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After Keith Ellison’s outlandish statement at the Atheists for Human Rights event, Ellison felt the need to spin his side of the story. This editorial in this morning’s Strib didn’t help him. Here’s the section that exposes Ellison’s naivete on the War for Western Civilization:

If the president had embraced the good will of the post 9/11 world to marshal an international effort to eliminate the terrorist cells responsible for this heinous act, we wouldn’t be mired in a five-year war. We could have effectively eliminated Al-Qaida instead of creating a virtual recruiting station for them in Iraq. As it is, we may need years to shake off the taint of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, FISA violations, Patriot Act encroachments and other Bush administration failures.

Let’s start with his statement that “We could have effectively eliminated Al-Qaida…” There isn’t an American alive who isn’t for eliminating al-Qa’ida. There are people, like Keith Ellison, who haven’t grasped the reality that al-Qa’ida isn’t the only terrorist group out there and Afghanistan wasn’t the only swamp that needed draining.

The reality is that we need a comprehensive strategy to win the War for Western Civilization. The Democrats’ stated strategy for winning that war is finishing the job in Afghanistan, kill al-Qa’ida and use endless diplomacy to bring Iran and Syria over to our side. I don’t think that that’s the type of comprehensive strategy that will yield victory in the greatest challenge of our lifetime.

Here’s another Keith Ellison statement that jumped out at me:

“…we may need years to shake off the taint of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, FISA violations, Patriot Act encroachments…”

There’s no arguing that Abu Ghraib is a national disgrace. I can make quite the arguments that the NSA intercept program and the Patriot Act aren’t national disgraces. In fact, I could make a strong case that the NSA intercept program, Gitmo and the Patriot Act are rousing American success stories.

In fact, Ellison’s complaining about the Patriot Act is utterly predictable considering the fact that CAIR lobbied Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers to gut it as far back as July, 2004:

Working with [John] Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats have introduced legislation to end racial profiling, limit the reach of the Patriot Act, and make immigration safe and accessible. Leader Pelosi is a proud cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act, the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE), and the Safe, Orderly, and Legal Visas Enforcement Act (SOLVE).

This is part of their incoherent policy that we “should’ve connected the dots” prior to 9/11 but we shouldn’t tear down the Gorelick Wall (one of the key provisions in the Patriot Act) because it violates our civil rights. They can’t have it both ways. Either they want us to connect the dots or they want us to keep in place the very thing that prevented us from connecting the dots.

It’s also been the Democrats’ mantra that the NSA intercept program violated FISA laws. The reality is that the courts, including the FISA Appeals court, ruled that there is a constitutional basis for intercepting incoming or outgoing communications if these intercepts are foreign communications. The court ruled that this doesn’t violate anyone’s Fourth Amendment rights because those intercepts are reasonable searches. The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches, not reasonable searches.

This past Sunday I spoke to constituents about religious tolerance and the erosion of civil liberties in a post-9/11 America. It is precisely in the aftermath of a tragedy like 9/11 that we must be most vigilant about our precious civil liberties. Unfortunately, some have tried to misconstrue my remarks.

While I generally agree that we must be “vigilant about our…civil liberties”, I’d also argue that we must be most vigilant in protecting America’s civilians from future terrorist attacks. If our government can make the case for limiting our civil liberties while providing vigorous oversight of programs that limit our liberties, then I think it’s imperative that we protect people first.

What Ellison won’t talk about are his comparing President Bush’s supposed trampling of our civil rights with Nazi Germany. First of all, President Bush implemented the Patriot Act and the NSA intercept program to protect people. Secondly, the Patriot Act is subject to congressional oversight. Hitler’s violence was implemented to stifle all dissent and to give him total power over who lived and who died.

It’s time that Rep. Ellison offered President Bush a formal apology for making such outlandish comparisons. Anything less is unacceptable.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Sunday evening, I read this Strib article about Keith Ellison speaking “to a gathering of atheists.” Here’s a quote worth noting:

On comparing Sept. 11 to the burning of the Reichstag building in Nazi Germany: “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box, dismiss you.”

Later Sunday night, I watched a replay of Sean Hannity’s interview Imam Abdul Alim Musa. Imam Musa made some outrageous statements during the interview, which was taped on Feb. 18, 2007. Follow this link if you want to read the entire transcript. (I highly recommend it because you’ll see Imam Musa’s radicalism.) Here’s what Imam Musa said that caught my attention:

HANNITY: I already know what you say. You believe George Bush. You think George Bush knew about 9/11 ahead of time.

MUSA: Well, I said he was like Hitler and Hitler burned the Reichstag in Germany in 1933 to give him the fuhership, to also take the rights of the German people, right? To go do away with due process of law.

The similarity of Ellison’s quote to Imam Musa’s quote is stunning. Here’s another exchange between Hannity and Imam Musa that I want you to remember:

HANNITY: Is bin Laden misconstrued in the American public? Is he misunderstood? Do you like bin Laden? Do you like him?

MUSA: If he is a Muslim he is definitely misconstrued. Definitely misconstrued.

HANNITY: So bin Laden is not responsible for 9/11?

MUSA: Of course not.

HANNITY: Who is responsible for 9/11?

MUSA: Who do you think?

Look at how Musa denies bin Laden’s role in 9/11. Now check this Daniel Pipes article out:

In reality, CAIR is something quite different. For starters, it’s on the wrong side in the war on terrorism. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy,” finding this depiction “offensive to Muslims.”

The same year, CAIR denied bin Laden’s responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings. As Hooper saw it, those explosions resulted from some vague “misunderstandings of both sides.” (A New York court, however, blamed bin Laden’s side alone for the embassy blasts.)

