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Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) Hides Website after Stonewalling on Board Elections Then Calls for Republicans to Hire CMSA Members

12/16/2010 / 1 Comment

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Today the CMSA (this link goes to the now defunct “public face” of the association) declared its support for the Diversity Initiative in a Congress faced with many new hires as Democrats depart and Republicans arrive; they hope the new Senators and Representatives continue to hire its members despite the changes in political balance. Yet the CMSA itself has never revealed the details of how their controlling members got and keep that control.

Paradoxically they declare that every one working for Congress who self identifies as a Muslim is eligible for membership but, they also claim to represent all “Muslims” including those who DO NOT publically identify; I can’t help think that the only point of this dual stance is to allow Muslims to pretend to the public that they are not Muslim while privately convincing the CMSA board that they are and exercising stealthy voting rights in the assoc. Is this a religion or a political movement?

Heretics Crusade has investigated this and several other aspects of the CMSA and its leadership, making public their opacity and associations; other blogs have done likewise; but the CMSA still arrogantly demands its “right” to influence the Senators, Representatives and other people of power on The Hill in the name of an amorphous group whose numbers are inflated to augment influence while their leadership seems to answer to no law or office willing to reign them in.

Today, as citizen as well as a “pundit” I sent this email to the Committee on House Administration, who purportedly have jurisdiction over organizations of this type.

Good day; I have a question concerning the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, which operates under your office’s jurisdiction. For the last two years the CMSA has refused to disclose, or even comment on, the elections their charter demands they hold for the executive committee.  No slate of candidates has ever been released nor a tally of votes received by each candidate; yet the board has not changed a single member since 2008.  This has been documented in several posts / articles on the Heretics Crusade website (http://hereticscrusade.com/series/cmsa/) as well as others such as The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch.

My question is this: I would like to know if this is usual conduct for an association of Congressional employees; and if it is not, what will this office be doing to remedy the situation?

I realize that little is likely to result from this email; however I intend to send this post to several moderate and conservative blogs and writers; but, it only takes the right pebble to start an avalanche if a boulder or two gets nudged just right; I have been tossing pebbles for two years, I do not intend to stop now.

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CMSA in the News; Praying With Al Qaida Gimme that Ole Time Religion

11/11/2010 / 1 Comment

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It seems that the MSM has finally caught up with the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association.  I have been writing about them for a couple years now; their biggest problem seems to be with transparency… as in revealing who votes for what candidates and who got how many votes in the election for their executive board… whose members stay the same, year after year… maybe now I will get those 12 articles on the CMSA some coverage!

It seems the MSM has finally noticed that the CMSA associates with some… questionable… Imams and “moderate” Muslim leaders; folks like:

Anwar al-Awlaki, the notorious Al Qaeda cleric believed to be hiding in Yemen and the lone American on the U.S. government’s capture or kill list, who conducted a prayer service on Capitol Hill shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

Randall “Ismail” Royer, a former communications associate for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who confessed in 2004 to receiving jihadist training in Pakistan. He is serving a 20-year prison term.

Anwar Hajjaj, former president of Taibah International Aid Association, which was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and U.N. in 2004.

Esam Omeish, the former president of the Muslim American Society, who was forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration in 2007 after calling for “the jihad way,” among other remarks.

Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who was forced to step down from a national terrorism committee post in 1999 for pro-terrorist comments.

Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director, who attended a Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 that was wiretapped by the FBI.

Johari Abdul Malik, Dar al-Hijrah imam, who made statements in support of convicted and suspected terrorists who attended his mosque.

Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim scholar banned from the U.S. for six years beginning in 2004 for his alleged ties and donations to terror groups. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted Ramadan’s ban in January. 

—  Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, the head of a division of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, considered a foreign agent by the U.S.”

Oh and Hey, Assad (Akhter) Who ran in the board elections this year? How many voted and who got how many votes? Hmmmm?

CMSA – Images of Muslims in America Q and A Analysis

09/03/2010 / No Comments

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The question and answer session at Assad Akhter’s CMSA panel on “discussing” the present situation for Muslim Americans as well as the “Park51 controversy” got off to a wonderful start with the moderator Suhail Khan lobbing a straw man gently underhand for Zogby to pretend to answer. 

