Terror-linked Muslim Groups Vetting U.S. Prison Imams

They’re placing imams in the military too. via: Radical Groups Picking Prison Chaplains | The Daily Caller (what kind of non-descript title is that Peter Hasson?)

America’s federal prisons are a “breeding ground” for potential Islamic terrorists — and have been so for years. Despite this disturbing trend, the Obama administration has enlisted Islamic organizations with known terror ties to review and endorse chaplains to work in federal prisons.

In response to an inquiry from Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Federal Bureau of Prisons provided a list of Islamic Chaplaincy Endorsers, which Grassley has since posted online. Included on the list is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has long-standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case.

In an open letter to the director of the Bureau of Prisons Thomas Kane, Grassley pointed out that “A 2009 federal district court ruling concluded that ample evidence exists showing the Islamic Society of North America’s ties to Hamas, which is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization.”

Writing about ISNA, Grassley noted: “It appears, therefore, that the BOP is relying on an organization with associations to terrorist organizations and one that the DOJ named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case to confirm credentials of those attempting to provide religious services to federal inmates. If accurate, this information is deeply troubling.”

And ISNA isn’t even the only organization with radical ties on the list of chaplaincy endorsers. The Islamic Education Center, located in Walnut, Calif., also has ties to terror organizations through its founder, Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr.

In addition to founding the Islamic Education Center, Sakr — originally from Lebanon — was a founding member of both ISNA and the World Council of Mosques, the latter of which has “a long history of providing financial support to terrorist groups,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. Sakr, who passed away just a few months ago, is listed as the contact person on the BOP’s list of chaplaincy endorsers.

“It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is stopped at the gates of each prison,” Grassley noted in his letter to Director Kane. “Currently, it is not clear whether the BOP is doing so.”

As a result of the apparent shortcomings, Grassley is asking the Bureau of Prisons to provide further information about “the process by which someone becomes a religious endorsing organization,” in addition to an explanation for why the BOP chose ISNA as a chaplaincy endorser.

Grassley is also seeking the number of currently employed religious contractors from the 2014-15 year with still incomplete background checks.

According to a 2013 article from the Huffington Post, anywhere between 35,000-40,000 inmates convert to Islam every year, presumably with the assistance of the chaplains provided by the prisons. In a 2014 op-ed in The Daily Caller, author Joy Brighton argued that the nation’s prisons have been churning out thousands of radicalized inmates every year. Brighton’s calls were echoed in a Fox News article just last month that cited experts on the subject who called federal prisons a “breeding ground” for potential terrorists.


Related posts over the years no Senator has paid attention to:

Feds BOP Failed To Conduct Check On Prison Imam Who Called for Apostates Death

Islamic Indoctrination in U.S. Prisons

U.S. Prisons Churning Out Thousands Of Radicalized Muslims

DoD’s Muslim chaplain program – birthed by convicted terrorist

U.S. military’s Muslim chaplains – trained & ‘vetted’ by Islamists

U.S. Military Hires Chaplains from Muslim Brotherhood Entity

Yale Muslim Chaplain: Muslims will win final victory in the West

Harvard’s Muslim chaplain sees wisdom in killing apostates

NYC: Dept of Corrections Muslim chaplain who smuggled blades into jail is convicted murderer

Terror cleric al-Awlaki trained Muslim chaplains at DoD

 

Tennessee: Williamson school board divided…on banning terrorist-linked material

WhosFundingCAIRDivided? Divided? WTF? via: Williamson school board debates proposal on terrorist-linked material  h/t Islamist Watch

The Williamson County school board was divided Monday night over a proposal that would prohibit teachers from using supplementary material linked to terrorist organizations.

Some school board members said the policy revision was unnecessary and demeaning to teachers, while others said the revision was simply an extra precaution.

“I respect teachers as much as anyone in this room,” said school board member Beth Burgos, who introduced the policy revision. “I adamantly disagree that this ties their hands or in any way disrespects them. It’s the opposite.”

