Was anyone aware that Grover Norquist has been exposed by none other than Frank Gaffney as a Muslim infiltrator into the American conservative movement?? His wife is a Muslim, and Grover was the architect of President Bush's outreach to Americans of the Muslim faith!! Incredible! Who'd a thunk it?
TWO VIPERS GO AT IT
As we will discuss on today's Victory Coalition call, an opportunity has arisen to begin to push back on the insidious Muslim Brotherhood influence operation mounted by Grover Norquist and his Brotherhood-affiliated protégé, Suhail Khan. It comes in the form of the upcoming October 4 Conservative Political Action Conference in Denver. I believe that, by using this event as leverage, we have a shot at raising enough hell in Colorado and elsewhere about Norquist and Khan that we can force the ACU Board, at a minimum, to rescind the resolution it adopted last September condemning me and a endorsing them. If we create enough of a stir, it might even be possible to induce the Board to force their resignations and that of the third Board member who enabled that resolution, Cleta Mitchell, from the ACU leadership.
To that end, I am forwarding for your consideration a letter that might usefully be sent, individually or collectively, to the ACU's President, Al Cardenas -- who I have reason to believe would be personally sympathetic to such a campaign.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this initiative on the call today.
All the best, F
The letter drafted by Gaffney faults the ACU board for endorsing Norquist and Khan "despite abundant evidence that they have engaged in activities that American conservatives and others who love freedom would find abhorrent."
That behavior, according to Gaffney, includes "the enabling and conduct of influence operations by the Muslim Brotherhood as part of its 'civilization jihad' against this country and, in particular, targeted at the conservative movement and the Republican Party."
He takes fault with Mitchell's findings and asks the board to "correct the record, to repudiate Ms. Mitchell for misleading it or to disassociate the Board from the unacceptable actions of Messrs. Norquist and Khan."
Norquist told The Huffington Post he had not heard about Gaffney's latest effort.
"Frank's argument is, 'If you knew what I knew, you'd understand.' But the problem is the people who read all of his stuff are the ones who are the least sympathetic to his conspiracy theories," said Norquist.
Laura Keehner Rigas, communications director for ACU, declined to make Cardenas available for an interview.
"ACU is focused on our work to deliver a conservative message to America in this critical election cycle. We are not engaged in any distracting intramurals and have no plans to internally take on any of the issues about which you have inquired," she responded.
Neither Gaffney nor Khan returned requests for comment. Mitchell said she was unable to discuss the matter because of a "strict confidentiality rule."
Mitchell's September 2011 letter reviewing Gaffney's claims against Norquist and Khan was definitive in finding no support whatsoever for the allegations.
Regarding Norquist, for example, Mitchell wrote, "With respect to Mr. Gaffney's allegations against Grover, those are purely and simply character assassination. ... And I'm certain that Mr. Gaffney's hatred is further fueled by the fact that Grover is married to a Muslim-American woman (who also has worked for the United States government in very responsible positions, I might add!)."
Furthermore, Mitchell said she has personally tried to persuade Gaffney to stop his baseless allegations.
"I have tried to talk Mr.Gaffney into ceasing these attacks -- but to no avail," she wrote. "I have done everything I know to do to try and bring this to a halt, including private conversations and public appearances saying essentially what I have said in this letter. I have taken whatever official actions in my capacity as a board member of various organizations to vote against any motion that would support Mr. Gaffney's allegations and will continue to do so."
Not only was Gaffney barred from speaking at CPAC last year, but Slate's Dave Weigel reported that he has also been barred from the "Weyrich lunch," a weekly off-the-record gathering of conservative leaders. The reason? His public campaign against Norquist and other conservatives.
Last year, Gaffney also went after Virginia Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), who was running for office at the time.
In a Washington Times op-ed about Ramadan in August 2011, Gaffney wrote, "As we are seeing play out in the Middle East at the hands of Islamists of various stripes, democracy is no guarantee against people who are hostile to it -- some of whom are perfectly capable of concealing that hostility to advance their purposes."
Gaffney's allegations, however, were rebutted by one of the conservative movement's stalwarts: Edwin Meese, who served as President Ronald Reagan's attorney general. Meese endorsed Ramadan in part, he later explained, because of Gaffney's campaign.
"I felt that this was an unfair attack and persisted in my support of him because of that," said Meese, adding, "I think it's always serious when any American is disparaged ... solely because of their religion or their background when there's no basis for it."
Read the letter Gaffney is circulating for people to send to Cardenas:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/0 … f=politics
OMG! Kindly post a coffee-spitting warning before you do this in the future LOL
While I squirm at the notion of engaging in any discourse with an anti-Muslim* hue, this information ought to counter-balance the inflammatory rhetoric set in motion by the ever-clever Minnesota Representative Bachmann. But then, Wiz has come up with yet another set of graphics to inject a humour antidote into any discomfort that may arise!
*Anti-Anyone really, but Muslim in this case because debate regarding that particular faith so frequently enters the public conversation.
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