It seems Suhail can’t understand why, in the ten years since 9/11, the mood of the average American toward Islam and Muslims has changed; fear not Dr. Zogby has the answer:

“there is a general mood afoot in the country, it is part and parcel of the broader social, unraveling I think, that is taking place. umm, we had, we saw it begin last summer, um, I think some of it has to do with the fact that we have elected an African American president and some folks just can’t ingest it. There is No Question I think, that the economic distress, and the social dislocation that has occurred is part of it. Umm, and, I think at the same time that, that 8 or 9 years of, umm, disinformation has taken the toll. But if the social conditions weren’t there, if the unraveling weren’t there, I don’t think we’d see it. Uh, in exactly the same way. It is classic, uh, xenophobic nativism; we’ve seen it in our history before…”

The multiple attacks and attempted attacks in the US by America Muslims had nothing to do with it at all Zog-man? Okaaay, moving on, Salam puts in his two scheckles worth on the subject of why Americans are less trusting of Islam in 2010…

After a sycophantic salute to Dr. Zogby, Salam veers off the question to a specific and divisive attack…

“…think we are at a crossroads in our society, in terms of what, how we define America. Is America an exclusive club? Or are we going to live up to the stand, our values of pluralism.  And when people start questioning the Christianity of our president, I think that is a form of religious nationalism. I think they’re using religion to say even religion now, in America, is part of an exclusive club.”

And here I thought that pretty much all religions except, Unitarianism, were in one way or another exclusive clubs! Or am I misunderstanding Salam; maybe I can declare myself Muslim without changing a single belief and he will say, “Welcome to Islam Brother”; but, somehow I doubt it.

“And so this exploitation of the truth that is used also for political purposes, since this is now an election year coming up to the November elections. And the fact is, Muslim Americas, they are an easy punching bag for this because we… “

I have to stop and tell you to hold on to your lunch, this is the baldest lie you have ever heard on The Hill…

“…don’t have the reach, we don’t have a lobby, we don’t have a PR infrastructure.”

Got that? Maj. Hasan went his merry Jihadist way in the Army because his colleagues were afraid to be labeled by the PC police as racists; but American Muslims have no reach.

The CMSA itself is openly a lobby; Then we have Salam’s own organization MPAC, and a couple dozen other active, influential lobby groups specifically for Muslim Americans, and Muslim Americans of various ethnic extractions and national origins; but American Muslims are a punching bag because they have no lobby!

And the last, biggest lie; American Muslims have no PR infrastructure; Check out Daniel Pipe’s web site for all the refutation of that Big Lie you could ever desire; but do not forget today’s Pravda: American Muslims have no PR Network.

Tell the Big Lie with a sincere look on your face, then repeat it as though it were gospel, over and over and over again until the sheep buy it; this seems to me to be the gospel according to Salam.

“and so, while we are responding to the, to everything, the other side obviously has the microphone. It’s really the other side of extremists.”

Wow, he actually mentioned Islamic extremists, obscurely and in passing but, he mentioned them! He must be an Islamophobe!

Other than Salam telling an obscure but rather bigoted anecdote this ended the “let us lob around a softball, while ignoring the woman, and pretend it is part of the  and A” part of the program.

I will continue with the REAL Q and A, assuming they allow any real questions, in the next post.

CMSA – Moderate Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow or Just Another bunch of “Moderates”?

09/02/2010 / 8 Comments

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Today Virginia I will be taking another look at the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. This group came to my attention (see the first post in this series) when the director of CAIR dragged out their name while creating clouds of smoke to obscure his own group’s activities.  I decided to take a closer look; what I found was not reassuring to say the least.

Despite an almost, kind of, sort of gesture at communication by one board member (subject to permission from un-named elder “leaders”, apparently never extended) this group has stonewalled all attempts to obtain information due the public.

To date they have had two elections of board members, but can’t seem to agree on when they hold their elections, nor will they reveal who stood for election to each post or who got how many votes!  It should be noted however that the board was re-“elected” in toto last year; assuming the elections are yearly and not following the congressional cycle as I was told at one point.  Either way a new election should be upcoming; hey Assad, can I see the ballot of candidates this time?

I have also looked at the sources, resources and speakers they promote; I found them to be fairly representative of the pseudo-moderate Jihad-Apologist class of Islamist rather than representative of what I call the Muslim-of-the-Real-World.

