Marilyn Davenport Expressed Anti-Muslim Sentiment Before Obama-is-a-Chimp Scandal

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Marilyn Davenport
Marilyn Davenport may have been able to escape protesters outside of her Fullerton home last Saturday, but the embattled Orange County Republican Party official might have a more difficult time fleeing her past.

According to Republican Party sources, Davenport's controversial email depicting President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees wasn't the first time the 74-year-old grandmother and political activist sent bigoted Internet communications to fellow Tea Party sympathizers.

The Weekly has obtained an email in which Davenport expressed her disapproval of a September 2009 prayer meeting of 3,000 Muslims in Washington, D.C.

Her written pre-meeting response: "Extremely troubling!"

The woman who sent Davenport the announcement of the Muslim gathering observed, "This is very frightening, indeed! Our country definitely needs our prayers!"

But there was one problem.

There was nothing frightening about the event. People with sympathies for Osama bin Laden, the Taliban or any other terrorist organization did not spark the meeting. The gathering was the brainchild of Hassen Abdellah, a patriotic American and former football star, and its theme was, "We love America!"

Indeed, as media accounts recorded at the event, Muslim-American speakers heaped praise on the United States for allowing them to practice their faith freely without government control.

Like Davenport's Obama-is-a-chimp email, her communication regarding the Muslim prayer meeting was also not greeted with joy by all of its recipients. For example, Donald Daucher--another Orange County Republican whose wife, Lynn, served in the California State Assembly for three terms until 2006--immediately demanded that Davenport stop sending him emails.

"While I have enjoyed our political debates, I must ask that you remove me from your list," Daucher wrote to Davenport. "I really don't want to receive--directly or indirectly--commentary that appears to be racial or religious hate mail."

Daucher, who teaches at Western State University College of Law in Costa Mesa Fullerton, went on to say that a gathering of pro-American Muslims didn't bother him "anymore than I was scared by Martin Luther King's million plus person 'March on Washington' [in 1963]."

He told her that he was "much more frightened" that anti-Muslim bigots "might actually develop a following somewhere."

Asked to respond, Davenport told me that she could not remember a two-year-old email.

But Michael J. Schroeder, former chairman of the California Republican Party, said it now looks like Davenport "has a problem with people getting together to pray."

"First, Marilyn sends an email out that compares blacks to chimpanzees and now we know that she also sent another email that attacks Muslim Americans," said Schroeder. "It appears that she is someone who likes to single out groups for derogatory statements and discrimination."

In response to Davenport's now infamous April 15 email about Obama, Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh and California Republican Party boss Tom Del Beccaro have called on Davenport to resign her seat as an elected party official representing Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, La Habra, Brea, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

Davenport refuses to resign, although she has apologized to varying degrees depending on her audience.

The county party's ethics committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss whether or not to censure or reprimand Davenport.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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Laura Cunningham
Laura Cunningham

Hang in there Marylin!

You represent us MORE THAN YOU EVER KNOW!

Next thing you know, Muslims and Faggots will infiltrate our Catholic School.

Plus, I speak Mexican!

Yourmom
Yourmom

Are muslims a race of people?...or a religion? If they're a race...wouldn't that mean any religion fits in that category? Isn't religion a choice? If religion is a choice, how can it be a race? My questions are posted because bloggers include anti-muslim in the same sentence as being racist... can anyone explain that? If someone is anti-religion does that mean they are a racist?I don't like stupid people...are they a race? Am I a racist because I'm against stupidity?

In Your Face Radio
In Your Face Radio

This old woman's mind is feeble now. At this age she allowed herself to get caught up in mass media, political propaganda. Tsk Tsk Granny. Instead of staying strong, she became weak to spreading her hate. She is to be pitied for the pathetic soul that she is.

bill
bill

Censure or repremand?! David Duke would fit right in with the GOP these days.

Stop_Already
Stop_Already

O.K. Scott we get it....you enjoy stirring up the pot and writing slanted articles filled with half truths. Do you think you could take off the boxing gloves now....you really are becoming a bully. Have you ever done or said something you regretted?

Chain e-mails are dangerous and the "Facebook" for the over 65+ demographic. If you don't believe me ask some of your readers. The problem with chain e-mails are they are often passed around out of obligation, with very little forethought and often without being read. Perhaps...Marilyn merely read and forwarded the e-mail and the comments were not her's. Still poor judgement...different context...less of a witch hunt. I delete a ton of chain e-mails a week from my parents and older relatives.

Additionally, why would it be so out of line for Marilyn to find it disturbing when she learns that the lawyer with a history of representing Islamic terrorists, including men connected to the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, is one of the chief organizers of a large Muslim prayer service.

Why would you leave this information out of your article? To say someone has a problem with prayer is a huge leap...and really shows grandstanding. Business must be bad when you have to team tag a 75 year old woman. What kind of a relationship do you have with your mother? Would you ever want her to be abused this way for sending an email?

