The Texas GOP’s No Jews Policy: ‘Christian Conservatives’ Only Please

December 5, 2010

(Chattah Box Political News)—The battle for the position of Republican Speaker of the Texas State House has received national attention, because of ugly and blatant anti-Semitism advanced not only by tea party groups but by an official from the State Republican Party. The leading candidate for Speaker is conservative State Rep. Joe Straus, who happens to be Jewish. But teapartiers want a more right-wing Speaker. And in the tea party’s campaign against Straus, they have been distributing bigoted anti-Semitic emails demanding a “true Christian speaker.” One email said “Straus is going down in Jesus’ name.”  The campaign got so ugly that Republican lawmakers tried to distance themselves from the emails. But John Cook, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee wrote in an email that he wanted a “true Christian, conservative” as Speaker. And when confronted by a reporter from the Texas Observer, Cook doubled down on his insistence that Republican leaders be Christians. But he denied he was a bigot, because—ready for it? He said some of his best friends are Jews. Oh, boy.

Cook told Observer reporter Abby Rapoport that he only supports Christian conservatives, because they “do the best jobs over all.” He said he has nothing against Jews, but you know, he just doesn’t want any in public office.

“When I got involved in politics, I told people I wanted to put Christian conservatives in leadership positions,” he told me, explaining that he only supports Christian conservative candidates in Republican primary races.

“I want to make sure that a person I’m supporting is going to have my values. It’s not anything about Jews and whether I think their religion is right or Muslims and whether I think their religion is right. … I got into politics to put Christian conservatives into office. They’re the people that do the best jobs over all.” […]

“Cook said his opposition was not about Straus’ religion, although he prefers Christian candidates.”

“They’re some of my best friends,” he said of Jews, naming two friends of his. “I’m not bigoted at all; I’m not racist.”

Nope, no bigotry here.


11 Responses to “The Texas GOP’s No Jews Policy: ‘Christian Conservatives’ Only Please”

  1. Alice Jones on December 6th, 2010 6:01 am

    I’m just so disappointed in the anti-semitism that Ken Paxton and Warren Chisum condoned. Joe Straus may not be “christian” but he’s been a Republican conservative much longer than the other two.

    Warren Chisum was working for Walter Mondale and Ken Paxton was in diapers while Joe Straus was working for Ronald Regan early in his career.

  2. Old Man Dotes on December 6th, 2010 2:51 pm

    Some of my best friends are Texans, but it would be OK with me if Mexico took back that State full of bigoted rednecks.

  3. Robert Cardillo on December 6th, 2010 7:44 pm

    Gee, jews can admit that they will vote for a fellow jew. They also have their own organizations. Funny, when anyone else wants to look after their own kind, the “chosen ones’ always call foul.

  4. Greying Wanderer on December 6th, 2010 9:34 pm

    If every ethno-sectarian group except white conservative christians support their own people then you get situations like the supreme court.

    White conservative christians need to operate like blacks, hispanics and jews and stick together as a group.

  5. WhipCracker on December 6th, 2010 10:33 pm

    It appears the writer of this article is very biased against Christians and everyone who doesn’t support Jews is an evil “anti-semite”. Well, mark me up in that category since I am a conservative Christian and want nothing but conservative Christians representing me in all political positions.

    The Political Cesspool has commented on this article and there is no disagreeing with the truth as James Edwards wrote it there.

  6. Ares on December 7th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Typical behavior from God’s chosen hypocrites. They can support the racist and bigoted state of Israel, along with its deliberate targeting of Palestinian children. But if White people anywhere dare to stand up for themselves, the Jews start their trademark shrieking and spitting.

    Jews OUT of America. GO HOME

  7. Judah P. Benjamin on December 7th, 2010 7:52 pm

    You said, “But he denied he was a bigot, because—ready for it? He said some of his best friends are Jews. Oh, boy.”

    That cliche observation of “anti-Semitism” is long dead. It’s the old, one of my best friends is, gag huh?

    What would you expect the man to say?

  8. Incitatus on December 7th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Even the Apostle Paul, a high-bred Jew was not keen on them at all:

    “…they killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and ARE CONTRARY TO ALL MEN,.. forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.”
    (1 Thessalonians. 2:14,15 )

  9. DF on December 7th, 2010 11:58 pm

    I can’t say I blame them even from a non-religious point of view. The neoconservative movement, which was mainly started by “ex-“communist Jews, and that took over the Republican party, is considered to be a Jewish intellectual movement like most of the dogmatic “Isms” we have to suffer with. All they seem to care about is more wars for Israel and more third world outsourcing and immigration. That might be OK for people who live in Israel, but not for people who are supposed to care about and live in the USA. The neocons have all but destroyed the Republican party from within. 🙁

  10. Frank on December 8th, 2010 1:04 pm

    The Constitution specifically states that there can be no religious test for public office.
    Can’t these moronic holy rollers read?

  11. bozak on December 27th, 2010 1:09 pm

    You jethro’s down in Texas are nuts. I guess this is expected from people who really believe with their heart and soul that a man walked across water…

    Jews and Christians are made for each other, well, when they can hate on Muslims. When no Muslims are around its time to go back to hating each other.

    Pffffffffffftttttt… Bunch of Flat-Earth society members. 🙁

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