Tea Party Speaker: Grover Norquist Is A Secret Muslim Because He Has A Beard


Ladies and gentleman, a little insanity to close out your week:

Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, made questionable remarks about anti-tax activist Grover Norquist during a recent speech on “Radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

In a video posted by the Far North Dallas Tea Party and reported on by Right Wing Watch, Adams can be heard saying Norquist is “showing signs of converting to Islam himself,” citing his beard as evidence.

“Many of us know him because often times we like what he says about economic issues, but Grover Norquist is trouble with a capital T,” Adams says in the video. “As you see he has a beard, and he’s showing signs of converting to Islam himself.”

Adams brought Norquist’s wife — Samah Alrayyes, a Palestinian Muslim – into her argument.

“He’s married to a Muslim woman, but he denies that he has converted himself. He denies that,” Adams says.

Norquist has been the subject of anti-Muslim attacks before. Frank Gaffney, the head of the Center for Security Policy, has accused Norquist of “credentialing the perpetrators of this Muslim Brotherhood influence operation” in the past.

Perhaps she’s on to something. Other likely Muslims of note include former President Abraham Lincoln, former President and victorious Union General Ulysses S. Grant, former President James Garfield, former President Benjamin Harrison,  Chuck Norris, the actor who played “Al” on Home Improvement, that guy on the packages of Brawny paper towels, and every single Hassidic Jew in the world.

(Incidentally, this has inspired me to create a new Tag category called “Headdesk Of The Day.” I suspect it will be quite active.)

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  1. george says:

    I have to wonder if Cathie Adams is a troll … its impossible to believe she’s really that stupid.

    On the plus side, your response gave me a good chuckle, always appreciated.

  2. CSK says:

    You forgot Joe Miller in Alaska, the guy with the Yasir Arafat stubble. Isn’t he a Tea Party Muslim, too?

  3. that guy on the packages of Brawny paper towels

    Uh… I hate to break it to you, but someone’s been selling you counterfeit paper towels.


  4. Jeremy R says:

    Yeah, Gaffeny, Geller & David Horowitz have some sort of conspiratorial obsession with Norquist and Suhail Khan, who was in the Bush admin. Their bigoted poison has infected the Tea Party and the GOP grassroots in general.


    As a new study published in the American Sociological Review notes, the Republican Party’s tacit endorsement of its loudest anti-Islam elements—and conservative media outlets like Fox News that aired, promoted, and legitimized this fear-mongering—had the effect of mainstreaming what were once fringe theories.

    Pamela Geller, Frank Gaffney and David Horowitz have been frequent guests on Fox, for example making appearances to spew that Huma Abadein sekrit Muslim Brotherhood infiltrator McCarthyite sewage, which Michelle Bachmann then parroted.

  5. Phillip says:

    every single Hassidic Jew in the world

    Don’t forget the “King of the Jews” Jesus of Nazareth.

  6. Ernieyeball says:

    @george: its impossible to believe she’s really that stupid.


  7. Neil Hudelson says:

    Why is this shocking? After all, Mr. Clean is a well know neo-nazi, right?

  8. M. Bouffant says:

    More from Ms. Adams:

    Adams said that environmentalists are blasphemers because “these people worship the creation instead of the Creator” and that is why “our children are being taught now in public schools to capitalize the “E” of “Earth”; it is an object of worship.”

    Remember, Adams is not an isolated loon on a street corner waving a sign, she is the former chair of the Texas Republican Party.

    At Rumproast it has been suggested that Norquist’s anti-tax pledge is indeed a jihadist plot, which will bankrupt America & leave us wide open for conquest. And that just maybe all those who signed his pledge should be arrested as traitors & shipped to Gitmo.

  9. superdestroyer says:

    Once again, what one Republican say is applied to all Republicans. The real question for Norquist is how does he reconcile his desire for low taxes with his desire to import millions of third world immigrants who will be automatic Democratic Party voters and who will demand higher taxes.

    Maybe is would be easier to say that Norquist has become the spokesman for the cheap labor Republicans.

  10. Tillman says:

    Oh what fresh hell…

  11. merl says:

    @george: She’s considered a genius in Teabagger circles.

  12. DC Loser says:

    The revolution is eating its own. How delicious!

  13. CSK says:


    You’re missing the point here. It’s the stupidity of saying that bearded men are Muslims. In which case, we can add Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Robert Bork to the list.

  14. James in Silverdale, WA says:

    The GOP schism divides into predator and prey, roles now freely exchanged.

  15. superdestroyer says:


    However, Norquist is married to a Muslim woman and has been a big proponent of open borders and unlimited immigration. Norquist is just a representative of the cheap labor segment of the Republican Party but fails to understand how issues are linked.

    Supporting open borders to lower pay fails if everyone has to pay higher taxes to make up the difference. If where are fewer middle class people in the U.S., there are fewer potential customers for Sheldon Adelson’s casinos or other businesses run by the cheap labor Republicans.

    If Norquist really wants lower taxes, then the portion of the population that is poor needs to be as small as possible and he should want the number of children born to single mothers to approach zero.

  16. gVOR08 says:

    Personally, I believe Grover Norquist is a Jihadi. I mean who can you name who’s done more harm to the United States than Norquist?

  17. Socrates says:

    The obvious move is here is for President Obama to grow a Muslim beard.

  18. Mikey says:

    @superdestroyer: This isn’t just any random Republican, this is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

    There comes a point at which we can conclude a person’s statements are representative of the views of a majority of an organization’s members, and that point is reached when that person is chosen as that organization’s leader.

  19. steve s says:

    Whatever GOP once meant, and what the modern Tea Party has always meant, both now just mean “Clueless Dumbass”

  20. AemJeff says:

    @george: There’s been huge noise on this for a while, thanks to Pamela “Atlas” Oshry/Geller and her cohort. She nearly exploded when she didn’t get a seat at the table a CPAC this year.

  21. JWH says:

    Commander Riker was a Jihadi??

  22. Barry says:

    @CSK: “You forgot Joe Miller in Alaska, the guy with the Yasir Arafat stubble. Isn’t he a Tea Party Muslim, too? ”

    No, he’s a Manly Man of Alaska.

  23. Anderson says:

    that is why “our children are being taught now in public schools to capitalize the “E” of “Earth”; it is an object of worship.”

    Even worse, they capitalize the names of the *other* planets too, which are named after demons masquerading as pagan gods!

  24. Chris says:

    Now of course Norquist isn’t a Muslim. But an important issue is, why would it matter if someone influential in public life *was* a Muslim? Is it any better or worse that person being a Protestant or a Catholic, or Jewish?