In quest for Muslim votes, party invites dangerous invocation from imam

February 07, 2007|By CAL THOMAS

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In the race to the bottom for votes to win office, or to preserve themselves in office, it would be difficult to outrun Republicans as they pander to the Hispanic vote by refusing to control our southern border against an invasion by millions of illegal aliens. Democrats are trying, and they may soon pass Republicans in their cynical pursuit of political power.

At the Democrats' winter meeting, a clergyman was asked to deliver the invocation. He was Husham Al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, a Shiite mosque in Dearborn, Mich.

According to a transcript on the Web site Jihad Watch, Mr. Al-Husainy offered a prayer with anti-American and anti-Israel undertones: "We thank you God, to send us your messages through our father Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Mohammed. Through you, God, we unite. So guide us to the right path. The path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom. Help us, God, to liberate and fill this earth with justice and peace and love and equality. And help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation."

To the untrained ear and uninformed mind, the first part sounds kind of ecumenical. But Muslims see all of these religious leaders as Muslim prophets. Their view is that Abraham, Moses and Jesus taught Islam and that the Jews and Christians perverted the Islamic faith.

Mr. Al-Husainy was engaging in something more dangerous than prayer. He was proclaiming religious superiority and triumphalism. Surely Democrats do not subscribe to his not-so-subtle religious doublespeak, which places the United States and Israel among the people God "dooms." Neither do most Democrats believe that all of Israel is occupied and that "oppression and occupation" applies to the Jews who live there and must be evicted. So why invite a clergyman who leads them in such a prayer? It isn't that his background is unknown.

As blogger Debbie Schlussel has written, Mr. Al-Husainy led "almost daily protests" last summer "of thousands of Hezbollah supporters on the streets of Dearborn and Detroit, swarming with swastikas and anti-Semitic, anti-American signs. Later, I watched him ... at an anti-Semitic rally of 3,000 Hezbollah supporters at Dearborn's Bint Jebail Cultural Center. He was among several who delivered hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric. I watched him cheer others on when they called for the hastened destruction of the Jews and when they said Americans are `diseased.'"

A clergyman who advocated white supremacy and the inferiority of all other faiths never would have been invited to offer the invocation at a DNC gathering. Yet Democrats got the equivalent of such a person in Mr. Al-Husainy. They have been trying to get back in the religion game since Republicans cornered most of the evangelical Christian vote in the last several election cycles, but choosing Mr. Al-Husainy as their instrument to put them in closer touch - if not with God, then with Muslim voters - is outrageous and dangerous.

The Muslim vote went largely to Democrats in last year's election. In Virginia, Democrat James Webb received 92 percent of the Muslim vote, compared with Republican George Allen's 8 percent, according to the Muslim American Society and the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee. Was inviting Mr. Al-Husainy to pray for the destruction of America and Israel payback to the Muslim community? If so, the price is too high and the potential consequences are too great.

Has politics come to this, that some politicians would sell out their own and other free countries for a voting bloc that contains elements committed to our destruction (Democrats), or pander to illegal immigrants who break our laws and then get Social Security checks (Republicans)? Have politicians no shame?

Cal Thomas' syndicated column appears Wednesdays in The Sun. His e-mail is calthomas@tribune.com.

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