Burgos added: “I just want to safeguard our district and our parents and our teachers and our students.”

Burgos said there have been incidents — locally and nationally — where at least one group with known ties to terrorism has attempted to “infiltrate” classrooms.

Burgos said a teacher in Bristol used a PowerPoint in class provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is a national Muslim advocacy group. Although not convicted in court as a terrorist organization, some believe the group has connections to terrorist organizations.

“I believe it’s a real threat,” Burgos said, referring to terrorist groups interested in influencing the American education system.

The policy revision says supplemental instructional materials, including online resources, must not be provided by or associated with known terrorist groups or organizations with known ties to terrorist groups.

A terrorist group is defined as “any Foreign Terrorist Organization as designated by the United States Department of State.” An organization with known ties to terrorist group is one “comprised of or including members who have, in a court of competent jurisdiction, been convicted of or found to be conspirators in providing material support to terrorist organizations.”

The policy revision also says parents are entitled to review supplemental instructional materials used in class.

“None of our teachers are going to knowingly look for materials provided by terrorist groups,” said school board member Anne McGraw. “I don’t think our teachers are going to Hamas and pulling down supplementary materials.”

Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to the U.S. Department of State.

McGraw and school board members Jay Galbreath and Bobby Hullett questioned who would monitor teacher selection of supplemental materials.

School board members Dan Cash, Candace Emerson and Susan Curlee said they supported Burgos’ proposal.

“We’re not doing any harm to add to this policy,” Emerson said.

School officials said they do not see a need for the policy revision. They also said they do not object to the policy.

“I don’t have any objections because we don’t do any of these things,” said Tim Gaddis, referring to using supplementary materials linked to terrorist organizations. Gaddis is the district’s assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and assessment.

Gaddis added: “Our parents are entitled, and always have been, to review all supplementary materials.”

School board chairman Gary Anderson and WCS Director of Schools Mike Looney will decide whether to put Burgos’ proposal on the board’s agenda.

Burgos’ proposal follows several months of statewide concern about how Islam and other world religions are taught in public schools.

Anderson said in an interview that the board’s instructional materials policy has not been changed in 15 years.

Earlier this school year, Burgos introduced a resolution to enable parents to review classroom materials for religious bias. She later pulled the resolution before the board could vote on it.


Some information for the Williamson County Board of Education.

CAIR is HAMAS, according to a federal judge.

CAIR is also a designated terrorist organization, according to the United Arab Emirates.

The terrorist front for HAMAS has been in the classrooms in Texas, Florida and Tennessee among other states and they’ve harassed and bullied schools all over America. Scroll through these archives for years of examples.

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Florida: Temple Terrace Police Chief Poses With Convicted Muslim Terror Supporter

Fariz (left) with Terrace Temple FL Police Chief Albano

Source: Convicted Terror Supporter Poses With FL Police Chief

Seems some law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida are succumbing to Islamophilia. What started out as a good gesture for community relations with its police department in Temple Terrace FL, turned into a photo op for a convicted terrorist and members of organizations that support him. The question is, did Chief Kenneth Albano know who the majority of the attendees of “Coffee with a Cop” were?

It is important to note it is not always controllable who will attend functions presented by local police, but it also is important that police recognize who they are forever memorialized in pictures with. In this picture, Chief Albano is with Hatem Fariz,(left) who was convicted and served prison time for “Conspiracy to make and receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of specially designated terrorists” The terrorist organization was the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). 

Fariz after being sentenced to 51 months in prison

Hatem Fariz was also convicted and sentenced to prison on welfare fraud he committed while owner and operator of a convenient store in Illinois. The most troubling part of Fariz though, is his relationship with Sami al Arian, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,who after serving prison time, was deported to Turkey in Feb 2015.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is “an Islamic, Palestinian nationalist organization that violently opposes the existence of Israel. Designated as a U.S. State Department terrorist organization in 1997, the PIJ targets Israeli civilian and military personnel in its commitment to the creation of an Islamic regime in all of historic Palestine.” The sole purpose of the PIJ is to to destroy Israel and reestablish an Islamic State.

