Farouk Shami Says Stop Asking About Religion



January 12, 2010

Statement from Farouk Shami Campaign on Media Sideshow Surrounding Shami’s Religious Beliefs

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Farouk Shami’s campaign issues a rebuke to the Texas media for creating a sideshow out of a story related to his religious beliefs and challenges them to focus on legitimate issues.

HOUSTON-Campaign Director Vince Leibowitz issued the following statement concerning the onslaught of coverage relating to Farouk Shami’s religion:

“With record unemployment rates, skyrocketing utility rates, and all of the other problems facing Texans today, it is beyond our comprehension why the media refuses to focus on actual issues and substantive public policy and instead chooses to swamp an entire media cycle with garbage process stories about whether Farouk Shami practices the religion of Mohammad or William Penn.”

“Instead of focusing on what matters to everyday Texans, such as where their next mortgage payment will come from or if their jobs are about to be outsourced to China or Mexico, the media has made its primary concern something that is intensely private to most individuals, including Farouk Shami,” he continued. “More bandwith and newsprint has been expended on this issue than has been dedicated to any of Farouk Shami’s policy ideas since he got into the race.”

“The economy, job creation, transportation, and the environment are all more worthy issues for discourse. The media, however, shies away from discussing real issues because ‘gotcha’ journalism’ is more amusing. Ask the 800,000 unemployed Texans which is more important: how many times a day Farouk Shami prays or whether we can lift our economy out of the toilet it has been flushed following nearly two decades of iron-fisted, pro-special interest, Republican rule.”

Farouk Shami is an unconventional candidate with new and innovative ideas. The media ignores that in favor of trying to parse statements about his religion. The media has done a disservice to Texas Democrats. Texas Democrats want a meaningful dialogue in this primary, not an election cycle driven by process stories on subjects with no bearing on how Farouk Shami will run the state as Governor. It is enough to make one wonder if Shami’s religious beliefs are the issue here, or if there is something darker and racially motivated underlying the recent media attention to whether or not our candidate is a Christian. “This is the same line of questions and attack people made against Barack Obama during the election for President,” says Leibowitz. “Apparently, if you’re not lily white, some people will require you to pass a religious test in order to run for office in this country.”



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One Response

  1. Who is Farouk Shami?
    Are his Public Statements factual or just Beauty Show hype? It is not an issue of his religion, but his credibility.

    From FaroukforGovernor.com – Meet Farouk – “Mr. Shami and his wife have two sons, both of whom are actively involved in the company. Their union, as strong now as they day they married is a source of pride for Farouk. Normally one should not bring the family issues into a political campaign; however the above statement from FaroukforGovenor.com is intended to provide a misleading impression that Farouk is a typical “all-American” successful business man.
    • Farouk has two sons and two daughters (not mentioned in his statement). Only one son is directly involved with the company, the other one has his own company selling the same/similar products to non-professional market
    • It is an arranged marriage according to Muslim traditions
    • He has shipped his wife and one daughter to Palestine for extended periods of time. For the past 20+ years his wife has spent majority of her time in Palestine, i.e. not under the ‘same roof’ as implied in Farouk’s statement.

    Farouk claims to be Quaker?
    Having attended Quaker School does not make Farouk a Quaker – maybe that is all what was available at the time (or even today) for quality education in Ramallah.

    • Wikipedia: “The Friends School currently serves as the School for the best and the brightest. It is well known to educate the children of Palestinian elites.”
    • MilitantIslamMonitor: “Guilford College controversy Being Manipulated By CAIR -Quaker school tied to pro terrorist Friends school in Ramallah”
    • King of Jordan had sent his personal message to Farouk Shami (to a Quaker???) during the last two company conferences – Amman, Jordan (2006) and Cancun, Mexico (2008)
    • Farouk is a meber of and speaker to many Muslim organization

    Farouk in San Antonio (10/21/09): “I manage business in 106 countries, I have tens of thousands of employees, and we’ve brought billions of dollars to the state of Texas,” Shami said.

    Fact Check:
    • Farouk manufacturers the products and sells them to independent distributors/importers (in US and overseas), who in return sell to the salons. He DOES NOT manage these companies. They are his customers.
    • Likewise the employees of these distributors or the salons which use his products are NOT Farouk’s employees.

    Yes, Farouk has done well for himself BUT… He is NOT the sole owner of his companies – Farouk claims (as well documented in many articles and interviews, and then repeated by the media) to be a Billionaire; however he is NOT listed on Forbes List of Billionaires – with his ego, he definitely would make sure that he would be listed if he just could prove it.

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