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.

Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2015

Source: Muslims “Have Nothing Whatsoever to do with Terrorism”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2015 | raymondibrahim.com

As Muslim jihadis, mobs and regimes terrorized Christians and others throughout the world of Islam, in the West, institutions—from governments to grade schools—empowered and praised Islam, often at the expense of Christians.

On November 2, a group of Muslims stormed the Church of our Lady of Carmen, in the town of Rincon de la Victoria, Spain, and smashed wooden statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus on the cross. The month before, a Moroccan man was arrested in the same town after trying to destroy another statue of the Virgin Mary while screaming “Allahu Akbar!”

U.S. President Barack Obama described the idea of giving preference to persecuted Christian refugees as “shameful”— even though helping persecuted refugees is what America has always been doing and much of what it is about.  “That’s not American.  That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” Obama admonished.  Unfortunately for the president, statistics were soon released indicating that “the current [refugee] system overwhelmingly favors Muslim refugees. Of the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far, only 53 are Christians while 2,098 are Muslim.” So, although Christians are 10% of Syria’s population—and possibly the most persecuted group—only 2% of the refugees entering America are Christian.

Adding to the confusion, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush falsely claimed that Syrian President Bashar Assad  “executes Christians.”  In reality, not only have Christian minorities long been protected under the secular regime of Assad — himself a member of a religious minority — but many Christian refugees who fled the jihad in Iraq went to Assad’s Syria for sanctuary.

Accordingly, the head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Youan, in a November interview, accused Western governments of “perpetuat[ing] the endless conflict in Syria” and of having “betrayed the Christians of the East. We explained from the beginning that our situation was different from that of other nations in the region, they were not listened to. And now we mourn deaths over the past five years….It’s a shame that the West has abandoned Christians to this situation.”

Less than a week after jihadis murdered 130 people in Paris, Hillary Clinton asserted that Muslims “have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.” Continue reading

Missouri: Islamic Center Rises On Reavis Barracks – St. Louis

A 60ft minaret is a focal point of the new St. Louis Islamic Center Nur.

Occupied territory. Another Islamic enclave thanks to Bill Clinton. via Islamic Center Rises On Reavis Barracks – St. Louis Bosnians

The worship campus will include a mosque, a school and a senior center. Work began in November 2013 with a ground-breaking ceremony that included then-County Councilman (now County Executive) Steve Stenger and state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and hundreds of future worshippers.

“So far, so good. Excellent progress,” said Imam Ahmed Serdarevic, who will preside over the center. “The tower, the minaret, the visible, symbolic parts are complete. The biggest part remaining is the parking area.”

R & K Builders is the general contractor for the project, which will be completed sometime in 2015.

“We hope sooner than later,” said Imam Serdarevic.

The project was undertaken to accommodate the area’s growing Bosnian population, which is overwhelmingly of the Islamic faith.

“That population has been migrating from the South city, where many of them worshiped at our Gravois center, to South County,” said Serdarevic. “We had been renting the building on Gravois. This will be a center of worship that we own.”

An estimated 77,000 Bosnian immigrants reside in the area and comprise a large percentage of the Affton School District enrollment.

“We currently have about 250 families that worship at our center. We expect that to grow,” Serdarevic said. “More than 1,000 donors have contributed their support to this project; that makes it very special.”

As per Muslim tradition, the mosque will host five times of prayer daily, with the main weekly service on Friday afternoon. During the season of Ramadan – which falls in the overlap of June and July – nightly worship services will be held at the mosque.

Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult Operating Charter Schools Across U.S. (VIDEO)

And they have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s family foundation and to her presidential campaign.

via ISLAMIC SUPREMACISM DOES BUSINESS IN U.S. VIA A TURKISH CULT:

It has become increasingly apparent that the United States is not only confronting a violent effort by Islamic supremacists to impose the program they call shariah on the rest of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim, alike. Dangerous as jihadist terrorism is, America – and the rest of the Free World, for that matter – also face what amounts to a pre-violent assault.

The Muslim Brotherhood calls this stealthy, seditious effort to “destroy us from within” a “civilization jihad.” One of its prime practitioners in this country is the Gulen Movement, a cult/business empire led by a reclusive Turkish expatriate, Fethullah Gulen, who operates from within an armed camp in the Poconos.

As The Gulen Movement monograph makes clear, one of the most troubling aspects of this cult is its success in advancing the Islamic supremacist agenda – albeit under the guise of Turkish nationalism – via one of the fastest-growing networks of publicly funded charter schools in the United States.