Then I saw the video of the CMSA get together called Image of Muslims in the U.S on C-Span; the conference was what you would expect, but Assad Akhter, the CMSA president, said some things that did not sound like the usual blanket victimology of the pretend moderates.  Of course he parroted the usual lines about “near Ground Zero” and such, but he also admitted that while a majority of Americans did not want a Mosque at Park51, they did not mind a Mosque in their own neighborhoods; such an admission from a Muslim spokesman is unusual.

but is this proof of anything real? Let us continue to watch the show…

Next up was the selected moderator Suhail Kahn, the single Republican who allows the CMSA to exist as a “bi-partisan organization in Congress…

From the start Khan sets the definitions in his favor (which is why it is so vital for the opposition to seize back the terms) with “Park51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan” (like Pamela Geller on Hannity we must STOP and hammer the point, Park51 IS Ground Zero), “construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan.”

There was a moment of hope when he spoke of confronting things that had started to be talked about, Islam and women, Islam and terrorism and other things that had been out of his ken but no longer “on the fringe, maybe in chat rooms on the internet, [it] has surfaced and bubbled up to the mainstream conversation”!

But, he was speaking of confronting the Islamist’s favorite straw man, “Islamophobia”; and you thought he spoke of confronting the Islamist radicalism that bubbled up first?  Silly Girl, Virginia, silly girl!

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Because you see, in the world according to Khan the fringe of Islamophobes have so bubbled their way into the national perspective that “mainstream politicians are ACCUSING Muslims of SOMEHOW being a fifth column”; somehow, try CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Financed radicalist literature and triumphalist Mosques on the site of Islamist attacks?

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In response Mr. Khan has assembled this panel to define truth as myth, patriot as pervert and to defend the stealth Jihad against all comers; And, We’re Off!

The first speaker is Salam al-Maryati, the president Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); he is the general Muslims-America apologist.

He hits the right points of the Big Lie right off the bat; “Park51 controversy“, “not at ground zero“, “can’t even see it from there“; that last ignores the fact that the MOSQUE at the top floor of the proposed building WOULD have a wonderful overview of the official Ground Zero site!

Oh, and the project is “a community center that was intended to develop interfaith understanding”; I just realized that this is a totally true statement, the success of this project WOULD communicate to the Western world an understanding of what was expected of them by their ethical, spiritual and physical master, Islam.

After reiterating how the Ground Zero Mosque title was fabricated by un-named sinister forces Salam pulls back and adds another layer of lie to his cake of deceit; he declares the GZM controversy to be causing “protests against Mosques and Muslims around the Country” but also seems to declare these protests unrelated; of special interest to him is “burn the Koran day.”

His religious hypocrisy is now at full throttle, no ranting, sweating fundamentalist preacher on Jackson Square on New Orleans ever exceeded the double-faced, judgmental tribalistic stupidity of Salam’s next diatribe:

“.. a reverend, a religious Christian leader, who will sponsor “Burning the Koran Day”, this is obviously a major issue for us”

it is? we have flag burnings, effigy burnings and protests all the time, rude? yes. Crass? Yes. Obnoxious? Certainly. A Big  Deal? Nope

Summing up:

al-Maryaki believes that only Christian ignorance of how the Quran talks about Abraham and Jesus and Moses and Mary makes people interested in burning Qurans as a political gesture; never mentioning of course that the Muslim view of Abraham and Moses is radically different from the Judeo-Christian mythology and their view of Jesus and Mary just as Heretical from virtually all Christian points of view; this is why Jews and Christians are not allowed to be open in their faith in Muslim lands, if they were TRUE Jews and Christians they would recognize that they were actually born Muslims!

al-Maryaki also believes that Americans have a responsibility to conduct their affairs so as to not produce any
“images” that might be used as “recruiting material” for al Qaeda et al!  I have a question for the spineless (at least the American part of this Muslim-American) “citizen”; just what aspect, image or ideology of Western Civilization, and America in particular, could NOT be used as “recruiting material” by al-Qaeda?

At this point we should note that other than the mentioning of the name al-Qaeda there has been not one word about what Muslims themselves do, are, or believe; everything is about OUR misconceptions, accusations and Islamophobia.

The best, or most disgusting part, is when he declares that Anti-Muslim feelings in America are a mirror of Anti-American feelings in the Muslim world; sounds right doesn’t it Virginia? Did you spot the catch; America is the one in control, we initiate unfounded anti-Muslim tantrums, then the innocent Muslim world helplessly responds with childish, but understandable anti-American feelings. And not only that Virginia! Somehow this is more of an influence on global Muslimhood “undermining our efforts” than any Local-to-the-Muslim-world issues; yep, in Salam’s world Bangladeshi Buddhists are dying because a preacher in Fl wants to burn a Quran!

