When Clarion Project broke the story about a congressional run in Massachusetts by an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Jamaat ul-Fuqra (which now uses the name of Muslims of the Americas or MOA), we pointed out that she casts herself as â€œunapologetically progressive.â€
It is fascinating to see how progressives respond to the â€œprogressiveâ€ candidacy of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary in Massachusettsâ€™ 1st Congressional District against Rep. Richard Neal.
An articulate, likable, African-American female attorney who styles herself as a civil rights activist would normally be a formidable challenger in todayâ€™s anti-establishment atmosphere.
However, she and the organizations she serves have repeatedly espoused views that progressives condemn as anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi.
Fuqra & CAIR
Amatul-Wadud promoted an article written by the Pakistan-based leader of Fuqra that sanitizes Hitler by presenting moral equivalence between him and his Jewish victims and attributing Pearl Harbor and 9/11 to Jewish conspiracies.
For more information on Fuqra, Clarion Project has set up a website that collates our unprecedented amount of research on the group called FuqraFiles.com.
The documentation of Fuqra HQ Islambergâ€™s extremism leaves no room for doubt. For example, its website used to promote â€œThe Synagogue of Satan,â€ an anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial website. A screenshot shows that Islamberg listed the websiteâ€”and only this websiteâ€”as a â€œMUST SEE.â€
Amautl-Wadud is also a board member of CAIRâ€™s Massachusetts branch. CAIR does not mention her connection to MOA beyond saying she is the general counsel to a â€œNew York Muslim congregation,â€ referring to MOAâ€™s “Islamberg” headquarters.
A dozen Muslim organizations in the U.S. and CanadaÂ asked the State Department to designate Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. CAIR is not one of them.
The Justice Department identified CAIR as an entity of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, specifically its secret Palestine Committee, which was established to covertly assist Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group. This identification occurred during the trial of another Muslim Brotherhood front, the Holy Land Foundation, which was convicted for financing Hamas. CAIR was labeled an â€œunindicted co-conspiratorâ€ by the U.S. government in that trial.
â€œFrom its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terroristsâ€¦the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists,â€ federal prosecutors said in a court filing from another terrorism case.
So, how have self-proclaimed progressives in Massachusetts responded to Amatul-Wadud and her candidacy far?
1.The Principled, Open-Minded ProgressiveÂ
Boston-based David Pakman, host of the massively popular David Pakman Show, is unabashedly progressive but does listen to the other side. Here is how he reacted to the â€œunapologetically progressiveâ€ candidate:
2.The Triggered, Closed-Minded Progressive
Democratic political strategist Matt L. Barron, also based in Massachusetts, enthusiastically promoted Amatul-Wadudâ€™s candidacy on Twitter. According to his company website, he worked on political campaigns for 35 years and is â€œone of the Democratic Partyâ€™s most experienced opposition researchers.â€
Apparently, his research skills disappeared when he decided to back her campaign, or maybe he just doesnâ€™t care that much.
I politely sent him our article responding to Amatul-Wadudâ€™s declared candidacy, and he initially responded with an argument based on prioritization; that concern over her ties to Islamist extremists and her promotion of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories is irrelevant because he likes her and thereâ€™s nothing more important than backing anti-establishment candidates. Nothing.
He then attempted to discredit me. Ironically, the source cited by Barron to discredit me, the Southern Poverty Law Center, reported as early as 2002 that the group Amatul-Wadud represents, Fuqra, is a dangerous extremist group involved in terrorism.
You can decide whether his support of Amatul-Wadud is the product of terrible research skills or willful blindness.
3.The Silent Faux Progressive
Since Amatul-Wadud is an official for CAIRâ€™s Massachusetts chapter, itâ€™s no surprise this chapter and CAIR-National is promoting her candidacy. But why did CAIR bring her on in the first place and purposely disguise her affiliation with Fuqra?
Itâ€™s a reasonable question, so I offered CAIR-MA a chance to explain themselves. Their response was telling: silence.
Democratic voters in Massachusetts will be forced to confront the inherent contradiction between Islamist extremism and progressive values. To what degree are they willing to sacrifice progressive values for the sake of having an anti-establishment candidate who checks every box of identity politics?
Will the self-righteousness defending of a minority overpower their desire to confront extremism and intolerance?
Keep an eye on the primaries — September 18, 2018 — to find out.