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Spencer: Certainly. That is a very real possibility, and it should be investigated. But the only ones who have the means to do so are mainstream media journalists who are either clueless or complicit.
FP: The other scenario is that Anthony Weiner converted to Islam but just kept it on the low-down, right?
FP: Is there a chance that Weiner’s life might be in danger from the Muslim Brotherhood for having done what he just did and been caught for it — and for having humiliated his Muslim wife in this way?
Spencer: I think that is unlikely. If he is a Muslim, his wife is his possession and his humiliation of her is not all that important. If he is a non-Muslim and the marriage is a sham, the sham has blown up in the faces of all concerned, but Weiner is so high-profile that I think he is more likely to be cast aside than to be physically threatened. In any case, I haven’t heard anything to the effect of any threats to Weiner, but I will be monitoring the situation.
FP: Omar Abu-Namous, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York, is encouraging Huma Abedin to stand by her husband. Why would an imam support a Muslim wife to stand by a Jewish husband who has disgraced her?
Spencer: Only if he is a Muslim.
FP: I see.
Ok, you mention that Abedin’s mother is a professor in Saudi Arabia. Does she wear the niqab? How come Abedin doesn’t wear a niqab? How come her family doesn’t make her veil in some way?
Spencer: Yes, Saleha Mahmood Abedin is an associate professor of sociology at Dar al-Hekma College in Jeddah. She doesn’t wear the niqab, but she does wear the hijab. Huma doesn’t wear either the niqab or the hijab. There may be any number of reasons why not: she may not be all that devout, or she may be calculating that to wear it would be off-putting to many followers of the Clintons, and thus it is prudent in the short term not to do so. Obviously, if the latter is the case, her manifestly devout family’s apparent sanguine attitude toward her not wearing it would become completely understandable.
FP: When we see women in Saudi Arabia they are usually wearing the niqab. How come Abedin’s mother is wearing only hijab and showing her face, which we usually don’t see Saudi women doing?
Spencer: Jamie, women in many Saudi cities wear the niqab as a matter of social custom, and — no doubt — because of considerable pressure from their relatives, but it is not actually mandated by law. And Jeddah, where Saleha Mahmood Abedin lives, is the city in Saudi Arabia where people are least likely to insist on this strict Islamic observance; you will see the niqab worn much more frequently in cities such as Mecca, Medina, and Riyadh.
FP: Ok, let’s get back to Huma Abedin. Don’t you find it a bit concerning that we have someone with close associations to the Muslim Brotherhood advising our Secretary of State and having access to sensitive information? How come no one in the media is talking about this?
Spencer: Definitely. According to published reports, Abedin is still an observant Muslim, and given her mother’s established ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated in its own words to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within,” that is a matter of grave concern. If the mainstream media were actually interested in reporting the news, journalists would be asking Abedin tough questions not so much about her marriage to Weiner, but about her family’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. They should also be asking Clinton about her knowledge of these ties, and examining Clinton’s record for indications that this influence has been a determining factor in her policy decisions.
Imagine if the personal assistant to the Secretary of State had a personal assistant whose family was deeply involved in the Ku Klux Klan. Do you think the media would be as indifferent to the implications of that?
FP: I’m a bit baffled; what do you make of it all?
Spencer: The questions involved in the Weiner/Abedin case are obvious, but the answers are not. And so above all, this is a glaring example of how the mainstream media is not doing its job, and is, in fact, failing the American people in neglecting to get the facts about a matter that could have serious implications for our national security. As it is, a woman with extensive ties to an organization dedicated to destroying the United States is the most trusted aide of the Secretary of State — and no one cares. If a fiction writer had turned in a manuscript containing that scenario, it would have been rejected as unbelievable.
FP: Robert Spencer, thank you for joining us here at Frontpage and thank you for having the courage to speak about the truth.
Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is Showdown With Evil. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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