Money quote #1

“Islamophobia has to be viewed as an American Problem, not just a Muslim problem”

Umm, when did he admit it was in any way a Muslim problem?

He quotes a Pew study that says 70% of Americans either have no opinion on or an unfavorable view of Islam; according to Salam this is because the extremists can tell their “story” much better than the Muslim community can tell their “story”; this despite the faux-moderate Muslims having had almost exclusive control of the mainstream media for ten years; that must be some quality story-telling, why aren’t more Hollywood screenwriter’s Wahabi’s?

In trying to disassociate the Islamist leadership in America from the “radicals” abroad Salam accidently tells some truth:

“the story of the American Muslim has not yet been told”

In part because you, and others like you, will not allow them to stick their head up above the sea of brotherhood affiliated “moderates.

Next is Azizah al-Hibri, an expert on Shariah law and also an “advocate for Muslim Women.”

Azizah starts off talking about how she discovered the buried Islamophobia in American history after coming to America; she even mentions the…

“attempt at regime change in Tripoli”

A rather vague reference to America sending in the Marines to kick some butt when the U.S got tired of hearing them explain that it was their right as Muslims to take ships and ransack them and sell the passengers as slaves.  But to Azizah this was a sign of a “misunderstanding” between the two worlds!

Summed up she managed to very charmingly say almost nothing of substance; isn’t that a job description now in DC?

Next up, the venerable apologist Zogby his own damn self!

Summed up: Snide, condescending and completely unwilling to address the actual issues; You have to love the money quote:

whatever the outcome [of the Cordoba Project due to their ideology] if these guys [the anti-Ground Zero Mosque crowd across the board] win, America won’t be America anymore!”

Oh joy, now we get to see the question and Taqiyya session! Oh Assad, are you really down with all this victimology and disingenuousness?

The Q & A is another 45 minutes, I might get to analyzing it and I might not; go see for yourself and make up your own minds

Congressional Muslim Staffers Hold “Moderate” Victimology Session on Capital Hill

08/26/2010 / 7 Comments

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The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association(CMSA) is holding the next in their moderate Muslim Taqiyya session at the Rayburn Building in DC; from their twitter account…

"Muslims in America: Myths and Realities A discussion on faith Tuesday, August 31 10:00 – 11:30 AM Rayburn House Building – Room…"

And there the tweet ends… is this a tactic to confuse and delay critics who might attend? Or just poor twittering?

CAIR – Partisan Over Religion – Religious in Their Partisanship

08/09/2010 / 8 Comments

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Today on Hussam Ayloush‘s personal website (Hussam is the executive director of the los Angeles CAIR affiliate) I found this post from a piece on the Huffington Post … Oh my Virginia, what is the world of “Holy Men” coming to?

There is a quote whose source I have not been able to track down that goes something like this:

A true Holy Man[or woman] is known in spite of their religion, not because of it.”

This means Virginia, that the thoughts, and feelings, and actions of the truly holy can be recognized across the lines of dogma and doctrine and other man-made fantasies meant to bolster ego more than help people to grow closer to God. In this day and age no where is this more evident than in the realms of Televangelism, Creationism, radically militant Hassidic Jews and mainstream Islam.

Articles exposing the philosophies and excesses of the first three abound across the media from the Leftist to the moderate to the almost conservative; this piece is about a new wave of holy disingenuousness rising across the Western and Eastern worlds.

Let us introduce Kamran Pasha and his piece from Huffington Post as echoed by our good friend Hussam and my response:

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You are very imaginative Sir; have you ever considered a career writing fantasy? Or maybe creating advertising copy for cigarette companies would be more to your taste?

The ADL, which was founded in 1913 as a powerful voice against religious discrimination in America, has over the past decade become increasingly xenophobic toward the Muslim community, which its leaders seem to view as a threat to Jews due to its lack of support for Israel.”

That is very interesting. I would imagine though that their attitude comes more from the steady rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, especially in Israel, in those same ten years.

Lack of support”? Is that what you call Muslim leaders, spiritual and political, spouting genocidal rhetoric and fake history as they train their children to be robotic martyrs to the cause of eliminating Israel? Are you under the impression, Sir that no one can read Muslim news sources, or listen to Muslim leaders speak; or see records of Friday sermons declaring Israelis inhuman and all the hateful rhetoric of a nascent fascism?