In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre, saying only that “if [note the “if”] Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name.” (Only in December was CAIR finally embarrassed into acknowledging his role.)

Notice the similarity between Imam Musa’s denial that bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and CAIR’s months-long denial that bin Laden was the mastermind behind 9/11. If you compare CAIR’s denials of bin Laden’s complicity in 9/11 with Imam Musa’s denials of bin Laden’s complicity in 9/11, it’s impossible to tell the difference. Ellison’s statement that President Bush essentially was as powerful as a dictator is eerily similar to Imam Musa’s saying that President Bush was essentially a dictator.

At the end of the day, the similarities between Musa’s statements equating Bush with Hitler and Ellison’s statement equating Bush with Hitler, coupled with Musa’s denial of bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 with CAIR’s denials of bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 are striking. So let’s see what else Musa said during his interview with Sean Hannity:

HANNITY: Hamas is a terror organization and they take credit for terror. Would you like to take a look at their history? Read it. Maybe learn something.

MUSA: Ninety-five percent. I know Hamas. They are nice people. Very nice people.

HANNITY: Hamas. The terror organization.

MUSA: Hamas is not a terror organization. It’s what you say. You think you can impose…You are going to kill everybody and if anybody crawl out and get away and stand-up for himself, you call him a terrorist.

HANNITY: Hezbollah’s manifesto. Let me read…Hang on a second. Let me read from their manifesto.

MUSA: Hezbollah are a good group of people practicing Islam.

HANNITY: Hezbollah in their manifesto says the group struggle will continue until Israel is destroyed. That’s the great group of people you are praising.

Now let’s compare that with what CAIR has said about Hamas:

When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation in December for collecting money he said was “used to support the Hamas terror organization,” CAIR decried his action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”

CAIR sounds like they were defending a known terrorist organization. In fact, CAIR opened their first office after getting a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation:

CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook.

Summing it all up, (a) Musa and Ellison think that President Bush is a power-mad dictator; (b) CAIR and Musa denied bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 and (c) Musa thinks that Hamas and Hezbollah are good people practicing Islam while CAIR takes the Bush administration to task for shutting down a terrorist-funding ‘charity’ that happens to fund Hamas.

When you add it all up, I don’t think many people would see much of a distinction between Ellison’s, CAIR’s and Imam Musa’s beliefs. I’d further suggest that I don’t think that many people would characterize CAIR, Ellison or Musa as mainstream.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

This week, we learned that Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott became co-sponsors of the impeachment bill written by Dennis Kucinich, H.R. 333.

Let’s take a look at the co-sponsors of the impeachment bill:

US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) made a speech on the House Floor, “The Vice President Should Resign or Face Impeachment,” announcing his plans to support the bill. US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) also joined yesterday.

The other total supporters include original sponsor, US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), plus US Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Albert Wynn (D-MD), so far.

Here’s Keith Ellison’s take on the impeachment bill:

“They certainly deserve to be impeached [but]…the fact is that if we filed for impeachment now given everything that’s already happened, based on what we know so far, it would consume the news cycle to the point where that’s all we’d be dealing with and talking about. I’m a little concerned that it might overshadow other things we have to do. I’m a little concerned about that, given the situation. But do they deserve it? Hell yeah,” Ellison told BallerStatus.com in an interview published two weeks ago.

Mr. Ellison is a fine person to talk about impeachment. Michael Brodkorb of Minnesota Democrats Exposed reported last fall that Kathleen Anderson, then the district director of former DFL Rep. Martin Sabo, endorsed Tammy Lee, the Independence Party candidate for MN-5, saying that Ellison was a scofflaw:

The primary responsibility of any elected official is to make the laws. At the very least, our lawmakers should set a good example by obeying those laws. Is that asking too much? Apparently so, when it comes to Mr. Ellison. Time and again, he has demonstrated a scofflaw attitude.

What is a scofflaw? The dictionary says “a contemptuous law violator.” In fairness, contemptuous may be too strong a word to describe Mr. Ellison’s behavior. I can not know with certainty Ellison’s motivations. To be kind, perhaps he is simply disorganized when it comes to these matters. Nonetheless, he has repeatedly, and very recently, violated the laws the rest of us routinely obey.

Jim Moran, who’s made some rather anti-semitic comments in the past, will be officially listed as a co-sponsor eventually, too. Here’s a sampling of Moran’s anti-semitic statements:

Moran responded to a woman who rose to identify herself as Jewish and wonder aloud why more Jews were not participating in the forum. Referring to the seeming inevitability of war, the Congressman commented: “If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should.”

It should be pointed out that Keith Ellison was the keynote speaker at the MAS-MN 4th annual convention. AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman wrote this press release asking Keith Ellison to denounce the anti-semitic remarks on MAS-Minnesota’s website or to resign:

On the weekend of May 25th, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison gave the keynote address in front of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-Minnesota), at the group’s 4th annual convention. While Ellison spoke, the group was actively spreading vitriolic hatred and violence aimed at Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims via its website.

The following statements are found on the MAS-Minnesota site, www.masmn.org:

  • “The Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the Jews…”
  • “In view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.”
  • “If you gain victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”
  • “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’”
  • “May Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as places of worship.”
  • “A Muslim must always worship Allah and wage jihad until death in order to reach his ultimate goal… Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with the ambition to die as a martyr.”

On Monday, June 4th, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), Joe Kaufman, phoned the local and Washington, D.C. offices of Congressman Ellison to demand that he denounce MAS. Kaufman has received no response from the Congressman or anyone in his offices.

