Dinner With Radicals

Ingrid Mattson
Image by umar nasir via Flickr

The President has said in the past that to know how he thinks, look at who he surrounds himself with.  Ok, we will.  Here’s the list and it’s not comprehensive:

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, radicals who blew up buildings in the 1960’s and ’70’s and killed a few people,

Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Black Liberation Theology preacher,

Van Jones, admitted Communist and former green jobs czar,

Cass Sunstein who believes that animals should be able to sue humans,

Need I go on?

…and for dinner last week at our White House one of the guests was…

“Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, an Islamic “charity” which was convicted in 2008 by a federal jury for giving more than $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

One month after 9/11, Dr. Mattson described the extremist Wahhabism ideology that inspired the 9/11 terrorists this way:

It is the name of a reform movement that began 200 years ago to rid Islamic societies of cultural practices and rigid interpretation that had acquired over the centuries. It really was analogous to the European Protestant Reformation.”

from Joe Klein at FrontPageMag.com

Ok, let’s think about this….a suspected or known supporter of terrorism came to the White House for dinner.  It sounds pretty far out there to me.  What does “unindicted co-conspirator” means?  It sounds like a known conspirator that wasn’t indicted for whatever reason.

If I can trust Wikipedia, it says this:  “An unindicted co-conspirator is a person or entity that is alleged in an indictment to have engaged in conspiracy, but who is not charged in the same indictment. Prosecutors choose to name persons as unindicted co-conspirators for a variety of reasons including grants of immunity, pragmatic considerations, and evidentiary concerns.”

Let’s go on…again from Joe Klein

“The second radical Islamic White House dinner guest was Salam Al-Marayati, a co-founder and director of  the Muslim Public Affairs Council. This is an individual who likes to speak about building bridges and inter-faith dialogue, but only as a cover for his more radical views. What Islamists such as Al-Marayati like to do is invert the meaning of American ideals and history to suit sharia (Islamic law) and the Islamic narrative of the oppressed victim. For example, he said that:

When Patrick Henry said, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’  that statement epitomized jihad [Islamic holy war].”

And there’s more here.  Al-Marayati’s council has put forward policy papers requesting the removal of Hamas and Hezbollah from U.S. terrorist designation.

My grandma always told me that “birds of a feather flock together” and “you are known by the company you keep”.  The president’s grandma must not have told him that.  Either that, OR, he doesn’t care.  But the American people care very much.   And our tax dollars paid for this special dinner with radical Muslims in their holy month of Ramadan.

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