Note to MD GOP: Do you know who you are sleeping with?
There are several bits and pieces of Grover Norquist news this week and I’m wondering if there is a connection.
First, in an excited e-mail a couple of days ago (here at their website) the American Congress for Truth reported that the Republican platform at the Tampa convention would contain a plank that would endorse the idea of American law for American courts which basically means that Islamic Sharia Law could not be considered as a defense in cases before US courts.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a watchdog group for the Muslim Brotherhood in America, denounced the GOP plank here and asked them to remove it.
Subsequently, we are hearing through the grapevine that the GOP obliged and threw out the plank. As soon as we get written confirmation of that, and if it’s true (or not), we will add the news here.
Norquist: Sharia Law compatible with US Constitution
Just a reminder that Republican tax guru Grover Norquist told George Soros’ publication Think Progress back in 2011 that he saw no conflict between Sharia Law and the US Constitution and that anyone who said so was an ISLAMOPHOBE. I wondered why was Norquist even talking to Think Progress?
Norquist using Think Progress again?
Coincidentally, just yesterday the Middle East Forum published a lengthy and very detailed discussion by Raymond Ibrahim laying out once again the theory that Norquist and his sidekick Suhail Khan are pushing an Islamist agenda within the GOP.
Readers (including the MD GOP bigwigs bunking with Norquist in Tampa) should read the whole thing for the background on the controversy. One point made by Ibrahim through a quote from David Horowitz is one I have wondered about for years. Why does Norquist not respond and deny the allegations (instead he uses the Democrat playbook and claims his critics are racists, bigots and Islamophobes)? Wouldn’t you or I, being accused of such horrible (treasonous!) motives, be screaming our innocence from the rooftops and then getting a lawyer to take Gaffney et al to court for defamation, or at least be willing to debate Gaffney in public? The only conclusion one can reach is that Norquist knows he would not be able to survive the discovery process.
Back to the Ibrahim article where we learned that the American Conservative Union whose board members include Norquist and Khan held a “rump” meeting in Florida in September 2011 where they voted to back Norquist and Khan and denounce Gaffney. The chief Norquist/Khan defender is attorney Cleta Mitchell.
(Board members in attendance)….dismissed Gaffney’s charges out of hand, and declared their “complete confidence in the loyalty of Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist to the United States,” and “welcome[d] their continued participation in the work of ACU and of the American conservative movement.” In adopting this resolution, the board members also declared that they “profoundly regret and reject as unwarranted the past and on-going attacks upon their patriotism and character.”
In making its decision, the board appears to have relied entirely on a memorandum provided by one of its members, Cleta Mitchell, a well-known and widely admired conservative lawyer. Despite the sweeping conclusions of her memorandum, Mitchell addressed the specifics of only one of Gaffney’s many findings, while categorically dismissing them all, asserting that: “There is absolutely nothing contained in any of the materials [presented by Gaffney] that in any way linked Suhail (or Grover) to such [“Muslim extremist”] organizations or their activities.”
Mitchell ACU letter leaked to Think Progress! Ibrahim continued:
Given these well-known facts [Abedin case for example—ed], Khan’s security clearance seems a pretty thin reed on which to base so sweeping a dismissal of Gaffney’s concerns, let alone refer to them as “reprehensible.” To understand her position better, I tried to interview Mitchell, but she declined to comment, saying by email “I am precluded from talking to anyone about this because of the confidentiality provisions of the boards on which I serve which have been dealing with Frank Gaffney issues.”
That confidentiality, however, had been already breached when someone on the ACU board leaked the details of its Orlando meeting and the contents of Mitchell’s letter—and leaked them not to conservatives but to the left-wing organization “ThinkProgress.” One of the things I wanted to ask Mitchell was how she thought this letter might have been leaked and by whom (Norquist? Khan?).
Let me guess! Sure looks like Norquist uses Think Progress to get messages to his friends.
Now back to where I started—back to the MD Republican delegates in Tampa bunking with Grover and that anti-sharia plank. Could there be a little pillow talk happening about that controversial plank? Just asking!
Here is the story in the Baltimore Sun that caught my eye:
TAMPA, Fla. — Maryland’s delegation to the Republican National Convention doesn’t include any headline speakers, but there is a nationally recognized figure within its ranks: Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.
Most Republicans attending the convention from Maryland credit the connections of Louis Pope, the state’s national committeeman, for the access they have received. Pope is a longtime Republican National Committee official and he serves as vice chair of the convention’s powerful rules committee.
Norquist, whose spokesman did not return calls seeking comment, has been active in Maryland politics lately….
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