Kaufman stated, “When Keith Ellison ran for office, he denounced the anti-Semitism of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (NOI), a group that he was previously affiliated with. We demand that he do the same to the Muslim American Society. It is not only improper for a United States Representative to participate with such groups, but it is a danger to national security.”

This is at least the second time Keith Ellison has spoken in front of the Muslim American Society. The other time was right after he was elected to office, in December of 2006. As well, the Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation, Mahdi Bray, campaigned for Ellison.

For further information, read Kaufman’s FrontPage Magazine article, “Keith Ellison’s Dangerous Liaisons.”

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@AmericansAgainstHate.org.

Then there’s Cynthia McKinney’s ties to radical Islam:

A list of campaign donors was found to include some with links to terrorism, Abdurahman Alamoudi, the former executive director of the American Muslim Council, and former college professor Sami Al-Arian.

Abdurahman Alamoudi was a major fundraiser for the legal defense fund for Omar Abdel-Rahman, the man who organized the first World Trade Center bombings. Sami Al-Arian is about to be deported after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

What causes Democrats to associate with radical Islamic organizations? What causes them to make anti-semitic remarks?

Better yet, why hasn’t Keith Ellison denounced the anti-semitic statements on MAS-Minnesota’s website yet? It isn’t like 32 days isn’t enough time to denounce the anti-semitic quotes.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

This video is proof of that:

I personally agree with everything that Cal Thomas said in that video. It’s time that more average citizens learned what Cal Thomas and others already know: that Islamic radicals have told us plainly what they want to do, that they’ll use any tool at their avail and that they’ll jump on anything said about any Muslim terrorist as ‘proof’ of America’s Islamophobic ways.

Today, when we celebrate the birth of this great nation, let us ever be aware of the threats to our liberty.

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The best thing I can say about Frank Gaffney’s Washington Times op-ed is that it’s spot on. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Still more worrying are persistent reports the Bush administration will not content itself with merely dignifying and legitimating Islamist individuals, organizations and institutions associated with and in the service of Saudi Wahhabis and their counterparts in a classic totalitarian good-cop/bad-cop routine, the Muslim Brotherhood. The administration is evidently intent on embracing the Brotherhood itself.

The ostensible reason for doing so is that the Brotherhood has eschewed violence and is content to obtain power through elections. Evidently, the imposition of a fascistic legal code called Shariah via balloting and/or the steady accretion of concessions made in the name of religious tolerance is supposed to be different from, and preferable to, that achieved via terror and mayhem. In the end, though, it amounts to the same thing: a world without freedom, a world without America.

If we are to prevent further terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans and their government must stop blurring the distinction between Muslims who are determined to bring about, one way or another, our demise as freedom-enjoying people, and Muslims who are fully committed to preserving the liberties secured for us 231 years ago tomorrow and subsequently preserved at great cost in lives and treasure. Otherwise, we will find our own footprints on the path to the next act of Islamofascist terror.

Patrick Poole’s FrontPageMag article about the Project is must reading if we are to grasp the different tactics and methods used in Islamists’ attempts to build a caliphate. Here’s the key section of Mr. Poole’s article:

What makes The Project so different from the standard “Death of America! Death to Israel!” and “Establish the global caliphate!” Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for more than two decades as the Muslim Brotherhood “master plan”. As can be seen in a number of examples throughout Europe – including the political recognition of parallel Islamist government organizations in Sweden, the recent “cartoon” jihad in Denmark, the Parisian car-burning intifada last November, and the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London – the plan outlined in The Project has been overwhelmingly successful.

Rather than focusing on terrorism as the sole method of group action, as is the case with Al-Qaeda, in perfect postmodern fashion the use of terror falls into a multiplicity of options available to progressively infiltrate, confront, and eventually establish Islamic domination over the West. The following tactics and techniques are among the many recommendations made in The Project:

  • Networking and coordinating actions between likeminded Islamist organizations;
  • Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of “moderation”;
  • Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the Muslim Brotherhood’s collective goals;
  • Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it doesn’t conflict with shari’a law;
  • Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a lash back against Muslims;
  • Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers;
  • Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities;
  • Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”;
  • Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing “academic” studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements;
  • Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world;
  • Balancing international objectives with local flexibility;
  • Building extensive social networks of schools, hospitals and charitable organizations dedicated to Islamist ideals so that contact with the movement for Muslims in the West is constant;
  • Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions;
  • Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam;
  • Drafting Islamic constitutions, laws and policies for eventual implementation;
  • Avoiding conflict within the Islamist movements on all levels, including the development of processes for conflict resolution;
  • Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals;
  • Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West;
  • Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”;
  • Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support;
  • Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims;
  • Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination;
  • Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them;
  • Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine;
  • Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement;
  • Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world;

In reading The Project, it should be kept in mind that it was drafted in 1982 when current tensions and terrorist activities in the Middle East were still very nascent. In many respects, The Project is extremely prescient for outlining the bulk of Islamist action, whether by “moderate” Islamist organizations or outright terror groups, over the past two decades.

Applying the principles of the Project to Mr. Gaffney’s op-ed, it’s easy to see the validity of Gaffney’s argument. When Gaffney says “Evidently, the imposition of a fascistic legal code called Shariah via balloting and/or the steady accretion of concessions made in the name of religious tolerance is supposed to be different from, and preferable to, that achieved via terror and mayhem”, he’s saying that fascistic governments that are governed by Shariah law are hell on earth whether the takeover was done without AK-47’s or with AK-47’s.

The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood had thought things out to the point of creating a 100 year plan using all tools at their avail should wake America up. When Fred Thompson said that the jihadists “have a 100 year plan. We’ve got a plan that lasts until the next election” was a reference to that. That’s why AAH has named Thompson their latest Honoree.

