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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 16 Oct 2011 03:17 pm

Time to Man Up on Political Islam

ADD-ON OCTOBER 17! WorldNetDaily chief Joseph Farah early this month illuminated our conservative perspective through his “Meet the real Grover Norquist.” Faithful readers now know that David Horowitz veteran editor of FrontPageMag.com has warned about Political Islam penetrating even the conservative movement. They are now aware that veteran investigator and Middle East expert Ken Timmerman has addressed the question of the camel’s nose under the tent in his “Grover Norquist’s New Muslim Protégé.” They have followed Catherine and Fred Grandy’s struggle to get the truth out about Political Islam and Shariah in our national capital area. Few local activists can now credibly say “I didn’t know.” The next step is to get the right message to those who work the gears in the Maryland and Virginia GOP. Scroll to bottom for entire add-on.

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The news about Political Islam keeps getting more troubling — yet the silence of local GOP voices on this grave concern is deafening.

Nationally, it is a little better.  Senate GOP whip Jon Kyl talks up Jim Woolsey’s and Seth Leibsohn’s NRO post Zuhdi Jasser’s Counter-Jihad:
The administration refuses to utilize a strong opponent of radical Islam
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The two intelligence experts declare —

“Dr. Jasser, a practicing Muslim, is a physician and former lieutenant commander in the Navy — someone who, like Rick Rescorla, served his country with distinction, and continues to do so both in his medical practice and in his public warnings and teachings about the dangers from radical Islam. One of his efforts has been to confront members of Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), who continually denigrate America. Jasser’s view is that we should promote the virtues of American freedom and tolerance, which American Muslims enjoy, and should also publicize the way our efforts abroad have given freedom to Muslims in other countries. Indeed, while most so-called mainstream Muslim and Arab groups in America feed hysteria and spread conspiracy theories, Dr. Jasser despises the grievance narrative; he loves America.”

On the local level, however, it looks as if it is time for genuinely independent Tea Partiers and the conservative grass roots to weigh in and bell the cats.

Grover Norquist and David Ramadan—Yet Again

In covering the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in Detroit, WorldNetDaily (WND) reports on Friday that “Grover Norquist headlined conference with CAIR leader: Anti-tax crusader also featured with author of ‘exposé’ of ‘Islam”-bashing network’ – –

“Grover Norquist, perhaps the best-known conservative anti-tax campaigner, was a headliner at an Islamic leadership conference along with the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan branch and the co-author of a report that slanders critics of radical Islam, including Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson.

Norquist, famous for his no-tax-increase pledge, was featured along with CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid and Wajahat Ali, co-author of “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” at the National Leadership Conference in Detroit Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, sponsored by the Arab American Institute.

Ali’s book claims to expose ‘the Islam-bashing network in America,’ targeting Frank Gaffney and David Yerushalmi of the Center for Security Policy, along with Spencer, director of Jihad Watch; Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum; and Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Last week, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., denounced Norquist from the House floor for his ‘unsavory’ connections, including ties to known terrorist financiers Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami Al-Arian, his support for the Ground Zero mosque and his advocacy for transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil.”

The WND story further reminds us that —

Norquist is also behind the Republican candidacy of Imam Afif ‘David’ Ramadan in Virginia’s 87th legislative district.”

A Maryland Judge With Just The Right Credentials

Think Progress trumpets last Tuesday: Maryland’s First Muslim Judge Gets Promoted

Last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) appointed Judge Hassan A. El-Amin, who became the first Muslim appointed to the Maryland state judiciary when he was appointed as a district judge in 2000, to a Maryland Circuit Court. Judge El-Amin’s new assignment includes the most serious criminal cases and major civil cases — as a district judge, El-Amin dealt primarily with misdemeanors and small claims.”

The good judge, readers should know, became a  CAIR laureate in October 2004, according to a report in  the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs. (Scroll down in previous link.)

“Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky and CAIR board member, was the first speaker. He stated that although everyone is proud of what CAIR has accomplished, the organization needs to ‘go to the next level.’ In order to do so, he said, there needs to be more grassroots organizations.

Next, the Islamic Community Service Award was presented to three notable people in the Muslim community. The first recipient was the Honorable Hassan A. El-Amin of the Maryland District Court for Prince Georges County. Judge El-Amin urged the Muslim community to ‘listen to the African-American people.’ Because of their struggles in the past and their experiences, he said, the African-American community can teach other minority groups how to fight and win the struggle against injustice.”

CAIR is the acronym for the Council on American-Islamic Relation. Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy details the background of this questionable group in his 2009 article CAIR’s Well-Deserved Expulsion: Terrorism is only one expression of jihad — there are others as dangerous.

Judge El-Amin apparently keeps CAIR well in mind.

As Rana Khan of the MuslimLinkPaper reports on October 7 —

“’Maryland is a fairly progressive state and the Maryland Judiciary has been very progressive, under Chief Judge Robert M. Bell,’ says El-Amin. In 2006, El-Amin organized and conducted a workshop entitled, ‘What Judges Need to Know About Islam’ at a Maryland Judicial Conference in Cambridge, Maryland.  ‘This was at the request of my colleagues in the judicial system,’ says El-Amin. Among the speakers he invited for the workshop were the late W.D.Muhammad and Arsalan Iftekar of CAIR from the Council on American Islamic Relations.”

Here and here are several views of the judge’s performance on the bench.

We are grateful to Creeping Sharia for writing about this appointment, and to those who brought their post to our attention.

