It is unimaginable that a Republican would have the audacity to oppose a speaker at a Democratic Club event, but Democrats, like Montgomery County’s Saqib Ali, apparently have no hesitancy in attempting to silence those with whom they disagree. He must be learning from fellow Montgomery Countian, Joe “the Silencer” Sandler,* that if you don’t like what is being said, you shut down free speech.
The Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club’s invitation to Fred Grandy to speak at a club function has not gone over well with Montgomery County Democrats.
Fred Grandy, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa, is scheduled to be the featured speaker for the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club on Sept. 24.
Grandy recently left his job as a morning radio talk show host for WMAL in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Grandy has said that he was forced out, but WMAL said that he left on his own. [Based on what Ali is doing here, it sure looks like Grandy was forced out!—ed]
The club, which is private and membership-based, often invites prominent Republicans to speak at club functions.
Still, liberals in the area are voicing concern over the club’s choice of speaker.
A blog post on MarylandJuice.com sounded an online alarm Friday, and Democrat Saqib Ali, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2007 to 2011 representing Gaithersburg and Germantown, spoke to Chevy Chase Patch about the matter earlier this week.
“Clearly, Republicans are too embarrassed to expose it to public scrutiny,” Ali wrote in an email. “Using phrases like ‘Shariah-compliant’ to refer to American Muslims is bigotry. Complaining that American Muslims are in government is bigotry.”
Ali added: “Why are Republicans inviting bigots to address their meetings?” [Why is whatever they do your business?—ed]
Ali: If I don’t get my way, I’ll picket!
“If I’m unsuccessful at this effort [to get the event canceled],” Ali said, “I will certainly be there with picketers. … I will not let Montgomery County become a home for hate.”
There is more at CC Patch (and lots of links), so read the whole article.
Grandy to speak at MD CAN conference in October!
Readers, you can see what all the fuss is about by attending the Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference on October 29th in Annapolis. Grandy will join Frank Gaffney with the Center for Security Policy for a panel discussion on Shariah Law and what it means for Maryland.
* Ali is involved with the Maryland/Virginia Chapter of CAIR, the same organization Sandler represented before the Internal Revenue Service here in 2006 as the IRS questioned its tax exempt status. The Maryland chapter was disbanded ultimately and folded into the Virginia chapter.