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"Values" Voter Summit: Of Train Wrecks and Frankenstein's Monsters

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• Saleem, who is of Lebanese Sunni Muslim extraction, claims to be a descendant of the “Grand Wazir of Islam,” a title equivalent to “General Secretary of Catholic Papacy” or “Prime Minister of Judaism,” i.e. it’s a laughably phony appellation.

• Saleem claims to have worked for various belligerents during the heady days of the Lebanese Civil War, on all opposing sides: the Muslim Brotherhood of Lebanon, the secular PLO/Fatah, the mutually-opposed Syrian and Iraqi Ba’athist governments, Saudi Arabian royals, and the Afghan mujahideen. The man supposedly even broke bread with the late Muammar Gaddafi in Libya! In sum, the man isn’t simply a fraud, but a confused fool to boot.

• Saleem on  the perils of Comprehensive Immigration Reform:  "So what happened is, when they are here, the Sharia law will, what happened when [Obama] allowed in the name of the Hispanic people, Mexican people, ‘let’s make them American,’ now all the illegal Muslims will be legalized here and terrorism will be legal in United States of America..." Additionally, Americans must put a stop to the present administration’s actions of “sending millions to Hamas to import Muslim people... This world will become past tense and one day we’ll be wearing ragheads." Huh?

The aforementioned may appear almost humorous to your average, rational thinker. Who in their right minds could take such preternaturally wild concoctions seriously? The disturbing fact is that while these statements are absurd, they’re also considered very useful from a perspective of the more cynical Machiavellian strategists among our foes. The true value of Saleem’s disgraceful and bigoted act doesn’t lie in its (nonexistent) veracity, but its utility as misinformation and hate propaganda that benefits the enemies of the U.S. Constitution. This disturbing fact is as surely the case today as it was in 2008, when the  United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO hosted this very same ignominious faux-terrorist trio at their 50th Annual Academy Assembly to speak on the topic, “Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions for Today’s Plague of Violence.” This scandalous action provoked a fierce backlash from civil rights groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation ( MRFF), the four-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated organization of which yours truly is Founder and President. 

The sickness wrought by the Islamophobia espoused by Boykin, Saleem, and that viper’s nest of high-octane bigotry known as the Family Research Council has manifested itself in hideous incidents such as March’s brutal murder in Southern California of Iraqi mother of five Shaima Alawadi, and August’s mass-shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. However, the FRC’s dehumanization campaign isn’t isolated to our American Muslim brothers and sisters alone. LGBTQ communities, religious minorities, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers, women, and ultimately, all mainline or heterodox Christians have been the targets of FRC’s fervent hatred campaigns. All Americans should respond with the utmost constitutionalist vigilance to those who masquerade hatred and exclusivist religious sectarianism in the disingenuous garb of “family values” or “traditionalism.” Our solemn duty is to rebuff the bullies and sickos at the FRC with the true American values of interfaith dialogue, a defense of the rights of non-fundamentalist Christians, religious, nonreligious, and sexual minorities, and a firm rejection of those who advocate lynchings and pogrom-style attacks on the multitudes who stand in the crosshairs of these disgusting and dangerous hypocrites.

NOTE: As this Op-Ed goes to press, the world has been shaken by  news that on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi along with three American staffers in a Salafist-led attack on the U.S. Embassy. Salafist demonstrators also attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, whereupon the U.S. flag was  torn down, burned, and replaced by the black Al Qaeda flagWhile details on the motivations behind the attack are still emerging, it appears that a horrendous hate-speech film allegedly launched by Israeli-American Sam Bacile and promoted by Qu’ran-burning fundamentalist Pastor Terry Jones sparked the attacks. The film is a mocking and inciting depiction of the life of the Prophet Mohammad that torturously, deceptively, and ignominiously attempts to tie the origins of Islam to themes of homosexuality and pedophilia, and a call to arms for Christian-Zionist proponents of an apocalyptic “Clash of Civilizations.” Some have  even suggested that the film was produced by a shady circle of exclusively evangelical Christians, hell-bent on intentionally feeding the flames of sectarian madness in the region.