Virginia GOP leader Fredy Burgos is being punished after claiming that only Christians are fit to run for political office.
Republican leader Burgos recently made a Facebook post suggesting only Christians are fit to run for office. On his Facebook page Burgos wrote:
Having a preference for Christians over non-Christians as political leaders is not bigoted. It is a preference and duty we are allowed.
Many felt the comment was directed against Mike Ginsberg, a Jewish Republican running for the chairmanship of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. At the time Burgos made the post, he was vigorously campaigning for Tim Hannigan, Ginsberg’s opponent.
Despite expressing what many Republicans say in private, GOP party authorities in Virginia were forced to rebuke Burgos after the comment received considerable local media attention.
As a result of the negative attention, Virginia Republicans in the state party voted Monday to force Burgos off the State Central Committee.
Before being forced off the State Central Committee, Burgos represented the 11th District in the state party’s governing body.
Commenting on the Facebook post, and in an obvious attempt at damage control, Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck said:
I was informed of Mr. Burgos’ offensive and bigoted post the day after it occurred, and I immediately called Mr. Burgos and told him to remove it from Facebook and that he should resign from the State Central Committee without delay. If I had the power as chairman to remove him I would have taken such action, and I support any effort taken to remove Mr. Burgos from all official committees. Bigotry like what we saw in Mr. Burgos’ statements have no place in the Republican Party.
Fredy Burgos and his bigoted, backwards views have no place in the Republican party — the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It is long past time for him to step aside from any official Republican position and I call on him to resign his Virginia State Central Committee position immediately.
As for Burgos, he claims his post was taken out of context: he insists he is not anti-semitic; and he claims that he is being attacked by his fellow Republicans for his Christian beliefs:
For my Christian beliefs, I am being attacked by those who do not want Christians to profess their faith within our Party.
That’s right, Burgos believes that Republicans wanted to remove him from his leadership post in the state party because of his Christian beliefs.
Burgos has a long history of making deplorable comments. For example, Republican Kyle McDaniel, who served alongside Burgos on the party’s State Central Committee prior to his departure, wrote:
I held my tongue when Fredy Burgos called Muslims ‘savages’ and Islam a ‘death cult created by satan’, claimed that interracial adoption and marriage is a threat to western culture, claimed that calling refugees ‘human’ ‘is a stretch’, characterized Catholics as worshipers of false idols, and claimed that Methodists are ‘humanists’ doomed to hell.
Bottom line: Burgos is not being punished by the Virginia GOP for his bigoted Christian beliefs, beliefs that many of his fellow Republicans share. Instead, Burgos is being punished for making public what Republicans are only supposed to say in private, behind closed doors.