President Obama is making a highly publicized visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore , his first to a mosque located in the U.S.
The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”
Odd words, considering how the White House is facing court challenges over alleged violations of First Amendment freedom of religion rights for Christians, and Catholics in particular. But even more interesting is that few people are attempting to answer the question, why this particular mosque?
It's quite simple, really.
If one looks at President Obama's policies, there's one major common thread - the empowerment and support for Islamists, whether it is in Egypt, Libya, Gaza, Tunisia or at home in the U.S.
The ISB mosque is one of a large number of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim brotherhood front group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case. Several executives with that organization were convicted of illegally laundering money to aid Hamas, and the only reason the group wasn't formally indicted along with CAIR and a number of other Muslim Brotherhood front groups was because President Obama had his attorney general, Eric Holder file 'disinclination to prosecute' motions to protect them and terminate what would have been certain convictions and jail terms for most of the leaders of these groups for money laundering, perjury and material aid to terrorism.
The ISB itself has a long history of radicalism. Its imam for fifteen years, Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh came to the ISB mosque and served as imam from 1983 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2003 after long membership in the Muslim Brotherhood in the Sudan in the 1970s. He left in 2003 to co-found the Muslim American Society, a group based in Virginia that is another front group controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. It's mosque, where el-Sheikh served as imam is the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church.
Dar al-Hijrah's previous imam was none other than Anwar al-Awlaki . He was a notorious American al-Qaeda operative who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011 and helped radicalize, among others, U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood Texas in November of 2009.
El-Sheikh also has had nothing but praise and excuses for Palestinians who commit terrorist atrocities against Israelis.
And even more interesting is the fact that a president who claims to be outspokenly in favor of gay rights would visit a mosque where the resident scholar, Yaseen Shaikh is openly against any tolerance for homosexuality according to a YouTube video he published.
There are any number of mosques without this baggage available, and the White House certainly had the ability to find one. But the fact remains that President Obama chose the Islamic Society Of Baltimore, and there's no real mystery here as to the message he's sending by picking that particular one.
Crossposted at The Times of Israel