The truth is that the jihadists will use any tool at their avail. They’ll kill people to threaten and intimidate the rest of the population. They’ll use goodwill propaganda if it can be used later to deflect criticism when they employ more hardline tactics. They’ll lie outright if they’ve been caught implementing their plan.

The most important lesson people must learn is that we’re fighting an enemy that is adept at adapting to whatever environment they’re put in. We must learn that this isn’t just a military or judicial war. It’s a war that’s being fought on a multitude of levels with various tactics. It’s important that we recognize the tactics but it’s imperative that we remember what their goal is.

If we don’t make defeating the jihadists our top priority before they slowly, methodically establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate, then we’ll continue making the mistake of rationalizing extremist behaviors. There’s too high a price to pay for employing what might best be described as an ‘ostrich strategy’.

Just because Muslim Brotherhood extremists aren’t setting off car bombs, detonating dirty bombs or engaging in other acts of violence doesn’t mean that they’ve abandoned their plan. That’s what Mssrs. Poole and Gaffney are saying.

The president’s participation in the rededication of this facility is a perfect metaphor for his administration’s central failure in this War for the Free World. The Washington mosque has repeatedly been found to be disseminating hateful, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-American literature. Such material, and the indoctrination of which it is a piece, are at the core of the intolerant Islamofascist ideology promoted by the Saudi cult and practiced by its adherents, like Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda and myriad other terrorist groups.

Among the 200 invited Muslim and other guests were a number of Islamists like Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As ever, the White House vetters were seemingly untroubled by the presence of an organization recently declared by the Justice Department to be a front for the Islamofascist Muslim Brotherhood and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist-financing plot involving the notorious Holy Land Foundation.

It’s time that the White House learned that it isn’t doing the American people any favors by participating in events that CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood are involved in. In fact, I’d strongly recommend that President Bush use one of those moments to deliver a ‘Sister Souljah’ speech. In other words, I would’ve preferred that he’d taken the opportunity to chastise the imams for their hateful and anti-semitic rhetoric right in front of the people gathered at the event.

I’m certain that President Bush just wants to reach out to Muslims. That said, he shouldn’t be reaching out to terrorist-sympathizing organizations like CAIR and MB. If that outreach isn’t a principled outreach, it’s counterproductive. It’s something that should be avoided at all costs because it legitimizes corrupt organizations.

Another consequence of unprincipled outreach programs is that those events can then be used as propaganda back in the Middle East as a sign of America’s weakness.

That’s the last image that we should be projecting.

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Earlier this morning, I posted about David Keene’s ‘transformation’ into a CAIR mouthpiece on Islamophobia. There’s more to the story. Much more. According to this post by Christine at Vigilant Freedom, David Keene of the ACU “appointed Suhail Khan to the ACU board.” That’s why I started digging. What I found out about Suhail Khan is troubling to say the least. First I found a bio of his father, a man named Mahboob Khan. Here’s what that bio on Mahboob Khan says:

Dr. Mahboob Khan passed away on April 16, 1999, in Sunnyvale, California. Dr. Khan was born on March 31, 1939, in Madras, India. He was the second child of seven born to Zainab Khatoon and Khader Khan. He was the first of his family to complete his high school diploma, and likewise the first to complete his BS degree from Madras University. He immigrated to Boulder, Colorado, in 1966 to complete his masters and doctorate in solid state physics. He married Malika Begum, also of Madras, India in 1968 and in 1969 they had their first son, Suhail Khan. As a student, Dr. Khan helped establish the Muslim Students Association (MSA) which subsequently became the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He was the Vice President of MSA, the West Zone Representative, and served on the Majlis Ash-Shura for ISNA.

Here’s what Frank Gaffney wrote about Mahboob Khan in his FrontPageMag article on Suhail Khan and the ACU:

Suhail Khan’s father was the late Mahboob Khan, a PhD in solid-state physics. His biography claims that he helped establish the Muslim Student Association (MSA) while a student in Boulder (presumably, this refers to the MSA chapter at the university as the parent organization was established in 1963). The MSA is present on scores of American campuses and serves to recruit, proselytize and indoctrinate on behalf of Saudi-backed Islamists.[1] It is pro-Hamas; the MSA at UC Irvine even demanded that its members be allowed to wear Hamas armbands at graduation; and openly sympathizes with terrorists. Dr. Khan held the post of MSA vice president and Western Zone representative.

The elder Khan also served as member of Majlis ash-Shura (the governing council) of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was created by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) in 1977 to promote the Islamist agenda among Muslims and the general population. Another MSA arm is the North American Islamic Trust, the Saudis’ vehicle for providing the financing of, by some estimates, as many as 80% of the mosques in America. That financing, and the control arising from holding title for the mosques’ real estate, affords the Saudis and their proxies the ability to determine: who will serve as imams in their American mosques; what materials are distributed to the congregations[2] and taught in the madrassas (mosque schools)[3]; to what purpose are the members’ obligatory tithes applied; which congregants will be eligible to make the haj pilgrimage to Mecca; etc.

It’s fair to say that there’s a few discrepancies between the two bios, though I don’t consider the discrepancies to be major discrepancies. That said, Mr. Gaffney’s article contains verifiable references to his claims, I’ll trust his bio on the elder Khan. Either way, though, both bios reference Dr. Khan’s serving “as member of Majlis ash-Shura (the governing council) of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and of Dr. Khan’s helping “establish the Muslim Student Association (MSA) while a student in Boulder (presumably, this refers to the MSA chapter at the university as the parent organization was established in 1963).”

