In shockingly Orwellian fashion, Democrats in Minnesota want to create a statewide “Task Force on Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism” that would be stacked with people devoted to Islamic doctrines calling for more anti-Semitism.
Taken in light of other recent developments in Minnesota, all signs point to a coming crackdown on free speech, say conservatives in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
“It’s putting the wolves in the henhouse,” said Minneapolis resident Debra Anderson. “It’s very scary what they are trying to do. They want to stop, want to intimidate the remnant of patriots we have in Minnesota.”
The task force, if approved by the legislature, would be chaired by Muslim Attorney General Keith Ellison or someone appointed by Ellison.
The bill was introduced on March 18, three days after the attack that tragically killed 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, leading some to conclude that Ellison and other Democrats are seeking to capitalize on the global sympathy for Muslims created by the 24/7 media coverage of that attack.
Michele Bachmann, a former member of Congress and prominent Minnesota conservative, said she has no doubt in her mind that, if approved, the task force will recommend draconian measures to crack down on so-called “hate speech” in her state.
“The anti-Semitism portion of this bill is the cover for the main purpose of the bill, which is to establish in Minnesota statutes the equivalent of Islamic anti-blasphemy rules under Sharia law,” Bachmann told me in an email.
The stated goal of the task force is to “analyze the impact of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, recommend actions to improve the safety of Minnesota’s Muslim and Jewish communities, increase participation by the Muslim and Jewish communities in civic life, and recommend possible legislative action.”
It’s that last part – “recommend possible legislative action” – that has free-speech advocates on high alert.
Bachmann said all you need to do is look at the proposed members of the task force, which includes the heads of the Darul Farooq mosque, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. All have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and have spouted hatred for Jews, so Bachmann and others want to know why they would be placed on a committee tasked with reining in anti-Semitism?
Take, for example, the head of MAS’s Minnesota branch, Asad Zaman. Despite his nomination to the proposed task force, Middle East Forum reports that Zaman “is not at all shy about his views on Jews and Islamism. His Facebook account is replete with anti-Semitism, apologism for Hamas and support for convicted war criminals.”
A ‘Who’s Who’ of the Muslim Brotherhood
“This legislation is a who’s who of the Muslim Brotherhood in Minnesota gaining control over every Minnesotans’ life and ability to speak,” Bachmann said. “In fact, the average Minnesotan will have to say goodbye to free speech, and hello to speech and behavior monitored by Islamic/Koranic religious texts.
“If average Minnesota citizens and legislators allow this dangerous legislation to become law, they will quickly find themselves living under the restrictive censoring rules of Islamic law.”
Bachmann said there is no peaceful coexistence between active followers of Sharia and followers of Jesus Christ.
“Christians and Jews are routinely persecuted in Islamic dominated nations,” she said. “Most people in Minnesota have no idea what Sharia law will mean to their way of life.”
She said the end game is to silence non-Muslims’ freedom of speech to criticize Islam, even as criticism of Christianity will continue to be allowed, even encouraged.
“Speaking the truth about Islam will be forbidden,” she said.
“People have no concept of the freedoms they are about to lose if Islam comes to dominate Minnesota.”
Some might argue that it already has.
“CAIR has been very unhappy about our tours throughout the Upper Midwest, and has said so in diverse commentaries in the media,” said Anderson, an independent conservative activist who fights against the Islamization she says is running rampant throughout her state.
Among those pushing for a more accommodating atmosphere for Islam in Minnesota is a supposedly Christian organization called ISAIAH.
“I attended a ‘countering Islamophobia’ event hosted by CAIR and ISAIAH last year,” Anderson said. “It was the first meeting in a series to train ‘Christians’ how to defend Muslims as they meet with relatives and go to lake homes in out-state Minnesota. Jaylani Hussein [the head of CAIR-Minnesota] said they would be focused on this initiative in 2019, as they are.”
Read it all at the link above, and more from a separate article below: Minnesota lawmakers nominate anti-Semites to fight anti-Semitism
Two Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota have put forward a bill that would place anti-Semitic Islamist organizations—and specifically, their demonstrably anti-Semitic officials—in charge of a “taskforce on the consequences of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.”
Both CAIR and MAS will be familiar to many Americans, and certainly to law enforcement. Officials of both MAS and CAIR were named by federal prosecutors as unindicted coconspirators during the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial, which uncovered a vast support network for the designated, genocidally anti-Semitic, terror organization Hamas. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates named both CAIR and MAS as terrorist organizations.
The other two groups named in the bill also have their problems. The Islamic Association of North America (formerly known as the North American Council of Somali Imams) has backed BDS efforts against Israel and appears to be in close contact with the anti-Semitic Turkish regime.
The other, Dar Al-Farooq, is a prominent Minnesota mosque mostly serving Somali congregants. Its director, who is also nominated to lead the taskforce, is Mohamed Omar. On social media, Omar has posted videos about “apartheid Israel,” along with rants by the fringe Neturei Karta sect, claiming that Jews in Israel rape and pillage. Neturei Karta has been a strong supporter of the Iranian regime, as well as far-right activists in Europe. In 2006, one of its leading officials stated that Holocaust victims “deserved it.”
In addition, officials from the nominated organizations are all strong supporters of Rep. Ilhan Omar, and have denounced accusations that she is anti-Semitic as a “distraction.”
The taskforce will be responsible for “reviewing” Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Minnesota. It will further “recommend outreach programs,” recommend “training for law enforcement, city and county attorney offices, public defender offices, and the courts,” sponsor public campaigns, and review “existing Minnesota law and [propose] amendments or new statutory provisions.”
While the bill also calls for Jewish members to be appointed to the taskforce, it refrains from proposing specific organizations, instead calling for “two rabbis” and “the executive director of two Jewish community organizations.” (One wonders who will be responsible for deciding which rabbis and organizations.)
It is clear that anti-Semitic Islamists in Minnesota are behind this bill. It is even clearer that Minnesota’s representatives should not be tasking anti-Semites with managing and defining the threat of anti-Semitism.