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) are both off shoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, which may explain Fariz’s relationship with Hassan Shibly, the executive director of CAIR in the Tampa FL area. Shibly, while trying to convince everyone he is a patriotic American, has pursued many lawsuits against law enforcement, even promoting a “don’t snitch” to the FBI campaign years ago.

Also pictured with Fariz is Hatem Bazian, a staunch supporter of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel, as well as the founder of the Students for Justice in Palestine, an aggressive, anti Jewish student group on several university campuses across America.

As if Fazir’s relationships with terror organization leaders weren’t enough, Fazir is the managing director of the Islamic Community of Tampa, also known as Masjid al Qassam, a mosque which is owned and operated by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) the Muslim Brotherhood.

While we recognize Fazir did his time for his role in funding terrorists, we also recognize his penchant for associating with the same thugs. As for Chief Albano, one can only hope he hasn’t become a pawn for the Muslim Brotherhood who clearly seek to infiltrate American law enforcement.

Remember, when you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.


Background links:

Hatem Fariz pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday morning to providing nonviolent services to associates of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization.

USA v. Hatem Fariz

Muslim Brotherhood Arrive In U.S. For Anti-Sisi Rallies

muslim-brotherhood-jfkSource: MB Apologists Arrive In U.S. For Anti-Sisi Rallies :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

by John Rossomando

Three Muslim Brotherhood supporters who caused a row in Egypt last year after they met with Obama administration officials and members of Congress returned to the U.S. Wednesday, according to the Facebook page of Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice (EAFJ).

[CS: It should be noted that in 2014 an Egyptian court dissolved the Freedom and Justice party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. So EAFJ is actually Egyptian Americans for the Muslim Brotherhood].

During their 2015 trip, Brotherhood leader Gamal Heshmat, former Egyptian Judge Waleed Sharaby and Maha Azzam, head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC) lobbied State Department and White House officials for help against the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi.

The ERC formed in 2014 with the aim of toppling Sisi and bringing the Brotherhood back to power in Egypt. Sisi took power in 2013 after the Egyptian army ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

Heshmat has a long history of supporting Palestinian terrorists and was photographed in June 2014 with Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal.

The State Department agreed with the delegation’s position that Sisi had not brought stability to Egypt, and that his removal would pave the way for a transition to democracy, Sharaby told Egypt’s Mekameleen TV in an interview last February. But that has not translated into concrete action to topple Sisi.

EAFJ leaders Mahmoud El-Sharkawy, Hani Elkadi and Aber Mostafa greeted Heshmat, Sharaby and Azzam at New York’s JFK airport and posed for a picture with them displaying the Brotherhood’s four-fingered Rabaa salute which has become representative among those wanting the Brotherhood’s return to power in Egypt.

The three are scheduled to speak Friday at an event titled “Egyptian Revolution from Sacrifices to Victory” in North Bergen, N.J.

The event is timed to commemorate the Jan. 25 anniversary of dictator Hosni Mubarak’s fall from power in 2011. Heshmat wrote that his group had no plans to meet with Obama administration representatives during this visit, due to their “position biased” toward Sisi’s regime. They hope to speak with some congressmen, academics and others.

El-Sharkawy is a Brotherhood member and serves as liaison with Brotherhood members exiled in Turkey, Egypt’s Al-Bawaba newspaper reported last April.

He frequently reposts Muslim Brotherhood communiqués on his Facebook page. In December, El Sharkawy encouraged “all youth and revolutionaries” to distribute the official page of Brotherhood spokesman Muhammad Muntasir.

Elkadi seemed to self-identify as a Brotherhood member in a March 9 Facebook post showing an cartoon of a man holding a sign with the Brotherhood logo and the words which translate to, “I am [Muslim] Brotherhood and I’m not threatened.”

Last year, Elkadi, El Sharkawy and Mostafa posted graphics on their Facebook pages seeming to support violence in Egypt.

