GOP Congressional Candidate Refuses To Debate At 'Suspect Venue' Of Islamic Community Center

Corrected

Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal Constitution offers a roundup of the drama surrounding a congressional debate this week between Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Georgia and his Republican challenger Rick Allen, which included a last-minute venue change because Allen refused to debate at the “suspect venue” of an Augusta-area Islamic community center.

The debate, sponsored by the Islamic Society of Augusta in conjunction with a local newspaper, was scheduled to take place in the 800-seat community center, until Allen’s campaign refused to go there, calling it a “suspect venue” and attacking Barrow for “standing shoulder to shoulder” with a “Muslim cleric” (the man organizing the event was actually a doctor).

So, Galloway explains, the debate was moved to a smaller location (to the annoyance of some would-be attendees who were turned away), but the drama didn’t end there, as the chair of the Columbia County GOP “made every attempt to avoid” the 73-year-old Egyptian-American doctor who had arranged the debate and refused to shake his hand. This, Galeas later explained, was not because of the doctor’s religion but because he specializes in high-risk pregnancies, which can sometimes end in abortion.

The players were U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the Augusta Democrat, and Republican challenger Rick Allen, a local businessman. The only thing that separated the two candidates was air, a few issues, and a stenciled, paper sign denoting the sponsor of the event: The Islamic Society of Augusta.

…But the venue was changed from the 800-seat Islamic Community Center to a much smaller government venue.

One of the two parties involved was uncomfortable in such a place of worship, Augusta Chronicle president Dana Atkins explained to local talk radio host Austin Rhodes of WGAC (580AM). “It was the Rick Allen campaign headquarters,” Atkins said, when pressed.

“Barrow’s obviously close association with the head of the Islamic Center is his affair, but it does make this a suspect venue for us,” is the line that stood out in an Allen campaign press release.

Nonetheless, the debate limped forward. Then came Saturday afternoon, and — just as the crowd began gathering — the Hand Shake Incident.

The event organizer was 73-year-old Dr. [Hossam] Fadel, an Egyptian-American and now-retired physician recruited to Augusta in 1975 by the Medical College of Georgia. Also in the room was Dewey Galeas, chairman of the Columbia County GOP.

“I made every attempt to avoid the man. I walked by (Fadel), acknowledged him, thanked him for his hospitality, and then I walked on,” Galeas later said.

Fadel pursued and offered Galeas his hand. The county GOP chairman refused. Galeas said it wasn’t Fadel’s Muslim religion that motivated the slight, but his own “deep religious conviction over abortion.”

To explain: Fadel was brought to Augusta to establish a new specialty at the medical school called maternal fetal medicine. It concerns the management of high-risk pregnancies, which do not always end well.

Fadel declined to speak of the incident, except to say that Galeas later emailed him an apology, which he has accepted.

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But it was the final question that was the likely focus of the crowd: How will you help other members of Congress understand that not all Muslims are terrorists?

“I think I do it by example, by treating every law-abiding citizen alike. That’s what the Framers intended. That’s what we should do,” Barrow said, reminding the audience that it wasn’t his idea to move the debate.

“I think that John Barrow should be asked the question, ‘Why he insisted that the debate be in the Islamic Center?’” Allen replied. “The idea behind this is, we want to make everybody feel welcome at every facility, okay?”

As for the tension between Muslims and their fellow Americans, Allen had this recommendation: “What I want, from everyone who is a citizen in this country, is to speak out – and to speak out heartily – against [ISIS]. That’s what I want to see from every religion. We must stop this radicalism,” he said.

The Islamic Society of Augusta has, in fact, already done so.

Correction: This post originally misstated the politician who reportedly refused to shake the event organizer's hand. It was Columbia County GOP chairmain Dewey Galeas, not Rick Allen.

Erik Rush: Might Be Time To Bring Back Internment Camps For Muslims

WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush, who believes most journalists should be thrown in jail, today demands that the U.S. government crack down on Muslim foreign nationals living in the country following the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma.

In a column titled “Is It Time To Deport, Intern Foreign Muslims?,” Rush claims that all Muslims are either terrorists or terrorist-sympathizers who must be hounded like Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“We deported, expelled and interned foreign nationals and naturalized citizens for a whole lot less during World War II, and I would certainly call for the deportation or expulsion of all Muslim foreign nationals at this juncture,” he writes.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last weekend, President Barack Obama reiterated his assertion that America is not at war with Islam, that “Islam preaches peace” and that the majority of Muslims are peaceful.

