Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says it should come as no surprise
that President Obama has no problem with a large gathering of
Muslims who have descended on Charlotte, North Carolina today --
just before next week's Democratic National Convention.
The Charlotte Observer reports that
organizers anticipate as many as 20,000 Muslims will take part in
"Jumah at the DNC," which will feature town hall meetings to
address issues like Islamophobia, anti-Sharia, the Middle Eastern
crisis, and the Patriot Act. They claim their goal is to make the
general public aware that the Muslim community is a healthy and
vibrant component of American society.
But the Jihad Watch director believes the thrust of the
gathering is clear: "To portray Muslims as innocent victims of
racism, bigotry and Islamophobia so as to intimidate Americans into
being afraid to resist Jihad and Islamic supremacism."
Spencer is suspicious of Jumah at the DNC because the grand imam
for the event is Siraj Wahhaj, a man who had a close relationship
with convicted terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman, "The Blind Sheikh," in
the early 1990s.
"The Blind Sheikh, of course, is now serving a life sentence for
masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center attack, as well as for
plotting to blow up the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel,"
Spencer reports. "Clearly if Siraj Wahhaj was taking him around in
mosques in New York and New Jersey, he does not have a different
view of Islam from that of The Blind Sheikh."
Still, the terrorism expert points out that President Obama is
endorsing Jumah at the DNC.
"The Obama administration is listing this Jumah at the DNC
business as part of the convention activity as an official
function," he notes.
But Spencer is not surprised by that.