The race for the DNC chairpersonship just got mildly more interesting with the news that one of the candidates has somehow been disqualified for criticizing Keith Ellison’s Muslim faith. Is this a case of rank “Islamophobia” from a closet rightist inside the Democratic tent? Quite the contrary, as it emerges when you read down into the story a little bit:
By Jonathan Easley
The Democratic National Committee is kicking a candidate out of the chairmanship race after he told The Hill that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not be the party’s next leader because he is a Muslim.
In a Jan. 5 email to The Hill, Vincent Tolliver, a former House candidate in Arkansas, said that Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, should not be chairman because of Islamic positions on homosexuality.
“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver wrote. “Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death.”
“Clearly, Mr. Ellison is not the person to lead the DNC or any other organization committed to not discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” Tolliver continued. “I’m shocked [the Human Rights Campaign] has been silent on the issue. A vote for Representative Ellison by any member of the DNC would be divisive and unconscionable, not to mention counterproductive to the immediate and necessary steps of rebuilding the Democratic Party.”
In other words, Mr. Tolliver’s sin is pointing out that Ellison might actually be a Steve Bannon-Republican mole trying to complete the decimation of the Democratic Party from within. (Damn—They’re on to our deepest conspiracy at last.)
It would be fun to watch someone in the mainstream media ask Ellison directly about Islamic teaching and law regarding homosexuality, but don’t hold your breath. But do pass the popcorn.