Merely to inject a little reality into the exuberantly hopeful, gushing, star-studded Lincolnesque inauguration, this tiny little tidbit:
Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) delivered a prayer at the National Prayer Service today. In attendance, President Obama and VP Biden.
For what it's worth, ISNA was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial which produced guilty verdicts on 108 counts.
The Center for Security Policy reports that during a recent question-answer period with her students at Hartford Seminary where she teaches, Ms. Mattson made the following statements:
"Our community's Islamic faith transcends the basic rights and duties of citizenship."
"The true values of America are those which we decide to embrace as our own."
"There aren't any sleeper cells in the United States."
Regarding Wahhabism, a glaringly obvious radical wing of the Islamic faith, she defended it as merely an "Islamic reformist movement analagous to the European protestant reformation." Apparently, nothing more nor less.
She praised jihadist Maulana Mawdudi who in his "Jihad in Islam" stated unambiguously that "Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it"; that "the objective of Islamic Jihad is to eliminate the rule of any un-Islamic system"; that "the aim of Islam is to bring about universal revolution" to achieve its ends.
I guess my silly, silly question here is why was this woman chosen over those American Muslims who have voiced their opposition to Jihad, shariah law and, yes, ISNA itself? Was it merely another lapse in judgement, a simple bureaucratic oversight? Or does it portend something more concerning? Just a question. Just a silly, silly question. Probably nothing to worry about at all.