A leading adviser at the Department of Homeland Security has jumped from the frying pan into the fire, following up comments about the Constitution being "Islamically compliant" with an even more head-turning tweet — that America is an Islamic country.
In October, adviser Mohamed Elibiary sent out a Twitter message that said, "Yes, I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution. Move on!"
The tweet generated hundreds of retweets and comments. But, as Breitbart reported, Mr. Elibiary hasn't backed off his assessment of America.
In a tweet over the weekend, he responded to another writer with this clarification, and doubling down of his earlier comments, Breitbart found: "I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country. Pls study up on the difference before attacking me."
Breitbart also reported that the tweet seemed to have disappeared from Mr. Elibiary's Twitter feed. And he still hasn't clarified to the Investigative Project what he meant by the comment — given Census Bureau figures put the Muslim population in America compared to the world's at less than's .2 percent, Breitbart said.
But some — like Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy — say his assessment of America just doesn't fit and is pure spin.
"His entire attempt to repeatedly say that 'America is Islamic' is pure deception in the context of an Islamist ideologue like him who has not only never critiqued Islamism but rather continuously advocates for it," Mr. Jasser said, Breitbart reported.
"In fact, it is not. American Islamists like Elibiary have consistently rejected debate with other anti-Islamist Muslims about the threat of Islamism and the way to separate Islam from Islamism. Why? If they lost that debate, his entire raison d'être inside the U.S. government ceases to exist," he said.
Mr. Jasser also went on to say in Breitbart that "Islamism is incompatible with liberty and is a supremacist doctrine for which he deceptively argues is Islam the faith."
Mr. Elibiary founded Lone Star Intelligence LLC, a security consulting company, and was appointed to President Obama's Homeland Security Advisory Council in 2010.
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