The huge pile of evidence that Governor Kaine appointed a jihadist radical to the Virginia Commission on Immigration continues to build, casting doubt on the Governor’s claims that he and his staff were unaware of Dr. Esam Omeish’s previously well-documented statements. There is so much here that it’s getting awfully difficult to believe that this was just some simple oversight.
A blogger called Miss Kelly found the audio to a 2006 lecture at the Muslim American Society Convention by Dr. Omeish with some disturbing statements, something that Kaine and his staff should certainly have been aware of prior to this appointment. Who wouldn’t bother to look at what the president of an organization says to it’s members at a national convention?
“All humanity is divided into two categories: those who follow divine guidance (Muslims) and those who are seeking or need to be invited to Islam (everybody else, non-Muslims).” (Approx. 10:25 in lecture)
“We don’t want to repeat the Jeffersonian model. We cannot say ‘All humans are created equal,’ and then we go back to sit down at our mansion and we have slaves working in the very house we are talking about.” (Approx. 18:05 in lecture)
“To call all humanity to Allah, that role is incumbent upon us.” (Approx. 20:00 in lecture)
“We are not just another community to bring into the mainstream.” (Approx. 25:05 in lecture)
Those are certainly “progressive” values, although I’d hardly call them “Virginian”.
Meanwhile, Delegate Bob Marshall, a member of this commission and the person who legitimately should have been the Chairman is asking Governor Kaine to explain how this could have happened. Here’s his letter to the Governor:
Dear Governor Kaine:
In the interest of transparency and candor before the public, I request that you allow Virginians to understand the process which led to the selection of your appointees to the Virginia Commission on Immigration. Therefore, I ask that you release the letters of recommendation or identify those making verbal recommendations on behalf of your eventual Immigration Commission nominees.
While I understand and even welcome divergent viewpoints represented on the Commission, I believe the controversy of the last few days make it imperative that you assure Virginians there are no hidden influences and that the Immigration Commission will work in the full light of public disclosure. At this time, you need to restore public confidence in the eventual work of the Commission. And the best way to achieve this is to publicize the process that was used to choose your appointees.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Should you have any questions please contact me at [redacted].
Delegate Bob Marshall
(Member, Virginia Commission on Immigration)
I’d really like to see the answer to this one, although I’m not very confident that we’d get a straight answer.
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