In September 2009, the Obama administration co-sponsored a resolution introduced in the United Nations Human Rights Council by Egypt on behalf of a Muslim multinational entity known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The measure advanced the OIC’s long-standing purpose, pursued in the name of the seemingly unobjectionable goal of preventing “defamation of religion,” to impose worldwide what amount to Shariah blasphemy laws.
In August, Mr. Obama used the occasion of a White House dinner breaking the Ramadan fast to endorse the construction of a controversial mosque close by the site of the former Twin Towers in Manhattan. This initiative became notorious as the American people learned that it is not merely a matter of “insensitivity” to put an Islamic community center on hallowed ground. Such a step fits a distinct pattern under Shariah of symbolically using the construction of triumphalist mosques on the holiest sites of conquered peoples to make the latter, as the Koran puts it, “feel themselves subdued.”
Mr. Obama nonetheless expressed his support for the Ground Zero Mosque. He did so to the delight of people like Ingrid Mattson in his audience. At the time, she was the figurehead leader of the largest Muslim Brotherhood front organization in the United States, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Yes, that would be the same Muslim BrotherhoodMr. Obama is helping come to power in Egypt. And yes, ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the biggest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history. Under the Obama administration, though, ISNA remains the vehicle of choice for official “outreach” to the Muslim-American community and the parent organization responsible for certifying chaplains for the U.S. military and prison system.
Then there is the latest symptom of submissive behavior on the part of Mr. Obama and what appear to be other “friends of Shariah” in his administration. As my colleagues Patrick S. Poole and Christine Brim have illuminated at BigPeace.com, we now have the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) preparing to “celebrate” the 1,300th anniversary of “Tariq ibn Ziyad’s crossing of the Straits of Gibraltar,” ushering in about 800 years of Moorish conquest and occupation of Spain and, in VMI’s words, “setting into motion the fusion between two worlds.”
It turns out that this new act of submission to Islamist triumphalism is a byproduct of a transnationalist program funded by the Defense Department and known as Project GO, in which GO stands for global officers. It is administered for the Pentagon by the Institute for International Education, which is, in turn, advised by “dedicated internationalists” from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, as it happens, the Chinese Communist Politburo. It is obscene that such propagandizing is taking place at what has long been one of America’s pre-eminent military academies. But it is, as the Politburo’s Li Yuanchao might say, “no accident, comrade.”
The foregoing are but a few of the manifestations of a deeply worrying trend involving acquiescence to and, in some cases it appears, outright embrace of the dictates of Shariah under the Obama administration. The question occurs: With friends of Shariah like Barack Obama, who needs enemies?
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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