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State Department Holds Ramadan Dinner
Guest List Includes Muslim Extremists
Terror - Islam
Friday, November 30, 2001
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor

About a hundred American Muslims attended a State Department dinner in honor of the Ramadan fasting period mandated by Islam. Among the guests were several Muslim leaders that have already made their attitudes known, and their views can only be described as what most Americans would called Islamic extremists.

Which makes you wonder if Secretary of State Colin Powell doesn’t watch the news, or if the official US policy toward Islam is plain old, garden-variety appeasement.

Among the invited guests were the head of the Islamic Society of North America, Muzzamil Siddiqi.

Siddiqi was also among those Islamic clerics who were invited to lead prayers at the Washington National Cathedral the Sunday after the attacks when the United States reached out to God for provision and protection.

He opened his comments by dedicating his comments to Allah, saying, “in the name of god, the most gracious, most merciful”.

He chose to call Allah “god” given the fact Allah was not a name particularly popular in the hours immediately after the attacks.

Siddiqi then offered the following comments: “We turn to you, our Lord, at this time of pain and grief. We witness the evil of destruction and the suffering suffered by many of our compatriots. With hearts weighed down with grief and with tears in our eyes, we turn to You, our Lord, to seek comfort. O Lord, Help us in our distress, keep us united as people of diverse faiths, colors and races, keep our country strong for the sake of good and righteousness, and protect us from evil.”

Given Siddiqi’s views before Islam was publicly cited as the force behind the 9/11 attacks, one has to wonder; when he spoke of the suffering of his “compatriots”, of whom was he referring?

The Christians and Jews and non-religious Americans who died as a consequence of an airliner slamming into the building they occupied, or the Islamic terrorists who commandeered them?

By every tenet of Islamic teaching, non-believers cannot be called ‘compatriots’ with believers.

And Siddiqi must have undergone a fundamental change in worldview in the hours between the attacks on September 11 and the prayer meeting on September 14.

Siddiqi is no stranger to the White House, or to the camera, before he made his appearance before five living presidents, and the assembled political luminaries and Christian leaders who sat in the audience.

In October 2000, he also appeared at the White House, although that time he had to stand outside. He was speaking to a rally of Muslim fundmentalists at that time, rather than to Christians and Jews, and he sounded somewhat less conciliatory.

On that occasion, to resounding cheers, Siddiqi told the crowd, “The United States of America is directly and indirectly responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people. If you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of god [Allah] will come.”

Well, when the wrath of Allah DID come, on 9/11, Siddiqi was invited to the national prayer meeting to prove that Islam is really a good and peaceful religion.

And now, the administration is working hard to convince us that the god of Islam is really the God of the Bible.

The same God Who said, “Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.” [Jeremiah 33:25]

The ‘seed of Jacob’ is Israel, not the Palestinians. So for Allah to be God, He must have either undergone a fundamental change of Heart [For I am the LORD, I change not Mal 3:6] or, the sun failed to come up one morning and nobody noticed.

Because that is the only way that supporting Israel could bring about the wrath of God upon the United States, as Siddiqi, the servant of Allah, said it would.

But of course, it wasn’t the wrath of God that delivered three airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

It wasn’t God Who hijacked Flight 93 and plunged it into the Pennsylvania countryside. It was 19 Islamic extremists who committed those crimes in the name of Allah.

The White House said that those terrorists hijacked more than just airliners. They hijacked a ‘peaceful’ religion.

The Koran teaches “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends” [Sura 5:50], “Allah does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither made war on your religion nor driven you from your homes . . . but he forbids you to make friends with those who have fought against you . . .or abetted others who do so.” [Sura 60:8-9]

Did the hijackers of 9/11 hijack a peaceful religion or merely follow the express teachings of the sacred writings that define it?

No less a personage that Winston Churchill once referred to the Koran as the “Mein Kampf of war.”

But in the interests of appeasement, this administration invites them to dinner.

Lest you think I am being too harsh, another invited guest to the Ramadan dinner was Abduraahman Alamoudi, executive director of the American Muslim Council.

In 1996, Alamoudi addressed the Islamic Association of Palestine in Chicago. “I think if we are outside this country, we can say, oh Allah, destroy America, but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. There is no way for Muslims to be violent in America, no way. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America.”

In other words, whether by violent means from outside or borders, or non-violent means from within, the Muslim aim supported by Alamoudi is to destroy America.