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“As a Christian friend who works in the Obama Administration lamented to me recently, the ADL has in essence become the “Pro-Defamation League” when it comes to Islam and Muslims.”

Does the same obviously bigoted friend of yours walk up to his Jewish friends, and tell them that CAIR is unfortunately almost exclusively anti-Semitic in its slant on everything? No? Why ever not Sir?

Here is where it really starts to get good!

The recent comments by Abraham Foxman, National Director of the ADL, against the proposed Muslim community center in New York are the latest in a long line of incidents where members of the ADL have promoted bigotry and discrimination against Arabs and Muslims.”

This is the iron skillet calling the almost new aluminum pan black! Let us look at some actual data, instead of opinion shall we Virginia?

6,489,000 Jews in US more or less; 2.2% of the population – CAIR claims that there are 7 million Muslims in the US for, about 2.2 % (is that why the CAIR number is much higher than all other estimate, to equal the Jewish presence? Just a thought.)

So then, Virginia, all we need to do is compare the anti-Islamic crime with the anti-Jewish crime 1 to 1 for us to see who is getting the short end of religious bigotry:

  Incidents Victims Offenders Percentage
All anti-Religion: 1,519 1,732 632 100%
Anti-Jewish 1,013 1,145 353 66%
Anti-Islamic 105 130 85 7%

 http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2008/data/table_01.html

(Addition 8/11; Please take note Virginia that the anti-Islamic crimes were comitted on average by only 1.2 persons per crime while the anti-Jewish crimes were more often group efforts with an average of 2.9 offenders per incident!)

Even if we use the figure for Muslims in the US given by the American Religious Identification Survey of 1.3 million (about a fifth of the CAIR number) gives a weighted comparison of anti-Jewish = 66% and anti-Islamic = 105 incidents times 5 for weighting = 525 out of 1,519 incidents equaling 35%, barely half of the anti-Semitic rate! Q.E.D.

“In 1993, the ADL illegally spied on American citizens who had spoken out in sympathy with Palestinians, generating a watch list of 10,000 names of private citizens and over 600 groups, and then selling the list to South African intelligence agents…

“Do not do unto others what you would not have others do unto you.”

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Good advice!

“To Mr. Foxman and the rest of the ADL leadership, I ask if in your hearts you would want people to accuse innocent Jews of being enemies of the state?

Would you want Jews to accept vilification of their entire religion if a handful of Jews ever did something wrong? Would you want Jews to tacitly accept the lies that bigots had projected on to them? And finally, would you want Jews to be forced to shut down their synagogues because of the misguided passions of a mob?

Would you want this done to Jews?

If the answer is no, then I ask as your Muslim brother that you follow the wisdom of Rabbi Hillel and the sages of Judaism.

Do not do the same hateful thing to my people.”

Pretty words Sir, but… By their fruits shall ye know them…

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CAIR’s Hooper on MCSA: Fruedian Slip or Stab in the Back?

06/02/2010 / 1 Comment

(This is a repost of a story from the old Blogspot blog that got lost in translation):

 

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A story I read today by by Jordy Yager in The Hill struck a nerve with me. There was a quote by “honest” Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR {Council on American Islamic Relations} an organization that has been listed as an un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorist funding case. Excuse me, the organization has not been indicted but numerous of its founding members and leaders have. The leadership of CAIR reminds me of a weird carrousel of replaceable puppets, each fretting and strutting their way across the stage until finally hung with legal ropes of their own manufacture.

At the very end of the story, which was about Congressional suspicion that CAIR has been intentionally placing interns on key Congressional commitees came this quote:

“ “plant[ing] “spies” within key national-security committees in order to shape legislative policy… specifically focused on the House Homeland Security Committee, Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee…

“If an organization is connected to or supports terrorists [and] is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related offices, I think this needs to be made known,” Hooper replied to this: “God forbid American Muslims take part in the political process and exercise their rights, I suppose they’re going to investigate the Muslim Staffers Association next.”

If these people weren’t so hate-filled, it would be laughable, but unfortunately they have an audience and, given their positions, it’s going to get picked up by the hate blogs.”…”

 Now if I did not spend as much wordage as I do chastising those on my own side who let emotion rule common sense I might think Mr. Ibrahim was talking about me. But I do take a bit of offense at someone who seems to have nothing but venom for any who disagree with him to call anyone “hate-filled”. Especially when HIS advice to any Muslim approached by the FBI for info regarding Radical Islamists is that they should refuse to speak without a lawyer and notify CAIR. Recently they have added a new [rule] advisement; tell the truth. It seems that the FBI is being especially mean to Muslims who lie through their teeth even if they don’t have “hot” info. They charge them with lying to the FBI, go figure! Just because Martha Stewart can go to jail for it doesn’t mean it should be like, a LAW, you know!

