Kansas GOP official should resign following racist tweet against Muslims

08/07/2014 10:27 AM

08/07/2014 5:05 PM

There is no excuse for the offensive and racist tweet from Gavin Ellzey against Muslims.

Ellzey is the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee. He said on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person” — adding, “Especially with a .45,” The Kansas City Star reported.

That was a reference to a .45-caliber firearm. Ellzey of Overland Park admitted to writing the tweet, saying it was in response to TV news reports of attacks on Christians. “Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey told The Star.

Mahnaz Shabbir, a Kansas City area Muslim advocate with the Crescent Peace Society, was right to criticize Ellzey for his horrific tweets. But she didn’t go far enough.

The Republican Party can hardly afford to have anyone in a leadership position spewing that kind of hatred. Ellzey did the right thing and resigned Wednesday night, but he should also publicly apologize.

His kind of intolerance must never be tolerated.

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