Grover Norquist’s New Muslim Protégé


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In the letter, they said they were “proud of our Arab American and Muslim American contributions to the Republican Party,” but were “deeply concerned by the rhetoric of some leading members of our party surrounding the construction of the Muslim Community Center in downtown Manhattan.”

They went on to urge the party to take “a leadership role — just like President Bush did after 9-11 — by making a clear distinction between Islam, one of the great three monotheistic faiths along with Judaism and Christianity, versus the terrorists who committed the atrocities on 9-11 and who are not only the true enemies of America but of Islam.”

(Of course, Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda have always claimed to represent the “real” Islam and cite immutable Koranic texts to justify their murderous acts, and very few Muslim leaders have ever dared to dispute these claims because the Koran is not subject to interpretation.)

The Ground Zero mosque letter was distributed by Grover’s Americans for Tax Reform to its email list of coalition partners, and was cited the same day it was released on a prominent blog hosted by the New York Times.

And yet, once conservative activists in Virginia brought up the subject at campaign events, Ramadan went into denial mode, going so far as to issue a “fact sheet” reminiscent of the scurrilous campaign propaganda of Barack Obama in 2008.

“Claim: David Ramadan is a proponent of the Mosque to be built on ground zero in New York City.

”FACT: False. David Ramadan is not a proponent and has never advocated the building of the Mosque in New York. “

There is a term for this type of obfuscation, a term that I first learned about from the dissident Shiite Ayatollah who taught me about Islam: taqqiyah. When speaking to the infidel, it is permitted for the good Muslim to lie.

(This fact sheet has conveniently disappeared from Ramadan’s campaign website and can be found here, posted by a supporter.)

Another curious fact that Imad Ramadan has tried to deny was his early marriage as a 24-year-old immigrant in the United States to the daughter of a Shiite general in the Lebanese intelligence service, Ghanda Abdul Rahman Zoghbi.

How do you get to marry the daughter of a Shiite general in the Lebanese intelligence service, which has long been dominated by Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah? Certainly not by being a secular Muslim – also known as an “apostate” by Muslim believers – who embraces the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution over Sharia law.

Kent Clizbe, a former CIA operations officer who has converted to Islam to marry a Muslim woman (as Norquist has done), came away troubled from his own encounter with Imad Ramadan in August.

“Mr. Ramadan is hiding something. I don’t know what it is. But he is unwilling to share very important details of his life. In my experience, those who practice [obfuscation] include: PC-Progressives, criminals, intelligence agents, little children who’ve done something wrong, or others who have something to hide,” Clizbe wrote.

This camel’s nose has been under the tent for some time, and you can see it by the dung he has left on the ground.

After declaring bankruptcy as a 24-year-old graduate student in 1994, shortly before his marriage to the daughter of a Lebanese intelligence officer, Ramadan disappears even from his own campaign biography for nearly seven years. During this time, as a bankrupt student, he claims to have attended no fewer than four graduate schools, in Switzerland, the UK, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

“When Imad re-surfaced in 2001, the bankrupt Shia student now cultivated an image of ‘international businessman.’ He began lavishing funds on the Republican Party, Republican candidates and conservative causes. Public records reveal massive donations,” Clizbe writes.

If nothing else, Imad Ramadan had an eye for whose favors he should curry, and has given nearly $100,000 in political donations to prominent Republicans since 2008, even though he claimed at a recent court hearing that his personal real estate holdings were “underwater.”

A $20,000 donation to Virginia governor Bob McDonnell appears to have bought him an endorsement and a seat on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, where he claims he sidled up to former Attorney General Ed Meese. (The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force appealed to Meese unsuccessfully to withdraw his support.) Ramadan also appears to have steered an additional $50,000 to McDonnell from Ramadan’s business partner at Curves International, a women’s fitness center chain Ramadan claims to represent in Indian and the Middle East.

Other donations to local and national Republican leaders bought him further endorsements in his recent campaign, including from Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th, VA).

State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed Ramadan on the very day he went to court last week to defend against a lawsuit claiming he did not legally reside in the 87th district and sent a lawyer from his office to quash a subpoena from Ramadan’s opponents that would have made public the results of an investigation by the Commonwealth Attorney regarding Ramadan’s legal residence.

Cuccinelli, a darling of conservatives, has taken close to $20,000 from businesses run by prominent Muslim activists tied to the SAFA Group and other alleged Muslim Brotherhood affiliates targeted by the FBI’s Greenquest investigation after the 9/11 attacks. A few examples are here, here, here, and here.

So this is one camel who has made his bed and been spreading his manure around the entire Republican establishment in Virginia for some time.

Will there be implications of this come the general election and beyond? Stay tuned.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    Kenneth Timmerman sets the standard for investigative journalism. Great piece!

    • Shane

      Norquist is a liar, as Muslims forbid anyone from criticizing Muhammad or Islam. Muslims do not support freedom of speech. In Muslim countries, preaching another religion is forbidden and any Muslim who converts to another religion has a death sentence put on his head. Islamic Sharia law, which most Muslims want to live under, is barbaric and against Western values.

