Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rick Perry, the 'Stealth Jihad Candidate?'

The liberal media smells blood in the water as some conservatives have raised alarm over Rick Perry's cooperation, as governor of Texas, with Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismailis Muslim sect. As all of the facts are brought to the fore, it appears that the lib journalists won't find a dead body in this fishing expedition. (Read to the end, below.)

-- From "Perry forged ties with a Muslim imam of Ismaili sect" by Brian Bethel, The Abilene Reporter-News in Texas 8/18/11

A wealthy figure, he is the founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, which works toward a variety of health, educational, environmental, and other goals.

According to, Perry and the Aga Khan forged two cooperative agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, among them 2008's Muslim Histories and Culture project, a "far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam."

At the signing ceremony for the program, which trains high school teachers about Muslim history and culture, Perry said he had "always" supported it because "we must bridge the gap of understanding between East and West if we ever hope to experience a future of peace and prosperity."

Perry has not taken a stance on proposals by some Texas Republicans to ban Shariah law, a code of conduct many Muslims believe is derived from precepts set forth in the Koran and examples set by Muhammed. Some Muslims take a fundamentalist approach to the Shariah code, which has been criticized by some for its harsh rulings.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Can Rick Perry maintain his good ties with Muslims as a GOP candidate?" by Husna Haq, Christian Science Monitor Correspondent 8/15/11

In a GOP field crowded with presidential hopefuls questioning Muslims’ loyalty and promising to crack down on Muslim religious sharia law in America, Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters the race with a distinguishing calling card: a historically good relationship with Muslims in his state.

Whether Governor Perry, as a presidential candidate, will continue courting Muslims – and whether that is a liability for Perry in the current Islam-leery climate – remains to be seen.

In 2008, Perry helped expand the Muslim Histories and Culture Project, a teacher-training program spearheaded by Texas Ismailis that introduces Islamic history and culture curricula into Texas schools.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Perry's Problematic Pals" by Pamela Geller, American Thinker 8/15/11

[Gov. Rick Perry is] wielding his enormous power to influence changes in the schoolrooms and in the curricula to reflect a sharia compliant version of Islam. He is a friend of the Aga Khan, the multimillionaire head of the Ismailis, a Shi'ite sect of Islam that today proclaims its nonviolence but in ages past was the sect that gave rise to the Assassins. Perry has concluded at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and the Ismailis, including a comprehensive program to feed children in Texas public schools and taqiyya nonsense about how Islam is a religion of peace. Another agreement stipulates that Texas officials will work with the Ismailis in the "fields of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment." Perry let on that this was all about whitewashing Islam's bloody historical and modern-day record: "traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom."

. . . There is no way the GOP can again [after George W. Bush] nominate anyone who is so completely and utterly clueless about the fifth column within. Ten years after 9/11, can't we nominate someone who can speak to the ominous threat posed by Islamic supremacists in this country? There are no secrets here, even if the stealth jihad is covert and sneaky. We know what they are doing. . . .

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "GOP Candidates Must Declare Opposition to Sharia" by Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch 8/16/11

. . . Hard-Left advocacy journalist Justin Elliott of Salon hailed Perry as the “pro-Sharia candidate,” and exulted that Perry “is a friend of the the Aga Khan, the religious leader of the Ismailis, a sect of Shia Islam that claims a reported 15 to 20 million adherents worldwide. Sprouting from that friendship are at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, including a far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam.”

The Ismailis are a peaceful sect, but such educational efforts are unlikely to be honest about the Islamic texts and teachings that jihad terrorists use to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Nor are they likely to be forthright about Islam’s bloody history of war against and conquest and subjugation of Jews, Christians, Hindus and others. All that is likely to be whitewashed, especially given Perry’s apparent friendship with Republican power broker Grover Norquist.

. . . If any of these woefully inadequate candidates gets the Republican nomination and defeats Barack Obama, the only certainty for the subsequent four years will be more jihad, aided and abetted by shortsighted U.S. policies.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Governor Perry’s Islam Connection" by Amil Imani, whose mission is to raise the clarion call about the imminent and present danger of expansionistic theocratic Islam 9/1/11

Being a lifelong critic of Islam, red flags popped up in my head at [Rick Perry's] purported cozy relationship with Islam and prompted me to look very closely at the governor’s record on this particular issue and at this specific time.

He is reported to be particularly friendly with the Ismailis, a relatively small sect of Shi’a Islam. Is there something fishy about that? There are roughly twenty to thirty thousand Ismailis who live in Texas, a small percentage of the Muslims in the state. Besides, if Perry wanted to curry favor with Muslims, why would he hitch his wagon to the Ismailis? Ismailis are persecuted and castigated by major Islamic sects such as the Sunnis who rule Saudi Arabia and the Twelve Imamates Shi’a who run Iran.

Another line of argument implying Perry’s Islamic leanings, if not an out and out supporter of it, pertains to inclusion of Islam in the state’s educational curriculum. I looked closely into that claim, because it is indeed a critical juncture where young minds can indeed be influenced.

The nuggets of the Muslim history curriculum Perry helped coordinate in Texas are summarized below. It says:
1-Countries of Western Civilization have secular governments, which means great toleration of cultural and religious differences.

2-Countries of Islamic Civilization for the most part either have religiously dominated governments or demands to make them more religious, which means less toleration of cultural and religious differences.

3-Muslims often lack respect for Western traditions and points of view. The Muslim relationship to the West is colored by the belief that Western beliefs [whether Christian or atheist] are defective and therefore inferior to Islam.
No matter how I tried, I couldn’t reach the conclusion that this inclusion promotes Islam or it is pro-Sharia. It seems that the mere fact that Islam is included in the curriculum represents supporting it.

And with regards to the concern that the education curriculum Perry promoted is pro-Arab and against Israel, the evidence is exactly the opposite. The lesson on Israel reads:
“Since the end of World War One Palestine had been under the control of Great Britain, who at first welcomed the hardworking Jewish settlers. They made the most of the harsh conditions, bringing economic success to an area that had for a very long time been poor. Arab natives also welcomed the newcomers. But as the number of Jewish settlers increased and their economic success contrasted sharply with the economic backwardness of the Palestinian Arabs, the Arab attitude began to change.

Immediately, all its Arab neighbors declared war on Israel. As a result of this war, the territory of Israel expanded somewhat, and many Arab citizens of Israel fled to a small corner of Israel called the Gaza Strip. The Arab states refused to admit these refugees, preferring them to stay there as a testimony to the evil of the Jewish state. They are still there. These Arabs began calling themselves Palestinians and demanding a state of their own.”
And Perry’s stance on other Islam issues speaks for itself. When Perry was questioned about building a mosque near ground-zero in New York, for instance, he said, “To build a mosque near Ground Zero would be insensitive to the victims and families of 9/11 and would make the healing process much more difficult for everyone that was touched by this tragedy. I’m a big believer in freedom of religion but believe it would be best for all involved to put the facility elsewhere. However, zoning is a local responsibility and as a staunch supporter of the 10th Amendment, I do not think the federal government should take steps to intercede or overrule the wishes of local residents. The citizens of New York City will decide the fate of this building.”

Unless someone can come up with solid evidence to the contrary, I feel relieved that Governor Perry is not an Islamophile, he is not even an Islamic apologist, and he can be entrusted with the responsibility of guarding our nation’s priceless heritage of liberty against the assaults of Islamic fascism.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 9/17/11: Background on Islamic sects by Amil Imani