Dr. Tom Stevens: Is There Anti-Muslim Sentiment In The Libertarian Party of Queens County & The New York Libertarian Party?

Found in Dr. Tom Stevens’ blog, Liberty Lion

It is very hard to know what people think about Muslims and Islam and whether they harbor prejudices. It is even more difficult to know the motivations behind actions taken that could be perceived by some to reflect negative opinions or sentiments about certain groups of people. Nevertheless, facts are facts and you can draw your own conclusions with respect to the information provided.

On August 26, 2011, Dallwyn Merck, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, announced a “Call Your Dog Mohammad” Campaign. In a notarized statement, he said, in part:

I, Dallwyn Merck, hereby initiate a “Call Your Dog Mohammad” campaign. Every time you see your dog or any dog licking or sniffing its own penis, testes, vagina or anus, or that of another dog, I urge you to say to the dog in a loud voice, “STOP IT MOHAMMAD”.

On August 15, 2011, Ronald S. Ramo, Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, wrote a letter to the New York City Parks Department challenging the presence of a “Celebrate Ramadan” sign located in one of the Flower Fields at Columbus Plaza in downtown Brooklyn, New York. In that letter, he wrote, in part:

I was in Columbus Plaza today, and I noticed there was a sign
declaring Celebrate Ramadan. I would like to know if this sign was installed with the approval of the NYC Parks Dept. and if so, was any compensation paid to the city for such use. Lastly, could the NYC Parks Dept. please provide me any memo or other opinion papers that determined such a sign does not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

On August 8, 2011, John Procida, Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, discussed the issue of Muslims, Sharia Law & Immigration suggesting the possible need for special interrogations and de-brain washing of Muslim immigrants. In an e-mail, he wrote, in part:

I do have reservations about Muslims having the ability to integrate with our culture…sharia law is absolutely anti-American. I believe in a free society, but we do not have to permit the intentional planning and destroying of our government and our constitution. I think that Muslims might have to go through a special interrogation. They should be required to swear to obey the laws of our government and denounce sharia law. Possibly a de-brain washing class would be required. Remember we did outlaw the Communist Party for similar reasons and intent. With all that said, the Koran says that they can lie in order to expand their faith. So how valid would Muslims swearing an oath be anyway?

In the New York Libertarian Party, there has been anti-Muslim sentiment for quite some time. It was most actively evident when Warren Redlich, a devout Conservative Jew, was seeking the gubernatorial nomination of the New York Libertarian Party in 2010 against Sam Sloan (a/k/a Haji Mohammed Ismail Sloan), a devout Muslim who speaks Khowar (a language spoken in Chitral, Pakistan) and has been married three times and has eight children by five women. Sam Sloan was denied the opportunity to communicate with the 400-500 prospective delegates in advance of the Nominating Convention and, therefore, was not able to encourage them to attend the convention to support his candidacy. Warren Redlich was then handed the gubernatorial nomination with only 27 delegates voting in his favor. Two subsequent lawsuits filed by Sam Sloan regarding the delegate list issue and actual fraud he claimed took place during the vote (when delegates placed scraps of paper into a passing hat) were both dismissed on technical grounds.

Sam Sloan was strongly backed by Dr. Tom Stevens, Political Director and State Committee Representative of the Libertarian Party of Queens County. Dr. Stevens stated the following with respect to his support of Sam Sloan and his view of different religious faiths:

I did not care what religion Sam Sloan belonged to. There was no doubt in my mind that Sam Sloan was more libertarian than Warren Redlich. Redlich was a registered Republican Party member whose main theme was that government should “stop wasting money”. Sloan, on the other hand, had been a Libertarian Party activist for many years and was running on a platform that was fully libertarian.

It sickened me to see the whispering campaign and anti-Muslim comments made about Haji Mohammed Ismail Sloan prior to the New York Libertarian Party’s Nominating Convention in 2010. It also disturbed me to see NYLP insiders use their power to deny Sam Sloan a fair shot to campaign for the gubernatorial nomination.

The discrimination I observed inspired me to invite Hamdi Rifai, an American-Muslim attorney active in American-Islamic affairs, to address the Libertarian Party of Queens County on September 11, 2010 to speak on the topic of “Who Is The Enemy In America’s War On Terror?”.

I recognize there are religious zealots and extremists in all cultures and in all religions. We need to combat ignorance and intolerance with reason and logic. I fully support the right of all people to free speech and to live their lives as they see fit so long as they do not initiate force against others. Every person’s right to life, liberty and property should be respected.

The New York Libertarian Party moved to suspend the memberships of Sam Sloan and Dr. Tom Stevens before the year was out. Sam Sloan was removed as a member of both the Manhattan Libertarian Party and the New York Libertarian Party. Dr. Tom Stevens resigned his membership in the Manhattan Libertarian Party and resigned his Life Membership in the New York Libertarian Party. Both remain active promoting liberty and tolerance in the Libertarian Party.

