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Conservative Common Sense Richard Falknor on 11 Jun 2015

Common Sense: Why Did Loudoun GOP Statesman Delegate Randy Minchew Sponsor A General Assembly Commendation For The Adams (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Center?

Last week Leesburg Today’s Mike Stancik reportedMinchew Kicks Off Re-election Run”–

“Loudoun Treasurer H Roger Zurn Jr., who has held his office since 1996, introduced Minchew and said the best word to describe him is ‘statesman,’ because Minchew’s had a respected career and has concentrated on helping the most amount of constituents.”

If not a coronation, certainly a celebration of his incumbency and his earlier service to the former governor?

But we had already been astonished to learn of Randy Minchew’s sponsorship (click here) in the Virginia House of Delegates of House Joint Resolution No. 934 (final text February 26, 2015) declaring–

“RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the ADAMS Center for more than 30 years of comprehensive service to the community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the ADAMS Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s contributions to Northern Virginia.”

The Troubling History of the Adams Center

Let’s start with the Western Journalism Review‘s March 7, 2011 “Obama Asks Terrorism Help — from Muslim Brotherhood Spinoff” (click here) —

“Preemptive Groveling
Flush with instances of American Muslims supporting Islamic jihad, Rep. Peter King is set to launch his investigation into the radicalization of U.S. mosques, imams, and the faithful they serve later this week. Barack Obama, ever keen to reach out to the Muslim community, decided to get ahead of this by sending a deputy to plead with the extremists for cooperation. On Sunday, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough spoke to a Sterling, Virginia, mosque some believe is a model of moderate Islam: the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), led by imam Mohamed Magid. Indeed, McDonough began by thanking Magid by name.
Although the Sudanese-born imam presents himself as an ecumenical, anti-terrorism leader active in ‘interfaith’ outreach, his current associations — and those of others at his mosque — present a different picture.”

In 2013, counter-terorism expert Patrick Poole in his “BLIND TO TERROR: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S DISASTROUS MUSLIM OUTREACH EFFORTS AND THE IMPACT ON U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY” (click here) explained–

“At the same time that the DOJ inspector general began its investigation of the FBI’s continued contacts with CAIR in violation of stated policy, the bureau began taking another approach. In March 2012, the FBI released guidelines it claimed informed its purge of hundreds of documents and more than 300 presentations from its counterterrorism training materials. This ‘Touchstone document’ articulates the FBI’s new policy that associating with a terrorist organization, if that organization has both violent and legal elements, does not mean that someone agrees with the violent ends of that organization:
This distinction includes recognition of the corresponding principle that mere association with organizations that demonstrates both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objective(s).
Thus, according to this new FBI policy, if the group supports violence but performs some legitimate functions (say, for instance, al-Qa’ida, which Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA] infamously said helped pay to build schools, roads, and day care centers, associating with that group, according to the FBI, doesn’t mean you support that group’s violent ends. Thus, the terror support of their Muslim outreach partners is absolved with a rhetorical sleight-of-hand.
This is why Mohamed Majid, who just a few years before was treated as a pariah by the Attorney General of the United States after federal prosecutors named his organization as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history, can just a few short years later not only be rehabilitated, but can regularly be found–much as al-Qa’ida fundraiser Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi who preceded him–a frequent visitor to the White House. Just prior to President Obama’s March 2013 visit to the Middle East, ISNA openly trumpeted that Majid had advised the president prior to his trip.”

In 2015, the Center for Security Policy’s Tiger Team (p. 4 here) revealed in THE SECURE FREEDOM STRATEGY A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement”

“Indeed, particularly troubling is a fact understood by both friends and foes in the Arab world: the Muslim Brotherhood has achieved access to and influence over the highest ranks of the U.S. government. Examples abound. Two are particularly noteworthy, however:
• Mohamed Magid, the imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center (a complex of shariah adherent mosques in Northern Virginia) and for several years the president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s largest front organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has advised President Obama, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and numerous other federal agencies and their leaders.
• Mohamed Elibiary is another prominent former member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council with ties to the Brotherhood. He is the founder and president of the Freedom and Justice Foundation and Committee Chairman and Board Member of the Dallas Fort Worth chapter of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR). Elibiary played a central role in events that led up to an October 2011 letter to the White House, in which elements of the American Muslim Brotherhood demanded that the White House remove from U.S. government training curriculum information and materials relating toIslamic based terrorism, even insisting on firings, ‘retraining,’ and ‘purges.'” (click here — then go to p. 29)

But more troubling–we learned yesterday that today

“On June 11, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to Sterling, Va., to meet with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) to discuss the Department’s ongoing efforts to expand partnerships with community organizations and state and local officials on civil rights and civil liberties to safeguard local communities.“(Highlighting Forum’s)

What could the Secretary mean by–

“expand partnerships with community organizations and state and local officials on civil rights and civil liberties to safeguard local communities” ?

