Herman Cain Snookered by Imam
Last Wednesday Herman Cain was invited to the Mosque of Imam Mohamed Magid, the president the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Later in a press release he apologized for remarks made in the previous week in a Fox interview to the effect that any Muslim candidate for a cabinet post would undergo special scrutiny and that communities had the right to ban the building of a mosque. An AT article by Monte Kuligowski pointed out the legitimacy of Cain's original position about building mosques. But now he seems to have softened his position and true to PC etiquette apologized for offending Muslims:
While I stand by my opposition to the interference of Sharia law into the American legal system ... I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.
The public manifesto of the Islamic Society of North America states:
To be clear, ISNA remains consistent in its rejection of terrorism and violence. ISNA rejects all acts of terrorism, including those perpetrated by Hamas, Hizbullah and any other group that claims Islam as their inspiration. ISNA has encouraged and continues to encourage a just and fair settlement of disputes between Israel, the Palestinians and their neighbors through diplomacy and other peaceful means.
ISNA is an independent, open and transparent membership organization that strives to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America by contributing to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large. ISNA remains an independent North American institution and never was, and is not now, affiliated with or influenced by any international organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood. ISNA is committed to freedom, to eradicating prejudice and to creating a society where Muslims can live peacefully and prosper alongside other Americans from all walks of life and diverse traditions and faith.
No doubt this was the line fed to Cain and, according to a report by a council member, Cain had a deeply felt reversal of feelings about Mosques:
"I think he left the meeting with an entirely different view of what Muslims are and what mosques do," Marro said. "If he was expecting to see secret nooks and crannies where people are plotting nefarious things, he would have been highly surprised to find there is nothing like that in ours - or other mosques across the country."
Marro said he believed that they had achieved a complete turnaround in Cain's positions.
The real story behind the sweet face of Islam presented by Imam Magid is a bit different. ISNA is listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation trial. The HLF was found guilty of being a front for Hamas set up by the Muslim Brotherhood. ISNA, likewise, is listed in the Muslim Brotherhood's own documents as one of its fronts. In July 2009, a judge ruled that the government had "ample evidence" connecting ISNA to the Holy Land Foundation, Hamas, and the Islamic Association of Palestine, another Brotherhood front shut down for financing terrorism. Moreover, that Mosques have been/are used as recruiting centers is undeniable.
Conning infidels (taqiyya) is a high art form and a badge of honor for goodwill ambassadors of Islam. Originally a doctrine that permitted lying about one's religion when Muslims were an oppressed minority it has morphed into an Orwellian strategy to sell "real' Islam. Real Islam is all sweetness and light and understanding and mutual respect for peoples of all religions. Real Islam is not all that horrible stuff practiced by Hamas and Al-Qaeda who haven't a clue about real Islam. Of course no mention is made of passages in the Quran that extol the practice of taqiyya in Dar Al-Harb till Muslims gain the upper hand. First it is the hand of Islam and then it is the sword. That has been the history Islamic expansionism for a thousand years.
Well, I thought Cain was a tough guy -- what we need for a president.