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Amateur Hour: Herman Cain Apologizes to Muslim Brotherhood Imam

Ryan Mauro reports at Pajamas Media that Herman Cain, still smarting from the backlash over his declaration that Americans should have the right to oppose the construction of mosques, has since visited a mosque and had so heartwarming an experience there that he has apologized. Trouble is, the leader of the mosque — and Cain’s guide on the tour — is Muslim Brotherhood.

Cain visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) of Sterling, Virginia, which is led by Imam Mohamed Magid. Magid is president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is a Brotherhood branch. The Brotherhood is, of course, all about the imposition of sharia law. This doesn’t seem to square with Cain’s stance as an opponent of sharia, but not to worry. Cain’s okay with that.

Here is the text of Cain’s statement following the visit:

I would like to thank Imam Mohamed Magid and the ADAMS Center for extending their hospitality to me this afternoon. We enjoyed heartfelt fellowship and thoughtful dialogue about how patriotic Americans of all faiths can work together to restore the American Dream.

While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends. I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.

As I expected, we discovered we have much more in common in our values and virtues. In my own life as a black youth growing up in the segregated South, I understand their frustration with stereotypes. Those in attendance, like most Muslim Americans, are peaceful Muslims and patriotic Americans whose good will is often drowned out by the reprehensible actions of jihadists.

I am encouraged by the bonds of friendship forged today at our meeting, and I look forward to continuing this very healthy dialogue. The relationship we established was so positive that the Imam has invited me back to speak to not only some of their youth, but also at one of their worship services.

Does this guy have a staff? Did anybody do any vetting at all? Did he have a clue who he was dealing with?

As Mauro points out, ISNA, the organization run by Cain’s new friend Magid, is “listed as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ in the Holy Land Foundation trial. The HLF had been found guilty of being a front for Hamas set up by the Muslim Brotherhood.” The Brotherhood itself includes ISNA on a list of its front organizations.

Magid’s predecessor at ISNA, Muzammil Siddiqi, is a vocal advocate of the imposition of sharia “in all areas.” He’s still on ISNA’s governing board. (Needless to say, Siddiqi is not a friend of the state of Israel. As he put it, “we shall be celebrating insh’allah the coming of Jersualem and the whole land of Palestine insh’allah and the establishment of the Islamic State throughout the area.”)

But that’s ISNA, you may be thinking. Perhaps ADAMS is as committed to the American concepts of pluralism, equal rights, and liberal democracy as you are. Maybe the mosque represents not Magid’s stealth pulpit but his shift toward the values that American culture actually represents.

Except that in 2008, ADAMS hosted speaker Luqman Abdullah at a fundraiser. Abdullah — an African-American formerly known as Christopher Thomas — led a group called “Ummah,” an organization identified by the US Attorney’s office as “a brotherhood that seeks to establish a separate state within the U.S. that would be ruled by strict Islamic or Sharia law.” According to the federal affidavit, Abdullah encouraged his followers to embark on “an offensive jihad, rather than a defense jihad. He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric.” He was also considered a “person of interest” by the FBI “for espousing the use of violence against law enforcement.” (Abdullah is no longer with us: he opened fire on FBI agents who came to arrest him on October 28, 2009 and was killed in the ensuing firefight. Mauro notes that CAIR, like ISNA a Brotherhood affiliate, was quick to denounce the FBI for the killing.)

Anyway. This business reminds me of Cain’s stumbling over the issue of the Palestinian right of return. (As Greg Gutfeld pointed out at the time, if you’re thinking the right of return has anything to do with Nordstrom’s, you’re probably not ready for prime time.) This guy appears to be a random politician with delusions of grandeur who has waded blithely into the spotlight without a clue about even the most basic details of matters concerning both foreign policy and national security. I understand he’s a long shot, but it hardly burnishes the Republican escutcheon to have a blundering naif repeatedly drawing the national eye.

The Republican field is focused primarily on the domestic economic agenda, which is of course understandable. But anyone purporting to contend for the highest office in the land needs to have at least a few toes in the reality of the wider world — to have some degree of awareness of the issues, at the very least. Particularly in areas where foreign and domestic policy intersect, like the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and its goals regarding the global imposition of sharia.

This performance by Cain is real bush league stuff. It also confirms the suspicions — and the hopes — of many of the enemies of the US about the kinds of people who appeal to the American electorate, particularly at a historical moment when the bloom is off the rose of the alleged statesman in the White House.

I know, I know. Cain is just chaff. Where’s the wheat?