Approx. 2 Dozen Maryland Lawmakers Sign Letter Against Anti-Muslim Prejudice Ike Leggett’s signature tops the list of Maryland lawmakers signing a letter in protest of the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club’s invitation to Fred Grandy to speak at a private event on Sept. 24. By Laura L Thornton Email the author September 14, 2011 Print&nbps;4 Comments Tweet Email
Last month, the Chevy Chase Woman’s Republican Club invited former actor and Republican Congressman Fred Grandy to speak at a private club event on Sept. 24.
On Sept. 13, Maryland Juice, which originally broke the story (on Aug. 12) about Grandy’s speaking engagement, posted a letter signed (as of Wednesday afternoon) by 23 Maryland lawmakers protesting the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club’s invitation to Grandy.
“Fighting terrorism of all kinds is an important endeavor. But this cannot be used as an excuse to vilify an entire religion. It is inappropriate for the Montgomery County Republican party to be hosting an anti-Muslim speaker,” the letter, published on Maryland Juice, says.
Grandy is scheduled to speak to the club on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24, at a private residence. Earlier that day, a panel presentation—”Is ‘Creeping Shariah’ a Real Threat or a Trumped Up Scare Tactic?”—will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wisconsin Place Community Center (5311 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase).
The speakers invited to this event include Jamie Raskin (Maryland state senator and professor of constitutional law at American University), Corey Saylor (national legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations), civil liberties activist Thomas Nephew and Fred Grandy (“or any designated representative,” the invitation says).