He has nothing to lose now as he approaches the final months of his presidential term. We’ll see Obama side with islamic terrorists even more, further dividing our nation.
via Washington Times: The Baltimore mosque that President Obama will visit this week to show support for American Muslims has historical ties to radical Islamic groups, critics said Sunday.
The Islamic Society of Baltimore had an imam who was a leading figure in the extremist Muslim Brotherhood. And the organization is connected to the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2008 criminal prosecution in which several individuals were convicted of funneling money to the terrorist group Hamas.
The president’s choice of the first U.S. mosque to visit is “insulting” to American Muslims, said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim who is vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
“It’s disgraceful that this is the mosque he’s picked to be the first to visit,” Dr. Jasser said on “Fox and Friends” Sunday. “This mosque is very concerning … Historically, they are basically a radical, extreme mosque and not representative of the modern Muslims in America.”
Alarmed by anti-Muslim rhetoric from some of the Republican presidential candidates, Mr. Obama intends to use the visit to the mosque on Wednesday as a gesture of tolerance for American Muslims.
A White House official said that Mr. Obama will “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”
“The president will hold a roundtable with community members and deliver remarks, where he will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values — welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation’s tradition of religious freedom,” the White House aide said.
Some past leaders of the mosque are well known to counterterrorism agencies. Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh, an imam who served at the Baltimore mosque for 15 years, most recently in 2003, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan in the 1970s. He also has worked for an Islamic relief group that the Treasury Department designated as a terrorist organization in 2004.
Mr. el-Sheikh also co-founded the Muslim American Society in Falls Church, Virginia, a group controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. His ties were first reported Saturday by the Daily Caller.
In 2004, he told the Washington Post that those who founded the society felt that “we should cut relations with the [Muslim Brotherhood] abroad and regard ourselves as Americans. … We don’t receive an order from any organization abroad, and [they] have no authority to tell us what to do.”
But he also told his congregation in Falls Church that Palestinian suicide bombings were sometimes justifiable.
“If certain Muslims are to be cornered where they cannot defend themselves, except through these kinds of means, and their local religious leaders issued fatwas to permit that, then it becomes acceptable as an exceptional rule, but should not be taken as a principle,” he said.
The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, where Mr. el-Sheikh served as imam, also had an imam in the 1990s named Mohammed al-Hanooti, who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.