Here’s another troubling bit of information in the Gaffney article:

Mahboob Khan founded one such mosque after he moved the family from Colorado to southern California in 1975. The mosque, together with an Islamic center and an elementary school, comprises the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC), of which Dr. Khan served as president before moving on to San Jose in 1980.

The Islamist character of the ISOC was evident in a visit there in December 1992, by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, better known as the Blind Sheikh, who was later convicted in connection with the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. On the occasion of his fundraising visit to Orange County, Rahman “dismissed nonviolent definitions of jihad as weak. He stressed that a number of unspecified enemies had ‘united themselves against Muslims’ and that fighting them was obligatory. ‘If you are not going to the jihad, then you are neglecting the rules of Allah.’”

Here’s another troubling bit of information from Mr. Gaffney’s article:

He has repeatedly been a featured speaker at MSA, ISNA and CAIR events, as well as those of other problematic groups, including the California-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic Institute (II, also known as the Islamic Free Market Institute or IFMI). For example, Khan spoke most recently at an II meeting in December 2006.

The Islamic Institute was established by Grover Norquist in 1998 with $20,000 in seed money from Abdurahman Alamoudi (who is currently serving a 23-year federal sentence for terrorism-related activities). II is the principal vehicle for the Islamists’ influence operation aimed at the Bush Administration and Republican and conservative circles. Norquist was its founding president; Alamoudi’s long-time deputy, Khalid Saffuri, was its first executive director; and II’s offices continue to be housed in the downtown Washington office suite rented by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.

The name Abdurahman Alamoudi rang a bell so I checked him out. Here’s what I found:

A self-described Muslim moderate, Abdurahman Alamoudi has had many public titles over the years: founder and executive director of the American Muslim Council; Islamic affairs advisor for the Clinton administration; official appointee of the Pentagon in charge of choosing Muslim chaplains; and State Department-selected Goodwill Ambassador to Muslim nations. In stark contrast, Alamoudi’s private life has been devoted to supporting and fundraising for a host of anti-American/anti-Israeli terrorist groups and nations, from Hamas and Hezbollah, to Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, to the Libyan regime of Muammar Qadhafi.

This brings numerous questions to mind:

  • Did Hillary know what Mr. Alamoudi was all about?
  • Did Hillary know that Mr. Alamoudi supported Hamas and Hezbollah?
  • If she knew that Mr. Alamoudi supported Hamas and Hezbollah, why didn’t they run him out of their administration immediately?
  • How extensive of a background check was run on Mr. Alamoudi?
  • What was found out about him through this background check?
  • Considering that Mr. Alamoudi was “openly raising funds for Omar Abdel Rahman, the Blind Sheikh’s defense fund after he helped orchestrate the original WTC bombing, shouldn’t that have raised a ton of red flags for Mrs. Clinton? Or was it just not that important to her?

Here’s what Steve Emerson wrote about Mr. Alamoudi:

Hillary Clinton has worked particularly closely with the head of the AMC, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who has openly collected funds for the legal defense of Mr. Marzuk, the Hamas chieftain arrested at JFK Airport, and for Mr. Abdurahman, who organized the World Trade Center bombing.

Here’s what Discover the Networks says about Mr. Abdurahman:

  • In 1994 he said: “Hamas is not a terrorist group…I have followed the good work of Hamas…They have a wing that is a violent wing. They had to resort to some kind of violence.”
  • During a March 26, 1996 appearance on Middle East TV, Alamoudi said the following about Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) founder Musa Abu Marzook, who in 1997 would be deported from the United States because of his Hamas-related activities: “I am honored to be a member of the committee that is defending Musa Abu Marzook in America. I really consider him to be from among the best people in the Islamic movement, Hamas and I work together with him.”
  • On December 29, 1996, Alamoudi told a meeting of the IAP: “I think if we were outside this country, we can say, ‘Oh, Allah, destroy America,’ but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. There is no way for Muslims to be violent in America, no way. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America.”
  • In October 2000, Alamoudi attended an anti-Israel protest outside the White House. Speaking to a group of Palestinian-terrorist-supporters, he declared: “I have been labeled…as being a supporter of Hamas. Anybody supporters of Hamas here?…We are all supporters of Hamas…I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.”
  • Alamoudi defended Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh imprisoned for his role in plotting New York-area terrorist attacks, most notably the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

I just did a search on Grover Norquist’s name. What I found isn’t flattering to Mr. Norquist. The article that most caught my attention was a golden oldie from Powerline. Here’s the section that most caught my attention:

Norquist’s themes are those of the Islamist apologist organizations like CAIR and the American Muslim Council: informed critics of Islamofascism and advocates of American interests like Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney are portrayed as bigots, and key law enforcement tools against domestic terrorism are alleged to be nefarious infringements of civil rights. When Norquist attempted to enlist James Woolsey to his cause on the latter score, Gaffney powerfully established that Norquist was all but lying.

People will point to the work Mr. Norquist did at Americans for Tax Reform as reason to cut him slack. I’d simply respond by saying Mr. Norquist isn’t irreplaceable. If he leaves ATR or if ATR shuts down, competent people will come along to start a similar organization up. What’s inexcusable is how Norquist ignored the war against the jihadists while lambasting good men like Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes as Islamophobes. That’s simply inexcusable. What’s worse is Mssrs. Norquist and Keene being shills for the most radical terrorist-sympathizing groups in America.

Keene’s willingness to be a panelist with Parvez Ahmed at the National Press Club is foolish, especially considering CAIR’s being an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal trial against the Holy Land Foundation. If his goal was to reach out to the Muslim community, his better bet would be to reach out to Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. As far as I can tell, Dr. Jasser doesn’t have a history of ties with known terrorist groups.

