As I have reported before in Congress there is a group that purports to represent the concerns and needs of ALL Muslims working for Congress, and indeed all Muslims in America and those affected by US policy.
Heretics Crusade has done a series of posts on this group, the public background of it’s executive board and some analysis of the “resources” provided on the CMSA website.
The Congressional Muslim Staffer’s Association website reads in part:
The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) was established in 2006, during the 109th Congress, and is an officially recognized Congressional staff association registered with the Committee on House Administration. Every Congressional term, the CMSA receives sponsorship from a Congressional Member(s) to be registered with the Committee on House Administration. Congressmen Ellison and Carson are the current CMSA sponsors for the 111th Congress…
The CMSA is a valued resource to Congressional Members and staff, conducting programs that increase their awareness about the diverse Muslim American community and presenting the plurality of the community’s social and political perspectives and concerns…
Any Muslim Congressional employee is considered a CMSA member regardless of their level of participation or the degree that they publicly identify themselves as “Muslim”…
So, here we have a group that CLAIMS to represent virtually all Muslims and former Muslims who happen to work for Congress, they also claim to represent the views of “mainstream” American Muslims, yet they only invite Islamist friendly speakers and only link to Islamist friendly resources and to conservative Islamic Law sites.
In my previous pieces regarding the CMSA I have shown the bias that seems to permeate almost all the the links and people associated with the group. Today I want to address a new concern, elections of the CMSA executive board.
Now the CMSA website declares in no uncertain terms that:
The Executive Board is elected on an annual basis, with its term being congruent with the calendar year beginning on January 1st and ending December 31st. Board elections are held in late November/early December. Elections are coordinated by an Ex-Officio Board Member who cannot run for any Executive Board position.
The only problem with that is that the Executive Board changed not a single member from last year, no election was announced on the site and no candidates were provided, nor was there any listing of votes received.
The only (sporadic, and now long since ended) contact I had with ANY member of the board informed me that elections were ACTUALLY held in sync with Representative’s elections but, the web site still (two months later)proclaims their yearly occurrence.
The board members are listed, and contactable but, do not seem to have mastered hitting the reply button or returning calls. One wonders how they manage to function on the staff of a Congressman with such poor communication skills! Not one email or message that I have sent/left inquiring as to facts or inviting their response to my posts has been answered.
My last message was to Assad Ahkter Himself, Lord High Poobah of the CMSA, asking him to please correct the miscommunication of his, no doubt sincere, subordinates and please inform me of the dates, participants, and votes received for their last election. Not even an echo has been heard.
Surely there is someone on the Hill who can pop into Congressman Ellison’s or Congressman Carson’s office and ask them to please inform their protégés that transparency is about the public being able to SEE things, not that the things sought after should be invisible!