Keith Ellison

The Democratic National Committee disqualified a candidate for the DNC chair for saying he didn’t believe Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, pictured above, should become chairman because of his Islamic faith.

Vincent Tolliver told The Hill in an email that he didn’t believe Rep. Ellison should be DNC chairman because Muslims kill gays.

“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver wrote. “Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death,” he added.

Vincent Tolliver

Tolliver, who is black, continued: “Clearly, Mr. Ellison is not the person to lead the DNC or any other organization committed to not discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”

DNC interim chair Donna Brazile, who is rumored to be a lesbian, called Tolliver’s comments “disgusting”. She announced he had been disqualified from the running for DNC chairman.

“The Democratic Party welcomes all Americans from all backgrounds. What we do not welcome is people discriminating against others based on who they are or how they worship,” Brazile told The Hill.

In related news, former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to formally endorse Tom Perez for DNC chairman.