How does Keene justify appearing with Parvez Ahmed? Doesn’t he care about CAIR’s terrorist ties? Or is it that he just isn’t that particular about who he associates himself with? It seems to me that Keene should draw the line short of legitimizing a terrorist-sympathizing organization like CAIR.

I’d also question Mr. Norquist’s decision to promote Suhail Khan’s candidacy for the ACU board. What was he basing this decision on? Did he do a background check on Suhail Khan? If he did, why didn’t he have concerns when organizations like the MSA, ISNA and CAIR popped up on Khan’s resume? I think I can answer that with this tidbit of information:

The Islamic Institute was established by Grover Norquist in 1998 with $20,000 in seed money from Abdurahman Alamoudi (who is currently serving a 23-year federal sentence for terrorism-related activities). II is the principal vehicle for the Islamists’ influence operation aimed at the Bush Administration and Republican and conservative circles. Norquist was its founding president; Alamoudi’s long-time deputy, Khalid Saffuri, was its first executive director; and II’s offices continue to be housed in the downtown Washington office suite rented by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.

In other words, Norquist placed a higher priority on lobbying the White House than on his client’s terrorist ties.

It seems totally appropriate to say that national security and the fight against the jihadists must take precedence over commerce. Norquist and Keene forgot that lesson. Their dash for lobbying cash vetoed their national security concerns.

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Don’t take my word on it. That’s the word according to this CAIR statement:

On Tuesday, July 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., entitled “Attacking Islam: Implications for Social Cohesion and U.S. Relations with the Muslim World.”

The panel will address the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric within the conservative movement in the United States, focusing on the negative impact of such views on religious tolerance in America and on relations with the Muslim world.

Presenters:

  • David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union
  • Parvez Ahmed, Chairman, Council on American-Islamic Relations

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
WHERE: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP via e-mail to events@cair.com or call 202-742-6409.

David Keene is part of the realist school within the Republican Party along with Brett Scowcroft, William F. Buckley and Jim Baker. As you see, he’s got plenty of company. What sets Mr. Keene apart is that he’s the chairman of the ACU, which was prominently listed as participating in the Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice event. Here’s what should’ve tipped Mr. Keene off that the groups assembled didn’t like conservatives:

National Groups

Alliance for Justice
American Friends Service Committee National Criminal Justice Program
American Humanist Association
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Americans for Democratic Action
Arab American Institute
Asian American Justice Center
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Campaign for America’s Future
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Center for Constitutional Rights
CODEPINK
Education for Peace in Iraq Center
Episcopal Church
Equal Justice Society
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Rights
Hip Hop Caucus
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
Immigration Equality
Institute for Policy Studies
Islamic Society of North America
JALSA – the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Japanese American Citizens League
League of Women Voters US
LULAC
MoveOn.org
NAACP
National Association of Social Workers
National Organization for Women
NETWORK
No2Torture
Peace Action
People For the American Way
Physicians for Human Rights
Progressive Democrats of America
Public Citizen
Religious Action Center
Rural Organizing Project
Stop Torture Permanently
TASSC International
The Shalom Center
TrueMajority.org
United for Peace and Justice
United States Student Association
US Action
Veterans for Peace
Working Assets Wireless
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Young Democrats of America
Velvet Revolution

Regional Groups

Amnesty International USA – Greater
Philadelphia Area
Amnesty International USA – Puget Sound
Arab American Community Coalition (WA)
Asian Bar Association of Washington
Brandywine Peace Community
CASA Latina (WA)
CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition
Community Alliance of Lane County (Oregon)
Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) – PA
Hate Free Zone of Washington
Japanese American Citizens League – Seattle Chapter
King County Asian Pacific Islander Coalition
Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice
League of Women Voters – PA
Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture
National Organization for Women – New York State
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
October 22 Coalition
Oregon Peace Works
Peace Action of Central NY
Peace Action WI
Pittsburgh/Western PA Irish American Unity Conference
Philadelphia Physicians for Social
Responsibility
Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War
Syracuse Peace Council
Thomas Merton Center
Washington Peace Center
Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation

If you think that’s bad, you’re right. It’s worse than bad. It’s awful. Other organizations advertising the event include such ‘centrist’ groups as After Downing Street.org, CivilRights.org, an offshoot of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), The Twin Cities Anti-War Committee and on the website for the Declaration of Peace.

The event information on Declaration of Peace’s website is particularly revealing:

Local co-sponsors include the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Amnesty International USA-Greater Philadelphia Area, Brandywine Peace Community, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-PA, Irish American Unity Conference-Pittsburgh Chapter, League of Women Voters-PA, the Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture, the Shalom Center, the Thomas Merton Center, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)-U.S. Section.

It isn’t shocking to find out that the ACLU, CAIR or Amnesty International supports taking action that would blind our intelligence agencies by gutting the Patriot Act. That’s old news to most people reading this blog. What’s disconcerting is that I didn’t expect to find out that the ACU would be a co-sponsor of an event with such America-hating groups like that.

What’s also bothersome is something else I found on Amnesty USA’s blog:

Sign the America I Believe In pledge to let officials know that the America we believe in does not torture or use cruel, inhumane treatment, does not hold people without charge, without trial, and without hope, and does not rob people of their basic dignity. Here’s what the pledge says:

The America I Believe In doesn’t torture people or use cruel, inhumane treatment, doesn’t hold people without charge, without fair trials, without hope, and without end, doesn’t kidnap people off the street and ship them to nations known for their brutality, doesn’t condone prisoner abuse and excuse high-ranking government officials from responsibility for that abuse, doesn’t justify the use of secret prisons and does not rob people of their basic dignity.