Well if you get the impression that Mr. Ibrahim is not a person I would trust to babysit my niece you are on the right track. But even the un-trusted can be reliable. When you judge people by their fruit over time you will start to see patterns. Sometimes those patterns can reveal much more than the subject would like.

This is the case I feel with Mr. Hooper’s flippant and rhetorical question about the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association being the next to be investigated.

Long ago I noticed that the most fanatical of partisans, Left or Right, tend to portray their enemies as doing, with great malice, exactly the things that reality shows the partisan to be doing. This is most blatantly obvious whenever we hear fundamentalist Muslims rave about the horrific, planned and globe-dominating action plans of “The Jews”. Whenever I listen to these rants I look about to find the group they are referring to. Who could it be that is doing these kind of things? Each time I go around the global community and come back…to the very people doing the ranting. If you want to know what is in the mind of Radical Islam listen to the most fanatical Imam raving about Israel. That rant will accurately reflect their own attitude and action plan toward the Jews instead of visa versa.

I decided to take MR. Hooper at face value and see where it led. Join me for the ride, you will find Dramamine in the glove box. (more…)

The Congressional Muslim Staffers Must Be Nervous

04/07/2010 / 2 Comments
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How does the MSA want women to show solidarity for battered females? Wear something that shows men you are not a whore!

 

It is nice to be loved! I see that this last week or so the CMSA office has been hitting my site again. I guess they must be nervous about their upcoming MSA event.

Relax boys! I don’t have anything good on your latest event yet, maybe one of your more disgruntled followers will give me a lead…Stay Tuned!

Muslim Staffers in Congress Organize Lobbying Group: Stonewall on Election Process

03/09/2010 / 4 Comments

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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!

Back to CMSA: Assimilating American Muslims or Surrendering to Them?

11/22/2009 / 4 Comments
.Today Heretics Crusade is going to be continuing to look at the Congressional Muslim Staffer’s Association (CMSA). In a series of changes CMSA made to their website there has been added new links to the Resources Page. Under Major Reports we find this document as the only report linked regarding Muslims in America.

 

Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans(The Chicago Council). It is this document that I will be analyzing. It is the sole document linked on the CMSA Resource Page regarding relations with American Muslims.
Despite the title there is little in this report designed to strengthen America. “Blaming America: Promoting Islamization Rather Than Integration” would be a better title in my opinion. Every word drips with a victim’s mentality, and the authors find many ways to blame America for every problem, real or imagined, experienced by American Muslims.
Meanwhile the document seems to be defining “real” Muslims as those who haven’t yet broken any laws to promote Islam no matter their ideology.
Hang on to your knickers Virginia, this is going to be a long strange trip.
Executive Summary
Muslim Americans were thrust into the spotlight by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, whose perpetrators claimed to be acting in the name of Islam.
From the first sentence the passive aggressiveness is apparent. M.A’s were “thrust” into the spotlight and the perpetrators only “claimed” Islamic imperative.
Many Americans, knowing little about Islam or about Muslims living in the United States, came to identify the terrorist threat with the Muslim community at large and to view Muslim Americans with deep suspicion and doubt.
This had nothing to do with the instances of “mainstream” Imam after Imam excusing attacks on non-Muslim civilians of course. It also had nothing to do with attack after unconstitutional attack in the courts on separation of church and state.  It CERTAINLY had nothing to do with the ideology demanded by the Shari’a; banish the thought.  It just “sort of happened” seems to be the theory, and a generous helping of Inherent American Racism And Xenophobia™ of course.
Nearly six years later, fears and suspicion remain. Terrorism remains an urgent threat, the terrorists continue to wrap themselves in the mantle of Islam, misunderstandings persist, and the ability of Muslim Americans to counter the rising tide of skepticism has been impeded, damaging the efforts of the many who are ardently trying to carve a constructive place in American society.
Interestingly, here we see a stark admission that “terrorism” and “the terrorists” are intimately linked with the “mantle of Islam.” It is not made clear just WHO is doing the “misunderstanding” however.  What we ARE assured of is that the faceless villains of this report are keeping the invisible (to non-Muslim eyes) proponents of “Muslim Americans” from carving out their piece of the American Dream.  From my reading of the news though, the biggest threat to moderate Muslim voices in America isn’t non-Muslims, it is the pretend “moderates” shilling for fundamentalist Islamist domination of Western Institutions who conspire to keep American Muslims from assimilating. Groups such as CAIR and the MSA.
Despite these limitations, many Muslim Americans joined with other Americans in responding to the September 11 attacks.  They volunteered time and money to relief efforts. Several leading national Muslim organizations came out immediately to condemn the attacks. Others have cooperated with law enforcement agencies to address homeland security challenges.
Forgotten here are the many “moderate” Imams and Islamic scholars who, at best equivocated on just who is “innocent” and just what is meant by “civilians.” We can also see better from two years later that the “cooperation” offered by these organizations has been lukewarm at best.
At the same time, extensive federal and other law enforcement investigations since September 11 have focused on Muslim Americans. These investigations have resulted in arrests and a small number of successful prsecutions on terrorism-related charges.