I would submit that the absence of demonstrable violence does not necessarily constitute being “peaceful.” In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America by militant Muslims, the question of just who and where these “peaceful” Muslims are has been discussed endlessly. Americans have asked the question – time and again – why the so-called “peaceful Muslims” we hear so much about are reticent to disavow the actions of militant Muslims.

I believe the answer to that question has become clear. Contrary to the contentions of the political left, it would appear that the majority of Muslims worldwide are more than willing to rationalize the actions of those the Western press dubs “militant Muslims” as that of defending Islam or the so-called rights of Muslims. The history of Islam certainly bears this out, as does the Quran, which expressly calls for violence – and beheadings in particular – in the advance of Islam.



In the face of its surreal and manifestly treasonous deportment, the Obama administration is also set to announce sweeping new restrictions on racial and religious profiling in federal investigations, including those involving matters of national security. This of course comes in the midst of heightened concerns of Islamic militant groups executing a terror attack on U.S. soil. In fact, Islamist militant leaders abroad have called for such attacks, just as they called weeks ago for lone-wolf attacks and beheadings of Americans on American soil.

We deported, expelled and interned foreign nationals and naturalized citizens for a whole lot less during World War II, and I would certainly call for the deportation or expulsion of all Muslim foreign nationals at this juncture.

Glenn Beck Warns That 'A Massive Humbling' Is Coming, Possibly Starting With Ebola

On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck revealed that he attended a dinner last night hosted by the Green Family, the owners of Hobby Lobby, where he was seated at a table with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal who asked Beck "where do you think we are headed" as a nation? Beck, of course, was his typically optimistic self when he warned Jindal that America is headed for a "massive humbling."

"We refuse to humble ourselves," Beck said, pointing to the recent failures within the Secret Service, the crisis in the Middle East, ongoing economic problems, and even Common Core as evidence that "our arrogance is getting worse" and that our society has become "completely unhinged from reality."

"I have news for you, gang," Beck declared. "A humbling is coming ... If we don't start re-rooting ourselves in those things that all men once found self-evident, a humbling is coming."

And Ebola "might be the beginning of one," he warned, "and you should prepare":

Mike Huckabee: Obama Is Bringing America Down

Mike Huckabee is still insisting that President Obama is an anti-American radical who was conditioned by his absent Kenyan father to dislike the U.S.

Speaking with Pat Robertson on “The 700 Club" today, Huckabee made the not entirely believable claim that he actually was rooting for Obama when he first took office and expected him to be a “nonpartisan president” who would “bring people together.”

“I have to believe that deep inside of him there is a sense in which he doesn’t want America to be the superpower, the exceptional nation that I believe God made us to be,” Huckabee said, before agreeing with Robertson that Obama got his purported anti-Western beliefs from his father: “Apparently some of it’s rubbed off and I have asked myself, why do you run to be President of the United States if you didn’t want to lead the country to greater days, if you wanted to curtail its power and trim back the sails?”

Pat Robertson: Electing Mike Huckabee Would Be A 'Hallelujah Moment' For America

Mike Huckabee appeared on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” where he spoke with host Pat Robertson about how the country is witnessing “the trampling of civil rights” because the Obama administration “destroyed the basic constitutional foundation” of America.

Robertson, who endorsed Huckabee’s rival Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, kicked off the interview by asking Huckabee how he will restore America once he takes the oath of office as president.

“I think that if that were to happen it would be for some people America’s national nightmare,” Huckabee joked.

Robertson replied: “For others it would be a hallelujah moment!”

Huckabee may want to keep in mind that Robertson once told Mitt Romney that God informed him that he would defeat Obama and should save him a seat at the inauguration.

Michael Savage: Obama Wants To Bring Ebola Epidemic To America, Should Resign

Right-wing radio talk show host Michael Savage announced yesterday that the Dallas patient diagnosed with Ebola proves his conspiracy theory that President Obama is deliberately bringing in diseases to kill Americans as part of his purported war on white people.

He claimed that a treasonous Obama “wants to infect the nation with Ebola,” warning that the president decided to send U.S. service members to West Africa in hopes that one of the soldiers would contract Ebola and bring it back home.

“If we had a legitimate president with a conscience he would resign,” Savage said in reaction to the Dallas Ebola case. “He would say, ‘You know what, I meant well but I screwed up at every level, I’m resigning.’ But you don’t have such a situation, you have a zealot who has no conscience.”

