Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 12, 2011

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch in Maryland; speaks out on Norquist at Human Events

Author and Islam scholar Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch) spoke on the “Stealth Jihad” to a large and receptive audience at the Institute on the Constitution in Baltimore last week.   Here is what Robert said at Jihad Watch (a blog which I read regularly and have done so for years):

Friday evening I was in Baltimore, Maryland, speaking before a packed house at the Institute On The Constitution — the largest crowd they had had in nine years of featuring weekly speakers. At the beginning of the evening they surprised me with the plaque (link), an honor as great as it was unexpected.

Spencer also weighed in at Human Events on the revelations that Rep. Frank Wolf (R) presented to his fellow legislators about American for Tax Reform’s (ATR) Grover Norquist.  Spencer has long been a critic of Norquist and surely is one of those Norquist now calls a “racist.”

From Human Events:

Last Tuesday on the House floor, Rep. Frank Wolf (R.-Va.) showed more courage than most of the members of his party have ever managed to summon: He called out influential Republican power broker and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist for, among other things, his close ties to jihad terrorists and Islamic supremacists.

Many anti-jihadists have been concerned for years about Norquist’s jihad ties, and his deleterious influence on the Republican Party, but that concern ended abruptly when it turned out that Norquist was close friends with Rick Perry. People who had been on record repeatedly criticizing Norquist for being in bed with Islamic supremacists suddenly discovered that, hey, everyone does it (ignoring the fact that Norquist is closer to Perry than he is to other candidates), and what’s a few Hamas ties among friends, anyway?

But not Wolf. On the House floor, Wolf said of Norquist, “Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.” He pointed out that “around the years 2000 and 2001, Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison.”

Good question!  Why did ATR weigh in on the Ground Zero Mosque?

Wolf also pointed out that Norquist “even used Americans for Tax Reform to circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque,’ ” which 70% of Americans oppose. “Why would Americans for Tax Reform,” Wolf asked, “circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque?’

Will the Republican Party be harmed by Norquist’s activities?  Spencer thinks so.

Norquist’s influence on the Republican Party is extraordinarily damaging, as it keeps on leading so many to turn a blind eye to the stealth jihad that Norquist continues so energetically to advance. Congressman Wolf deserves congratulations, and the gratitude of every patriot, for having the courage that so many lack, and calling out Norquist on the floor of Congress.

Norquist never addresses concerns head-on, but calls critics “racists,” “bigots,” and “Islamophobes.”  Why not just admit his Muslim faith (nothing inherently wrong there) and just say, yes, I screwed up, I am sorry, my judgment was pretty bad in those past cases, but I am working hard now to find decent secular Muslims and get them into political office and in government positions?   That would be the politically savvy thing to do (although I am loathe to help him out!), don’t you think?

Spencer continued:

In his response to Wolf, Norquist showed how thoroughly he has mastered the tried-and-true tactic of his Islamic supremacist partners: He cried racism, smearing his opponent, and claiming victim status when his wrongdoing was pointed out, instead of responding with anything substantive.

Norquist dubbed Wolf’s allegations “disgusting,” claiming that “some staffer of his went onto the racist websites [Jihad Watch?–ed], you know, dug up stuff from 10 years ago. I’m married to a woman who’s Muslim [anyone marrying a Muslim must convert to the faith or the marriage is not recognized in Islamic law–ed], and it’s sad and it’s disgusting. It reflects poorly on him. I think given his district, he’s going to spend a lot of time apologizing for getting into the gutter and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry. I suppose this staffer who got this stuff off websites did as much chucking [sic] as the idiots who put it forward.”

Changing the subject—Norquist’s grip on his signature issue (the no new taxes pledge)  may be slipping as Pennsylvania lawmakers told us this week, here.

Don’t forget!  If you missed Spencer in Baltimore, you can learn more about the “stealth Jihad” and Shariah Law from experts at the MD Conservative Action Network Conference in Annapolis on October 29th.  Go here to register!


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