We are also grateful to Wafa Unus of MuslimLinkPaper for keeping us in the loop last Thursday with that reporter’s FBI Meets with Local Muslim Leaders Over Islamophobic Training Material

“On Friday September 16, 2011, Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office requested a conference call to discuss the recent controversy surrounding anti-Muslim FBI training. Six different local Muslim organizations were represented in the conference call among them the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), as well as the Duane Morris Law Firm. McJunkin then requested a physical follow-up meeting for October 3, 2011 to further discuss the topics brought up in the conference call.” . . .  “However, FBI Director Robert Mueller insisted when testifying in Congress that the Bureau was no longer engaging in these ‘rare’ and ‘isolated’ training sessions. However, questions remain as to whether or not the FBI’s Quantico library, a private resource for agents, still carries numerous books written by anti-Islam authors.”

It will be a comfort to mainstream America to know how sensitive the FBI is to Political Islam.

One wonders whether the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is tracking this back-and-forth between ADAMS and MPAC and the FBI management.  We wouldn’t want the Bureau giving away the store, so to speak.  After all, the GOP did take back the House last November and thus its committee leadership.

Candidate Dick Black and His Maryland Campaign Print Shop.

But back to local concerns with Political Islam. Two weeks ago we revealed in our Dick Black’s Contributors: Political Islam Stalking Virginia? the extent of his contributions from sources arguably part of Political Islam.

Former delegate Black is now running for the Virginia state senate in district 13, which happens to be where your author lives.

When Mr. Black is reported as saying in 2005 “the Israeli-occupied West Bank must be ‘entirely cleaned out’ of Israeli settlements and returned to Palestinians,” he makes this evangelical Christian very nervous.

Perhaps he didn’t grasp the impact of the phrase “cleaned out” in such a context? Perhaps, even more charitably, one of his hosts at the ADAMS Center just slipped those lines into his hands at the last minute and he uttered them without reflection.

As explained in our October 2 post, below are Mr. Black’s campaign receipts from some organizations reasonably seen as part of the questionable Safa Group, going to either to his delegate races or to his current race for state senate seat.

Reston Investments $17,650  (2002-2011)

Sterling Management Group $13,750 (2003-2011)

Mena Investments $11,500 (2002-2010)

Mena Estates $10,650 (2002-2011)

Mar-Jac Investments $9,250 (2003-2010)

Mar-Jac Poultry $3,000 (2005)

This is almost $66,000 from 2002 to 2011 from these sources.

$86,000-plus to the Maryland Campaign Printer

But what about Mr. Black’s payments to International Graphics in Beltsville, MD:  $70,495 in 2010 and 2011 for state senate campaign materials; and $16,000 in 2003 for delegate campaign materials?

Nothing wrong with engaging printers, and a mailing house, and so forth.  Nearly every candidate needs them.

But what have we learned about International Graphics itself?

Here is International Graphics as clearly part of Amana Publications, a company discussed by David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry in their Muslim Mafia”

“CAIR has a lot at stake in the Safa investigation.  The ties between it and the Saudi-backed group are incestuous.  For starters, CAIR contracts with [Jamal] Barzinji’s brother’s printing company to publish the books and other propaganda materials it distributes. Amana Limited’s offices were among those searched after 9/11.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Here are some of Amana’s publications.

Would their products head your reading list?

Why does Dick Black send his campaign business to this particular printer–  one which is also in Maryland?

What will Mr. Black do before November 8 to assure 13th district voters that he (finally) recognizes the danger of Political Islam in Virginia?

Dick Black has earned a reputation as a Man of the Right. It would be lamentable to lose this seat to the Other Team because of he didn’t correct his willful blindness.

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ADD-ON OCTOBER 17! WorldNetDaily chief Joseph Farah early this month illuminated our conservative perspective through his “Meet the real Grover Norquist” – –

“Does Grover Norquist appear to be the gravitational center of an effort at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the conservative movement and politics in America more generally? Yes, he does! Grover Norquist suggests those concerned about the threat of Shariah law, Islamic terrorism and jihadist tyranny are all prone to exaggeration and anti-Muslim bigotry.Grover Norquist, through his pimping for GOProud, is undermining a central tenet of conservatism – support for the traditional family, marriage and a moral system based on the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible. But, because of Grover Norquist’s influence, it gets even worse for the conservative movement, I’m afraid.  It is my considered opinion that Norquist is not even the ‘economic conservative’ he is celebrated to be. Even before the Republican House majority was seated after the 2010 election, Norquist began devising the strategy behind the total capitulation of the leadership on the raising of the debt limit. Here was a unique opportunity for a new brand of Republican leadership that could actually take a giant step toward limited government in Washington – by simply refusing to authorize more unsustainable borrowing. Norquist was the Machiavellian architect of this very unconservative capitulation.  While he may oppose tax increases, he has no problems with the federal government gorging itself at the trough of trillions in indebtedness.”

Author and publisher Farah is also critical of Representative Frank Wolf’s fiscal policy, as we too have been here and here.

But while those taxing and spending disagreements are, in our view, very important, they are of a lower order of magnitude than protecting America right now from Political Islam and Shariah.

Farah makes one arresting point, however, that readers should weigh:  “But, getting back to the Norquist-Wolf feud, here’s the irony: Both of them support the election of Ramadan!”

Faithful readers now know that David Horowitz veteran editor of FrontPageMag.com has warned about Political Islam penetrating even the conservative movement.

They are now aware that veteran investigator and Middle East expert Ken Timmerman has addressed the question of the camel’s nose under the tent in his “Grover Norquist’s New Muslim Protégé.”

They have followed Catherine and Fred Grandy’s struggle to get the truth out about Political Islam and Shariah in our national capital area.

Few local conservative activists can now credibly say “I didn’t know.”

The next step is to get the right message to those who work the gears in the Maryland and Virginia GOP.

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