El Sharkawy and Elkadi posted a Feb. 10 communiqué from the Popular Resistance Movement (PRM) which has launched attacks against Egyptian police and other targets. It features an image of a blood-red map of Egypt with a fist superimposed over it. It claims responsibility for targeting two police cars. “God, martyrs, Revolution,” it said.

Mostafa posted the personal information of a pro-Sisi owner of an Egyptian soccer team with the word “Attaaack!” the same day.

Wisconsin Manufacturer Won’t Negotiate with Terrorist-linked CAIR

Well played. Every organization threatened by the terrorist groups like CAIR should do the same. Yes, that’s right, the Council on American Relations or CAIR was named a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates.

CAIRdiorama32via: Manufacturer Stands by Policy on Muslim Prayer Breaks – ABC News

An American-Islamic civil liberties group is asking a Wisconsin manufacturer to back away from a policy that doesn’t allow an extra break for prayer for Muslim employees.

Ariens Co., however, said Tuesday that it can handle the matter internally and that it’s not interested in negotiating through the Council for America-Islamic Relations.

CEO Dan Ariens said the prayer breaks were disrupting production at the lawn mower and snow blower manufacturer, which employs about 2,000 people, nearly half of them in Brillion. He said the best solution was to schedule break time and “stay within the policy of two, 10-minute breaks.”

Ariens says it has had longstanding religious accommodations for Muslim workers, including a prayer room. Ariens said the two-break policy isn’t new and that it was discussed during employee orientation. He said none of the workers have been fired and that he also wants to find a resolution that will allow them all to come back to their jobs without hindering production. He said the employees are valuable and would need to be replaced if they left.

Ariens said the company’s position is reasonable and legally sound. He said that if the prayer breaks were only five minutes each — and his supervisors tell him they’re often longer — then it would cost the company about $1 million annually.


Of course, Ariens wouldn’t even be in this position if hadn’t hired Islamic supremacist Muslim refugees rather than American workers. 

Previously: Wisconsin: Muslim prayer breaks result in declining production, company now has to enforce policy

 

Georgetown Profs Team Up With Suspected Muslim Brotherhood Front

Source: “Ikhwan-101” – Georgetown Profs Team Up With Suspected MB Front :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

The think tank in question, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), twice has been the subject of law enforcement investigations, once during the 1980s and again starting in 2003. Its senior leaders were listed among “members and leaders of the IKHWAN [Muslim Brotherhood]” in the United States in records obtained by the IPT from a closed FBI investigation through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Georgetown professors John Voll and Jonathan Brown each are listed as faculty members at the Fairfax Institute, an IIIT school. Voll and Brown also occupy senior faculty positions at Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU).

The center received a $20 million gift from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 2005.

The Fairfax Institute offers certificates in Imam and Muslim Community Leadership and in Islamic Thought. That may sound benign on its face, but the Institute’s parent, the IIIT, long has touted the “Islamization of Knowledge,” a program which makes Islam the key to solving society’s ills.

In implementation plans, IIIT co-founder Ismail al-Faruqi made it clear his institute’s outreach was not about teaching Westerners about Islam. Rather, its purpose is to infuse superior Islamic principles to add revelation to Western academic pursuits which are based solely on “reasoning.”

While the Muslim community in the undeveloped world “is in many respects backward,” Faruqi wrote in 1982, “…in the respect of possessing the truth, the ideological statement of it which is most conducive to religious, ethical, and material prosperity at the same time, the ummah is second to none. Because of Islam, the ummah alone possesses the vision required for the felicity of humankind, for history to be as Allah (SWT) has desired it to be.”

During a 2010 lecture, Voll described Faruqi, a Muslim Brotherhood luminary who was murdered in 1986, as “a good case of the modern intellectual who is a believer and provides a good example for thinking about what it means to be a ‘believing intellectual’ in the modern era.”

ACMCU founding director John Esposito was a student of Faruqi’s at Temple University.

