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George Barker And Jihad

By Greg L | 5 October 2011 | 39th VA Senate, Fairfax County, Prince William County | 14 Comments

Speaking of Senator George Barker, check out this guy, Dr. Esam Omeish, who hosted a fundraiser for him this past summer:

Omeish: “And more than this, we need to congratulate our brothers and sisters in Filastin (Palestine) for their bravery, for their giving up their lives for the sake of Allah and for the sake of Al-Aqsa. They have spearheaded the effort to bring victory upon the believers in Filastin, insha’allah. They are spearing the effort to free the land of Filastin, all of Palestine, for the Muslims and for all the believing people in Allah.”

This is the same Esam Omeish that Tim Kaine appointed to the Virginia Commission on Immigration until an uproar developed about this supporter of the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade and was forced to resign.

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  1. Gaius Baltar said on 6 Oct 2011 at 6:04 am:
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    I understand that Dr Omeish has since denounced such statements

  2. freedom said on 6 Oct 2011 at 8:23 am:
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    Ahhhhhhhhh Gaius, I’m sure that if he denounced such statemenmts, he did so from the deepest depths of his heart and that his recanting those words was totally genuine, don’t you? …or do you maybe suppose he found it to be the more palatable and convenient thing to do?

  3. Gaius Baltar said on 6 Oct 2011 at 9:19 am:
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    I’ve met him and spoken with him and I found him to be a very nice guy. He was also a much younger when he made those statements (late 20’s maybe?).

    BTW, his name is not “Omar”. It’s Esam.

  4. Holly said on 6 Oct 2011 at 4:58 pm:
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    They gave up their lives for Allah ??? These people so brainwahed and backwards. These are the same ones who say 72 virgins await you in the next life if you will attach a bomb to yourself and go to this location, blow yourself up and whatever the target is and take out as many people as possible, Allah ,willing and be sure to tell Allah , hello and thank him for 72 virgins.There will be rivers of the purest water, milk , big houses, etc,etc,etc all await you.

  5. Citizen12 said on 6 Oct 2011 at 7:58 pm:
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    This man can no more denounce his statements any more than he can his religion or his commitment to the muslim brotherhood.

    In several instances, MAS leaders, including the former President of MAS, Esam Omeish have openly acknowledged the Brotherhood’s ideological influence on their organization.


    Since its founding in 1993, MAS has grown into a national organization with over fifty local chapters.
    232 MAS distinguishes itself from other U.S. Brotherhood organization by the depth and
    breadth of its political activities. It has formed alliances with left and far-left U.S. groups, notably
    International ANSWER, and coordinates extensive electoral activities through its Freedom Foundation.

    Its most important national leaders are Dr. Essam Omeish—the original MAS President—
    and Mahdi Bray, who first worked for AMC. 233 Badawi is also active in the organization.


    Congressional Muslim Staffers Association Promotes MAS President’s Capitol Sermon



  6. Edward Adams said on 6 Oct 2011 at 11:56 pm:
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    According to Wikipedia , In 2000, Esam Omeish hired Anwar al-Awlaki to be the mosque’s imam, who at the time espoused moderate Muslim views. Omeish said in 2004 that he was convinced that al-Awlaki: “has no inclination or active involvement in any events or circumstances that have to do with terrorism.”

  7. Greg L said on 7 Oct 2011 at 12:15 am:
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    In case readers might not make the connection, Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a predator drone in Yemen by the US armed forces recently.


  8. Gaius Baltar said on 7 Oct 2011 at 6:53 am:
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    @ Edward and Greg

    The wiki article is INCORRECT in that Dr Esam did not personally hire al-Awlaki. Even if true, Al-Awlaki was teaching a more moderated form of Islam at that time.

    Listen, I believe in going after the genuine radicals and not people like Esam Omeish. I have personally spoken to Dr Esam and that video was the ranting of a young man.

  9. freedom said on 7 Oct 2011 at 2:33 pm:
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    …and just how do you distinguish the “genuine radicals,” from those of a “more moderated form of Islam,” Gaius? I suppose that once the more moderate Al-Awlaki decided to start his killing binge, he transitioned from “more moderate” to “genuine radical,” right?

    Now, you have met Omeish, and determined that when he was ranting, he was a young man but that now, he has changed his ways to become “more moderate.” When do you suppose he just might swing back the other way, resume his ranting and become a “genuine radical” like Awlaki?

    I don’t know of a good measuring stick Gaius, to determine when and in which direction the transition within Islam is to take place. Until one is developed, I can’t distinguish the “more moderate” Islam from the “genuine radical” Islam. Sad, but I guess we simply must wait and see if they start killing, then we’ll know.