Savage suggested that Obama seeks to bring the Ebola epidemic to America in order to turn the U.S. into a Third World nation and bring the country down: “That’s the way to make things fair and equitable. You can’t have a nation with such good health in a world where there’s such sickness. Obama wants equality and he wants fairness and it’s only fair that America have a nice epidemic or two or three or four in order to really feel what it’s like to be in the Third World. You have to look at it from the point of view of a leftist.”

Pamela Geller: Oklahoma Beheading Was The Next 9/11

In an interview with Janet Mefferd yesterday, anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller insisted that the beheading of an Oklahoma woman by a former coworker last week — which the district attorney in the case says was motivated by the man’s loss of his job and a feud about racist comments he had made — was “really a game-changer” and “a 9/11 in a different way.”

“You know, everyone’s looking backwards Janet, like ‘When’s the next big 9/11?’ It doesn’t work like that,” she told Mefferd. “It’s the element of surprise, it’s the element of change, and I believe that this is the beginning of a terrible sort of episodic era in American history. I can tell you that this is not the end, it’s absolutely the beginning.”

Geller also linked the attack to President Obama, whom she said had led the U.S. into “Dante’s Inferno.”

FrontPageMag Claims Labor Secretary Tom Perez 'Supports Islamic Terrorists And The Imposition of Shariah Law In America'

There are very few people the Right loves to hate more than outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, so when Holder announced his intention to retire last week, he left something of a vacuum in the right-wing media’s outrage machine.

Luckily, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who is rumored to be on President Obama’s shortlist to succeed Holder, was there to take his place. In fact, some of the attacks on Perez are already outstripping the hatred of Holder, including a piece in FrontPageMag this week that not only calls Perez an “illegal alien enabler” who is “obsessed with race,” but asserts that “Perez sides with America’s enemies in the Global War on Terror” and “apparently supports Islamic terrorists and the imposition of Shariah law in America.”

Blogger Matthew Vadum backs up these claims by citing Perez’s stated concern about Islamaphobia and a congressional hearing at which he claims Perez “pointedly refused to rule out” bringing “Saudi-style anti-blasphemy laws” to the U.S.

At the hearing in question, Perez in fact stated that bans on hate speech are unconstitutional.

Illegal alien enabler Thomas Perez would not be an improvement over Holder, the scandal-plagued left-wing attorney general who has taken the Department of Justice to new lows of corruption and lawlessness. Perez, who previously ran the DoJ’s civil rights branch, would likely be a Holder clone or worse.

Perez sides with America’s enemies in the Global War on Terror. He apparently supports Islamic terrorists and the imposition of Shariah law in America.

Perez seems to favor Saudi-style anti-blasphemy laws. In Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries offenders are condemned to death merely for insulting Islam.

Disturbingly, at a congressional hearing Perez pointedly refused to rule out bringing such laws to America. At a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee’s panel on the Constitution in 2012, Perez would not say whether he would uphold the religious speech protections in the First Amendment in the future.

“Will you tell us … that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) asked four times to no avail.

Perez, like so many Obama administration officials, believes that America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the Muslim religion. He has worked with hardcore Islamist groups such as the terrorist-linked Islamic Society of North America and applauded Islamists for lobbying against airline security measures.

Like Holder and Obama, Perez is obsessed with race.

“I wish discrimination were a thing of the past,” Perez said in 2012 when he headed the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division. “I wish we were living in post-racial America. I wish my phone were not ringing. But regrettably, it’s ringing off the hook in the voting context. It’s ringing off the hook in the hate crimes context and in so many other contexts.”

During his time at DoJ, members of the Civil Rights Division conspired with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote to weaken electoral integrity-related law enforcement. Voter ID laws, in his twisted view, are racist, calculated to deprive people of color of their voting rights.

He has targeted Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio for legal harassment because he doesn’t like Arpaio’s tough-on-crime approach, especially with respect to illegal aliens.

Michele Bachmann: The GOP's End Times 'Foreign Policy Expert'

Michele Bachmann has big plans for her career after Congress, and apparently that includes “looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert.”

As Politico reports today, the retiring Minnesota congressman is working with Rick Santorum and Tony Perkins in hopes of becoming “a female conservative foil” to Hillary Clinton.

The divisive four-term congresswoman is leaving Capitol Hill in January, but she has no intention of fading into post-congressional irrelevance.

Instead, the Minnesota Republican is fiercely courting media and speaking opportunities, likely in Washington, New York or Los Angeles, and looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Her hope is to emerge as the “anti-Hillary,” a female conservative foil to likely Democratic presidential contender and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.



