Waving flags with their Muslim friends.
Angry Asian Man posted this video of anti-Muslim protesters at an Orange County fundraiser. The video has since been deleted by youtube, but you can view it here. Basically it’s a bunch of American-flag-waving idiots shouting hate. But included are some of our elected officials:
Let me tell you what’s going on over there right now … make no bones about it. That is pure, unadulterated evil … I don’t even care, I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy any more. Because, I have, I have a beautiful daughter, I have a wonderful 19-year-old son who is a United States Marine. As a matter of fact I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to a, uh, early meeting in paradise.
Councilwoman Deborah Pauly 1:26-2:08
Pauly now claims that the video was edited to “change the context.” That she was referring to terrorists and not the people at the fundraiser. But when she says “over there” she points. And to support her claim, the NBC article notes that “Insults and jeers directed at the men, women and children raising money for the Islamic charity was videotaped in the dark [sic].” Well, not exactly. The beginning of the video is fairly bright; it looks as if the sun is just going down. And a quick look at some of the other news videos not used by or provided by CAIR of a hostile crowd show daylight as well.
Additionally, watch the whole video if you can stomach it. Pauly’s remarks start at about 42:30.
“It is right here on our doorstep and we better take a stand.”
Ironically, she goes on to say “they” operate by instilling fear and how that goes against what American stands for.
Who else was at the party? Congressman Ed Royce. You can view his entire speech here as well, starting around 20:26. Here’s his clip from the CAIR video:
I’m going to say this too. A big part of the problem that we face today is that our children have been taught in schools that every idea is right that no one should criticize other’s positions no matter how odious, that’s … and what do we call that? They call it “multiculturalism.” And it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgment we need to make to prosper as a society.
3:36-4:05. Pauly talked about being oppressed; Royce talks about “challenging voices of hate.”
Royce published a rebuttal on his website. He says the following:
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations this week attacked my calling attention to the two individuals keynoting a fundraiser for a New York-based Muslim group held at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
“I have had many conversations with my Muslim constituents over the years, and I know they reject these two individuals:
“One speaker, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, advocates replacing our democracy with sharia law and refuses to criticize Osama Bin Laden. There is nothing peaceful about him.
“Imam Siraj Wahhaj was linked by investigators to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. A few years later, he stood as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abel-Rahman, and for three other terrorists convicted in the attack. The “Blind Sheik” is now serving a life sentence for conspiring to bomb a series of New York City landmarks in 1995.
“Wahhaj warns “If Allah says cut off their hand you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death…then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger – nothing personal.” This worldview is incompatible with American democracy, to say the least.
“The second speaker, Amir Abdel Malik-Ali, is a vocal supporter of Hezbollah, a terrorist group once called the “A-team” of terrorists by a top U.S. government official.
“Faced with Wahhaj’s ideology, we can go one of two ways. One, ignore expressions of extremism, essentially deem them acceptable, and undermine our values and government.
“Or two, we can speak out about Wahhaj and Malik-Ali’s extremism. For me, looking at the growth of terrorism overseas, and in our country, silence isn’t an option. Silence leads to the tragic mistake of denying that the Fort Hood shooter was a radical, advocating terrorist acts, despite his years of known adherence to such views.
“What’s wrong with the Holocaust survivor we heard speak about not wanting to live under sharia law? I think he had a point when he argued for the lessons of the Enlightenment and his preference for the U.S. Constitution. He knows that bad ideas can have bad consequences.
“We spoke at the park adjacent to the community center, and I spoke to the issue of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali, the speakers at the community center. It is regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults at Imam Wahhaj’s supporters. I disavow those remarks and conduct. It was wrong. Nothing though should deflect from the radicalism of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali.
“As to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, my experience is that it isn’t interested in bringing together Americans. If they were, they would be calling attention to Imam Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali’s radicalism, not advancing their cause.”
Whatever. He mixes it all up with the dangerous notion of multiculturalism, and ends with quotes from a British politician. Because Britain got it right, and that’s why we’re the United States of the United Kingdom.
Congressman Gary Miller was there too. Here’s his quote:
That’s the only reason I’m here today, to give you a flag and to say I’m proud of you, I’m proud of what you’re doing and I’m proud of this country and what we believe in, and let’s not let people who disagree [sounds like “destroy it.”] God bless you and thank you for being here today.
Congressman Gary Miller 5:28-5:41
Miller talks about having a Muslim friend. Honest.