Monday, January 19, 2009

With Ties to Hamas, She Will Pray At Inauguration

A fascinating and disturbing piece today on the Muslims Against Sharia web site: Barack Obama isn’t wasting any time making an impression: he has selected the leader of a group that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case to present a prayer during his inauguration festivities. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), will offer a prayer at the National Cathedral Tuesday. The post's author, Robert Spencer, is a scholar of Islamic history, theology and law. He includes a bit of history in his piece: Yet while curiously silent about the excesses and violence of Wahhabism, Mattson blamed the decline of the Islamic world on the West: “Well, the decline began with the colonization of the Muslim world by European powers. One of the first things the colonialists did was to dismantle the institutions of what we could call civil society. The Muslim world has until now not recovered from that dismemberment of its society.”In reality, the colonial period did not begin until the 18th and 19th centuries, and would not have been able to begin at all had the Islamic world not already been in a period of steep cultural and military decline. Historian Philip K. Hitti describes the decline of Islamic thought as beginning far earlier than the era of European colonialism, saying that “the whole Arab world had by the beginning of the thirteenth century lost the intellectual hegemony it had maintained since the eighth.” FULL POST at Muslims Against Sharia... RELATED: Islamic speaker linked to Hamas US prosecutors link Muslim at Obama prayer service to Hamas ISNA's Ties to Terror - Part 1 (WTHR-Indy) ISNA's Ties to Terror - Part 2 (WTHR-ABC Indy) American Muslim Task Force Chicago Election 2008 Forum Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Facebook Americans' Tax Dollars Fund the Wahhabi Lobby (ISNA) - Daniel Pipes ALDERMAN CALLED "TOOL OF HAMAS" - Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone called Alderman Joe Moore an ignorant cry baby who is a tool of Hamas. Subscribe to Chicago News Bench