IIIT, located about 22 miles from Washington, D.C. in Herndon, Va., also was investigated for possible terror financing. A 2003 search warrant affidavit alleged that the think tank was part of a network of up to 100 non-profit and for-profit organizations, inter-related through corporate officers and holding companies that facilitated terrorist funding. Financial records reviewed by law enforcement officials exhibited “a convoluted web of multiple transactions between related corporations and charities that made it virtually impossible for federal investigators to ascertain where the money … ultimately went.”

Some of the money that was clearly traceable included direct payments to a Florida think-tank which then was home to at least four members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad‘s Shura Council, in effect, its governing board. One of those directors, Ramadan Shallah, has led the terrorist group since late 1995.

Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida professor who created the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), self-identified as the PIJ board’s secretary. Al-Arian also ran a charity called the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP) which was described as “the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement Palestine” but was called ICP in America “for security reasons.” ICP rallies routinely featured PIJ spiritual leader Abdel Aziz Odeh and PIJ imagery.

IIIT President Taha Jaber Al-Alwani “spoke at ICP conferences with Al-Arian, Shallah, Sheik Odeh (spiritual leader and co-founder of PIJ) and Sheik Rahman (the ‘Blind Sheik’ convicted of conspiracy to blow up New York tunnels and the United Nations in New York in October 1995). Inasmuch as ICP conferences were, in essence, PIJ conferences, Alwani has long been a supporter of PIJ,” the 2003 affidavit said.

In a 1992 letter to Al-Arian, Al-Alwani referred to WISE as “a part of us and an extension of us.” Records also list Al-Alwani as chairman of the WISE board of trustees.

Despite its known radical ties, IIIT continues to operate ostensibly as a legitimate academic institution that seeks to “bridge the intellectual divide between the Islamic tradition and Western civilization” through various funding and outreach programs with mainstream American universities and colleges and government-funded institutions.

In 2005, in line with its funding of WISE at USF in the 1990s, the Virginia think tank offered to endow a chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Central Florida outside Orlando. IIIT also made a $1.5 million grant to George Mason University in 2008 to help expand its Islamic studies program.

IIIT tax records list similar grants, including $25,000 to Georgetown University in 2010; $597,000 to Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. between 2008-2012 as well as an additional $500,000 gift for Nazareth to fund the IIIT Chair of Interfaith Studies; $25,000 to Clarion University Foundation in 2009; $5,000 to Binghamton University (The State University of New York) in 2009; and $10,000 to the Eastern Mennonite University in 2010.

In addition, IIIT signed a memorandum of agreement with Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., to promote academic exchanges that included hosting a program on Islam in collaboration with the radical Muslim Student Association and Student Life’s Intercultural Programs at Shenandoah University.

Not every university has taken IIIT’s money, however. In 2008, Temple University – where Faruqi once taught Esposito – refused $1.5 million in funding from IIIT for a chair in Islamic studies after concerns were raised about IIIT’s alleged ties to terrorist organizations.


Read it all.

Democrats (Islamic) State of the Union’s Muslim Guests

Would they have invited Nazi’s during WWII? via: Another Dubious State of the Union Guest :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

A New Jersey Muslim community leader attending tonight’s State of the Union Address with Sen. Cory Booker also serves as treasurer of political group which strongly supports the Muslim Brotherhood and demands its return to power in Egypt, documents discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show.

Ahmed Shedeed is president of the Islamic Center of Jersey City. In explaining his invitation, Booker said Shedeed “has spoken out for religious tolerance and mutual understanding” and shows “how the diversity of America makes us all better.”

Shedeed also serves on New Jersey’s Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council.

It is unclear whether Booker knows of another leadership post Shedeed holds – treasurer of the Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR). The group emerged in 2013, after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Morsi – a member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party – from power.

The move came after millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest Morsi and the Brotherhood’s attempts to concentrate their power at the expense of the country’s crumbling economy and infrastructure.

The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt more than 80 years ago and ideally wants to see Islam spread globally and see Islamic law govern society.

