Tuesday, February 7, 2017

When identity politics forces the Left to eat its own - today's edition

When the Freedom-Hater National Committee had to choose between homosexuals and sharia advocates, the former seems to have had to step to the back of the bus:

Breitbart reports that Vincent Tolliver, a candidate for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, was expelled from the campaign by interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazil after telling The Hill that his rival Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim Dem from Minnesota and reportedly the frontrunner for the position, shouldn't be allowed to become chairman because of Islam’s position on homosexuality.
“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him. 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,” Tolliver said:
“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. 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."
Tolliver was subsequently expelled from the race by Brazile, who described his comments as “disgusting.”
But he isn't taking this lying down. He stands by his criticism of Islam and plans to take legal action against the DNC, saying that the “Democratic establishment are denying me due process and are attempting to suppress my voice, in violation of my First Amendment right."
“The DNC and the Democratic establishment are attempting to prevent me from freely expressing known and indisputable tenets of lslamic law. Moreover, through sleight of hand tactics, interim chair Donna Brazile falsely accused me of discriminating against Mr. Ellison and cast aspersions by suggesting I was intolerant of religious freedom,” he continued:
“Furthermore, the DNC’s blocking my candidacy is a glaring contradiction to the 2016 Democratic Platform, that ‘as Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree.’ I am a lifelong Democratic who believes in people and not power and elitism which has successfully corrupted the DNC and the Democratic Party."

I think that, beyond the philosophical level on which I'm driven by core principles, another reason I could never be a leftist is that the required level of neurosis would get me carted away by the white-jacket people. How do they do it?

No comments:

Post a Comment