Fethullah Gulen is wanted on multiple international arrest warrants issued by the regime of his one-time ally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Here in the United States, government investigators are also looking into numerous allegations against the Gulen Movement involving: indoctrination, influence operations, salary-kickback schemes, visa system abuse and more.

In fact, the allegations against the Gulen Movement extend all the way to the U.S. Congress. In late October 2015, a USA Today investigation revealed that the Gulen Movement had illegally funded more than 200 trips to Turkey for Members of Congress since 2008. It did so using false disclosure statements that concealed their Gulen sponsorship from both the legislators and the House Ethics Committee, which had been misled into approving member- and/or staff participation in the trips.

Thus, in spite of the Gulen Movement’s carefully projected image of harmony, interfaith dialogue, and tolerance, a far more troubling picture is beginning to emerge that the Center believes warrants a closer look.

A PDF of the newly released monograph is embedded below:

THE GULEN MOVEMENT – Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and its Contributions to the Civilization Jihad


Dozens more posts on the Gulen Movement in the Creeping Sharia archives.

Update: Poconos-based Muslim cleric on trial in absentia in Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Salafist Stronghold in Europe

As noted in a previous post, Clinton’s Bosnia becoming ISIS stronghold in the heart of Europe.

via Bosnia and Herzegovina: European Salafist stronghold – France 24

Around 300 Bosnians are fighting alongside jihadists in Syria today. Many of them are believed to have been radicalised when Salafist preachers emerged in Bosnia during the 1992-1995 war. Today the tiny Balkan nation is facing an increasingly alarming security situation as the jihadists threaten to return home, calling for terror strikes in Bosnia, and elsewhere in Europe. FRANCE 24 reports from Bosnia.

The Islamic State group has seen a surge in recruitment, with Bosnians topping the list in Europe. It is an increasingly dangerous situation for Bosnia, where the previously laid-back attitude towards practicising Islam is slowly being replaced by a hardline Salafist approach.


Saudi prince to Clinton: “Muslims will never forget your deliverance of Bosnia-Herzogovenia and Kosovo”

Flashback: Clinton OK’d Iran-Bosnia Arms Sales Violating UN Embargo

 

 

Muslim Persecution of Christians Continues

From February 2009 through November 2012, the Political Islam website documented hundreds, if not thousands, of instances of Muslim persecution of Christians in a long-running monthly series titled, “Bulletin of Christian Persecution Archives.”

An April 2013 post included this call to action:

BE A FRONTLINE FIGHTER!

The Bulletin of the Persecution of Christians is looking for a researcher/editor to keep up with the violence, rapes, murders of Christians across the globe from the CSPI perspective. Keep up with current events, log cut and paste articles and organize and enter them in a basic format. The job requires minimal training and takes 4-5 hours a month. The position is unpaid..

If interested, email bw@politicalislam.com.


Political Islam’s series ended however Muslim persecution of Christians has not.

Raymond Ibrahim began a similar and equally devastating series, Muslim Persecution of Christians, that has run from July 2011 to the present. The series is described below:

The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world has become endemic.  Accordingly, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

1)          To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, persecution of Christians.

2)          To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Islamic Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism laws that criminalize and sometimes punish with death those who “offend” Islam; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam;  theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or third-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination thereof.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.


Read through the archives linked above.

Christian, Jewish and other quasi-religious organizations in the U.S. are flooding America with Muslims. The same Muslims who for 1,400 years have been persecuting them as their prophet did and as the Koran and other Islamic texts teach them.

The evidence is overwhelming, yet Obama and the State Dept Refuse to Rule ISIS Slaughter of Christians is Genocide.

Dem’s H.Res 569 Furthers Clinton-OIC Cause to Criminalize Criticism of Islam in U.S.

Hillary Clinton has been working with the Organization of Islamic Countries (prior to name change) for years to institute a worldwide Islamic blasphemy law.

clinton-oic via H.Res 569 Furthers Cause of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Criminalize Criticism of Islam in US > New English Review

On December 17, 2015, leading Democrat members of the House introduced House Resolution 569 that effectively completes the effort of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s plan to criminalize criticism of Islam embodied in UN Human Rights Council 16/18“combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.” passed in March 2011. UNHRC Res. 16/18 is modeled on extremist Pakistani Blasphemy Laws used to prosecute imperiled minority Christians for alleged desecration of the Qur’anic canon and Sharia Law. It is not lost on this writer that Democratic Presidential front runner, Hillary Clinton facilitated the efforts of the OIC to further UNHRC Res. 16/18 in the July 2011 Istanbul Process and the hearings held at US State Department in December 2011 at which representatives of OIC member Muslim states and representatives of the US Justice Department met under the guise of Islamophobia to further the Saudi –sponsored agenda of silencing criticism of Islam or any religion, a right guaranteed in our First Amendment.

