The Left insists on calling them the Top 5 Islam-Bashing Republicans to Watch in 2013. But an overwhelming majority of Republican voters regard the West and Islam as being embroiled in “a fundamental conflict which only one side can win.” And left up to the Democrat dhimmis, God forbid, we know which side that would be.
1. Michele Bachmann
Last summer, Bachmann garnered national attention when she and other Republicans alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-based political movement that spread throughout the Middle East, had “penetrated” the U.S. government.
EGYPTIAN MAGAZINE AFFIRMS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD INFILTRATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE The article names Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Bachmann singled out a prominent Muslim-American aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Huma Abedin as being part of the conspiracy. The Minnesota congresswoman made the allegations in letters sent to U.S. government officials. The letter questioned whether there was “direct influence” on the intelligence community from “[Muslim] Brotherhood operatives.” And the letter also mentioned that Abedin has “family members” connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Her letter to U.S. government officials made clear that Bachmann got her ideas from Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan aide and prominent anti-Islam expert. Gaffney is a leading anti-Muslim activist in the U.S., and has produced a 10-part online series about the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the U.S. But the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is plotting from within is a McCarthyite theory that casts aspersions on Muslim-Americans within the U.S. government. There is also no evidence to support the theory. (Except that there is. See article posted above)
In 2011, Bachmann stoked fear about sharia law–Islamic law–taking over U.S. courts.
2. Peter King
He may have lost his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee due to party-imposed term-limits, but you can count on King stoking the flames of fear towards Islam next year. King, a Republican hailing from Long Island, used his post as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee to specifically target the problem of terrorism within the Muslim community. After serving for seven years, King is no longer the head of the committee, though he will remain a member.
King held a total of five separate hearings on Islam and terrorism in the United States, to focus on the threat of “homegrown” terrorism from Muslims.
His first hearing sparked the most controversy. Titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response,” it was based on King’s assumption that the Muslim community in the U.S. is prone to breeding extremists. In 2004, King claimed that “80%, 85% of the mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists.”
King courted even more controversy based on one of his star witnesses at the first hearing: Zuhdi Jasser, an activist who has become the right’s spokesMuslim. Jasser is the head of a group called the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which is funded by anti-Muslim figures like the right-wing Christian Foster Friess. Many Muslim organizations say that Jasser has little following among American Muslims (What a surprise, he tells the truth about them). Jasser narrated an Islamorealistic film titled “The Third Jihad,” that was shown to New York Police Department officers as training and claims that Muslim extremists are plotting from within to take over the U.S. (Now banned from police training thanks to whining by the Islamofascists at CAIR)
Other statements in King’s past show that his motivation to root out Muslim extremism in the U.S. is based on his claim about mosques in the U.S. being run by radical extremists (many are) and has also claimed that “the Muslim community does not cooperate anywhere near to the extent that it should” on terrorism-related cases. (The poster below was distributed to the Muslim community by CAIR)
3. Mike McCaul
For the House Homeland Security Committee, McCaul, a Republican hailing from Texas, has dutifully served alongside King on the committee. And now, he’s getting his chance to run it on his own. Since King was forced out of the top spot due to party-imposed parameters, McCaul has been tapped to lead the Homeland Security Committee. McCaul’s history of exposing Muslim terrorism in the US shows why he will likely lead the committee similar to how King did.
In fact, McCaul strongly supported the King-led hearings focusing on Muslim-Americans. McCaul praised King’s hearings as a way to “end the era of political correctness.” During the hearing itself, McCaul said: “I am mystified by the controversy that has followed from this.” After King’s fifth set of hearings, McCaul said that the “U.S. should not overlook the correlation between Islam and national security.”
McCaul appeared on Frank Gaffney’s radio show last year–the same radio show where Gaffney has spread his well-documented theories about sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. And McCaul didn’t bat an eye, or mutter any response, when Gaffney carried on about the “Muslim Brotherhood’s operations in the United States.” (See article above) When he got a chance to speak, McCaul indulged in speculation about the “threat” of Hezbollah, the Lebanese armed group, in the Western Hemisphere
4. Louie Gohmert
This Texas Republican has been a leader in speaking out about the dangers of Islam before. Gohmert made headlines with remarks about Islam and President Barack Obama. He suggested that Obama’s allegiances were with Islamic states instead of the U.S. “I know the president made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I’m well aware that there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states in the world,” Gohmert said on the House floor. “Perhaps there was some confusion whether he’d been to all 57 Islamic states as opposed to all 50 U.S. states. But nonetheless, we have an obligation to the 50 American states, not the 57 Muslim, Islamic states…This administration [has been] complicit in helping people who wants [sic] to destroy our country.”
Gohmert’s speech played into the right-wing conspiracy theory that Obama was a secret Muslim in league with anti-American Islamists. In line with that theory, Gohmert has also suggested that Obama listens to advisers from the Muslim Brotherhood.
5. Trent Franks
In recent years, Arizona Republican Trent Franks has taken to demonizing Muslim-Americans. In 2009, Franks was one of four Republicans to call for an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood proxy Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), proven to have links to terrorist group Hamas. The GOP members claimed an investigation was needed into whether CAIR was “spying” on Congressional offices in order to influence policy.
The evidence for that charge was a 2007 CAIR memo that called for placing Muslim interns in key Congressional offices in order to influence policy on issues important to Muslim-Americans–something that every interest group does in Washington.
Muslim Mafia, true story of Intern Chris Gaubatz who courageously gained the trust of CAIR’s inner sanctum, while working undercover as a devoted convert to Islam, blows the whistle on the entire factory fueling the wave of homegrown terrorism now plaguing America. His six-month penetration of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations resulted in a collection of thousands of pages of smoking-gun documents from this terror-supporting front group for the dangerous, mob-like Muslim Brotherhood.
Franks’ anti-Muslim fear-mongering didn’t stop in 2009, though. The next year, he showed support for Frank Gaffney’s theory that sharia law was on the march in the U.S., led by Muslim-American organizations with links to the Muslim Brotherhood who were plotting from within.
Predictably, the latest iteration of Franks’ ‘Islamophobia’ was his signature on Bachmann’s McCarthyite letter about Muslim Brotherhood influence in the U.S. government and Clinton aide Huma Abedin.