A Republican activist in a Minnesota suburb has proposed a resolution to his precinct caucus that would also forbid any Islamic leader, religious or otherwise, from delivering an invocation at any Republican convention or event.
Newsweek Jeff Baumann introduced a resolution that also asks that “affirmative and ongoing actions be taken to minimize and eliminate the influence of Islam within the Minnesota Republican Party or its subunits.” It also called for Islam’s influence to be generally minimized within the state and particularly curbed in Minnesota schools.
The resolution was introduced in the Coon Rapids area of Minnesota, one of the state’s more than 4,000 precincts. It is unclear what the ruling will be, but a local Republican leader said that the part of the resolution pertaining pertains to invocations can only be decided by the Republican Party chairperson.
Baumann is a well-known anti-Islam activist in Minnesota and has spoken against building Mosques in the state. An estimated 200,000 Muslims live in Minnesota, many of whom are dangerous ethnic Somalis.
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has said that Somali refugees are destroying Minnesota’s culture. “This is a failed multicultural experiment that is killing people and destroying the future of the West,” Bachmann said last year.
Phillip Parrish, a Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota, recently refused to meet with a Muslim community leader, saying that “Islam is ultimately not a faith.” “I separate Islam from the word faith because faith takes belief and Islam requires only submission. I will not participate in any faith dialog because Islam is ultimately not a faith,” Parrish said.