Biden woos Muslim voters, plugs Islam in schools

Friday, July 24, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

Joe Biden and his energy planThe Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee is courting a million Muslim voters by calling for children in public schools to study Islam.

Speaking to the Million Muslim Voters Summit this week from his home in Delaware, former Vice President Joe Biden touted the Islamic faith:

"[Islam is one of the] great confessional faiths. I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It's one of the great confessional faiths."

Calling all Muslims

After being endorsed by Emgage Action in April, the pro-Muslim group hosted the online summit for Biden in order to secure one million Muslim voters' ballots for the Democratic nominee in November's presidential election, with many Muslims in office supporting him, as well.

"A number of Muslim American officials – including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) – signed a letter organized by Emgage Action endorsing Biden on Monday," CBN News reported.

Omar – who came to the United States as a Somali refugee – has been notorious for her anti-Semitic statements, and her district in Minnesota has been ranked as the worst for race relations of all the 435 districts represented in Congress.

"Omar – one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress – served as a high-profile surrogate for [self-proclaimed socialist] Bernie Sanders before he exited the presidential race in April … making her support for Biden potentially helpful as the former vice president seeks to mobilize Muslim voters this fall," Fox News recounted.

Biden made it clear that he would push Islam into prominence – if elected.

"We all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs, and I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity, for being engaged, for committing to action, this November," Biden expressed to those attending the online summit.

All faiths the same?

However, in an argument against Islam being included with Christianity and Judaism as a confessional-type faith, Jihad Watch co-founder Robert Spencer noted how proponents of Islam have aimed to exclude all other religions and that Muslims have strived to get into public office for power, as he said in a piece quoting Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) co-founder Omar Ahmad.

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant," Ahmad declared, according to Spencer. "The Koran – the Muslim book of scripture – should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

Even though Ahmad adamantly refused to acknowledge this statement, Spencer cites evidence of his claim being factual. "[T]he original reporter, Lisa Gardiner of the Fremont Argus – hardly a hardline 'Islamophobe' with an axe to grind – stood by her story," Spencer stressed.

Spencer also quoted CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future," Hooper said, according to the watchdog.

Spencer also brought up the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been linked to Islamic terrorism and credited for the Arab Spring uprising in the Middle East – a movement supported by former President Barack Obama.

"[T]he Muslim Brotherhood – to which all the major Muslim groups in the U.S., including CAIR, are linked – is dedicated in its own words to 'eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house … so that it falls, and Allah's religion is victorious over other religions,'" he informed from a captured internal document.

Islam 101?

Teaching Islam in America's public schools has been pushed for some time.

"Groups like CAIR encourage Muslim input into textbook selection and the shaping of Islamic curricula for the public schools, which only adds to many people's concerns about Biden's suggestion to broaden Islamic studies in America's schools," CBN News disclosed.

"The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) – a religious liberty watchdog – reports numerous cases in recent years where teaching of Islam has moved from general knowledge of the religion to indoctrination of school children. On its website, the ACLJ cites some assignments that have raised concern from parents, like middle-school children in Tennessee being told to write 'Allah is the only God' and recite the Islamic conversion creed. An assignment in a Wisconsin public school told students to 'Pretend you are Muslim.'"

Similar stories were reported by the leftist media.

"It is important that students understand the differences between each of these religions to help them understand the tensions that exist in the region, the state standards – known as the Georgia Performance Standards – say," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ACJ) reported.

A homework assignment critiqued by one parent was also mentioned in the report, which read, "Allah is the ___ (fill in the blank) worshiped by Jews and Christians," according the document divulged by ACJ, with the suggested correct answer being, "same God."

Push for November

Through the Million Muslim Voters Summit, Biden is looking to win states with many Muslim voters, such as Michigan, which President Donald Trump won by less than 11,000 votes against Hillary Clinton in the 2016s presidential election.

Farooq Mitha – Biden's senior adviser for Muslim engagement – emphasized that drawing Muslim voters through numerous events is a major priority for the Democrats' 2020 presidential campaign.

"Muslim communities can have an outsized impact in many states, and we are working every day to earn their support," Mitha pointed out, according to CBN News.

Biden sees the Muslim vote as tipping the scales for a November victory.

"You're doing what has never been done before – you're registering and turning out more than one million Muslim voters this November," Biden cheered, according to The Associated Press. "It matters."

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