Barack Hussein Obama quietly met with a group of radical Muslim political activists in the White House Feb. 4th to provide them with even more Muslim outreach programs than ever before.
Daily Caller The meeting didn’t focus on U.S. foreign policy or Islamic jihadi attacks. Instead, it was Obama’s outreach to a growing Democratic-affiliated political constituency, similar to other meeting with environmental, African-American or Latino political groups.
The president “encouraged the [Muslim] participants to remain civically engaged (aka civilization jihad) in their communities, and told them that he looked forward to seeking additional opportunities to continue the discussion (along with the Muslim Brotherhood members in his Regime) of these and other Muslim issues,” said a White House statement released after the meeting.
The immigrant Muslim population has grown by roughly 1 million since 2000, up to almost 2.7 million (Hear that CAIR? Not the 8 million number you keep touting) in 2013. The population has grown because the Obama Regime has accepted many Muslim-only migrants from war-torn Muslim countries, such as Somalia and Syria.
They want federal jobs for their allies, diplomatic support for allied Islamist movements in the Middle East, the stigmatization of criticism of Islam, plus the legal authority for U.S.-based Islamic jihadists to independently police zealous U.S.-based Muslims who are preparing to become jihadis.
“We spoke about the current environment, and what faith-based organizations like ours can do to assist the president…. [in] different ways, both domestic and international,” Azhar Azeez, the Indian-born president of the Islamic Society of North America, told The Daily Caller. The society is the umbrella organization for several radical Islamic groups in the United States.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial
The U.S. government stated that ISNA is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity when it designated it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. A federal judge upheld the designation in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. A U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo lists ISNA and several of its components among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends,” and a 1988 document says it is part of the Brotherhood “apparatus.”
“We want to ensure that American Muslim involvement, especially from young jihadis, are part of the process and at the highest levels,” read a post-meeting statement from Hoda Elshishtawy, a former Democratic Hill staffer who attended the meeting on behalf of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “The impact of having American Muslims serving at Cabinet-level and Undersecretary positions will demonstrate that American Muslims really are part of the process.”
“It was a great meeting, basically a listening meeting for the president, listening to the concerns of the community,” said Dean Obeidallah, a failed Muslim comedian and left wing Muslim advocate and writer.
One problem is “anti-Muslim bigotry, and we’re seeing people demonize Muslims,” said Obeidallah. Because of Americans’ criticism of Islam, “young Muslims are growing up stigmatized.” (Yes, rampant Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with it)
Since 2001, observant Muslims have launched murderous attacks on many American civilians and soldiers, alongside their jihad attacks on people in India, Israel, Spain, England, and most recently, in France.
In response to Americans’ criticism of the Islamic aggression, Obama has repeatedly denounced criticism of Islam. In 2012, for example, the president of the United States told the United Nation’s General Assembly meeting that ”the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Although his goals are partisan, Obama’s political outreach to American Muslims is partly conducted via Muslim religious groups. For example, at least two major Islamic religious leaders attended the meeting.
They were Mohamed Magid, a former president of ISNA, and Sherman Jackson, the leading African-American Muslim advocate for orthodox Sunni Islam. Jackson is a former board member of the Fiqh Council of North America, which issues authorative religious edicts, dubbed “fatwas,” for observant Muslims. Despite the Islamic Society of North America’s Muslim Brotherhood origins the White House views it as a top partner.
The FIQH Council continues to be an affiliate of ISNA, advising and educating its members and officials on matters related to the application of ShariÌah in their individual and collective lives in the North American environment.
In late 2013, the Fiqh Council issued a religious critique of the Islamic claims made by the violent Islamic State army in northern Syria. In turn, that critique was attacked as evasive and deceptive by some critics of Islam. The statement did not identify any of the 14 or 15 attendees from the immigrant Muslim population.
Obama’s meeting did not include any observant Muslims (Like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser) who openly criticize the radical ideas that are central to Islam.
The meeting was organized by Farhana Khera, a Muslim lawyer who has campaigned against the post-9/11 police oversight of Islamic communities, and the public’s criticism of Islamic ideas. In 2010, she complained about the arrest and deportation of a Muslim cleric who had met with FBI officials and subsequently warned a U.S-based jihadi about police surveillance. Khera declined to comment when asked about the meeting.
Khera worked with Obama’s deputy for Muslim outreach, George Selim, to set up the meeting. Selim attended the meeting, but declined to talk to TheDC.
In June 2012, Selim told TheDC that Obama’s deputies had held hundreds of meetings with CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. Since 2001, several employees and former employees of that group has been been jailed or deported for jihadi-related crimes.
Before the meeting, White House statements described the meeting as outreach to a political constituency. “What the president is hoping to do is to have a broader conversation about the wide range of issues that are of importance to the Muslim American community.” spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday, before the meeting took place.
A statement after the meeting said “the President thanked the participants for their work in a variety of fields and for coming together to offer views on issues of importance to their communities.”