Maryland Democrat: Vote For Me Because There Are Too Many Jews In The Senate

This, apparently, is a flyer being distributed on behalf of C. Anthony Muse, who is running against Senator Ben Cardin for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Maryland:

Lest you think this is just a LaRouche-ite trick, Muse is a member of the Maryland State Senate.

H/T Buzzfeed


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  1. Steve Cohen redux. Ugh.

  2. Franklin says:

    The flyer comes with that red oval? Strange. I mean, I guess I could see making the affirmative action case and circling the ‘Blacks’ line for emphasis (I do see it’s in a different color), but to single out the Jews as over-represented is rather blatant.

  3. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    Hell, that’s nothing. Have you read or heard any of Rep. James Moran’s anti-Semitic rants?? Moran makes this Muse character look like the head of the ADL.

  4. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Franklin: Buzzfeed added the red oval when they posted the image. So the original isn’t quite so blatant.

  5. Franklin says:

    @Gromitt Gunn: Thanks. In that case, while I don’t agree with the apparent thrust towards quotas, I guess I don’t see it as particularly offensive or targeted.

  6. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Franklin: I think Doug and Buzzfeed have misinterpreted the flyer. Which ethnic group is highlighted in red? What conclusion should I draw?

  7. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: I’m sorry! I couldn’t read the flyer accurately when I posted. I thought the “Black” line read 8 Senators, not 0. But considering that “Jews” represent 1.8% of the population (if I can read correctly this time) and 12% of the Senate, the message seems pretty clear.

    I retract my “Doug misintrepreted” comment also. This time, he’s spot on.

  8. Kylopod says:

    Notice that the flyer seems to consider Jews a racial category.

  9. PJ says:


    Notice that the flyer seems to consider Jews a racial category.

    Neither is Hispanic.

  10. Kylopod says:

    >Neither is Hispanic.

    True enough, but much of the media continues to treat it as one. Jewishness generally is not treated that way, except by anti-Semites and by the occasional person who is confused about the difference between race and ethnicity.

  11. PJ says:

    Both are wrong. That the media, wrongfully, treat Hispanic as a race, doesn’t make it more right to call it a race than to call Jew a race.

  12. Kylopod says:

    @PJ: Sure. I’m just inferring things about the point of view of whoever made this flyer, based on the implicit assumptions it reveals. It’s not out of the ordinary for Americans to treat Hispanic as a racial category, however wrong it may be. But it is pretty out of the ordinary to treat Jewishness that way, especially when it’s being put side by side with well-established racial categories like Black and Asian (as opposed to, say, religious categories like Catholic and Muslim, or ethnic categories like Italian and Irish). It’s just another point that makes the flyer seem even more anti-Semitic.

  13. Franklin says:

    Actually that’s a good point. While the column isn’t labeled, it didn’t even occur to me that it mixes up categories. Yeah, I’ve changed my mind again, this is pretty blatant.

  14. TonyW says:

    Gotta love the quota argument – don’t understand why him though and not some other African-American non-Jewish person?

  15. PJ says:


    It’s not out of the ordinary for Americans to treat Hispanic as a racial category, however wrong it may be.

    And it used to be ordinary to treat Jews as a race. That doesn’t mean that it was right.

    To nitpick, the image states “US Demographics”, which isn’t just about race. So, Jew and Hispanic would both valid if they aren’t seen as a race. Hispanic is about identity and heritage and not about race. And being Jewish is not just about religion, it’s also about identity and heritage.

    Now, anyone concerned with the demographics of the US Senate probably should pick an African American woman who is either a Muslim, atheist, or agnostic instead of voting for Anthony Muse. And preferable one who doesn’t share his views.

  16. PJ says:

    C. Anthony Muse is a Senior Pastor of the Ark of Safety Christian Church.

    Another Christian? Too many of them already.

    On Easter, 1976, Greene began building a replica of Noah’s Ark atop a prominent hillside along Interstate 68 featuring a sign that announces to passing travelers: “Noah’s Ark Being Rebuilt Here!” Ground was broken for the ark in September 1976 with over 3,000 tons of concrete. It was built to biblical proportions, around 450 by 75 by 45 feet, which is about one and a half football fields long.

    The completed ark will hold anywhere from 1,500-1,700 people with a gymnasium and theatre. The ark will also contain a Christian grade school, high school, and bible college. Pastor Greene believes that the ark today would require 30-50 million dollars to complete. The church today is still receiving donations which are funneled into a building fund supported by the church and surrounding community.

    More sane people instead.

  17. PJ says:

    “Ark of Safety Christian Church” isn’t the same as “God’s Ark of Safety Ministry”. The latter probably should sue the former. So, Muse isn’t trying to build an Ark in any shape or form. Yet.

  18. Alex says:

    Muse was also the only Democratic state Senator to vote against the Maryland marriage equality bill. During the debate on the bill, he offered two amendments: one that would have changed its name from the “Civil Marriage Protection Act” to the “Marriage Redefinition Act” and another that would have allowed any religious institution or organization to refuse to recognize a marriage as valid (both amendments were defeated). He’s definitely a social conservative despite his party.

  19. J-Dub says:

    @PJ: You mean Christina Aguilera and Sammy Sosa aren’t the same race?

  20. al-Ameda says:

    Well, at least a guy like that is out in the open, and not secretly attending Aryan Supremacist meetings. It’s easier to monitor him.