Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I wish that Frank Wolf were still my U.S. rep

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA, 10th District) deserves credit for his principled stands on the Islamic Saudi Academy and Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (or, as my friend The Adventuress called it, The Center for Explaining Islam to Christians).

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA, 10th District)

From the ACT Northern Virginia/Richmond/DC Metro Chapter blog:

Mr. Wolf has co-sponsored legislation that would bar the use of federal funding to transfer the detainees to Virginia. The congressman has pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for details on the possible length of detainee trials, as well as other issues related to the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Alas, we moved out of Rep. Wolf's 10th District to dhimmi Gerry Connolly's 11th District (and Virginia House of Delegates 35th District, where Dr. Esam Omesh is running in the Democratic primary). I wish that Frank Wolf were still my U.S. Representative.

FOX 5 legitimizes CAIR yet again

FOX 5 apparently doesn't know that CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial or that several CAIR officers have been convicted of crimes related to terrorism.

In a discussion of the Pope's visit to the Holy Land earlier this week on FOX 5 Morning News, Nihad Awad represented the Muslim point of view on a panel that included Jewish and Christian clergy.

In my previous article, I cited the problems of contacting FOX 5 via its comment line or Contact Us webform. Perhaps users can submit their objection via Twitter or Facebook.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Nihad Awad Joins The Blogosphere

I haven't checked yet to see whether or not comments are moderated.

The "credentials" for Nihad Awad:
Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
Check out his first post of April 24, 2009. The post is a lengthy bio.

Awad's blog is called Nihad Awad Bio, although the title doesn't appear at the top; I discovered the title via a Google alert for CAIR. Instead of a title appearing at the top, he has his photo.

In his most recent post, Awad crows about the Pope's respect for Islam. I note that Awad didn't bother citing this article, the last two paragraphs of which state:
[The Pope's] overtures on this trip have not pleased all Muslims.

Sheikh Hamza Mansour, a leading Islamist scholar and politician, told Reuters the pope had "not sent any message to Muslims that expresses his respect for Islam or its religious symbols starting with the Prophet."
I tried to find the Reuters article with those words, but had no luck. Perhaps I missed it? Surely, surely, it hasn't disappeared from the Reuters web site. That could never happen, right?

In his very first post at his blog, Awad also reminds readers of the following:
Awad is a signatory, along with 137 other Muslim leaders and scholars, to an open letter titled "A Common Word Between Us and You," which was sent to Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and more than 20 other Christian leaders in 2007.

The open letter was designed to promote understanding between Muslims and Christians worldwide.
I believe that counter-jihadists have parsed that letter for taqiyya.