Sunday, April 29, 2012

PART 6 Muslim Brotherhood in America, : Electing Islamist Republicans

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In this part, we consider how several individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamists have been groomed to run for office as Republicans. The careers of Grover Norqust proteges Kamal Nawash, Faisal Gill, and Imad ‘David’ Ramadan are given close scrutiny.

Key Points in Part 6

  • Grover Norquist has helped a number of Muslim-American organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood adopt the coloration of conservatives and Republicans.
  • At one point, one of the founders of a group styling itself Muslims for America described how Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform was “looking for Muslim leaders, state-by-state, to participate within their monthly meetings, which also serve as political hotbeds for creating relations with top political leaders and Muslims.”
  • The Course examines the backgrounds and records to date of three such Islamists.  Two of them, Kamal Nawash and Faisal Gill, failed to achieve electoral success, due in part to untimely revelations of their ties to convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi.  A third Norquist-backed Muslim candidate, Imad “David” Ramadan, however, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2011 by a 50-vote margin.
  • The key to Ramadan’s success seems to have been not only Norquist’s mentoring and networking but extensive and generous campaign donations he made with funds generated offshore but of unknown provenance to GOP politicians and organizations, a number of whom dutifully endorsed the candidate – ignoring or dismissing evidence of his problematic past and Islamist ties.

Discussion Topics

  1. Is it fair, let alone prudent, to judge people by the company they keep?  At what point should a line be drawn on “guilt by association”?
  2. Specifically, should people with associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, shariah and/or Islamist agendas be encouraged to run for public office in the United States?
  3. Should Republican leaders be concerned that they expose themselves to political liabilities if they endorse candidates that have such associations?
  4. Is it “racist,” “bigoted” or “Islamophobic” to probe a Muslim candidate’s history of family ties to Lebanese intelligence, the sources of his personal wealth or the extensive uses of such wealth to secure access to and endorsements from prominent political figures?
  5. Do you agree with former Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Ervin who asked, “Should anyone even remotely connected to terrorism be employed by Homeland Security in any capacity, especially the ultrasensitive area of intelligence and infrastructure protection?”

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