Standing With Shariah: Obama & The Company He Keeps

Meredith Jessup

8/14/2010 11:27:26 AM - Meredith Jessup
By now you've probably heard about Obama's forceful support for the Ground Zero mosque project.  But, perhaps just as notable as what the president said is who he said it to at last night's White House Ramadan celebration. 

Frank Gaffney over at Breitbart's BigPeace has details on a few of Obama's more notable guests:

Ingrid Mattson heads the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in the country, the Islamic Society of North America.  ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the biggest terrorism financing trial in the nation’s history and was identified as a Brotherhood “associated or friendly” group in documents introduced as evidence uncontested in that Holy Land Foundation prosecution.  Ms. Mattson now presides over the selection, training and certification of Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military and prison system – interestingly, a job formerly in the hands of Muslim Brother Abdurahman Alamoudi, the founder and first head of the American Muslim Council, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence on terrorism charges.

Salam Al-Marayati is president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).  In 1999, then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt withdrew his nomination of Al-Marayati to a leadership position on the National Commission on Terrorism when it became public that Al-Marayati claimed that the terrorist group, Hezbollah, was a legitimate organization and has the right to attack the Israeli Army.

Dalia Mogahed runs the insidious Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and advises President Obama on Muslim affairs as a member of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  In an October 2009 interview with the London Telegraph, she made the following astounding assertions: “I think the reason so many women support shariah is because they have a very different understanding of shariah than the common perception in Western media.” “The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with shariah compliance.” The portrayal of shariah has been oversimplified in many cases.”

On the one hand, the president speaks of America's grand tradition of religious tolerance.  On the other hand, his guest list includes individuals and organizations who support the spread of shariah, as Gaffney points out, "arguably the most intolerant of theo-political-legal codes." 

So where does Obama stand?