Former chair of TX GOP: Grover Norquist is a Muslim because he has a beard

Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum (a religious right group), and former chairwoman of the Texas Republican party, said in a presentation at a Tea Party meeting that GOP anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is a secret Muslim because, among other things, he sports a beard.

Grover Norquist is trouble with a capital T. As you can see, he has a beard. And he’s showing signs of converting to Islam himself, he’s married a Muslim woman. But he denies that he’s converted himself.


What is wrong with these people?  This woman shouldn’t have been allowed with 100 feet of the chairmanship of their party.  And for the Texas Tea Party to be proudly disseminating this video only goes to show the ongoing racism that’s in that movement as well as the religious right and the Republican party.

And these people wonder why they can’t win elections.

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  • Guest

    They’re winning elections in Texas. Thanks to gerrymandering, they control the U.S. Congress. Pointing & laughing at their stupidity is fun, but they control of enough levers of government from villages up through Congress that they are doing damage to this country that even 40 years ago during the Nixon administration & the Vietnam War I would not have thought possible.

  • Moderator3

    Last time? This is the first time you posted here.

  • Winston

    For the last time: ISLAM IS NOT A RACE! It is a violent, totalitarian ideology. Read what the Koran, the Hadith, and Sura actually say before you form an opinion on what Islam is and what its adherents are motivated to do. The texts, 1,400 years of behavior, and the behavior of Islamic cultures should inform your opinions. Ignorance in the information age is a choice.

  • emjayay

    She also said she doesn’t like Karl Rove, I think. WTF?

  • UncleBucky

    But the point is that they have beards. And that’ll get the GOPers all suspect that they’re radical islamISTs.

  • Naja pallida

    I knew that Uncle Sam guy was suspicious somehow. Little did I know that he was a Muslim.

  • Naja pallida

    I’d prefer that too.

  • benb

    “But tea party members aren’t as worried about winning elections. According to another Rapoport survey, roughly three-fourths of tea party activists say they would prefer a strongly conservative candidate who’s likely to lose over a relatively moderate candidate who’s likely to win.”

    from “‘Tea party’ tempest brewing”:,0,423149.column

  • I’ll be relieved when Grover’s wife shaves her beard!

  • lynchie

    As long as they can make people afraid—brown people, illegal immigrants, muslims, liberals, communists, socialists, women who don’t know their place, unions, gays, lesbians (they see a difference) and on and on and on. They cater to the old, white and stupid and are not ashamed of it. It is about money and power. Racism has never gone away, it may be reported less but it is always there. You can’t easily go around spouting KKK slogans but they sure do it at their home, in small towns. Here is northwestern Pa., there are few that are not white and at parties and gatherings soon enough it gets around to the things Fox and the gop tell them to be afraid of. Funny its never big business, wall street, outsourcing to other countries, banks. But they are convinced they need 20 guns to be ready for the UN. I asked 15 people at the local hardware how many guns they had. The amazing total was 168. I asked them if they thought they could hold off a drone or a F-16. One guy said he and his brother thought they could shoot them down with a hunting rifle. When you gather people are not curious about the truth and lack the ability to reason it is easy to herd them and get them to vote the way you want. The Dems do it as well with SS and Medicare and then vote to get rid of them. It is the way of the world.

  • jomicur

    My crackpot born-again Aunt Irene once explained to me that Karl Marx was the first man in history to have a beard. So when you see someone with a beard, you know he’s a Communist. When I got the family Bible off the shelf and showed her the “artist’s impressions” of Jesus and the apostles, she was unruffled. “See?” she said calmly. “The Commies have even corrupted our Bibles!” It was all the proof she needed that Communism was taking over the world. Or something. When, a few years later, I grew a beard myself, she didn’t talk to me for a year. (And I won’t even go into her reaction when I came out.)

  • arleeda

    Gee, my Republican son has had a beard for almost 20 years. He’ll be very surprised to learn this equates with Islam. I hope it gets him to shave!

  • Hatfield

    But they win elections. The control the House; and many state governments outright. I wish they wouldn’t win but they do. It may be a combination of a big segment of the US population quite happy with their racist stupidity and their manipulation of voting but the fact is, they are in control in many states.

  • lynchie

    Definitely muslim!

  • Jim Olson

    Unfortunately, they are often proud of their public pronouncements.

  • JayRandal

    Let GOPers eat each other. I could care less what happens to brain-dead Norquist.

  • I tend to call it “a singularity of hate-blinded stupid”

  • Well, with Ted Cruz, it’s back to Communist again. And the Tea Baggers are all bat-shit nuts about calling anybody they don’t like a ‘socialist.’

    And thus the circle of demagoguery continues…

  • GoBlue

    And Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant…and Robert Bork?

  • LasloPratt

    So what does that make Rutherford B. Hayes???