Janet Levy in an email noted:

In accordance with the 10 year plan of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to implement U.N. Resolution 16/18 and criminalize all criticism of Islam worldwide, the House has issued H. Res. 569 in condemnation of violence, bigotry and “hateful rhetoric” toward Muslims in the U.S.

This bill comes on the heels of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s post-San Bernardino attack promise to the Muslim American community to prosecute anyone guilty of anti-Muslim speech.  (Note:  The attack occurred on December 2nd.  In an unparalleled display of respect and sympathy for the victims and their families, Ms. Lynch’s pronouncement was made on December 3rd, before the bodies were even laid to rest).

Passage of this legislation will be the death knell for the First Amendment and the end of any and all discourse and education about the threat posed by the global jihad.

For a cogent analysis of this misguided and dangerous House resolution sponsored by minority Democrats read “A Congressional Prelude to Censorship”, posted by Edward Cline at the Center for the Advancement of capitalism blog, Rule of Reason.

Below are the sponsors and   text of H. Res. 569. Among the sponsors are  Democrat National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, members of the Latino  and Black Congressional Caucuses  and the two elected Muslim US Representatives, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN).

[Read it here]

In [the December 13, 2011] NRO, Shea [Nina Shea, of the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom] addressed why this Conference in Foggy Bottom [was] such a bad idea in her post, D.C. Islamophobia Conference Was a Bad Idea.

Yesterday marked the opening of the international conference announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a high-level meeting on Islamophobia that she co-chaired, held last July in Istanbul and hosted by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At the time, Secretary Clinton described this week’s conference as a move to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.”

This State Department conference, entitled “The Istanbul Process,” is proving to be a very bad idea. It remains to be seen whether speech limitations to protect religion generally and Islam specifically will be officially endorsed by the conference — similar recommendations have already been adopted by the OIC and by the EU conference participants — but, judging from the opening session, at least some of my misgivings seem well founded.

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The three-day conference was closed to the public, but I was invited to its opening session (as well as to the closing session to be held on Wednesday) by virtue of my being a commissioner on the official but independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Chatham House Rules,” which State directed us to abide by, forbid releasing anything about a specific delegation or quoting for attribution.

To speak more generally, then: legal and security officials of a delegation which will remain unnamed gave a sweeping overview of American founding principles on religious freedom and how they have been breached time and again in American history by attacks against a broad variety of religious minority groups — including now against Muslims. A raft of current cases was mentioned; America’s relative exemplary and distinctive achievement in upholding religious freedom in an emphatically pluralistic society was not. That same speaker reassured the audience, which was packed with diplomats from around the world, that the Obama administration is working diligently to prosecute American Islamophobes and is transforming the U.S. Justice Department into the conscience of the nation, though it could no doubt learn a thing or two from the assembled delegates on other ways to stop persistent religious intolerance in America.

Across the room, smirking delegates from some of the world’s most repressive and intolerant regimes could be spotted, furiously taking notes.

The Saudi Justice Minister was recently in the U.S. but unfortunately departed before the conference opened and won’t be making any presentation on how the Saudis stop religious intolerance. Nor will his delegation be making any apologetic mention of the Saudi ban on churches, its repression of its large indigenous Shiite population, its textbooks teaching that Jews should be killed, or its beheading yesterday of a woman for sorcery, in addition to another recent beheading of a Sudanese man for the same crime.

Meanwhile, at U.N. headquarters in New York, a new resolution following on 16/18 has been introduced by the OIC and will soon be voted on by the General Assembly, where it will no doubt passed with U.S. approval. It singles out for praise regarding the promotion of religious tolerance one state — Saudi Arabia.


 

Related Creeping Sharia posts:

Hillary Clinton to host OIC to discuss ‘defamation of Islam’ implementation

Islamic countries still attempting to stamp out free speech worldwide

State Dept detains American as “threat” for covering secretive UN meeting with Islamic nations

State Dept Attendance at Islamic Meeting to Ban Free Speech Scrubbed from Website

Hillary Clinton’s complicity with the OIC towards these ends is no surprise either, since she met twice with the OIC last year as part of the “Istanbul Process,” including her vow to use “old fashioned techniques of peer-pressure and shaming” to target “Islamophobia.”

Those meetings played out last December when the State Department backed the OIC-drafted UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. Check out the membership of the UN Human Rights Council.


Contact Your Elected Officials ASAP and demand they protect your freedom of speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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