Ali Hasan Drawn Into Bizarre CPAC Witch Hunt?

An interesting blog post today from the People for the American Way–you might have read recently that some activists preparing to attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, are upset about the participation of a GOP gay rights group, GOProud. This includes Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, who reportedly is considering pulling out of future CPACs in response, although they’re still on the list of sponsors for this year’s.

As it turns out, GOProud isn’t the only group attending CPAC that has the right wing up in arms: Colorado’s own Ali Hasan’s group Muslims for America is drawing some intolerant fire of its own. You’ll recall that Hasan announced he was leaving the Republican Party as a result of racism he experienced from Colorado Republicans during his run for Treasurer this year. Well, here’s the story on the trouble for Muslims for America at CPAC, as explained by PFAW:

The American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts CPAC, has been the target of Religious Right groups and leaders over their handling of GOProud’s involvement, with Joseph Farah even calling for conservatives to “purge” the ACU from the movement. Already, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women For America, American Values, the American Principles Project, the Capital Research Center, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, Liberty University, and the National Organization for Marriage have announced their boycott of CPAC.

Now, the conservative news site WorldNetDaily, a major cheerleader for the groups boycotting CPAC, is giving right wing activist Frank Gaffney a platform to charge the ACU with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamist group. Gaffney is no stranger to conspiracy theories, as he previously claimed that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “amounts to a vote for reinstating the draft,” maintained that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is tied to an “ominous campaign” to “bring Shariah to America,” and said that Barack Obama is “America’s first Muslim president.” He is joined by WorldNetDaily’s Paul Sperry, who wrote a book asserting that radical Muslims were infiltrating the government through the congressional internship program.

Gaffney outlines a theory that since the ACU is allowing the leader of an organization known as Muslims for America, a conservative group with ties to the GOP, to participate in CPAC, the ACU is supporting a “stealthy effort to bring Shariah” to America…

Now the allegation that Ali Hasan’s Muslims for America group is in cahoots with this “stealth effort” to impose Muslim law in America, starting with the Conservative Political Action Conference, basically rests on the fact that Suhail Khan, a lawyer in Washington D.C. and a former Bush administration appointee, is staffing MFA’s booth at the conference. Apparently, although Mr. Khan served in a Republican presidential administration and as a senior staffer to Rep. Tom Campbell (R), Khan’s late father had a role in an American group tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Khan is a close associate of conservative activist Grover Norquist, who author Frank Gaffney at WorldNetDaily breathlessly asserts “has been working with the enemy.”

Got all this? Despite Mr. Khan’s long resume working for Republican elected officials and a Republican President, because of membership in an organization by Khan’s father, Grover Norquist, Ali Hasan and Muslims for America, and maybe the nation’s biggest conservative political conference are all co-opted by the Islamofascist plot to make your daughter wear a burqa.

Kind of helps you understand what Ali was talking about, doesn’t it?

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  1. Ralphie says:

    1. Wait for the Sharia takeover

    2. Cut out his tongue

  2. Middle of the Road says:

    That’s a group that takes the “sins” of the father pretty literally, I guess.

    Hard to understand why minorities are abandoning the Republican Party and the conservative movement, isn’t it?

  3. 20th Maine says:

    Can’t tell if you think this is a hit on conservatives or you are trying to placate us by announcing how tolerant the conservative movement is.

    PFAW points out, and you repeat, that the biggest annual gathering of conservatives is including the likes of GOProud and Muslims for America.  And in the MFA case, a random crazy and unhinged guy (never heard of him) is pissed about it.  I don’t actually know much about either group, but from what I can tell, they both seem harmless.

    Are you saying that this guy (Gaffney) represents most conservatives?  Or the Republican Party?  Again, can’t tell if you’re serious, and therefore deluded.  Or joking, and actually defending CPAC.

    I suppose you’d have a better argument with the Focus crowd – since it’s a legitimate org. with a known (though shrinking) constituency, but even they are fading away.

    Meanwhile, you link us to a whack-job left wing site.

    • Fidel's dirt nap says:

      they are probably some of the most thoughtful and friendly racist homophobes one could hope to meet.

    • Middle of the Road says:

      Can’t you tell by the list of tolerant groups that are boycotting the event?

      Just one big happy family of Christian love and tolerance.

      The American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts CPAC, has been the target of Religious Right groups and leaders over their handling of GOProud’s involvement, with Joseph Farah even calling for conservatives to “purge” the ACU from the movement. Already, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women For America, American Values, the American Principles Project, the Capital Research Center, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, Liberty University, and the National Organization for Marriage have announced their boycott of CPAC.

    • SSG_Dan says:

      before the Nazi took power. They used the tabloid press as a means to spread the Aryan racists agenda prior to and during the National Socialist rise to power.