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MariaL
MariaL

Too bad Moxley wasn't at ground zero getting rammed by Gustavo when the airplanes hit.

Ejandr07
Ejandr07

Shame on you...that this is what the younger generation is learning from her. I bet you "some of her best friends are Muslim and Black, I am not a bigot"...isn't this the saying they always use? Until this woman was caught, she would have continue to spread her hate and racist views throughout her life time. From now on, it just will not be in written format...it'll be verbally!

The_Liann
The_Liann

Throw the Tea-Klux-Klan bigot out! Revoke her citizenship too.

Anthony Garcia
Anthony Garcia

Daucher, who teaches at Western State University College of Law in Costa Mesa,

Did Western State University move? Did you mean Whittier Law School?

mitchell
mitchell

Moxley conveniently left out that the organizer of the rally was an attorney who defended the terrorists in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993. I'm all for the right to a defense, but it is also legitimate to be concerned that a Muslim lawyer who went out of his way to defend terrorists (his specialty does not seem to be criminal defense law) is organizing pro-Muslim rallies in Washington. It is also of concern that the mosque he founded is named 'Dar-ul-Islam' literally 'house of submission'. This is a political concept in Islam, the region where Islam reigns supreme and Jews and Christians are tolerated, but second class citizens. Abdellah would surely know about this, and about its accompanying concept of Dar-al-Harb , the zone of war where Islamic law is not supreme. I wonder if, by defending the 1993 WTC terrorists, Abdellah was striking his blow against us Harbis.

Jay
Jay

THIS WOMAN IS CLEARLY A RACIST AND THE PEOPLE IN HER DISTRICT SHOULD BE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS FOR HER RESIGNATION. FIRST SHE GIVES THIS COCK AND BULL STORY ABOUT NOT KNOWING HOW OFFENSIVE IT WOULD BE DEPICTING A BLACK MAN AS AN APE. THE WOMAN IS IN HER 70'S SHE WAS ALIVE THROUGH INTERGRATION, JIM CROW AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WHEN THOSE TYPES IMAGES WERE PREVOLENT AND NOW SHE'S SORRY AGAIN FOR THIS ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT. I DO AGREE WITH HER. SHE IS VERY SORRY. SORRY AS A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE SHE REPRESENTS, SORRY AS A HUMAN BEING FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO EMBRACE ANOTHER WITH A DIFFERENT HERITAGE THAN HERSELF, SORRY AS A STUART FOR WASTING HER GOD GIVEN TALENTS ON CRAP LIKE THIS! RACIST TEAR DOWN ANOTHER RACE OF PEOPLE SO THEY CAN BUILD THEMSELVES UP. MARILYN DAVENPORT CLAIMS THAT SHE IS NOT A RACIST BUT IS CLEARLY DISPLAYING RACIST LIKE QUALITIES. THERE ARE ALOT OF TEA PARTIERS ON THE BAND WAGON NOW ADAYS AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE LEADING THEM, THIS IS THEIR VOICE. AMERICA NEEDS TO SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION. THESE PEOPLE ARE CREATING HATE AND SPREADING DIVISION WITHIN THE UNITED STATES IN THE NAME OF PATRIOTISM. IN MY OPINION THATS UNAMERICAN.

Pat
Pat

"Our country... our prayers" Is she using the royal "we"?

Marc OC
Marc OC

Marilyn Davenport, the Orange County Republican Party, and the Tea Baggers sure seem to walk like a racist, quack like a racist, and email like a racist. Anyone that would let her in the club and stand up for her is either ignorant, paid by the Kocks to back her, or believe in what she believes in. Her history of racist anti-black anti-muslim anti-anyone not white and rich is proven to be true. As long as she is representing the Orange County Republican Party she is bring the party down to it's knees.

mitchell
mitchell

Here's a quote the story Moxley linked himself

"Abdellah had become the focus of criticism in recent days because he was part of the legal team that represented one of the men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing."

And here is a more critical view from the Washington Times.

"http://www.washingtontimes.com...

The interesting thing would be to know if Davenport's emails include these facts, because it would show even more strongly why she opposed this 'pray meeting' and also Moxley's unreasoning campaign against the women, in which he has abandoned all pretense to journalistic objectivity (or even basic fairness). He and the liberal Republican establishment have quite the symbiotic relationship going on this one.

Zebrastand
Zebrastand

I AGREE: 1 more white Supporter who is paying attention. Be safe!

In Your Face Radio
In Your Face Radio

Are you freaking kidding with your analogy? IS an attorney who reps a serial killer a serial killer sympathizer? Would you fear all Christians if they flew planes in the WTC then gathered for church? HAHA. Check your history my friend, Christians have killed more for less.

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