The annual CPAC kicks off next weekend in DC, typically featuring some of the biggest names in conservative politics today. It’s not someplace you’d expect to see people associated with Islamic extremism and convicted terrorists, but in a nod to intellectual diversity participants will be able to learn about faith and religion from folks who are on record for defending the philosophy that murdering innocent people in the name of Mohammed is a good idea.
So far we haven’t seen John Boehner or Michelle Bachman exactly endorse these ideas, but their willing participation in a program that includes jihadist radicals does make one wonder.
The CPAC program lists the following presentation on Friday, February 11th at 1:00PM:
The Importance of Faith & Religious Liberty in the US & Abroad – Jackson Room
Sponsored by Muslims for America (2 hours)
Marshall Breger, Catholic University Law Center; Dr. Jennifer Bryson, Witherspoon Institute;
Muhamad Elibiary, Freedom & Justice Foundation; Deal Hudson, Catholic Advocate
Mod: Suhail Khan, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Muhammed Elibiary was appointed by Janet Napolitano to a position in the Obama Administration’s Homeland Security Advisory Council last September, possibly because he shares a disdain with Obama for terrorism prosecutions and thinks highly of Sayyid Qutb, the intellectual hero of Al-Quaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Washington Times has spoken out quite forcefully against Elibiary, which makes his prominent role at CPAC the result of either terrifically sloppy scheduling, or another testament to the horrifically damaging influence of Grover Norquist on the conservative movement.
In December 2004, Mr. Elibiary spoke at a conference honoring the life and works of the “great Islamic visionary,” Iran‘s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In 2008, Mr. Elibiary denounced the conviction of Hamas-connected members of the Holy Land Foundation for material support of terrorism. Most alarmingly, Mr. Elibiary is an admirer of the work of Sayyid Qutb, the intellectual and spiritual godfather of modern jihadism. Mr. Elibiary argues that Qutb is greatly misunderstood. “Many Westerners who’ve read Qutb‘s and many others’ work,” Mr. Elibiary wrote, “see the potential for a strong spiritual rebirth that’s truly ecumenical allowing all faiths practiced in America to enrich us and motivate us to serve God better by serving our fellow man more.”
Qutb isn’t misunderstood. He’s the acknowledged philosophical founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, who argued for violent jihad against not just westerners, but even against other Muslims.
The participation by Suhail Khan may even be more disturbing, as if having a Khomeni apologist speak at CPAC wasn’t bad enough.
Before 9/11, as White House gatekeeper to the Muslim community, [Khan] helped facilitate a White House meeting with Sami al-Arian, even though al-Arian had been under FBI investigation (al-Arian subsequently served time for terrorism and remains under house arrest for refusing to testify in a related terror case). As a Hill staffer in the mid-1990s, moreover, Mr. Khan convinced then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to reserve a room in the Capitol for Muslims to pray. Consequently, according to Fox News, a parade of extremists — including cleric Anwar Awlaki, who the U.S. government now hopes to assassinate for his terrorist work for al-Qaida — led prayers and spoke there. (source: Who is Suhail Khan? by Paul Sperry)
Here’s a guy who has publicly extolled the virtues of those who are killed as they wage jihad against the unbelievers, had close ties with several convicted terrorists, and is the first-born son of one of the founding members of the Muslim Brotherhood whose mosque has raised money for Hamas. Yet he’s advertised as a speaker at CPAC, supposedly to discuss “faith and religious liberty.”
Every speaker at CPAC should be asked to explain why they’re sharing the stage with radical islamists like these, and why their willing to lend their credibility in support of jihadists with ties to terrorism. It’s not enough for them to claim ignorance, they and their staff have had plenty of time to review the list of speakers and most certainly have done so. Every one of these folks should have to explain their decision to be a part of this: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Haley Barbour, Gov. Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Ron Paul, Sen. Rand Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Gov. Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Allen West.
UPDATE: Disrupt The Narrative has more on this. Check it out.
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