  • dwight hogg

    It is beyond me how anyone could support the Palestinian cause – these are people who blow up school buses in Israel. These are the people in Canada who pronounce on the street outside of Palestine House in Toronto that they love to kill Jews (See Michael Coren's column about this. These are also the people who were out in the streets in Montreal cheering when 9/11 happened. Has the world gone mad? dwight hogg

    • oldtimer

      So sad, but true. Isaiah5:20

  • jacob

    An old Spanish provererb claims that skunks know who they spray on and this
    "DAVID" Ramadan knows whose palms to grease….

    However, this is nothing new as a Saudi ambassador candidly said once that
    the spreading of money in the right circles and people, helped enomously their
    cause in good old USA…
    Does anybody remember the Chinese Army donation to CLINTON's reelection
    fund scandal…..?????
    So what do these REPUBLICAN "pillars of the community" have to say on this
    issue ???
    THAT THEY SAW FIT TO SELL THEIR FIRSTBORN RIGHT FOR A DISH OF
    LENTILS…?????

    Some "leaders" we have
    Doesn't it make you people puke ???
    It does to me

  • Ex-Muslim

    Norquist's wife is Muslim and she could not have married him unless he converts to Islam. Norquist is the problem, he sold to Islam

  • StephenD

    The Republican Party had better take note. If they listen to the likes of Norquist it will be to their end. If they pay attention and begin to clean house and marginalize these folks already within, they may have a chance of keeping the support of the people and a chance at neutralizing any ill effects of the infiltration. The ignorance that once could have been dismissed is no longer acceptable (Bush, Giuliani, et al). There is NO EXCUSE to not know better when it comes to dealing with representatives of Islam.

  • Chiggles

    David Ramadan is the camel's nose

    And Grover Norquisling is the camel's toe.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Israel is paranoid that the Muslim Brotherhood is going to ruin their monopoly in the Neoconservative movement.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/02/13/1437

    • Bo Dixon

      looks that way. muslims moving in on their cash cow..or camel

  • xlent

    Norqits is the camels ass.

  • Indioviejo

    Americans from all walks of life are baffled by the endless corruption of both parties. They sell out their country, their souls, their family's future. That is why the hate the TEA party.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What’s wrong with Muslims running for public office or assuming prominent positions in the conservative movement? Nothing at all – as long as they are clear about the primacy of the U.S. Constitution over Koranic (or Sharia) law.

    Per the sixth and most important of Islam, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, a few of them are violent jihadists, while most of them are non-violent jihadists, and the few that aren't jihadists aren't Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    Hence, Muslims that run for public office or assume prominent positions in the conservative movement are in reality jihadists. Indeed, not only are ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS jihadists, per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, but Sharia also forbids Muslims from living in the Dar al Harb (the realm of jihad and unbelief) unless it is specifically for the purpose of jihad.

    The problem with the current political correct paradigm whereby Islam is assumed to be a so-called Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists that under girds our societies false understandings of Islam today is that it is based on Western conceptions of terrorism. However, jihad and terrorism are mutually exclusive and two entirely different things altogether, as terrorism, which always involves violence per its name and can be for any number of political causes is a product of Western civilization only. While jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, consist of both violent and non-violent means, is always fought in the cause of Allah as opposed to terrorism, which can be for any number of political causes, and is a product of Islamic civilization only.

    Hence, the current political correct paradigm whereby Islam is assumed to be a so-called Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists is obviously incorrect since it is based on terrorism, which again is a product of Western civilization only, as opposed to jihad, which is a product of Islamic civilization only. Of course, there are many other significant and important differences between jihad and terrorism, but for the sake of brevity it isn't necessary to go into all of them to make this point.

    Thus, it is incredibly naïve to assume that Muslims can be classified into categories of moderates and extremists. Instead, the truth is ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, a few are violent jihadists, while most are non-violent jihadists. Hence, obviously Muslims running for public office or assuming prominent positions in the conservative movement are jihadists, and that can only lead to bad things.

    Other donations to local and national Republican leaders bought him further endorsements in his recent campaign, including from Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th, VA).

    Good to know! So the RINO Eric Cantor is an Islamopanderer too. Why am I not surprised.

  • http://ww.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Here on FPM Kenneth Timmerman defended Ahmad Chalabi: http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?…

    Ahmad Chalabi was dropped by the Pentagon for currency fraud, grand theft of national assets, counterfeiting, and for selling US state secrets to Iran: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Chalabi#Fallin

    Timmerman defended this slimeball because he works for PNAC and JINSA. He is no more reputable than Grover Norquist.

  • http://zillablog.marezilla.com zillaoftheresistance

    Grover Norquist is bad news, and now his dirty ties are in the Congressional record. I linked to the above post here: http://zillablog.marezilla.com/2011/10/grover-nor

  • angel nova

    Never trust a Muslim anyplace anywhere in America!

  • cynthia curran

    Maybe, Grover supports cutting taxes alll the time because he doesn't want the us to have a strong defense.

  • http://twitter.com/GooseNetworkUSA @GooseNetworkUSA

    David Ramadan enabled the Gulen Movement's new application for another controversial charter school, it was approved by the state but must be approved by the county. Learn why this is wrong and the connection of Ramadan to George Mason University and the $$ donated to the university by the Republic of Turkey. http://gulenpoliticians.blogspot.com/2012/08/virg

  • Adam Rich

    If it looks like a swine and smells like a swine……..norquist purpose is to fog the issues and definitions.