25 thoughts on “Dr. Tom Stevens: Is There Anti-Muslim Sentiment In The Libertarian Party of Queens County & The New York Libertarian Party?

  1. paulie

    In the New York Libertarian Party, there has been anti-Muslim sentiment for quite some time. It was most actively evident when Warren Redlich, a devout Conservative Jew, was seeking the gubernatorial nomination of the New York Libertarian Party in 2010 against Sam Sloan (a/k/a Haji Mohammed Ismail Sloan), a devout Muslim who speaks Khowar (a language spoken in Chitral, Pakistan) and has been married three times and has eight children by five women. Sam Sloan was denied the opportunity to communicate with the 400-500 prospective delegates in advance of the Nominating Convention and, therefore, was not able to encourage them to attend the convention to support his candidacy. Warren Redlich was then handed the gubernatorial nomination with only 27 delegates voting in his favor.

    Any evidence that this had anything to do with either man’s religion? How many people are even aware that Sam Sloan is Muslim? I went to another NYLP convention where he spoke (2008). Some people made negative comments about him but none were about his religion.

    Kristin Davis is not Muslim (and in fact has made some statements that can be considered anti-Muslim), yet she was also having the same issue as Sam Sloan.

  2. paulie

    I would agree that the examples preceding that one may in fact be examples of an anti-Muslim bias. The “call your dog Muhamad” thing may be a free speech statement like “draw a cartoon of Muhamad” or it may be an example of bias; the thing about the flower pot…maybe the same person would have made the same inquiry if it said “celebrate Christmas” or “Celebrate Hanukkah,” maybe not. Procida’s statement about interrogating Muslim immigrants clearly does seem to me to be biased, and rather reprehensible.

  3. paulie

    I did not care what religion Sam Sloan belonged to. There was no doubt in my mind that Sam Sloan was more libertarian than Warren Redlich. Redlich was a registered Republican Party member whose main theme was that government should “stop wasting money”. Sloan, on the other hand, had been a Libertarian Party activist for many years and was running on a platform that was fully libertarian.

    Can you cite any examples of non-libertarian stances taken by Redlich as a Libertarian candidate?

  4. Warren Redlich

    I’m a devout Conservative Jew? Funny, I thought I was an agnostic Reform Jew.

    I advocated for Muslim religious freedom during the mosque controversy. Look it up.

  5. Warren Redlich

    I never claimed to be more libertarian than Sloan. I did put more effort into trying to get votes. Some in the LP thought that was a plus for a candidate.

  6. Concerned Chuck (Mike Gravel is Lord!)

    Dear Libertarians,

    Islam is not a religion, it is a Jewish sect. Jewishism is the ethnicity of the Semitic people, and Islam is the largest and least political of those sects. Most Jewish sects focus on banking as their prime religious goal and see the Protocols of Zion as their highest book. Muslims, on the other hand. focus mostly on praying and not eating pork or human beings besides on Independence Day. They are a mostly peaceful people.

    Al-Qaeda is NOT a Muslim group. It is a Catholic (Satanic, anti-Christian) cell planted in the middle east to turn the Holy American nation against their retard cousins, the Muslims, while they and the non-Muslims Jews team up to destroy the Temple of Zion built over three centuries by Emmanuel Swedenborg and Mary Eddy Baker!

    Tom Stevens, however, already knows all this. He’s simply trying to destroy the libertarian movement from the inside because he’s a member of the cult of Ayn Rand (another Catholic group) and they are a extremely anti-Muslim group. Tom hates libertarians but he’s still a weird sex-pervert who thinks north is south, and east is west. That is why you must never trust him.

    Warren Redlich is just a silly banker trying to make a quick buck by scamming you libertarians into giving you his gold. And it looks like you guys bought it! Better luck next time with the CA Constitution Party Convention/Don Lake’s family reunion! Trust the Captain on this!

    Concerned Chuck

  7. Cynical in NY

    To my understanding, Sloan was removed because he was being a nuance in his lawsuits against Redlich. Which became a distraction among the party as a whole during the election. Sloan was being a spoiled child from my research and that was it. He didn’t earn the nomination so decided to take his ball and go home sort of speak.

    As far as anti-Muslim sentiment goes, I wouldn’t doubt that their it’s there but you’ll find a bigot in every group. I’ve seen meet ups to Libertarian events where neocon chickenhawks like Pamela Geller are invited to speak. Or hell Wayne Allen Root having a very high position in the party. Reason magazine in it’s immigration articles makes pathetic attempts to cater to Paleocons (who hate Libertarians just as much as Neocons do) of all people. It’s why some people view Libertarianism as Conservative-lite when in that it’s nothing but a lie. Conservatives and Libertarians hate each other more than autobots and decepticons.