  • g1brown

    If he shaves it, does that mean he is no longer a Muslim? Quick, Grover! While you’re at it, could you also change your name to something non-muppetish?

  • Randy

    60 years ago, the republicans found everyone they disliked was a secret communist. Then they found that everyone was a secret homosexual. Now they find everyone is a secret Muslim.

    Well, ya gotta hate someone.

  • It took him decades to grow it.

  • pappyvet

    LMAO!!! Absolutely ! Oh Becca,its not easy being a Vietnam Vet ,Pagan,but I’ll work harder I promise. LOL ;]

  • pappyvet

    LOL ! Yes,love the man

  • Just an elbow

    I was thinking the same thing. I was also thinking, in a schadenfreude filled moment of ecstasy, that such an end is somehow fitting.
    If we’re lucky he’ll be devoured alive and screaming….

  • Clecinosu

    Any Carlin reference is welcome to my ears. And my beard.

  • No, She doesn’t.


  • As well as being as dumb as a bag of hammers.

    You’d think people this badly tree-stump-stupid would at least have the courtesy to be ashamed to put such ignorance on public display.

  • Duck

    Are we really surprised at this kind of behavior from the Texas GOP? The party platform opposes the teaching of critical thinking skills to students, ’nuff said.

  • phred

    Gosh. I haven’t shaved since 1981, when I was 20. I thought it was because I hated shaving. I didn’t realize it was because I was a Muslim. I wonder what else I don’t know about myself?

  • Tony T

    She meant he’s a beard because his wife is a secret lesbian or the rainbow is secretly muslim because “the rainbow has a beard.”

  • Indigo

    Beards are common among married Amish men. Therefore Amish men are Muslims? I think what we’re looking at here is the failure of the Texas educational system.

  • I was just fact-checking. I can’t remember Norquist not having a beard. He didn’t just recently grow a beard. His marriage is a matter of public record, not that it has anything to do with anything else. None of that proves some of the crazy claims that came up when I googled Grover Norquist Muslim. Some not only claimed that he was now a Muslim (no proof) and a Jihadist (again no proof). I can’t stand the guy but I’d rather stick with the facts.

  • S1AMER

    Makes sense to me. After all, wasn’t Abraham Lincoln a Muslim? I know for sure that Rutherford B. Hayes was one, and I think all the other American presidents from the last half of the 19th century were also Muslims.

  • AdmNaismith

    As usual, even when a GOPer is right, it’s for completely the wrong reason. Cathie Adams is right to reject Norquist, but it’s because he has terible and destructive ideas not because he has a beard.

    As for her position int he GOP, she needs to stay and concentrate and grow the crazy from within.

  • nicho

    Come on. Texas + Republican + Right-wing Christian. Mix those together and you’ve got a “weapon of mass insanity.”

  • Jim Olson

    The crazy, it is strong with this one.

  • pappyvet

    Apparently Grover isnt as much “One with the body of Landru” as he thought.

  • pappyvet

    Muslims have beards,God has whiskers.;]

  • Zorba

    Gee thanks, quax, I am now thinking of the old Walter O’Keefe song, “The Bearded Lady” and it is in danger of becoming an ear worm.

  • nicho

    Well, that’s just not allowed — at least under the US Racial Purity laws, which we bought at the liquidation sale — along with a lot of other policies — following the breakup of the Third Reich.

  • quax

    Just to make it gender neutral and fair to all sexes, I think the best way would be to portray god as a bearded lady.

  • quax

    Dang it, he has been Bin Laden’s most successful Jihadist – proudly strangling the US government by choking it of taxes for decades now.

    It should have been obvious all along – although the beard really is a give-away :-)

  • The beard thing is hilarious but it is true that his wife is Muslim.

  • Yes, there are. With their horses and carts backing up traffic.

  • rotfl!!!!!!!!!

  • UncleBucky

    Gee, aren’t there some Amish or Mennonite groups in Texas, too?

  • nicho

    Just look at any picture of God. He has a beard.

  • Zorba

    Them, too!
    Let’s send her on a tour of Amish country, and if that doesn’t cause her to stroke out, Brooklyn’s the next stop. ;-)

  • The Republican Party: Proudly embracing its inner crazy and totally unburdened by any desire to make sense.

  • I wonder what she thinks of the Amish. ;-)

  • And a lot of those motorcycle bikers out there…

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Chuck Todd has a goatee!

  • Zorba

    I suspect that she’s never been to Brooklyn. She’d have had a stroke because of all the Hasidic Jews who live there.
    OMG! OMG! They must be Muslim because the men all have beards! And their wives wear long skirts, long sleeves, and cover their hair with scarves! Just like Muslim women!
    What an idiot.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    She must think a lot of closeted gay men are Muslims.

  • nicho

    Jesus had a beard. And so does Marcus Bachmann.

  • djny10003

    This just in: Abraham Lincoln & Rutherford B. Hayes were also Muslims!

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