Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama's Muslim Brotherhood-linked aide hasn't really quit

Obama's Muslim Brotherhood-linked aide hasn't really quit

This is a couple of weeks old, but I don't recall anyone remarking upon it. Barack Obama's Muslim Outreach Coordinator, Mazen Asbahi, resigned under pressure in August after it was revealed that he was "a frequent speaker before several groups in the U.S. that scholars have associated with the Muslim Brotherhood."

The Muslim Brotherhood, of course, is engaged “in America [in] a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” — Mohamed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” May 22, 1991

And now it turns out that Asbahi hasn't really quit at all.

"Muslim Outreach Proves A Tricky Issue For A Campaign Lauded As Multicultural," by Sean Higgins for Investor's Business Daily, August 25 (thanks to Diana West):

Key Aide Hasn't Really Quit

Last month, his coordinator for Muslim outreach, Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, quit after reports that he belonged to the board of an Islamic investment fund that included a radical imam.

Asbahi has not stopped working on behalf of Obama, though. He appeared at the luncheon to say that despite his official exit he was still "110%" behind Obama and that he was participating in campaign conference calls on Muslim outreach.

Stepping down was a "strategic decision," he told the audience. Asbahi declined to answer IBD questions clarifying his current role. [...]


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