I’m joining with Amnesty International USA to restore The America I Believe In. The America I Believe In leads the world on human rights.

I’m committing to tell friends and family about the campaign. I’m also committing to contacting my members of Congress and my local media to tell them that the America I Believe In defends human rights and justice for all.

In light of Amnesty International’s promoting “The America I Believe In” petition, please explain to me why the ACU should be co-sponsoring an event with Amnesty International. In light of the list of participating organizations listed in the ACLU’s press release, please explain why the ACU co-sponsored an event with so many liberal, America-hating groups.

Check back later today for more posts on this subject. I’ve just begun to dig into this and I’m already swimming in pertinent data.

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According to this article, the Flying Imams’ attorney, Omar Mohammedi, lost a frivolous motion yesterday. I characterized it as frivolous because of this quote:

“You have provided no legal authority supporting your request to limit public access to this case,” Montgomery wrote.

In other words, Mohammedi’s motion was likely a way of manipulating the press. It obviously didn’t work. Powerline’s Scott Johnson nails it with this quote:

CAIR is a master of media manipulation, but I doubt that it has previously sought to enlist a federal judge in its media management efforts. This story represents an almost unbelievable combination of chutzpah and bad judgment.

I couldn’t disagree with what Scott said. What I can do, though, is say that CAIR has lots of practice being the whiniest fake ‘civil rights organization’ in US history. It’s also worth noting that Mr. Mohammedi is the executive director of CAIR-NY. In fact, that isn’t the only thing that isn’t mentioned in this AP article. Here’s some information about the imams from a FrontPageMag article I did with Joe Kaufman:

The President of NAIF (and one of the removed imams) is Omar Shahin. Before NAIF’s founding in 2004, Shahin was the imam and President of the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT), a mosque that represented one of Al-Qaeda’s main hubs in America, prior to the ‘93 attack. One of Shahin’s predecessors at the mosque was Wael Hamza Julaidan, a former colleague of Osama bin Laden and bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam. Shahin, himself, has admitted to once supporting bin Laden.

Throughout his time with and after leaving ICT, Shahin was involved in terror financing organizations. He was the Arizona Coordinator for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a Hamas charity whose funds were frozen by the U.S. government soon after 9/11. Under his leadership, thousands of dollars were raised for HLF through ICT. As well, Shahin was a representative for KindHearts, another Hamas charity that was shut down by the U.S. (February 2006). In both cases, Shahin walked free.

Omar Shahin was the imam that was the most quoted, and most outraged, imam after being removed from US Airways Flight 300. You’d think that he’d take a low profile after he helped raise funds for two charities that the Treasury Department has shut down. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. Instead, he’s maintained a higher profile since then.

According to this Treasury Department statement, KindHearts raised money to fund Hamas:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today blocked, pending investigation, accounts of KindHearts, an NGO operating out of Toledo, Ohio, to ensure the preservation of its assets pending further investigation.

“KindHearts is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving,” said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “By utilizing this specialized designation tool, we’re able to prevent asset flight in support of terrorist activities while we further investigate the activities of KindHearts.”

The mosque that Shahin served at was also the mosque where Hani Hanjour, one of the 9/11 hijackers, worshiped at. Another notable with terrorist ties to Shahin’s mosque was Abdullah Azzam, UBL’s mentor.

Another point Joe and I made was that Mohammedi isn’t a stranger to representing unsavories:

The lawyer for the imams is Omar Mohammedi, the President of CAIR-New York, who is currently representing the Al-Qaeda-linked World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), in a 9/11 lawsuit for the murders of 3000 people, in which CAIR is also named a defendant.

That’s before we even start talking about CAIR’s being an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal trial against HLF. Here’s a screen capture that Joe made of how CAIR linked to the HLF website just days after the 9/11 attacks:

Here’s the caption explaining that screen capture:

Frame 3 note: Mid right, “Donate to NY/DC Emergency Relief Fund” is direct hyperlink to website of Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF).

I’ve said several times that CAIR opened its first office, in Washington, DC, after HLF donated $5,000 to CAIR’s founders. Here’s the link to the most recent time I posted that information.

With this much negative publicity still fresh in our minds, isn’t it predictable that Mohammedi wants to limit media access to the trial?

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According to this CAIR press release, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, spoke at the CAIR-OH banquet last Saturday night. During his speech, Gov. Strickland made this outrageous statement:

“On behalf of all Ohioans, [my wife and I] appreciate your vision to promote justice and mutual understanding. We gather under CAIR-Ohio’s theme this year, ‘American Muslims: Connecting and Sharing,’ to do just that, to connect and share and get to know each other better.”

Let’s examine that statement. Gov. Strickland says that CAIR’s vision is to “promote justice and mutual understanding”, which is indefensible considering the fact that they’re unindicted co-conspirators in the federal trial against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

HLF was shut down by the Treasury Department on December 4, 2001. Here’s what Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill said in his official statement:

Today we are shutting down three Hamas-controlled organizations that finance terror. The Holy Land Foundation masquerades as a charity, while its primary purpose is to fund Hamas. This is not a case of one bad actor stealing from the petty cash drawer and giving those stolen monies to terrorists. This organization exists to raise money in the United States to promote terror.

Last year, Holy Land raised $13 million. Government agents today shut down 4 offices of the Holy Land Foundation in the United States. Innocent donors who thought they were helping someone in need deserve protection from these scam artists who prey on their benevolence.

Similarly, the al Aqsa bank and the Beit al Mal bank aren’t just banks that unknowingly administer accounts for terrorists. They are direct arms of Hamas, established and used to do Hamas business.

