Kansas Republican: ‘Offending Muslims’ is a ‘Duty,’ ‘Especially With a .45’
Raw Story reports that the Kansas Republican Party is “distancing” itself from Kansas 3rd Congressional District Committee Vice Chairman Gavin Ellzey after he tweeted that “civilized” people have a “duty” to “offend Muslims.”
Ellzey reportedly tweeted, “Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person. Especially with a .45.”
He later deleted the tweet.
He told the Kansas City Star that he tweeted that after hearing a news story about Christians being crucified in the Middle East.
“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey told the paper. “I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”
The Kansas Republican Party wants nothing to do with this.
In a written statement, Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker wrote, “The Kansas Republican Party has no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform occasional volunteer work for the party. The Republican Party in no way shares Mr. Ellzey’s sentiment.”
Crescent Peace Society President Ahsan Latif told KSHB that it’s disturbing that someone “who has a role in the Republican Party would say something like that.”
“This is something that is published by a respected member of that community, the GOP, who has found himself in a leadership position and if he is advocating for violence against Muslims, it really, really makes me wonder what could happen,” Latif told the station.
Mahnaz Shabbit of the Crescent Society told the Kansas City Star, “We’ve been doing a lot of work in the community to try to help others understand who we are. When something like this comes across my computer, my first reaction is like, are you kidding me?”