July 31, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Society of North America, declared in federal court proceedings to be "associated" with Hamas,1 is having its annual wing ding on Aug 31-Sept 3, 2012 at the Washington DC Convention Center [source, Program: 49th Annual ISNA Convention - THEME: One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good]
Though the event itself, like everything that ISNA undertakes is troubling, we would very briefly like to focus on two of the event's workshops:
Session 6AL Political: Forming a More Perfect Union.
Panel includes Congressman Keith Ellison [D, 5th Dist. MI]
Session 11A: Honoring Human Dignity: Toward a Just Society
Panelists for 11A include, Congressman Andre Carson [D, 7th Dist. IN] and Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero Hamosque infamy. This gaggle is moderated by the decidedly immoderate: Ahmed Bedier, ex of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR].
Actually, the speakers list reads like the cultural jihadists' "A" team.
Let's contemplate this---fanatical adherents to a specific interpretation of a religion, non-indigenous to the West - Islam - bent on infiltrating a foreign legal code, Shari'a, into every aspect of American jurisprudence and consequently into the secular public sphere hectoring America to finally become, "a just society."
Bring it on, we can hardly wait---imagine our country modeled upon the justice currently on display in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
A paradise awaits---don't be late.
Attendees alert: Aroused from many years of slumber by all this talk of justice, freedom and ethnic/religious cooperation, be mindful that the ghost of Democrat "Bull" Connor might be taking midnight strolls through the DC Center's hallways, frothy muzzled German Shepherds at his side, water cannon in hand.
A few tidbits culled from widely available public documents about some of the speakers:
Congressman Keith Ellison, sworn into office on a Qur'an and apparently an Iran nuke denier:
"I am also concerned with the language that seems to shift American policy toward Iran. The resolution warns that Iran ‘may soon attain a nuclear weapons capability,’ a position that goes beyond the Obama Administration’s assessment and could lower the barriers to a military strike against Iran. Even Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has said he doesn’t believe Iran’s leaders have decided to build a nuclear weapon yet." [source, Statement from Rep. Keith Ellison on the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 [HR 4133], May 9, 2012].
The difficulty of interpreting this language in any way other than as a statement of support for Iran's Mullocracy is considerable. In Ellison's universe, everyone knows that Iran's nuclear program - secreted away inside Fordo[w] mountain - is devoted solely to the development of peaceful nuclear energy. Of course, Iran is environmentally responsible and wishes to lower its carbon footprint.
What a culture.
Justice, Ahmed Bedier style:
As Steven Emerson's, The Investigative Project on Terrorism notes, Mr. Bedier apparently approves of the stoning of "adulterous" women---and men too, no half measures here.
"Bedier appeared on a public television panel to criticize the documentary "Islam vs. Islamists," which aired in August 2007. In discussing a scene in which a woman is stoned as punishment, he incorrectly argues that the practice no longer exists and is never government sanctioned.
Bedier: Now, obviously the images we saw there, we don't know the circumstances of who is being stoned, how long ago these images were. But if you just look at the religious text itself, when it comes to adultery, the punishment is on both men and women. That's number 1. The second thing is, in order to convict someone on adultery, you have to have four eyewitnesses - who witnessed the actual intercourse happening. So you have to be like a porn star to get convicted. And they didn't indicate that. So it's almost impossible to prove [unintelligible] and let me tell you the punishment for whoever accuses a man or a woman of adultery and does not have four witnesses, they get 70 lashes. That's the punishment" [source, IPT, Ahmed Bedier]
Tickets are probably still available, reserve the date.
1. Federal District Court Judge Jorge Solis in a 2009 post prosecution decision arising out of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development case, was very clear in associating ISNA and its bud CAIR with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "...The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas..." [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing].