Saw this over at LGF:
"A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration."
"Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group's president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth. The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said."
" 'It is unfortunate that the Governor would choose the leader of an organization such as this to represent many the freedom-loving Muslim citizens of Virginia on this important commission,' Gilbert said. 'While the Muslim American Society claims to be the innocent face of peaceful Islam in America, their history and teachings tell a much different story. Unfortunately, it is a story about which all Americans have become much too familiar -- that of the promotion of a global Islamic state. The questionable origin and teachings of this group should give the Governor some serious concerns about his recent appointment. Even though this organization has a savvy public relations machine, the public face that it projects may disguise some very troubling hidden intentions.' "
They're not hiding much, really. LGF posted a video of Omeish delivering a "virulent anti-Israel, anti-US rant" at a Washington, D.C. rally in August 2006. Funny how the MAS claims to be the "biggest grass roots Muslim organization" in America. Doesn't CAIR say the same thing? How many members does MAS have? Where does their funding come from? I bet they're as representative of American Muslims as CAIR is, which is to say, hardly. MAS is big on appearances, short on truthfulness.
I sat through about two hours of Omeish's lectures last December (Ughh! The things I do for this blog!). Omeish delivered several fiery speeches at the 2006 Muslim American Society (MAS)/ Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) conference in Dearborn, Michigan in November 2006. Some excerpts from Omeish's lectures:
- "All humanity is divided into two categories: those who follow divine guidance (Muslims) and those who are seeking or need to be invited to Islam (everybody else, non-Muslims)."
- "To call all humanity to Allah, that role is incumbent upon us....We are not just another community to bring into the mainstream."
- "Muslims must be willing to live and die for the sake of Allah,"
- "I am here for Allah to establish the way of Allah,"
- "We must create a society that is aligned by the will of Allah and that glorifies the almighty Allah."
Yup, the standard Islamic supremacist verbiage. Does he say that sort of thing when he's speaking with Governor Kaine? As I commented back then:
"It is inconceivable to these "leaders" that in a pluralistic American society, Islam is one religion among many. Assimilation into American society is rejected. It's also clear that to MAS/ICNA, Islam is not simply a religion, it's an ideology that seeks to dominate our society. They make no bones about it."
Esam Omeish should NOT be on the Virginia Commission on Immigration. He ought to be marginalized, not mainstreamed. Would Governor Kaine appoint a White Supremacist? No, of course not. So why is it OK to appoint an Islamic Supremacist? Please let the governor know what you think of this move here, and you can thank Delegate Todd Gilbert for pointing this out here.
UPDATE: And hey- who was just in Boston at a fundraiser for the Islamic Society of Boston? The same! Dr. Esam Omeish was one of two featured speakers at the Grand Ramadan frundraising banquet held at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel in Kendall Sqaure, Septemebr 15th. Pricey tickets, $100 a pop.
UPDATE TWO: The amazing power of blogs sometimes! LGF broke this story, posted the video, and now they're reporting that Gov. Kaine has accepted Omeish's resignation. Kudos to LGF and kudos to Delegate Todd Gilbert. People with supremacist ideologies, people who want to impose their version of MAS Islam on everybody else, need not apply.