Colorado Republican candidate for governor Bob Beauprez, a successful land developer, banker and former member of Congress, drew a question on the stump this week about what he would do to “stop the implementation of Sharia law here in Colorado.”
The question came at a meetup in conservative Weld County. A primary voter was concerned about “creeping Sharia,” as talk-radio puts it, and informed fellow audience members that Muslim “martial law is being implemented in Afghanistan and Iraq and now in some of the states here in the United States.” Politics blog Colorado Pols has posted the audio.
The exchange became a story because it’s primary season and, instead of stopping the show in its tracks and setting the record straight, Beauprez took the concern seriously and complimented the questioner. “You’re on a very good point. It is creeping in. It’s creeping in not only in Colorado, but all across America,” he said.
This isn’t the first time sympathetic Beauprez has fallen victim to anti-Muslim “infiltration” theories.
Last January, he wrote a 1,500-word column for Townhall entitled “Muslim Brotherhood in the White House,” in which he embraced and promoted reports citing vague sources who implied that the Obama administration had been infiltrated by “six American Islamist activist… Muslim Brotherhood operatives.” There is a lot of block quoting in the piece and talk of terrorism and Hamas and power grabs. In short, there is the general whiff of political fever swamp about the entire column. (It was recommended on Facebook 771 times.) It comes off as not the kind of thing the head of a purple state would be expected to author, at least not under his or her own name.
Beauprez concluded the piece by telling his readers that Egypt is “being transformed into a theocratic Islamic fascist country” and that “with the U.S.-Brotherhood relationship in Egypt as the obvious example, Islamists in Iran, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Afghanistan – and, yes, even in the United States – can only be encouraged by the thought of a second term for Barack Obama.”
Beauprez assured his Weld County listeners that as governor he’d take the Sharia threat seriously and “fight back against” the “intended destruction of us as individuals and of Western civilization.”
He didn’t say how that commitment would translate into state policy initiatives.