      Now a significant segment of the conservative base is doing the same, though the name of the outlet sounds a lot less dangerous, almost mainstream.

      Considering the mainstream Republican party practically fell on their knees to kiss the ass of the Tea Party movement, how long before they embrance this new round of lunacy, less they be declared “soft on terrorism?”

        • SSG_Dan says:

          ….I don’t throw out the Nazi reference unless there’s some actual basis of fact.

          Die Sturmer (The Stormer) when first launched, was considered a trashy tabloid that had no value as a mainstream publication, and was considered a publication of the fringe.

          However, it didn’t take long before the publication became the preferred outlet for the National Socialists.

          (Learned about that in PSYOPS class in the Army, btw…)

        • Aristotle says:

          You may not call it again the next time you perceive it.

          • Laughing Boy says:

            Nothing is like the Nazis.

            • SSG_Dan says:

              You know me LB – I don’t throw this kind of stuff out at a whim. There’s real serious parallels between Die Sturmer and World News Daily, so much so everyone’s afraid to say something.

            • Aristotle says:

              This world has seen dozens of genocidal acts since 1945 – aren’t those people like the Nazis?

              We’ve seen countless brutal dictatorships – aren’t those people like the Nazis?

              We’ve seen slick political propaganda disseminated in our country – isn’t that like the Nazis?

              You can argue with Dan as to whether he’s being hyperbolic in his comparison, but Godwin’s was meant to counter people calling other people Nazis for no good reason. If parallels can legitimately be drawn, Godwin’s can NOT be invoked.

            • ColoDem Di says:

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      • 20th Maine says:

        there’s much room for discussion if you’re convinced that Republicans/conservatives/tea parties are that likely to rise up, take over, and commit genocide.

        I’m sorry to hear that.

        • redstateblues says:

          that hasn’t been suggested to be the case about Obama by tea partiers and Republican elected officials?

          • 20th Maine says:

            And though I think the left has some scary elements, I don’t go around accusing liberals and Democrats of eventually becoming the next Stalin regime (20M executed).

            I’d like to think that the dialogue on this site could rise above that (sxp notwithstanding).

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      Nobody here is going to condemn CPAC for being inclusive, of course they should be defended. There are a lot of groups mad about GOProud, though, and a HUGE number of GOPers who are big on Muslim conspiracy theories – you know it’s true so don’t deny it. And you Republicans swear by WND except when they embarrass you.

      And PFAW is no “whack-job” site. If they are so is Heritage on the right.

    • Aristotle says:

      That phrasing speaks volumes about where you’re coming from, 20th.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Maybe the mainstream of the GOP rightwing (there’s a weird thought) is now starting to expel the total crazies. If so, it’s a good start toward responsible governing.

      And to those on the left that want a total & complete purge that meets your guidelines all in one day – it doesn’t happen that fast and there will always remain many that you consider too extreme.

  4. Canines says:

    * The John Birch Society

    * The Poker Players Alliance

  5. bjwilson83 says:

    perhaps they should not leave the party. And perhaps they should not support mosques which are symbols of Muslim conquest. Such actions might lead people to believe that said Muslims support Sharia law, whether or not that is the truth.

  6. Wrong Way Corrigan says:

    I wish someone from the conservative movement would stand up and say ‘We do not want you in our party.’  Unfortunately, I do not see that happening.  

    In Canada, in the early 1990s, a guy named Preston Manning started the Reform Party.  This party was essentially a liberatian, anti-government movement.  A lot of people had very legitimate beefs with the government.  A lot of other people were just crazy and blamed the government for all sorts of racist plots (trying to keep the White man down.)  Manning, who needed every vote he could muster, did the honorable thing and several times went on national TV in Canada and said “The reform party does not want rascists.  We are not anti-minorities.”  He recruited a couple of minorities to run for office.

    Today, this ‘fringe’ party, after swallowing up the once dominant Progressive Conserviatives, is the party in power in Canada.  

    It just takes real leaders.  

    • BlueCat says:

      every time some lefty said something critical of the R’s boy, GW (in a time of war, holy smokes!),  an endless stream of apologies and denunciations were demanded and obtained from cowering Dem pols?  Do you see any Rs meeting any such demands no matter what their crazies say?  

      That’s why we can’t keep them out of power except for short intervals. While Dems fell all over themselves apologizing for folks like Michael Moore, who mainly told the simple truth about our health care system or, worse yet, lumped the left’s Rachel Maddow’s accurate, super documented facts with the blatant lies of the right’s Rush et al, Rs never have or will apologize for anything. Dem Pols won’t even make the effort to push them to.  

      Dems just let the Rs pretty much alone when they claim to hold the high ground on patriotism, toughness, family values, you name it and go into into a fetal position whenever the Rs question Dem’s on any of those things. No wonder we can’t hang on to a win or keep our base energized for long.  

