As reported by Politico and the Times Free Press, Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam (pictured left) is being criticized by (at last report) nine local and at least one national republican groups. The resolutions request that Republican leaders take “appropriate action against the administration of Governor Bill Haslam” because his actions have created a loss of “confidence in our Governor during an election year.”
Haslam has committed two infractions worthy of this action. One, he hired, Samar Ali, an incredibly talented new International Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Affairs and two, for retaining employees from the previous (Democratic) administration. Oh, by the way, that director is a Muslim and one of those retained employees is openly gay.
Both the Williamson and Stewart County resolutions are available for review at The Tennessean. Amongst a host of tenuously linked assertions, unrelated facts and out-of-context citation in the Williamson County resolution offers:
“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.”
The Stewart Country resolution is more simplistic but attacked Ali more directly:
“One of the latest Executive Service Employees has included Samar Ali, an expert in Shariah Compliant Finance which is one of the many ways Islamic terrorism is funded. She is also a one-time Obama appointee and her family has a long history of supporting the Democrat Party.”
The Stewart Country resolution also added that the governor “allowed and retained openly [sic] homosexuals to make policy decisions in the Department of Children’s Services.”
The groups making these statements clearly do not understand the difference between a talented lawyer that happens to be Muslim and a terrorist. They also intimate (without defending the position) the a homosexual is unable to make decisions where children are concerned.
In a sweeping judgment we accuse every single individual that has signed these documents of Dumbassery and Dickory, both in the Second Degree. To his great credit there is no indication that the governor plans to change his policies based on these resolutions.