Maybe former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has some clues.

Andrew McCarthy warned us in 2013 of the schemes of this regime to suppress criticisms of Islam in his NRO post Coercing Conformity: A government that creates the climate for bullying is the worst of the bullies

“In ‘protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,’ then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed ‘to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.’
Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the ‘rights’ of ‘all people’ to ‘worship’ as ‘they choose,’ she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam. Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — the bloc of 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinian territories.”

Any Common Sense Solutions Here For Virginia Conservatives?

Randy Minchew is no lightweight among Virginia Republicans.  He is a respected public man…the very model of an Establishment Republican. 

Which is why his role in helping the General Assembly to commend the ADAMS Center is a troubling one.

One might start by asking the good delegate–

Do you publicly support our First Amendment free-speech rights against any Islamist “blasphemy” demands?

Perhaps he does not believe the ADAMS Center is affiliated with ISNA?  Or perhaps he believes the affiliation does not matter?

After all, if the ADAMS Center is good enough for the White House . . . ?

Does delegate Minchew “get” what we mean by “Civilization Jihad”?

Or does he see the Muslim Brotherhood as a bridge to a quieter world without the turbulence of ISIS? We suspect that there are a few big-business-oriented Republicans who might believe just that.

Not just Loudoun, but northern Virginia conservatives, should press Mr. Minchew for some full public answers.

Otherwise conservatives might think that the mainstream Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is all right with the ADAMS Center.

But if that is where the mainstream RPV stands, we should also know that explicitly.

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Related Posts:

ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA: Jihad Central from Understanding The Threat
“When considering conducting any ‘outreach’ to the ADAMS Center, organizations should decide whether they want to provide material support to a jihadi organization which seeks their destruction, or put aside the pleasantries and speak truth about who the ADAMS Center really is.”
UPDATED! George Allen Meets The Islamic Society of North America from Blue Ridge Forum
Muzzling the Grandys: Political Islam and the Virginia GOP? from Blue Ridge Forum
“Our cautionary message to the GOP Establishment:
If we still have dispassionate historians 20 or 30 years from now, we don’t want them to be able to equate fearful blindness on the part of the GOP toward Political Islam and the Muslim Mafia with the blindness of some (but not all) prominent Democrats in the 1930s and 1940s to Communist infiltration into our government and institutions.

Conservative Common Sense Richard Falknor on 08 Jun 2015

Common Sense: Loudoun County GOP Unity? We Hear You. But How About Real Accountability in Times of Peril?

Our friends at the Bull Elephant reported Friday in their “Loudoun County Republicans Take a Stand for Party Unity”–

“a group of Loudoun County Republicans, including LCRC chairman Mike Haynes, elected officials, and new candidates, held a press conference to stand strongly for party unity, criticizing two former Republicans for running against Republican candidates.”

But the Loudoun GOP should now put first things first — and insist their Representative in the Congress Barbara Comstock explain in plain words and in public fora her positions on current survival issues.  For starters–

  • on Obamatrade here,
  • on immigration here,
  • and her links to pro-amnesty NYC billionaire Paul Singer here.

Not Just Unity: Accountability

Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) chair Mike Haynes is indeed correct when he declares–

“in 2016, once again Loudoun County will be political ground zero in America.”

This link should help explain why Loudoun matters in the American scheme of things.

The sachems of our local GOP Establishment have indeed made a big public noise about two members of the faithful who have strayed from the flock and are troubling the others.

And their protest is right in the American tradition.

So let’s accept Mr. Haynes’s evaluation of Loudoun’s political importance, and acknowledge hearing his plea for Party unity.

But today is not the benign America of Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 or Ronald Reagan in 1982.

This is an America undergoing “transformation” by a lawless president who is using every remaining day of his tenure to try to complete his work throughout all levels of government and society. This is an America that may be severely “transformed” by January 2017. And this is an America whose opposition party — the GOP — not only flees confrontation with the president but is widely perceived as having few if any steady principles.

“Survival” Issues?

Today Senator Jeff Sessions explains how “Fast-Track Would Give Obama Green Light To Form EU-Inspired ‘Pacific Union,’ Surrender Congress’ Treaty Powers

Senior Republican Sessions asked the president here “Why Are You Keeping Obamatrade’s New Global Governance Secret?”

And the Alabama constitutional expert listed “Myth Vs. Fact On Fast-Track Executive Authority.

The Congress has continued to bankroll Obama’s amnesty.

But we can revisit from last March Sessions On [House] Homeland Vote: ‘When It Comes To Defending Our Sovereignty There Is No ‘Moving On.’

And calling members to account? Mike Giere in his TPP – The Big Con Job – on You urges us to ask members–

“have you even read the pact, and do you support it enough to make sure that the American people have a chance to read it as well?”

Without the Loudoun GOP becoming an engine of accountability in times of grave national peril, the words of the good Mr. Haynes will sadly be heard — at best — as Professor Luftmensch.