At the request of Delegate David Poisson (D-Loudon), the opening prayer of the Virginia House of Delegates was offered today by Imam Mohamed Magid. Magid is the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has somewhat of a troubling history in the United States, prompting U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley to list them along with a handful of other radical Muslim organizations in the United States who “finance terrorism and perpetuate violence.” The ISNA is also currently listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation plot to finance terrorism. David “The Fish” Poisson is apparently untroubled by this, and thinks the ISNA deserves to be heard in Richmond. I doubt many of his constituents would agree.
According to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, ISNA “is a radical group hiding under a false veneer of moderation”; “convenes annual conferences where Islamist militants have been given a platform to incite violence and promote hatred” (for instance, al Qaeda supporter and PLO official Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi was invited to speak at an ISNA conference); has held fundraisers for terrorists (after Hamas leader Mousa Marzook was arrested and eventually deported in 1997, ISNA raised money for his defense); has condemned the U.S. government’s post-9/11 seizure of Hamas’ and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s financial assets; and publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Islamic Horizons, that “often champions militant Islamist doctrine.”
The ISNA is also part of the illegal alien lobby, endorsing the “Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Coalition” which seeks to obtain amnesty for all illegal aliens and completely open our borders. Perpetuating the problem of our terribly insecure borders and ensuring that all lawbreakers obtain amnesty certainly would help make it easier for radical islamists to infiltrate the country and wreak all sorts of havoc. I wonder if “The Fish” agrees with this agenda of doing harm to our national security in order to support the Wahhabist cause.
For more about the ISNA, visit DiscoverTheNetworks.
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