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Bill Dear (D) Fears "Muslim" TX-Gov Primary Candidate Farouk Shami

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM CST

While there may be seven candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Governor, I'm sure many Democrats wouldn't mind if Bill Dear was not among them.

As Dear's website states up front, he is a self described conservative Democrat and private investigator. That doesn't give him license to be a racist one though as the following statement on his site proclaims.

You better have a governor in office who looks around, finding the answers to who, what, when, where, and why, before it is too late. There is a reason. And it is time we lift up the rug and see what is being swept underneath.  As a private investigator, I have looked under many rugs, opened many files, documents and found that what it appears to be is really not what it appears to be on the outside.  We need a governor who can wear jeans as well as pretty suits and ties.  I do both.  Texas needs someone who is not afraid to get down on their hands and knees and get a little dirt on them for a change.  That's what is wrong with Washington and Texas, but it will not be that way when I am elected Governor of Texas.

Now we have a Muslim wanting the highest office in Texas, Governor.  Wanting to spend 10 million dollars and receive $1 in salary, why?  According to the internet they are asking Muslims to rally and support their candidate for Governor.  It is time for a change, but not that kind of change.

Now, none of us at Burnt Orange Report particularly care if Farouk Shami is Muslim or not, that's irrelevant. But what would be nice is if we could get a clear answer from him or his campaign as to what religion he does consider himself as just today, new questions have arisen that statements last November that he was Quaker instead of Muslim may no longer be right. Shami's grandson claims the entire family is Muslim, whereas last month Shami stated his religion was "American" (oh please) and that he was a Muslim Quaker.

I'd like to defend and correct racist attacks from the likes of Bill Dear, but until we get a straight answer, we're going to be stuck in a tea-bagger's delight right next to Barack Obama's birth certificate. And knowing the Texas GOP's ability to fixate on "the crazy" they could easily fixate on this for the next 11 months if Shami won the nomination.  


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Bill White and the 6 minnows (0.00 / 0)
Let the other six people destroy themselves and lets see Bill White rise to the top and win the Governorship.

So I guess . . . (0.00 / 0)
We shouldn't expect a debate this primary season, eh?

This is sad (0.00 / 0)
Bill Dear's attitude is disgraceful, while Farouk Shami's is pathetic. If somebody can't own up to his attitudes about God (whatever they may be), how can we trust him to truthfully describe any other attitude he may have?

Jeans? (0.00 / 0)
Why do "We need a governor who can wear jeans"? Is that a Texas Constitution requirement?  Or is that just Repub-logic, that may not apply to real life?  Wants & Needs are always confused.

Please explain (0.00 / 0)
What is racist about opposing someone on the basis of religion?  

i may have inferred (0.00 / 0)
But i'm pretty confident in the world of Bill Dear Muslim=Palestinian America given that Shami hasn't asked Muslims to rally for him but other voters of similar background and ethnicity.

But I'm open to a different interpretation here. What do you think it would be better described as?

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Why is a label required? (0.00 / 0)
I didn't realize Shami is Palestinian, and I don't think most people will realize it either, though many likely will assume he is Middle Eastern and Muslim.  Knees will jerk according to the proclivities of the beholder.  Why make it worse by throwing around labels?  Why do we need to call Bill Dear or anyone else names?  I think quoting his blog spoke for itself.

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my main desire (0.00 / 0)
Is to be able to defend Farouk Shami when it comes to attacks on his religion, ethnicity, and the type of garbage I would expect from Republicans- and especially so coming from another Democrat in his primary.

But it's really hard to defend him and so, no, here are the fact, this is his religion or how he identifies if the campaign and the candidate himself aren't sure themselves. That's frustrating.  

[ Parent ]
I share your frustration (0.00 / 0)
There's just not much we can do about it, except support someone else.  Ten years ago I ran a website called the Internet Voters Guide, which ran straight-up comparisons of all the candidates on the ballot.  Nothing is more eye-opening than discovering the incredibly bad backgrounds of most of the judicial candidates.  A huge percentage of them are either losers in the practice of law (and hence desperate for work), or fresh out of law school, or have not practiced law in a decade or longer and hence cannot get a job practicing law.  I know of judges right now who fall into this category, and not all are Republicans.  The problem is even worse on the primary ballots.  This is why I never, ever vote for a judge candidate I am not extremely well informed on.

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He sounds essentially nonreligious but not completely (0.00 / 0)
People who have been raised with different traditions, and maybe have gone to a religious funeral once in awhile, have a difficult time answering what their religion is.  Yet to say that he has no religion is not accurate because he may have some beliefs that are a mix of many religions.

Instead of saying this is inconsistent, you should recognize that this is how many people worldwide and in the United States practice religion.  An explanation of this is bound to seem confusing to someone just looking for a religous label though.

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I think the point is... (0.00 / 0)
that neither candidate has near enough support among Democrats to have their behavior be considered "representative" of the Democratic Party in Texas or reflect badly on the Democratic Party in Texas. As far as I'm concerned they're both "self-proclaimed" Democrats at this point.

So who cares?

What's the need for a religious label? (0.00 / 0)
Many Asian Americans are Christian Buddhist Taoist Confucianists, did you know that?  Hard and fast religious labels are a peculiar concept that do not apply to how the majority of people in the world actually practice religion.  I can well understand how someone could be a Muslim Quaker.

Don't Feed the Troll...... (0.00 / 0)
Star Locke made similar comments about muslims on his own website.  However, both candidates are third-tier quality who bring little (if any) value to the Democratic debate.  Why are we even wasting time talking about these candidates?  As the old adage from the days of Newsgroups goes, don't feed the trolls.  It only keeps their campaigns alive longer, and detracts from the real issues we should be talking about.

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