Jewish Leader Says ” Tens of Thousands” Agree with Trump’s Muslim Ban
December 8, 2015

The head of Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Board says Donald Trump’s call to block Muslims from entering the country is bad, but not the worst thing.

“What I think troubles me is that tens of thousands of people agree with him…it’s really unbelievable those comments would be made in our country to begin with,” said Marvin Szneler.

He was one of a set of people who held a brief news conference in Overland Park Tuesday.

The speakers, many of them ministers, criticized office holders like Kansas Governor Sam Browmback and other lawmakers.

They say those officials are wrong
Trying to block Muslim refugees from coming to the US.

JoCo GOP Committeeman Tweets “Offending Muslims” is a Duty, Especially with a Gun
August 8, 2014

KC Star:

Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”

Ellzey added, “Especially with a .45.”

In an interview with The Star, the Overland Park resident acknowledged writing the tweet in response to television news reports about Christians being “crucified” overseas.

“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey said.

“I’ve had folks call me,” he added. “I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”

He said he later deleted the tweet.

Mahnaz Shabbir of the Crescent Peace Society said she was shocked when she saw the tweet.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the community to try to help others understand who we are,” she said. “When something like this comes across my computer, my first reaction is like, are you kidding me?”

She pointed out the tweet came just months after the shootings at the Jewish Community Center.

Shabbir said that Ellzey should be removed from his minor party office and that the Kansas GOP should apologize.

Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said the state party has “no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform volunteer work for the party.”

He added that the “party in no way shares Ellzey’s sentiments on Muslims.”

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