But even critics have learned to underestimate Bachmann at their peril. To prepare for the post-congressional transition, Bachmann is working with conservative heavyweights like former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. She’s also working on softening her public persona by repeatedly hitting up television shows with younger audiences that focus on families.

Bachmann’s foreign policy views are, by her own admission, immensely shaped by her belief that the U.S. is living in the End Times.

Last year, after falsely claiming that President Obama was aiding Al Qaeda, Bachmann cited the non-existent aid to Al Qaeda as proof that “we are in God’s End Times history” and that “we need to rejoice, Maranatha come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah. We are seeing that in our time.”

“These are the times of birth pangs, we’re seeing the intensity of age and the speed and rapidity that these events are starting to speed up so fast that we can hardly get our minds about it,” she said of the coming Last Days in another interview last year.

Bachmann believes that Obama’s Mideast policy was predicted by biblical passages about an End Times battle where the powers of the world align against Israel: “The nations of the world will come against Israel and the scripture very specifically says all nations, now for the United States we don’t have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel.”

She also contends that the Obama administration, especially the State Department under former Secretary of State Clinton, has experienced “deep penetration” by Muslim Brotherhood agents and as a result U.S. officials have “embraced the worldview aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

If Bachmann does decide to become a leading conservative voice on foreign affairs as a “foil” to Clinton, we shouldn’t forget that Bachmann sees the End Times struggle taking place today, and has already claimed that God is not on Clinton’s side:

Anti-Immigrant Zealot William Gheen Boasts Marco Rubio Is Now 'Quoting My Lines'

William Gheen, who runs the one-man anti-immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, is the subject of a fawning profile in WorldNetDaily today that focuses on Gheen’s latest grand scheme: compiling an “America hate group list” of politicians and organizations that have every said or done anything in support of immigration reform.

Claiming that “tens of thousands of Americans have been killed” and “massive atrocities” have occurred because of undocumented immigrants, Gheen tells WND, “These open-borders traitors have opened America and Americans up to every unwanted thing around the globe.”

“There’s a host of motivations,” he adds, including some who “see it as a way to destroy the U.S. and lead to the eventual displacement of our citizens.”

One politician who hasn’t been spared a place on Gheen’s list despite his about-face on immigration reform is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, even though Gheen boasts Rubio is “out there right now quoting my lines.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who like Paul has expressed interest in running for president in 2016, voted in favor of SB 744 but has been talking lately as though he is against amnesty.

“He’s out there right now quoting my lines. He was on Sean Hannity’s show a couple of weeks ago and my lines are suddenly on the lips of Marco Rubio,” Gheen said.

And it won’t take much to get on the list. Even if a candidate has a solid voting record, such as Paul, one comment that is made in favor of granting leniency to illegal aliens will be enough to land him on the list permanently, Gheen said.

“Once you go on the list, you’re always going to be on the list. You don’t get any second chances,” Gheen said. “Once we put you on that list, we are going to do everything in our power to make sure you are never elected or re-elected.”

He added, “Our plan is to make this the most comprehensive amnesty list in the country, so that when loved ones get the bad news that someone’s been killed by an illegal immigrant, or they lose a job, or lose their home, or maybe they lose a local school or hospital resource, they will know who to blame.”


“This is our America hate group list. It’s an America-hating group,” Gheen said. “That’s why the Southern Poverty Law Center will eventually be listed, as well as La Raza.”

Gheen said ALIPAC’s ultimate goal is to create two lists. One with amnesty supporters in business, politics and the nonprofit world and a second showing the victims of illegal immigration.

“We hope if we receive enough support that this list will be married to another list that will be for all those Americans that have lost their lives due to illegal immigration. It will be an online monument to the massive atrocities that have been committed against our citizens by this betrayal,” he said. “We’re now looking at a situation in which tens of thousands of Americans have been killed by this plan that has been furthered by the likes of Marco Rubio, George Bush, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, the Chamber of Commerce and the list goes on. The blood from these victims of the illegal immigration invasion cries from the ground, and we hope to see the American people correcting the injustice.”

Gheen said ALIPAC does not have actual numbers of Americans killed due to the non-enforcement policies of the federal government, but he believes they are in the thousands.

“It’s through murders, drunken-driving deaths, deaths by diseases that have come in through unscreened illegal immigrants, including the Mexican flu,” he said. “These open-borders traitors have opened America and Americans up to every unwanted thing around the globe. We’re wide open to it. The defenses of the United States are down. There’s a host of motivations. Whether it’s corporate greed or liberal socialists with a political agenda, and some see it as a way to destroy the U.S. and lead to the eventual displacement of our citizens.”

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