It sure doesn’t look like the Democrat/Muslim axis will be able to block a controversial (to them) speaker at a REPUBLICAN Women’s Club event scheduled for next Saturday evening in Chevy Chase. I told you about the attempt to stop the Fred Grandy’s from speaking about Islamists’ goals in the US here last week.
Now the Gazette reports that prominent Democrats and others in Montgomery County have sent a letter to the club(?) and cite what they call the “inappropriate” speech former Love Boat actor, Grandy and his wife, plan to present to people wishing to learn about pressing political issues facing our country.
Here is the Gazette yesterday on the matter:
Democrats in Montgomery County say an event sponsored by the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club is guilty of bad form.
Stopping short of asking the private GOP organization to cancel its Sept. 24 meeting featuring former Iowa Republican Congressman Fred Grandy, lawmakers and others signed a letter this week calling the event inappropriate.
Grandy, who lives in Bethesda and starred as Gopher in the sitcom “The Love Boat,” is known as a conservative commentator who routinely discusses what he calls Islamic extremism, warning listeners of what he says are the risks of having Muslims working in American government.
Guled Kassim, a Muslim, former Marine and Democratic precinct official from Derwood, helped collect politicians’ signatures for the letter.
Kassim said he’d prefer that the GOP group, which has more than 140 members, didn’t bring Grandy’s message to the Montgomery County community.
Grandy’s comments attack the Islamic religion and run counter to the beliefs of many Democrats and Republicans in the county, he said. [Really! Are you so sure of that Mr. Kassim?]
One Islamic leader in Montgomery County believes in free speech!
Manda Ervin, an Iranian-American and founder of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition, said she is friends with women in the GOP club and is speaking up on Grandy’s behalf, although she stopped short of calling herself a spokeswoman.
“We are living in America and the Constitution of this country gives people of this country freedom of speech and freedom of assembly,” Ervin said. “And everybody has the right to speak their opinion and so does Mr. Grandy.”
Club leader, Katja Bullock, says they will stand firm in defense of free speech!
While the letter,* which includes the signatures of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), Senate and House majority leaders Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown and Del. Kumar P. Barve (D-Dist. 17) of Gaithersburg, and more than a dozen legislators and County Council members, doesn’t ask the Republican group to cancel its event, club President Katja Bullock said she believes her group’s right to free speech is being targeted.
“Our club has always been one to listen to various speakers,” Bullock said. “Liberal, hardcore right-wingers, you name it. We try to educate our members on the current issues of the day and let our members make up their own mind.”
“Don’t you think it’s a little bit weird?” Bullock said. “They’re trying to stop a Republican group of women. What are they afraid of? And so far we do have a right to freedom of speech. They haven’t been able to take that away from us.”
*Here at Maryland Juice is the entire letter and the list of signatures is below (make a note of who they are):
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
Maryland State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola
Maryland House of Delegates Majority Leader Kumar Barve
Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno
Maryland State Senator Roger Manno
Maryland State Delegate Sam Arora
Maryland State Delegate Alfred Carr
Maryland State Delegate Bill Frick
Maryland State Delegate James Gilchrist
Maryland State Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Maryland State Delegate Eric Luedtke
Maryland State Delegate Ana Gutierrez
Maryland State Delegate Tom Hucker
Maryland State Delegate Aruna Miller
Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur
Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik
Maryland State Delegate Shane Robinson
Maryland State Delegate Craig Zucker
Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice
Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer
Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal
Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich
Reminder! If you can’t hear the Grandy’s in Chevy Chase, note that you will have another opportunity on October 29th at the Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference in Annapolis, here. Early registration ends September 30th!