In the U.S., the EADHR launched rallies in several cities, including Washington, D.C. While they avoided mentioning the Brotherhood and emphasized a desire to see the “legitimate government” restored, Brotherhood political leaders spoke at the rallies and many organizers were part of groups serving the Muslim Brotherhood in America. Shedeed is listed in an August 2013 Facebook post as a contact for a New York rally.

Many Democrats in Congress made a point of inviting Muslim guests to the annual presidential speech, as a response to an “alarming rise in hateful rhetoric against Muslim Americans and people of the Islamic faith worldwide.”

Booker’s invitation of a Brotherhood supporter, however, is another example of elected officials making poor choices in trying to showcase the breadth of Muslim American ideology. As the IPT reported Monday, two Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) officials have been invited, too.

CAIR has its own direct connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. The organization was founded as part of a Brotherhood-led Hamas-support network in the United States. In addition, FBI records obtained by the IPT through the Freedom of Information Act include an eyewitness’s claim that CAIR’s founders sought the Brotherhood’s blessings for their founding bylaws.

As we noted Monday, there are many Muslim Americans deserving the honor of an invitation to the State of the Union. Surely Booker could have done better than turning to a Brotherhood supporter.

More: House Democrats Turn to the Wrong Muslims for SOTU

As many as 25 House Democrats are expected to have Muslim guests during Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech. It’s in response to a call from Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim voted into Congress, to counter an “alarming rise in hateful rhetoric against Muslim Americans and people of the Islamic faith worldwide.”

The gesture might not generate much more than a shrug, except that in at least two cases, Democrats invited officials from a group the FBI formally avoids due to historic ties to a Hamas support network. Delray Beach Rep. Alcee Hastings invited Nezar Hamze, regional operations director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Florida. And San Jose, Cal. Rep. Zoe Lofgren invited Sameena Usman, a 10-year veteran government relations official with CAIR’s San Francisco chapter, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.

CAIR officials routinely accuse federal law enforcement of entrapping otherwise innocent and peaceful Muslims in order to gin up terrorism prosecutions. Hamze’s colleagues in CAIR-Florida are helping a family sue the FBI over the 2013 fatal shooting of a terror suspect who attacked agents after extensive questioning.

Usman’s office published a notorious poster urging Muslims to “Build a Wall of Resistance [and] Don’t Talk to the FBI.” For its part, the FBI cut off contact with CAIR, except in investigations, in 2008 based on evidence its agents uncovered which placed CAIR in a Hamas-support network in the United States.

CAIR flyer advising Muslims not to work with FBI

CAIR flyer advising Muslims not to work with FBI

Until it can be shown that those connections no longer exist, an FBI official explained in 2009, CAIR is not “an appropriate liaison partner.”

In addition, several CAIR officials have compared Israel to ISIS.

Calls to press contacts in Lofgren and Hastings’ offices were not returned Monday.

Last month, the IPT provided exclusive details from eyewitness accounts about CAIR’s creation, including an account of how a co-founder sought approval from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood for CAIR’s bylaws, and how Executive Director Nihad Awad’s move to Washington was “in order to represent Hamas.”

Hastings and Lofgren either failed to check out their guests’ employer or they don’t care. These connections have nothing to do with the faith of CAIR officials. But the organization has a record that elected officials stubbornly insist should be ignored.

Unfortunately, this is part of a pattern of outreach House Democrats seek out with the wrong people. Last month, CAIR-Florida’s Hassan Shibly was invited to the White House for a discussion about religious discrimination. Then, as with the State of the Union speech, no one from the new Muslim Reform Movement – which issued a declaration clearly rejecting “interpretations of Islam that call for any violence, social injustice and politicized Islam” and standing for “peace, human rights and secular governance.”

In 2012, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat with Awad, the only executive director in the organization’s history, at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.pelosi-cair

A seat in the House chamber for the State of the Union bestows undeserved clout to the CAIR officials. And, in trying to show the public that American Muslims are not a monolithic group of radicalized Islamists, Hastings and Lofgren are doing their cause more harm than good.

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