bradley Manning about how much better America is than Muslim nations in that regard.Things are bad for Muslim-Americans because of assholes like YOU, JM. If people could get away with showing up at your temple screaming terrorist (and your support of the Israeli occupation would make it merely unpalatable, but not unjustified) I'm sure you wouldn't mind, right?

Nezar Hamze
Nezar Hamze

Jewish Marksman,

As Mr. Hendley stated my attempt to join BREC represent my own political views and are irrelevant to my employment with CAIR. I would like to answer some of your questions.

1. I support Israel's right to self determination. I believe the Jewsih people should have a right to govern themselves. However, I also believe the people of Palestine have the right to self-determination as well. If you think being Republican means that I can only support Israel, you need to do some research on the core values of the Republican Party.Your unbalanced support is obvious and represents the antithesis of American Values.

 If you are an American citizen, I suggest you focus on our problems in the US. Like Unemployment, oil dependency, our debt, unbalanced and unchecked waist of American Soliders lives overseas, health care, taxes, small business growth, education to name a few.

2. Regarding CAIR Florida we are a law abiding organization dedicated to the protection of the Muslim communities civil rights. All the other garbage individuals say about CAIR Florida is unfounded or as you put it (stupid).

3. Make no mistake about what happened that evening. I was present in a live breathing room of discrimination. People called me a terrorist, Muslims are freaks, no way a muslim is getting on Brec, Islam is the devil. The entire evening was a circus. 

May God guide us on the straight path. Thanks for your input. 

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Careful how you respond here Virgil.  I dont want The Man reading something and then involuntarily renditioning your ass.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Your demands? Do you have hostages?

The reason you won't respond is because you know what I posted was the truth.

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