  8. eric sundwall

    ok . . . I let this one go a couple days and the crazies took over, fair enough.

    I’ve outlined the Sloan thing in previous posts and don’t expect anyone to go back and care. Any anti-muslim attack on Sam would be just as ludicrous as, well, Sam.

    Warren took a very libertarian stance in regard to the ‘mosque’ controversy in the 2010 race which is also out there.

    The curious thing about the Stevens post is that he’s assailing what are otherwise his folk, namely Procida and Merck. What that probably indicates is some drastic falling out, now veiled as an earnest critique by the ‘doc’.

    Carl Person has to drop Stevens if he’s to remain credible in his attempt for the LPUS POTUS nomination. Aside from the credibility gap created by a campaign manager also seeking the same job (Objectivist Party), Stevens just attacks and attacks himself into corners with very few willing to defend his bi-polar actions.

  9. paulie

    The curious thing about the Stevens post is that he’s assailing what are otherwise his folk, namely Procida and Merck. What that probably indicates is some drastic falling out, now veiled as an earnest critique by the ‘doc’.

    Maybe it’s just a setup for getting extra attention for his views about Redlich with a viewer-grabbing headline? He passed along the “call your dog Muhamad” thing on August 26, with what appeared to be an approving tone. If there was a falling out, it had to be very recent.

    http://drtomstevens.blogspot.com/2011/08/dallwyn-merck-libertarian-party-officer.html

    The subsequent article, reproduced here, was posted at Liberty Lion blog the very next day.

    paulie – i don’t consider you one of the crazies btw

    Bwahahaha 🙂

  10. paulie

    I do consider Warren crazy. He moved to a place bereft of snow.

    Also, to get away from Stone…to the other place where Stone also lives?

  11. paulie

    Redlich is moving to the same part Florida where Stone lives, and Stone has already promised to spread leaflets in that area claiming that Redlich is a danger to children.

    http://drtomstevens.blogspot.com/2011/08/warren-redlich-nylps-2010-gubernatorial.html quotes Stone:
    Sanctions will be sought against the attorney who filed Redlich’s lawsuit and, with Redlich’s recent move to West Palm Beach, his new Florida neighbors will soon learn a pervert has moved into their midst.

  12. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 13

    I re-read the article and I cannot see what language I used that caused you to draw the conclusion that I passed along the news of Dallwyn Merck’s “Call Your Dog Mohammad” Campaign in “what appeared to be an approving tone”.

    Can you state the basis for your statement? I did not say anything positive or negative about the campaign. What in my writing gave you the impression I had any “tone” and that it was “approving” in nature?

  13. paulie

    You stated his reasons without any commentary to distance yourself, and pointed out that he is also involved with the Empire State Libertarians group.

    Maybe I read a tone into that which was not actually there.

  14. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 20

    No tone was intended. I could have condemned the campaign or defended his right to free speech but I chose to simply report the facts.

  15. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 1

    It is true Davis had the same problem with respect to contacting delegates as Sloan had. The insiders “promised” Redlich the nomination, said he needn’t even visit the local LP chapters because the nomination was in the bag.

    Davis and Sloan were not only denied access to the delegate list but they were slammed, not for not being libertarian enough, but because of other factors. The primary factor against Davis was Roger Stone’s involvement with her as an advisor. The primary objection to Sloan was the negative talk about his being Muslim.

    I am sure some people opposed Sloan for other reasons but no one could claim he wasn’t libertarian enough. When I first got into the LP, it was only days until I was referred to Sam’s website and paragraphs about his many wives and children. Sam still asks why some people opposed him from the very beginning. To me, the answer is clear.

  16. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 3

    I only said that Redlich’s main “Stop Wasting Money” theme ignored many libertarian issues but since you asked, Redlich’s proposal for a monorail from Albany to surrounding communities didn’t jump out to me as being very libertarian.

  17. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 4

    Redlich did support the building of the Ground Zero Mosque.

    As for his claim he is an agnostic Reform Jew instead of a Conservative Jew, I can only say from personal experience that I recall Redlich telling me he was a Conservative Jew and specifically that he did not work on the Sabbath.

    I would think agnostic Reform Jews would have no problem working on the Sabbath. Perhaps the recent experience with Roger Stone has Redlich questioning whether there really is a God out there looking after him.

  18. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 10

    The politics of the situation certainly has created an interesting dynamic.

    I can say that at this point in time, the Queens LP is unified. We respect each others’ right to take stands we don’t agree with.

    As for being Carl Person’s Campaign Manager, I will leave the position when Carl asks me to go. So far, I have gotten the impression he feels I have been a great asset to his campaign.

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