Florida: Muslim’s cries of ‘identity politics’ ring hollow in Orlando City Council race

A year after the Orlando jihad that killed 49 people, a Muslim is running to join the city council. And she doesn’t want her opponents to talk about her faith. Source: Asima Azam’s cries of ‘identity politics’ ring hollow in Orlando City Council race – Florida Politics

For most voters, a candidate who embraces faith — no matter which faith that would be — is seen as a positive.

But in the case of Asima Azam, a real estate attorney vying to be the first Muslim-American elected to the Orlando City Council, the way she espouses her faith smacks of just a bit of hypocrisy.

It’s not that Azam is Muslim, which (unfortunately) has become a highly charged issue in recent American politics.

It is while Azam is certainly quick to proclaim her faith, as she does in an Orlando Sentinel profile piece, she is equally quick to condemn opponents for merely mentioning it.

In February, the Sentinel wrote: “Azam said she believed, and the Orlando Sentinel’s archives suggest, she would be the first Muslim to sit on the council.”

And when Fox 35 interviewed Azam, faith is in the very first question: “You would make history because you would be the first Muslim-American to be elected to Orlando’s City Council.” In response, she proudly accepted the description: “I am a second-generation Muslim-American. My parents came from Pakistan, I’m a wife, a mom and I’m a working mom …”

Again, diversity in representation, particularly on the municipal level, is always a good thing.

However, when Robert Stuart, Azam’s opponent for the District 3 seat, mentions in a polling question that she is Muslim-American — a fact she openly embraces — both Azam and Democrats were quick to cry “identity politics.”

You just cannot have it both ways.

Comparing her statements — where Azam self-identifies as Muslim — with the polling she decries, conducted by well-regarded Democrat pollster Jim Kitchens (also a resident of District 3), they are virtually identical.

Voters were asked if the following statement increased or decreased the likelihood they would vote for my opponent or if there was no impact: “Asima Azam is a wife, mom of three and a real estate attorney. She has served on Orlando’s Building and Zoning Board but has never run for political office before. News reports state that if she won, she would be the first Muslim American elected to the Orlando City Commission.”

If the question was divisive and troublesome, why is it that Fox 35 or the Sentinel are not guilty for doing, in essence, the exact same thing?

If Azam were truly offended, why did she repost and publish the question verbatim to her Facebook page? Why not refuse to answer the Fox 35 question, or object to the Sentinel headline?

One reason the campaign now finds it offensive could be to score some quick political points with “identity politics.” Indeed, Democrats were eager to take up the issue in a recent fundraising email.

Stuart’s campaign conducted a scientific poll, using a proper sampling of District 3 voters. There were no robocalls or push-polls. It was simply asking for positive and negative responses about Stuart and his opponent, their faith, and our community service.

Such surveys are commonplace, and often use identifying features (such as the way each candidate presents themselves) to gauge voter interest.

While Azam is impressive, it is hypocritical for her to tout her heritage one moment, and accuse others of identity politics the next.


Terror-linked CAIR called it Islamophobia. But of course, they prefer sharia. Does Azam have any affiliation with CAIR? Does she support CAIR? What mosque does she attend? Voters should find out.

Muslims are aggressively working to infiltrate politics at every level across the U.S. 

8 thoughts on “Florida: Muslim’s cries of ‘identity politics’ ring hollow in Orlando City Council race

  1. Two strikes against her being a muzie and a lawyer! She can lie and defend her lie then lie about the lie!!! How convenient for her. If she truly does present herself as muslime,where is her hefty head bag???? That to me is a lie!

  2. Al-taqiyya and dissimulation are words used for a practice of Muslims blatantly lying to non-Muslims. All but some of the most fundamental Muslims consider the act of Al-taqiyya or lying to non-Muslims to be a good work. This is very important when one remembers that, in Islam, salvation is determined by good works. This means that a Muslim lying to a non-Muslim is that Muslim doing a good work to earn salvation. It is almost equivalent to a Christian accepting Jesus as his savior. One of the big differences is that a Christian only needs to accept Jesus as his savior once to become saved forever but a Muslim must do his good works consistently and repeatedly to earn his salvation with the except of the greatest work of dying while fighting non-Muslims.
    Taqiyya (Shia) or Muda’rat (Sunni): tactical deceit for the purposes of spreading Islam.
    • Kitman: deceit by omission.
    • Tawriya: deceit by ambiguity.
    • Taysir: deceit through facilitation
    (not having to observe all the tenets of Sharia).
    • Darura: deceit through necessity (to engage in something “Haram” or forbidden).
    • Muruna: the temporary suspension of Sharia in order that Muslim immigrants appear “moderate”
    Felix 1999

  3. Do not vote for any Muslim running for any office at any governmental level. Local, state, or National. Their agenda will always be government second, Islam first! A voter should ask her point blank, “if required to carry out a law which was against your Islamic beliefs, would you do it?” The constitution and Sharia law are directly opposed, which do you think she will uphold???

    • You are exactly correct. Look how many Liquor licenses get denied when Muslims get on a city board that approves those things, how many church permits get denied why how many mosques are tried to be put in at locations where there is not enough support for them in residential areas. Muslims but Islam first and there should be barred from running for any public office. The Creeping Sharia thing is real. Muslims go in an area and use their Islam approved lying and deception skills until they have sufficient numbers to take over.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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