• GOP Governor Not Nearly Bigoted Enough for Tennessee GOP Groups

    By most lights, Tennessee's conservative Republican Governor Bill Haslam should be a popular figure among the Tea Party right.

    He signed HB 3621, also known as the Granting Pornographers a Monopoly on Sex Education Act, which forbid schools from discussing "gateway" sexual activities during abstinence-only sex-ed courses. He allowed the adoption of a "Monkey Bill," exciting thousands of Tennessee schoolchildren with the possibility that Biology classes will be spent watching nature documentaries like The Flintstones.

    But not all conservative are happy with the governor. Has he raised taxes? Praised Obamacare? Did he fail to be sufficiently enthusiastic when asked, "How awesome is Ronald Reagan?"

    No. He did hire Samar Ali — a Tennessee native, Vanderbilt law graduate and recent White House Fellow — to serve in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of  a focus on expanding the state’s overseas exports. Creeping Sharia, cried several county GOP groups, who passed resolutions condemning the hire…

    WHEREAS, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's formation of and partnership with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council; and therefore be it further

    RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s recent appointment of a Shariah compliant finance expert to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development…

    How come Creeping Sharia never makes an appearance in my yard? It must be a very fickle vine, needing constant fertilization with bullshit and being kept out of direct exposure to reality.

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    Tags: Bill Haslam, Islam, Religion, Republicans, Tea Party, Tennessee


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