When it comes to being kicked out of some pretty fancy parties, I have an enviable track record.
“What are you doing having a Black Muslim call my office,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris demanded of Louis Martin, Editorial Director of The Chicago Daily Defender, after he sent me to
But I didn’t just get kicked out then, I was never even invited to some pretty fancy parties in this town, I’ll have you know.
Such treatment goes with the territory.
A past president of the National Press Club once tried to get me declared ineligible for Club membership because of my relationship with The Final Call. I’ve been kicked out of some pretty fancy parties, but the Press Club Speaker’s Committee and my friends in the Club would have none of it. The former Press Club President was rebuked.
So, I thought I would have common cause when Sen. Barack Hussein Obama came to Washington after the 2004 elections, then four years later became the Democratic nominee for President, and then on January 20, 2009 was inaugurated the 44th President of the
You see, maybe I was wrong. Maybe President Obama is just like all the rest of those folks in high office: judgmental, xenophobic, Islamophobic.
But why shouldn't he be? Was he born on the Planet Krypton or something? No. Was he born in a manger in Bethlehem? No. They called him everything but a child of God during the campaign. Lied and said he was a Muslim. So, during the presidential campaign he tried to stay as far away as he possibly could from all things Islamic. Despite the fact that as an acknowledged "Constitutional scholar" he should have known and should have told his critics at that time that the U.S. Constitution says very plainly in Article 6 that "there shall BE NO religious test" (emphasis mine) for any position in the Federal or any state government! But alas!
It got so, nobody wanted to be identified with “them”...that is us. That is until Gen. Colin Powell finally came out and said publicly there's nothing wrong with being a Muslim in America!
Still, the Obama campaign quickly accepted the resignation of an otherwise squeaky-clean
Then there were the two women with the Islamic head scarves removed from their seats at a rally so they wouldn’t be seen in a picture where then candidate Obama was speaking. The candidate called himself to personally apologize. He had to. Ray Charles could see that was wrong.
Once again, the Obama campaign got a little squeamish after its new director of Muslim outreach attended and made remarks at an event in September which was attended by Imam Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society and Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Both men are pictured here at a protest at the State Department in 2001.
What are Imam Bray's sins? He’s African American—a “Black Muslim” if you will (although he's not affiliated with the Nation of Islam), and he has a background of leadership in the Civil Rights movement. Scary huh?
Add to that, the fact that NBC news reported “he has a history of defending terrorists.” Huh? Sure. Mahdi Bray’s critics point to a video of him at a rally in 2000, in which he can be seen pumping his fist in the air in support of the "terrorist" groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
Stunning! Wow! Someone still watches all those old anti-war rally videos eight years later? Simply shocking! Obviously dangerous characters, right?
Do Mahdi Bray and Nihad Awad have Green Cards? (Well Mr. Bray was born in Georgia, I believe, so that makes him a natural-born "citizen." As punishment, he could of course be deported back to Dixie.) Do they have
Why once, Mahdi Bray reportedly said in a 2004 interview, that the Israeli assassination of a Hamas spiritual leader was an “unlawful, cowardly and dangerous act of state-sponsored terrorism.” Fancy that!
I thought the freedom of speech was protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution? Unless, of course, you’re a Certain Kind of Muslim. I guess you’re on your own, Imam Mahdi Bray. Never mind the White House briefings you attended during the
Muslims like Mahdi Bray and Nihad Awad ought to "overstand" these things. Certain Muslims need not apply! But if they don't, I do "overstand" clearly. You see, I've been kicked out of fancier parties than this one.