GOP Bigotry Rift in Tennessee
It’s red vs red as Islamophobic xenophobia is plied as a religious wedge by the paleocon Tea Party factions vs the mainstream conservative factions in Red state Tennessee. The Andy Miller / Judd Matheny wing signs on for every xenophobic hate group driven initiative under the sun.
It’s getting tougher to be a Republican in some parts of the country while also fully accepting the practice of Islam.
In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions. And the state’s governor has been forced to explain why he hired a Muslim.
Lee Douglas, a dentist just south of Nashville and an anti-Shariah activist, points to the Muslim woman hired in Tennessee’s economic development office as evidence of an “infiltration” of Islam in government. Douglas helped draft a resolution criticizing the governor and Islam. A version of the document has been signed by a growing list of GOP executive committees, from rural counties to the state’s wealthiest.
“By stopping this now, we’re going to save ourselves a lot of difficulty in the future,” he says.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam defends his Muslim staffer’s credentials and says she grew up in a small town. “This is somebody who is very Tennessee,” says the governor.
The fact that she’s a fellow Tennessean hasn’t silenced the critics.