Source: Creeping Sharia, Jun 23, 2018
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) have teamed up to create the Congressional Leadership Development Program (CLDP) that creates tomorrow’s American Muslim leaders and fosters pride in government service. Simply put, we’re cultivating the next Mayors, City Councilors, Members of Congress, CEOs and non-profit Executive Directors.
Or is this a separate, Muslims-only group that infiltrates political offices in the U.S. and works to establish sharia law from the inside?
Are politicians who are welcoming Muslims into their offices familiar with the groups that are placing them? They should.
Established in 1988 by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood and admirers of Hezbollah, MPAC styles itself a “moderate, inclusive and forward-thinking organization with a history of fostering a strong Muslim American identity, and combating terrorism and extremism.” In reality, MPAC is yet another Islamist wolf in the “social justice” clothing of the hard Left. Its founders include Hassan Hathout, the former MPAC president who has described himself as “a close disciple” of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Hathout’s brother Maher, a senior MPAC adviser, is lavish in his praise of both Hezbollah’s “freedom fighting” and the social-justice pioneering of Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of Sudan’s National Islamic Front — the genocidal junta that gave safe haven to al-Qaeda in the early 1990s while imposing sharia on that war-torn east African nation.
It should come as no surprise, then, that MPAC now allies with the likes of Congressman Keith Ellison, a hard-left ideologue popular among Islamic supremacists, in pooh-poohing well-documented concerns about Islamist influence on government officials — concerns raised at a time when the Obama administration is palpably tying U.S. policy to the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda, notwithstanding the Brotherhood’s unabashed hostility to America and the West.
MPAC manages the dual roles of “leading Islamist” and “government’s favorite Muslims” because it has mastered the Brotherhood’s Janus face: It condemns “terrorism” before non-Muslim audiences, but neglects to explain that it does not consider “resistance” against those who “persecute Muslims” to be “terrorism.” It also works feverishly to defend actual terrorists and their financiers, ensuring that discerning Islamists know exactly where MPAC stands.
For example, while [Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council] Marayati was out defending Hezbollah and pointing the accusatory 9/11 finger at Israel, MPAC hired Edina Lekovic to be its “communications director.” For years, Ms. Lekovic had been affiliated with al-Talib(“the Student”), a Muslim Students Association newspaper at UCLA. As I’ve noted before, the Muslim Students Association is the first building block in Muslim Brotherhood’s American infrastructure. During Lekovic’s affiliation, al-Talibpublished, to take just one example, a “Spirit of the Jihad” issue in July 1999 — less than a year after al-Qaeda bombed the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In it, al-Talib exhorted Muslims to “defend our brother” Osama bin Laden, who was praised as a “great Mujahid” and “a freedom fighter who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors.”
In characteristic MPAC style, when called by terrorism researcher Steven Emerson on her work for al-Talib, Ms. Lekovic first totally denied having any association with the publication and accused Emerson of mudslinging. Soon, though, she grudgingly conceded that she might have “briefly worked” at al-Talib, but insisted that Emerson had distorted her views and associated her with “sentiments that I in no way support, and that are antithetical to the work I do day in and day out in the service of my community and my country.”
So Emerson’s organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, undertook to scrutinize her claims. IPT found that Lekovic’s “brief” affiliation with al-Talib had actually spanned nearly five years, from late 1997 through mid-2002. In fact, during much of that time, she had been al-Talib’s managing editor — a position she proudly listed in her bio in late 2001 for the program distributed at an MPAC conference, “The Rising Voice of Moderate Muslims.” The IPT’s examination further showed that she had been listed as an editor in al-Talib editions that featured articles suggesting that the horror of the Holocaust had been exaggerated and that Omar Abdel Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”) had been tortured in federal prison, where he was serving a life sentence because, according to al-Talib, he had been “falsely accused” of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In October 2000, MPAC hosted a rally in Washington’s Lafayette Park at which Abdurahman Alamoudi — then regarded in Washington as another “moderate” Muslim leader — was featured as a speaker. To often raucous applause, Alamoudi asserted, “I have been labeled by the media in New York to be a supporter of Hamas. Anybody supports Hamas here? [Crowd cheers responsively] . . . Hear that, Bill Clinton? We are ALL supporters of Hamas. Allahu Akhbar! I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah!”
Besides campaigning for the government to de-list Hezbollah and Hamas from the list of formally designated terrorist organizations, MPAC regularly gets its pom-poms out for individual terrorists. That is, while winking about how much it abhors “terrorism,” MPAC tirelessly insists that the government’s efforts to prevent and punish terrorism are a scam — camouflage for a neo-McCarthyite, “Islamophobic” persecution of Muslims.
Much more in this DiscoverTheNetwork.org bio:
MPAC was one of 57 organizations to co-sign a letter that Farhana Khera, executive director of an Islamic organization called Muslim Advocates, wrote to Barack Obama’s then-Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (and later CIA director) John Brennan. The letter demandedthat Obama officials “purge all federal government training materials of biased materials”—that is, materials that they claimed were biased against Islam—and “implement a mandatory re-training program for FBI agents, U.S. Army officers, and all federal, state and local law enforcement who have been subjected to biased training.” Joing MPAC as signatories were such groups as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Relief USA, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim American Society.
The Obama Administration immediately complied with the letter’s demands. Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, emphasized that same day that training materials for the FBI would be purged of everything that Islamic supremacists deemed offensive: “I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.”
In November 2011, MPAC held a Washington, DC event in honor of Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda, the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate that had recently emerged victorious in the political elections in Tunisia. Ghannouchi is a longtime Islamist who, during the 1990s, was invited to the United States by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian but was banned from the country. Yet by MPAC’s reckoning, Ghannouchi is “one of the most important figures in modern Islamic political thought and theory.”
MPAC is also leading the whitewashing of Islam and jihad terrorism in Hollywood by training (indoctrinating) writers, producers and actors, as we’ve noted in numerous posts. Read them here.
The Islamic Scholarship Fund is directed and advised by, and partnered with many of the leading terror-listed, terror-linked groups and Muslim Brotherhood ideologues who work relentlessly to make America more Islamic. They are all listed on the org’s website here and use the Search function on Creeping Sharia to learn more about these groups and individuals.
Ignore the Muslim invasion and infiltration at your own peril. It will be your children and theirs who suffer the consequences in future generations.