  10. Gaius Baltar said on 7 Oct 2011 at 6:53 pm:
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    @ freedom

    you are operating on the assumption that there is a “true Islam” - which is the radical one. The fact is that there are many, many “islams”. The Islam of Dr Omeish is not one of violent jihad, khalifah, and subjugation of those of us that are not muslim. He has personally assured me that he believes in the US Constitution and a pluralist way of life and eschewed the other things like violent jihad and khalifah.

    There are as many islams as there are Muslims - particularly here in the US where we are fostering a genuine American style Islam that is devoid of the practices we see in Muslim majority countries. Just look at the Islam of David Ramadan as an example of what we will see more and more of.

  11. freedom said on 7 Oct 2011 at 8:50 pm:
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    Gaius, I’m not operating on any assumption about there being a “true Islam.” I wouldn’t know a true Islam from a false Islam, but I AM operating on the understanding and knowledge that there are too many Muslims who “in the name of their Allah” want to kill people like me and my family, you and your family (assuming that you’re not Muslim)…and some even kill members of their own kind if they appear to be too westernized.

    Certainly not all Muslims are “fanatical killers,” that is true, but I don’t know how to tell when one is good, bad, or in the process of transition from good to bad or from bad to good as you described earlier. Of course, your guy assured you that he believed in this and he believed in that….and he assured you that he wasn’t “one of those kind.” Would you really expect him to speak otherwise?

    Since it’s said that there are millions and millions of “good ones” and only a handful of jihadist killers, why in the world do you suppose that we don’t see anything like a “million man march” of devout, committed, peaceful and loving Muslims denouncing that handful of radical fringe out there that’s bent on killing and giving them all the bad press?

  12. Gaius Baltar said on 8 Oct 2011 at 6:42 am:
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    @ freedom

    No doubt. And most of that killing is over seas between the warring sects and factions of the sects of Muslims. They have been at war over doctrine and other issues for centuries. They kill EACH OTHER more often than they kill those of us that are not Muslim.

    Again, what our environment must do here in the US is foster the growth of a gelded Islam that is indistinguishable from the rest of us. That is already happening. (See the massive difference between the Muslim here in the US and those in Europe)

    As for the “million man march”, I can’t answer that question. Perhaps they don’t see themselves as having to explain what happens overseas with the sectarian wars of their co-religionists and more than Christians felt they had to explain or denounce what was going on in Bosnia in the 90’s. But that is just a guess on my part.

    My larger point is that if there is to be Islam in America, then let it be that of David Ramadan. The Islam of Dr Omeish may not be quite as benign as that of Mr Ramadan, but it seems that he accepts our values and our system. It is my hope that perhaps his children or grandchildren will be more similar to David Ramadan. Step by step.

  13. freedom said on 8 Oct 2011 at 11:40 am:
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    What happens overseas is a shame, but quite honestly, it has me far less concerned than what happens here in my own country — that should be no surprise. You say that in this country, we must “…foster the growth of a gelded Islam that is indistinguishable from the rest of us.” I feel no compulsion to “foster” anything to do with the Muslims. If Muslims want to live in peace and do their thing — so long as it doesn’t hurt others — that’s fine with me. However, that has not been the track record and little is being done to try and get things back on track.

    Like you, I can’t explain the lack of something akin to a Muslim “million man march” to denounce sharia law and the killing of innocents who disagree with the belief of Islam. Perhaps it’s because the “good ones” either fear for their own safety or perhaps they anticipate their own “transition” when the time is right. Regardless of their reason, failure of the multitudes to denounce “the radical handful” does nothing to engender goodwill and acceptance by the non-Muslim community.

    I am not in the same district as David Ramadan and will be voting neither for nor against him. However, it seems to me that it as a part of his campaign, he just might want to use some of that out-of-state money to organize a massive demonstration denouncing sharia law and the Jihadist killing of Jews and Allah non-believers. Now THAT would be fostering something — the growth of of an Islamic community that is indistinguishable from the rest of us. Don’t hold your breath.

  14. Citizen12 said on 8 Oct 2011 at 11:46 am:
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    Dr. Omeish was born in 1967. This makes him 33 years old at the time of the above video.

    Here is a video from 2006, at the age of 39, he rants against Israel yet again.


    Benign is not a word to be used in describing Dr. Omeish. Clandestine, covert, subversive but never benign.

    While numerous evil forces have been at work attempting to overthrow our government and way of life here in the United States, the “religion of peace” has been at the job of world domination for over 1300 years.

    Say no to drugs.
    Say no to the U.N.
    Say no to the new world order.
    Say no to islam and sharia law.

    Just say no.

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