I know I may tick some people off with this post, so before I begin I’d like to remind everyone that there are no sacred cows when it comes to the defense of this country or the Constitution and its ideals and values. And that includes people and organizations. In other words – don’t shoot the messenger.
If I’m wrong about something, or appear to be shielding or wrongly defending someone, some group or organization, I would hope someone would call me out on it and set me straight, or at least present another point of view.
I say this because I’m going to continue what Glenn Beck began yesterday – by calling out the NRA over its association with Grover Norquist.
Now, some might say, “not Glenn Beck. He’s a crazy religious zealot.” Well, some might say that, but if he’s right about something, why does it matter? If it were Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi standing up for what is right, it still would not change my position.
I’ve been a proud member of the NRA for years and have defended the organization several times in various articles. It’s the number one defender of the Second Amendment and I feel quite certain we are all better off because the NRA has been around. Without its support of our God-given right to keep and bear arms, we might look like most of Europe by now.
But then I heard this just yesterday, that Grover Norquist is up for re-election to the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. My first thought was, why he is on the board to begin with? My second was – okay, he’s there but maybe they can rectify their error, unless no one has looked into Grover’s background or affiliations, which appears to be evident, for if they had they should want nothing to do with him.
You mean Grover Norquist the conservative anti-tax reformer? What could be wrong with him? What’s wrong with him is he’s in bed with The Muslim Brotherhood and has been for years.
Many on the right have dismissed Grover Norquist’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood as just a wacky theory or so much nonsense, so I’d like to present some of that wackiness so you can make your own judgment.
You know how we say you only have to judge how radical Obama is by the company he keeps? Well, this is thecompany Norquist keeps.
We should know the name Sami Al-Arian – the jailed, ex-tenured American professor, and North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. At his sentencing hearing in 2006, Judge James S. Moody said to Al-Arian: “The evidence was clear in this case that you were a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad … [which engaged in] blowing up women and children on buses…. Anyone with even the slightest bit of human compassion would be sickened. Not you, you saw it as an opportunity to solicit more money to carry out more bombings.”
With regard to Al-Arian’s claim that he had only raised funds for the needy and vulnerable, the judge said bluntly: “Your only connection to widows and orphans was that you create them.” He was recently deported to Turkey.
Al-Arian was a central figure in the Muslim Brotherhood lobby who reached out to the presidential campaign of then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.
In 2000, the Brotherhood gained the support of California Republican congressman Tom Campbell, with the help of Al-Arian associate Abdurrahman Alamoudi of the Muslim American Council, first president of the radical Boston Mosque, and spending 23 years in prison, being convicted in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince. Alamoudi is on record praising the terrorist group Hezbollah and proclaiming: “We are all followers of Hamas.” Campbell spoke at their events and championed Brotherhood causes.
Both Al-Arian and Alamoudi worked with Norquist, and it was Norquist and Campbell who encouraged the Republicans to take up the Islamic cause.
In 1998, Alamoudi’s closest aide Khaled Saffuri teamed up with Norquist to form the Islamic Free Market Institute.
It was Norquist who convinced the Bush administration that the Muslim Brotherhood was moderate, yet even Karl Rove would later admit that he had not known of the extremist backgrounds of those Bush had embraced.
I could continue for many more pages, but this should be sufficient to convince you that Norquist, with his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremism, does not belong on the board of an iconic American organization like the NRA.
I would encourage all NRA members to contact them and make your feelings known.