- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2011

I recently called the office of Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, to express my extreme concern that he was scheduled to give the keynote address at the 17th Annual Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Conference in Crystal City, which was held Saturday night.

My two-fold concern was over the fact that a U.S. congressman was going to share the podium with an Islamic imam who had called for violent jihad against the U.S. government and was connected to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. My other grave concern is the ongoing suspicion that the leadership in CAIR secretly funds anti-American and possible terrorist activities with the monetary donations received for their charitable and community outreach programs.

Upon hearing my distress, the staff person in Mr. Moran’s office was quite condescending and tried to placate me with the pronouncement that “Islam is a religion of peace and Congressman Moran is reaching out to our Islamic neighbors to discuss freedom and democracy.”

Excuse me? He is reaching out to whom, and to discuss what? How can you explain this particular “reaching out” and “discussion” to the people of Israel, who are currently living in daily fear of nuclear annihilation from their extremist Muslim neighbors? How can you explain government officials reaching out and having discussions about democracy with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the like when they are working at this very moment to destroy all the Christian churches (and, for that matter, Christian people) in the Middle East?

How could Mr. Moran stand up and talk about the ideals of American freedom and democracy to a group that is aware that Muslim women and teenage girls here in America are the victims of honor killings at the hands of their husbands and fathers, men who are obedient to Islam? These actions certainly cannot be described as democratic or peceful by any stretch of the imagination. The next time Mr. Moran reaches out and speaks to CAIR, he should tell its members that in this country, they must learn to promote, practice and defend the democratic ideals that protect all citizens and their individual freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. That is the American way.

MARK STEVENSON

No Shariah Law in America Project

Springfield