GOP Congressional Candidate Refuses to Debate at ‘Suspect Venue’ of Islamic Community Center
Bottom line here, a GOP candidate refuses to touch a Muslim than gives an excuse only teabagger would be dumb enough to believe.
Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal Constitution offers a roundup of the drama surrounding a congressional debate this week between Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Georgia and his Republican challenger Rick Allen, which included a last-minute venue change because Allen refused to debate at the “suspect venue” of an Augusta-area Islamic community center.
So, Galloway explains, the debate was moved to a smaller location (to the annoyance of some would-be attendees who were turned away), but the drama didn’t end there, as Allen “made every attempt to avoid” the 73-year-old Egyptian-American doctor who had arranged the debate and refused to shake his hand. This, Allen later explained, was not because of the doctor’s religion but because he specializes in high-risk pregnancies, which can sometimes end in abortion.
Of course, the whole point of this doctor’s practice is to prevent high-risk pregnancies from ending in abortion. The local GOP chairman did later apologize, but really, how many levels of bigotry and stupidity (not to mention, lack of civility) is this?