Just so there isn’t any question as to CAIR’s knowledge about HLF, it’s important to note that CAIR’s first office was opened in Washington, DC with a $5,000 donation from HLF:

CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook. In May 1996, CAIR coordinated a press conference to protest the decision of the U.S. government to extradite Marzook for his connection to terrorist acts performed by Hamas. CAIR characterized the extradition as “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.”

I think it’s obvious that Gov. Strickland was pandering to a rather unsavory organization whose roots are intertwined with terrorist-financing organizations. I’d hope that this wasn’t anything more than an error of ignorance but I wouldn’t bet on it since there are lots of ties between prominent Democrats and CAIR. Let’s also remember that CAIR complained about an LA billboard that called Osama bin-Laden “the sworn enemy“:

For starters, it’s on the wrong side in the war on terrorism. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy,” finding this depiction “offensive to Muslims.”

If that isn’t offensive enough, consider this from that same Daniel Pipes article:

CAIR consistently defends other militant Islamic terrorists too. The conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing it deemed “a travesty of justice.” The conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, it called a “hate crime.” The extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marzook it labeled “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.”

After all that, I’m curious to find out why Gov. Strickland thinks that CAIR’s vision is “to promote justice and mutual understanding.” What criteria did Gov. Strickland use in determining that promoting justice and mutual understanding were part of CAIR’s vision? Did he simply take their word on that? Frankly, Gov. Strickland’s staff didn’t do a good job of vetting CAIR. If they had, they wouldn’t have let him make such an unfounded and outrageous statement.

CAIR doesn’t hide the fact that it has a political agenda. Here’s an example of CAIR’s political agenda:

Working with Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats have introduced legislation to end racial profiling, limit the reach of the Patriot Act, and make immigration safe and accessible. Leader Pelosi is a proud cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act, the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE), and the Safe, Orderly, and Legal Visas Enforcement Act (SOLVE).

The Conyers mentioned there is John Conyers, then the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and now the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. That information was taken from a CAIR press release dated Thursday, July 15, 2004. CAIR’s goal was to “limit the reach of the Patriot Act…” Their political partners, listed in their press release, were “Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY)” and “former Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Congressman Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV).”

Based on this information, it’s difficult to defend the notion that CAIR’s vision is to “promote justice and mutual understanding.” I’ve studied CAIR’s statements of the last year. My conclusion of their statements is that their idea of “mutual understanding” is awfully one-sided in nature. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser points out that CAIR doesn’t speak for all Muslims:

M. Zuhdi Jasser, director of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, says the sharp decline in membership calls into question whether the organization speaks for American Muslims, as the group has claimed. “This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population. They only represent their membership and donors,” Mr. Jasser said. “Post-9/11, they have marginalized themselves by their tired exploitation of media attention for victimization issues at the expense of representing the priorities of the American Muslim population,” Mr. Jasser said.

CAIR would like people to believe that the Muslim community is monolithic, which isn’t reality. They’d also like people to believe that they’re the ‘official voice’ for that monolith much like Jesse Jackson would like people to continue believing that he’s the official voice for African Americans.

It’s time that Gov. Strickland understood that it’s likely that CAIR’s days as an influential special interest group will soon be history. It’s important that Gov. Strickland distance himself from CAIR, especially in light of the fact that they’ve had so many interactions with organizations that finance terrorists.

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It’s safe to say that they’re pulling out all the stops for CAIR-MN’s first annual banquet and fundraiser because Keith Ellison, Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper are the featured speakers tonight. It’s been a busy month for Ellison in terms of speaking engagements. He was a featured speaker at the MAS-MN banquet on Memorial Day weekend.

At the time, Joe Kaufman, the chairman of Americans Against Hate, asked Ellison to renounce the anti-semitic remarks found on MAS-MN’s website. Here are the specific anti-semitic statements:

  • “The Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the Jews, but continue exerting his utmost to establish the Right Way in accordance with the Guidance of the Quran.”
  • “In view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.”
  • “If you gain victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”
  • “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’”
  • “May Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as places of worship.”

Mr. Ellison still hasn’t renounced MAS-MN for those vile, anti-semitic statements. Ellison’s silence is deafening. Ellison’s silence is just one of several political missteps recently, with his not denouncing those vile remarks being a major blunder. Another misstep is him speaking at this event. I understand that he was essentially obligated to speak at the event. I also understand that he likely wanted to speak at tonight’s event. That said, the timing of him speaking at this event couldn’t be worse, considering the fact that CAIR was recently named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial that’s soon to start.

Ellison’s speaking at CAIR-MN’s dinner has gotten the attention of Joe Kaufman. In this press release, Kaufman asks that Rep. Ellison resign from Congress:

“Being that Keith Ellison refuses to denounce the Muslim American Society, and being that he is now going to be speaking at an event sponsored by a group named by the U.S. government as a co-conspirator to Hamas, we have no choice but to call on Keith Ellison to resign from his held office as United States Representative. Congressman Ellison, by openly cavorting with bigoted and pro-terrorist elements in our society, can no longer work for the best interests of our nation.”

Keith Ellison knows that CAIR has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal trial against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. I’m sure he knows that MAS-MN has anti-semitic remarks on its website. Yet he speaks at their events. Why did he still speak at their events? Isn’t he in a position to speak out against these things? Until he speaks out, we should assume that he doesn’t find MAS’s statements objectionable. Until he disassociates himself from CAIR, we should assume that he believes in their mission.

I’ll ask this simple question: Which other congressman could have ties to bigots like MAS and CAIR and remain a congressman?

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