Alamoudi also attended the October 2000 rally outside the White House. Alamoudi was even more blunt, whipping the crowd into a frenzy, and shouting, “Hear that, Bill Clinton, we are all supporters of Hamas. I wish to add that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah. Who else here is a supporter of Hezbollah?”

The crowd roared its assent and approval. But that was last year. Today, they are leaders of a peaceful religion ‘hijacked’ by evil men.

The evil men who hijacked those airplanes did so in the name of Islam. They were motivated by the Islamic teaching that all nations will eventually submit to Islam, either willingly, or by the sword.

In fact, Alamoudi predicted that one day, the United States will become an Islamic nation, although he did say it would ‘take many years’. Given the State Department gathering, maybe it will take fewer years than he anticipated.

Another guest of the State Department was Salaam al Maryati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who defended Hezbollah’s attack of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 that killed 219 Marines as a “military operation” – not a terrorist attack.

Currently, the US Justice Department is under fire for detaining Islamic extremists, saying the Islamic terrorists used the freedoms we extend to all as a weapon against us.

Without those freedoms, they would not have been able to infiltrate our society, and attack our institutions or seize our aircraft, or freely move about to scout out future targets to attack. Civil libertarians call that nonsense.

But Ibrihim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, defended Siddiqi’s and Alamoudi’s comments at the Muslim rally, saying, “Every American has the right to be critical of foreign policy, domestic policy. I don’t think this is seen as somehow disloyal or, you know, in any way inappropriate.”

Defending the murder of 219 US Marines as a ‘military action’ rather than terrorism isn’t disloyal? Proclaiming solidarity with terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah isn’t disloyal?

I suppose it depends on one’s perspective, and whether you are the victim or the aggressor, or with whom your principle loyalty lies.

I have to admit my principle loyalty is to Jesus Christ. I am a Christian. But Christianity demands I give my political loyalty to those whom God appointed as the rulers of my nation. [Romans 13:4] Jesus said His kingdom is ‘not of this world’.

The Koran demands loyalty to Islam as a political entity. An attack against political rulers, like the Afghan Taliban or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, is an attack on Islam, say the Muslim fundamantalists.

Nobody in the US is alleging the 9/11 attacks are an attack on Christianity. The attacks, the US says, were aimed at American economic targets, not churches or Christian institutions.

The Islamist argues that the response to the attacks is really an attack on Islam by Christians and Jews. Does that mean American agnostics, atheists and secular humanists are not targets?

One cannot be loyal to both Islam and a national government without violating the teachings of Islam. Notice that Hooper is an executive of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Is there a Council of American-Christian relations? Such would be unnecessary, since Christianity teaches that national loyalty and spiritual loyalty are not mutually exclusive.

In America, Christian children are forbidden to pray in school. It is illegal to display the Ten Commandments in a public place.

Arguing that America is Christian or Jewish suggests we are schizophrenic, rather than religious, in our national worldview.

The White House is bound and determined to convince America that Islam is a religion of peace, that even when they make war, they don’t really mean it, that Allah is the same god as the God of the Bible, even when the two teach opposing ideologies, and that the real enemy is the fundamentalist Christian or the Zionist Jew, and not the Islamic fundamentalist who seeks to destroy both.

The Koran says that Jesus Christ was not Crucified, and not Resurrected. It also claims the New Testament as part of the revelation of God, and that the Koran is a continuation of that revelation.

How can the same God Who prophesied the 1st and 2nd Advent of the Son of God later deny He has a Son, as does the supposed final revelation embodied by the Koran?

Clearly, the god of Islam is not the God of Scripture. And as a consequence, Islam should be judged according to its own teachings. The administration has it partly right, and partly wrong.

The part they have right is that our enemies are using our freedoms against us. The part they have wrong is that our enemy is not Islam.

While they express their support for the god of Islam, the administration is unwittingly fulfilling Bible prophecy for the last days.

Paul warned us of the perilous times that would exist in the last days. In 2 Timothy 3:5, he described the enemy, saying he would have, “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

The absurdity of the situation is summed up by the contention that exposing Islam’s core teachings is considered hate speech, whereas genuine hate speech, supporting terrorism, terror groups and the replacement of our national government with an Islamic nation is simply worshipping God in a different way and worthy of honor.

And this national schizophrenia may well be our undoing.
First published November 30, 2001

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