Update:Ex-Muslim Defends Franklin Graham’s Islam Remarks – “there are definitely things that need to be changed in Islam or else you can’t live in a democracy.”
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28th April 2010
We’ve been having an interesting conversation over at a previous post- Theo Van Gogh. South Park. Franklin Graham. Free Speech. In common?
Whenever I go back there to respond to comments I have to scroll down past two dead bodies (Theo Van Gogh and Pym Fortuyn). I’m not particularly squeamish, but I don’t like seeing this repeatedly. Not about to remove the evidence. Instead I’ll continue the story here.
Bob W. who works at the Pentagon took exception to something said there by another American. There resulted a back and forth on this. As things often go, in discussing the moving goalposts of cultural enlargement/displacement (you choose) there have been further developments as the day has worn on.
This is the first development.
From Creeping Sharia –
The Congressional Muslim Staffers (CMSA) – a group we told you about numerous times now (read previous posts here), and their leader Jihad. Well, he chose the name Jihad it always seems to be abbreviated to J. when the media is around.
Folks – this is the United States Capitol Building – historic and symbolic – adorned atop by the Statue of Freedom. Not only has the building become a mosque every Friday, but check out all the dhimmi’s in attendance as if they were in a Muslim country.
Big tent? Actually a not-so-big tent. At last check, the group does not accept infidels. More of Jihad’s bullshit – reasonably accommodated. Creep creep. It’s a big ummah tent that includes the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American outlets – according to Jihad’s CMSA website:
CMSA’s NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & NETWORKS
- American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA Society) (background)
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) (background)
- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) (background)
- Islamic Supreme Council of America
- Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA) (background)
- Muslim American Society (MAS) (background)
CMSA and CAIR are partners and CAIR is listed with the Department of Homeland Security as examples of outreach partners.
The Muslim-members-only group, is officially sponsored by Muslim congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN).
None of that may bother you. It does me, as I pointed out here. We’ll have to see what the Americans think of it.
And this is the second development:
Less than a week after Franklin Graham was disinvited from the Pentagon prayer event, the evangelist faces another attempt to remove him from a National Day of Prayer observation.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that is widely accused of having ties to terrorists, has called on congressional sponsors of the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill to rescind Graham’s invitation to speak at the May 6 gathering.
CAIR denounced Graham as an “anti-Islam preacher” who sends a message of “religious intolerance.”
“Franklin Graham has the right to be an Islamophobe, but he does not have the right to a taxpayer-funded public platform,” said Corey Saylor, CAIR national legislative director, in a statement.
Despite the pressure to remove Graham, members of Congress involved in NDOP on Capitol Hill say they will not withdraw the invitation. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), who has sponsored the Congressional National Day of Prayer event at the Capitol for the past several years, and other lawmakers have stated that the invitation will stand, according to the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
“Suggesting Mr. Graham should be removed from a National Day of Prayer event because of his religious opinions is absurd,” said NDPTF chairman Shirley Dobson, in a statement Tuesday. “No one understands better the need for prayer at this critical juncture in our nation’s history.”
Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, noted that Graham’s son is currently serving in the military overseas on his fourth combat tour. And the evangelist’s father, Billy Graham, has served the religious needs of Americans, including a dozen presidents, for decades.
“Moves to exclude any member of this great family from this prayer event represent everything that is wrong with the agenda of political correctness that is rampant in our country,” Dobson said. “Our nation’s founders wouldn’t have tolerated it, and neither should we.”
Graham is the co-honorary chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Last Thursday, the army canceled Graham’s scheduled appearance at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer event because of concerns over past remarks he made about Islam.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Graham called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion.” He also made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith in an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown in December 2009.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, on behalf of Muslim military personnel and defense department staff, had demanded in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Graham be disinvited from speaking at the Pentagon prayer event. The army called the comments inappropriate and suggested it went against the army’s message of tolerance.
Graham brought the Pentagon prayer situation to President Obama’s attention. During Obama’s visit with Billy Graham at his North Carolina home on Sunday, the younger Graham expressed his concern that activists were trying to remove all religion from the military.
Graham told The Associated Press that Obama said he “would look into it.”
From the Senate. The Nigerian Senate –
The leader of the women senators, Eme Ufot Ekaette (PDP Akwa Ibom), today at senate plenary laid a petition against her colleague, Ahmed Sani Yerima (ANPP Zamfara state) for allegedly marrying a 13-year-old girl.
The petition was written by the National Human Right Commission and 10 other women groups. The petitioners chiefly want Mr. Yerima to be investigated and punished.
In an apparent effort to muzzle the petitioners, the senate president did not allow Mrs Ekaette to give a synopsis of of the petition,which is customary in other cases.
Rather, the senate president, David Mark, asked her to lay the petition immediately she said what it was about.
The petition was referred to the senate committee on Ethics.
And now for a bit of true fiction –
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