  7. Laughing Boy says:

    I’m a huge fan of GOProud, and I’m glad MFA is going, too.

    The WND is about as credible as Prisonplanet or some jerkoff conspiracy sites like that.

    • SSG_Dan says:

      ….it’s about the popularity of it among “informed Conservatives.” Like the ones that believe Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, which is the majority with those who identify as “Conservative” and “Republican.”

  8. Craig says:

    Sorry this has happened to you.  But, it has been happening for more than 20 years, most people still haven’t recognized it.  Sorry buddy, but as you know, those who control the “Republican” party are bigots of the first degree and they accept no dissent of any kind on any issue.  That’s why the Republican Party must be destroyed.  Thanks to them, they’re really helping the cause themselves.  I’m just salivating over what these idiots say on a day to day basis.  Eventually the American Public will wake up.  

  9. GOPwarrior says:

    What does the son of a Muslim Brotherhood member want to do with American politics? There are some truths behind this article that you might find uncomfortable.

    The word “Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

    Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.

    Brohi advised that Muslims should “invite non-believers to the fold of Islam” by using “persuasion” and “beautiful methods.” He continues: “the first duty” of a Muslim is dawa, a proclamation to conversion to Islam by “handsome ways.” It is only after the nonbelievers refuse dawa and the invitation to Islam, as Brohi specified “believers have no option but in self-defense to wage a war against those threatening aggression.”

    • Aristotle says:

      There are NO truths to be found at that jerkoff site.

    • sxp151 says:

      Nah, just fuckin with ya. It’s more surprising when a Republican doesn’t write something racist.

    • ajb says:

      Just wow.

      You’re nucking futs.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      To show that all Christians want to impose fundamentalist insanity on us all?

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      Freedom of expression, a platform for his goals, the opportunity to connect with fellow citizens, a chance to serve the American public?

      Or do brownish people not get to have such noble motivations in GOPWarrior land?

    • WitnessProtectionForGeeks says:

      I’m so glad you showed me the error of LB’s ways.

      I was starting to believe there was a place for rational tolerant people in the GOP.  You  are so right.

      Wisdom and tolerance have no place in the modern GOP.

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      I guess all those Mormons, Christians, and Jehovah’s Witnesses at my door are just Muslims in disguise, since apparently it’s rare enough for religions to evangelize that GOPWarrior is shocked…

    • Wrong Way Corrigan says:

      Taqiyya is a muslim belief, or at least it was.  Taqiyya is, to a large part, what was printed above.  It was created right after the sunni-shi’i split, when there was copious sectarian violence.  Islamic scholars of the day ruled that if someone is asked, “Are you sunni or shi’i” and you know that by answering the truth, you will be killed, then it is OK to lie, even though you are lying about your religious beliefs.  The practice of taqiyya was almost entirely limited to Persia, although it also had a brief fling in the levant.  

      Taqiyya had a limited role in Islamic history, really only being in force for about 100 years.  While it still lives on the sunni community in Iran, it is not considered a major part of Islamic law.  Considering it was never revived during colonization, I can’t image it is forefront in most muslim’s minds today.

      I would consider it pretty akin to monothelitism.  What’s that, you have never heard of monothelitism?  And you are a Christian?  I am shocked.  It was probably the main issue of debate among Christians in the 4th century, and dealt with the nature of Jesus Christ (how was he both a human and the son of God.)

      As to your second point.  Fascinating.  The Christian religion has a long, long history of forced conversion.  I could give thousands of examples, we all know a good ten or so.  Muslims have always been less focused on conversion.  Muslims should demonstrate the postive benefits of their religion, and non-muslims paid a higher tax.  But non-muslims were allowed to live in harmony in Islamic countries, provided they did not do anything to undermine the Islamic government (e.g. threatening agression).  If that happens, then yes, the war described above is proscribed.  

  10. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    I’ve been following Ali for years (though from a distance when he was a Republican) and there are few people more patriotic, more American, and more actively engaged in preventing terrorism by opening an honest dialog about the issues facing Muslims in America and around the world.

    People like Frank Gaffney who want to isolate Muslims from civil discourse and slander a faith shared by millions should receive an offical “Al-Qaeda Recruiter Badge” from Bin Laden himself. What, exactly, is a young man or woman across the world from us supposed to think when he or she hears that just being a Muslim in America is enough to get you publicly accused of terrorism by American political commentators?

    I’m tempted to convert to Islam just to piss these racists and Islamophobes off, but I have too much respect for an ancient and storied faith to use it to give one iota of attention to Frank Gaffney’s ilk.

    • Ali's Sister says:

      It is sad really the damage he is doing. Good people are being vilified. Anything that is anti-Muslim can be eventually traced back to him. The even sadder part is that he is doing this for the defense industry – we need someone evil to fight, and at the moment it is Muslims.  

      • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

        I am ashamed to see how your family and all American Muslims have been treated in recent years. The current political mood puts me in mind of Japanese internment. Have we really learned so little since 1942? Is it so hard still for certain elements of American society to believe that a person can honor his or her heritage and faith while still being a loyal patriot?

        Japanese-Americans fought bravely in World War II while their families at home were being shuffled into internment camps. The Buffalo Soldiers fought bravely for the Union knowing that they likely would never receive the rewards they were promised, and knowing that even on the side of the Union there were many who would like nothing more than to see slavery upheld. The USMC Code Talkers protected the United States in World War II even as their nations were uprooted and abused by the US Government. And today, many Muslim-Americans are fighting and dying in the “war on terror,” and yet again Americans are turning a blind eye to racism and xenophobic abuses on the home front.

        I don’t think I’ll ever know why some Americans feel our nation needs to perpetually target and abuse one or another racial, national, and/or religious minority, but I hope the wind is shifting. I saw that Dan Maes (though, as usual, missing most of the point) spoke out against the GOP’s mistreatment of Ali. That’s a big step.

        I have the utmost respect for your family for your faith in the USA during such trying times and following the shameful bullying Ali experienced at the hands of GOP rumor-mongers. I’m nobody particularly special, but if there is ever an opportunity to help bring an end to Islamophobia, I am willing to help in whatever way I can. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  11. EmeraldKnight76 says:

    After reading their little hate-o-ramas, I have to go with GOPwarrior. It was close but he managed to beat Beej by just a sliver of stupid.

    Although finding out that Beej is unwelcome at RedState is sad/funny and made signing on to Pols today totally worth it! He just gets more and more pathetic everyday.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      IMO Beej is by far and away the much bigger dipshit (but it’s kind of like comparing a red hypergiant to a red supergiant — both are unimaginably fucking huge).

      How do I know?  GOPWarrior can at list link to nonsense (i.e., he shows some small awareness that his nonsense is not his original thought).  BJ can only regurgitate without awareness.  

  12. …sorry that I didn’t comment sooner friends, but on diaries like this, I kinda like watching what comments emerge, without my presence

    That said –

    Thank you PCowgirl, BlueCat, and others, for your kind words

    And thank you to CPols for bringing this attention


    I’ve been to MANY CPAC Conventions, and honestly, the mass majority has always treated me well there – however, this was also back when President W Bush was BEGGING Conservatives to embrace Muslims

    To me, CPAC 2009 will always go down as my favorite – this was at the time when Conservatives felt most defeated and there was a REAL sense in the air of what we had to do, as Conservatives and Constitutionalists, to bring America back to the message of limited government and fiscal conservatism…

    …and 2009 was the year where you saw the most emphasis on minority outreach and letting go of the social issues… however, there was also a vacuum… I was one of the main speakers at CPAC 2009 and none of us knew which side would win…

    a. The ‘liberal’ Constitutionalists (like myself) who were socially liberal and ultra fiscal conservative?

    b. The Christian Coalition

    c. The anti-immigrant factions

    Little did I know…

    …anyways, I’m proud to be a Democrat now and the comments above only reinforce to me that the right decision was made 🙂

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      (Both in response to the thanks above, and in the party–but you knew the latter already, I’ve only welcomed you what, a few dozen times?)

      I’ve never been registered as anything but a Democrat, but before I was old enough to vote I spent some time with the Republicans. Senator Wayne Allard was a favorite of Little Progressive Cowgirl. I’ll also always have fond memories of Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

      Those Republicans were not the Republicans of Lincoln. They weren’t even the Republicans of Reagan. But they were head and shoulders above most of today’s GOP. They believed that the role of the Republican Party revolved around wise fiscal stewardship, not around histrionic efforts to snatch the American dream away from various underprivileged groups.

      I may not agree with your views on fiscal policy, and I may hope you wander a little farther to the left on those over time, but the priority for you is responsibility, and I respect that as I respected the 1990s Republicans who welcomed me (even as a wee little bleeding heart liberal!) into the fold. Those responsible Republicans appear to have disappeared now. Perhaps it happened after the schism you refer to in 2009. Wherever they are, I hope they come back soon, but even when they do I suspect you’ll stay with the Dems.

      You’ll be a Democratic elected official one day, and sooner rather than later. I just hope you get outvoted when it comes to budget time! 🙂

  13. Ray Springfield says:

    It’s clear that he’s a rational man.

    Having seen as much or more racism in my life as one of the only Caucasions raised and adopted by an African-American in the history of Colorado (  was also raised on the Westside, and am Jewish), I can say that teaching tolerance is needed now as much as ever.

    Intolerance has grown in this downturn. That’s not uncommon in hard times, but the trend disturbs.

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