 

I think it would be better if the authors of this abortion manual just came out and admitted that they support global Islamization and stop with the transparent B.S. already.  Just a few paragraphs ago this very document admitted that “terrorists” used a “mantle of Islam.”.  Do the authors’ feel that it would be more productive to focus terrorism investigations on Lithuanian Jews?  Perhaps we could focus on Coptic Christians and gain Muslim trust by joining in on the accelerating genocide occurring in Egypt.
The worst bit though, is the downplaying of the charges and convictions resulting from terrorism investigations.  I must have missed the huge number of acquittals of accused plotters and abettors.  Or did I?  It certainly reads a little nonsensically; “a small number of successful prosecutions.” But, the report cannot feel the full number of prosecutions was excessive or surely it would have said so.  Would the authors have been happier if there had been a much larger number of charges and convictions?
Though any involvement of Muslim Americans with extremism raises strong concerns, independent studies have underscored that unlike in Europe, there is little, if any, publicly available evidence to date of widespread or entrenched extremist activity with links to al Qaeda or other global terrorist organizations.

 

More silliness that sounds like counsel from an enemy.  Are we to wait to be “concerned” about Muslim American “extremism” until AFTER global terrorists groups have “widespread or entrenched” cells in the U.S.”?  Are solo groups or individual extremists to be somehow off limits until that threshold is reached?  I think it is reasonable to start wondering by this point “whose side are they on anyway?”
Nevertheless, Muslim American efforts to dissociate themselves from the terrorist threat have not been fully effective for a number of reasons. The perception by many Americans that some Muslim American organizations and leaders have not fully and readily acknowledged the potential for radicalism within the community and the need for vigilance in countering it has been a barrier to understanding and dialogue.

 

My, isn’t the taqqiya getting thick now.  Note that it is the “perception by many Americans” of Muslim leaders not admitting potential radicalism or being vigilant in countering it that is the problem, NOT any actual failings by Muslim leaders.  Two years after the report was published this sentence is almost laughable in its transparent spin.  We do not have proper understanding and dialogue with Muslim Americans because non-Muslim Americans have stubbornly failed to see Muslim leaders doing something the report itself does not claim they actually DO.   We are probably also at fault when Muslim American children don’t floss.
Some Americans have continued to view Muslim Americans with suspicion because they question the compatibility of Islam with American values, focusing on issues such as the treatment of women and the separation of church and state.
This sentence actually is completely accurate, if you define the “they” as “Muslims Americans” and not “some Americans.” I would be willing to bet however, that this was NOT the authors’ intention. Americans are suspicious of Muslims regarding these matters because of the outspoken, anti-Western stand on them taken by MANY Muslim leaders claiming to be representatives of the mainstream.  The authors’ however seem to want us to believe that this suspicion is nothing but American Paranoia.
Many Muslim Americans and some other Americans believe that hostility toward Islam and Muslim Americans is preventing their voices from being heard and their contributions from being recognized.
Does your intelligence feel even a tad insulted yet?  No matter that every time a truly moderate Muslim voice speaks out CAIR and the other Taqqiya Moderates attack them for exposing Islam and Muslims to prejudice and potential violence, this report KNOWS that moderate Muslims are not heard because of non-Muslim hostility. They are not heard simply because the very people who sponsored this report work actively to suppress them and their voices.
Let us not forget that this report was prominently featured on the resources page of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association!  We must assume that they carefully picked and chose just what links to include.  The disclaimer of association with the content is a tad disingenuous when there is but ONE link to ONE report on Muslim Americans provided.
The contention among some Americans that Islam is incompatible with American values is thought to fuel organized attempts to discredit Islam and exclude Muslims from the nation’s civic and political life. This has created fear and resentment among many Muslim Americans that has also contributed to an atmosphere of mistrust.

