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Obama Prayer Leader Linked To Hamas

From our old friend Josh Gerstein at the Politico:

Obama prayer speaker comes from group feds say is linked to Hamas

By: Josh Gerstein
January 18, 2009

One of the religious leaders invited to address Barack Obama’s inaugural prayer service Wednesday heads an Islamic group named by federal prosecutors as a co-conspirator in a terrorism-fundraising trial in Texas.

Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is scheduled to join Christian ministers and Jewish rabbis offering prayers for the new president and his family during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, organizers announced Friday.

Mattson’s group calls itself “the largest Muslim umbrella organization” in North America. However, in May 2007, federal prosecutors included ISNA on a list of nearly 300 co-conspirators filed in a criminal case charging that the Holy Land Foundation of Richardson, Texas, funneled more than $12 million to Hamas.

The U.S. government designated Hamas as a terrorist group in 1995.

A trial in Dallas in 2007 for the foundation and five of its leaders ended with acquittals and mistrials. However, Holy Land and the five officials were convicted of all 108 charges in a second trial last year.

A spokeswoman for the inaugural, Linda Douglass, hailed Ms. Mattson as “a widely respected faith leader with a stellar reputation.”

“We are delighted to have her as part of a program that is inclusive, welcomes people of all faiths and is consistent with the president elect’s message of unity,” the spokeswoman told Politico Friday. “All of these are people who preach tolerance.” …

“During last year’s trial, numerous exhibits were entered into evidence establishing both ISNA’s and NAIT’s intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case," Mr. Jacks wrote . "They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financial support to HAMAS. … That ISNA and NAIT appeared in these documents and share a common history with these defendants is a reflection of the evidence, not any attempt to ‘disparage’ or ‘vilify.’" …

Mattson, who did not respond to messages seeking comment for this article, is the first female president of ISNA and a professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut…

In a letter  to the New York Times last May, Mattson argued that, under Islamic law, Obama’s Christian faith does not render him an apostate, or someone who renounced his religion, because he was never a Muslim to begin with…

A minor detail buried in the avalanche of the hoopla over Mr. Obama’s coronation inauguration.

Of course this will never reach the decibel level of the phony controversy over the invitation to Rick Warren.

Never mind that Hamas, like most Muslims, most certainly believes in executing homosexuals.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Prayer Leader Linked To Hamas”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Add this to the list of undesirables and criminals pushed forth on the citizens as normal everyday Joes. BTW, “Great start there Barry!!”
    All I see is a shit load of “over sites” but hey……I’m just a lowly schmoo with a love for my 2nd Amendment Right.

    “Checkmate!!”

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “In a letter to the New York Times last May, Mattson argued that, under Islamic law, Obama’s Christian faith does not render him an apostate, or someone who renounced his religion, because he was never a Muslim to begin with…”

    This is very disturbing news. If you read her comments carefully, the Mattson idiot isn’t condemning the practice of Islamic governments who kill people for leaving Islam. Not in the slightest. She’s excusing Obama under Islamic conventions by saying that he is not an apostate so he isn’t subject to the penalty.

    I think it’s hypocritical to the 9th degree for liberals to protest Rick Warren while ignoring people with extremist ties to governments who believe in murdering homosexuals, people who have sex outside of marriage, and “subversives.” It’s very telling.


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