GOP reprimands member for anti-Muslim remarks

Harmeet-DhillonBy David Olson, The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino County Republican Party committee member who made anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh remarks will receive a letter of reprimand from the county GOP but will not be asked to step down from her post.

In the days leading to a March 2 election for California Republican Party leaders, Vera Eyzendooren railed against Harmeet Dhillon, a Sikh woman from San Francisco who was a candidate for state vice chair. Dhillon won.

"I was told by one of Harmeet's friends that because of her religion, her loyalty is to the Muslim religion," Eyzendooren wrote in a Facebook post. "So she will defend a Muslim beheading 2 men without any hesitation … She is not a Republican."

Sikhism is a separate religion from Islam, but Sikhs often are mistaken for Muslims.

The executive committee of the county GOP decided at its meeting Thursday night, March 21, to "give her a letter of reprimand and move on," said the county party chairman, Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills.

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Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group welcomes the reprimand and doesn't want to tell the party how to discipline Eyzendooren.

But, Ayloush said, "I know what I would have done. I would have asked her to resign. It's not about the person. It's not about Ms. Eyzendooren. It's about sending the message that the Republican Party represents all Americans." (Full article)


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