 

I like this one!  Another weasel word is introduced; contention. Forget about mentioning that ALL of the four main schools of Islamic thought agree that Islam is incompatible with ANY rule of law not based in Shari’a.  According to this eminent report it is merely the CONTENTION by evil Westerners that this is so that fuels the anti-Islamist tide that is rising in the West and in Islam itself.
Okaay. Are you still with us Virginia, you are looking a touch green about the gills.  Was it something you read?
The disengagement of Muslim Americans undermines American values, especially the conviction that the success of our nation relies on embracing our diversity and involving all our citizens in the public arena.

 

I wonder if anyone ever had the nerve to suggest to these people that “involving all our citizen’s…” means NOT treating Muslims ANY differently than anyone else in America?  That it means NO special enclaves, rules or accommodations out of line with those already afforded to other religions?  I for one would not put odds on it being likely they would listen.

 

The gathering climate of suspicion and mutual mistrust, exacerbated by the lack of engagement and dialogue, threatens to marginalize and alienate some Muslim Americans to the point where the danger of radicalization of a small minority could become a real possibility.

 

Such a nice country you have, it would be SUCH a SHAME if anything were to happen to it!

Is it a coincidence that the Mafia came from Sicily, where Islam just happened to have invaded and dominated the locals for a few hundred years immediately prior to their formation?  It must be. It just would not be PC to think otherwise, would it now?

It would take only a single, significant act of terrorism in the United States involving Muslim Americans to cement the impression that rampant radicalism has taken root within the community.

 

Really? Go tell that to CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX and all the other mainstream news channels that can’t seem to figure out why the Ft. Hood massacre happened.

 

Therefore, the Task Force believes that creating full and equal opportunities for civic and political participation of Muslim Americans is an urgent national need.

 

Who is it that is denying them these opportunities?  What I see are “mainstream” groups like CAIR telling the Muslim Americans to NOT act like they are fully American.  How else should we view CAIR’s instructions to Muslims residing in America to call a lawyer then notify CAIR if the FBI asks them about extremists in their community?

 

It is vital that Muslim Americans find ways to demonstrate visibly their commitment to America, its institutions, and its values. This well-educated, diverse group has the potential to make contributions to civic life and policy discourse as varied and numerous as those of any other group of Americans.

 

FINALLY, a statement that we can agree on without reservations!  It IS vital for Muslims in America to step up and be SEEN and HEARD supporting American values and institutions instead of demanding “respect” for practices outlawed long ago in the West for ALL peoples, religious or otherwise.

 

The Task Force prepared this report in order to present a balanced, nonpartisan assessment of the current Muslim American experience and recommendations for expediting the Muslim American journey to full civic and political integration. Many immigrant and minority groups have had to overcome suspicion and hostility in order to win full acceptance in the public sphere. While there is no doubt that Muslim Americans would in time achieve full integration in U.S. society, just as other groups have, the need to accelerate the process is urgent. The risks of inaction are substantial: further marginalization of Muslim Americans at best and serious alienation at worst.

 

Well we have seen how “balanced and non-partisan” first part of the executive summery is. Somehow I don’t think the recommendations will be any better.

 

The goal of bringing Muslim Americans into the fold of American life as quickly as possible is in the interest of all Americans. Muslim American leaders and organizations, government, the policy establishment, the media, and other major institutions all have significant roles to play in this process. The short-term need is critical, and the long-term gains cannot be overstated. The civic and political engagement of Muslim Americans will not only increase security, but enrich our policies, our society, and our standing as a nation that upholds basic human values of decency and fairness and that provides hope and opportunity for all.

 

So, once again we are assured that it is AMERICA that must adjust to Islam, not Islam to America.  Why do I get the feeling that the report’s idea of civic and political engagement for Muslims will not involve MUSLIMS giving up any of their non-Western ways?
Later I will look at the report’s six recommendations and the conclusion.  Right now I need a breath of fresh air.  I am feeling a bit nauseated by the smell of manure.
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