Muslim Clerics to Replace Rejected Cardinal for Democratic Convention Prayer-Fiction!
Muslim Clerics to Replace Rejected Cardinal for Democratic Convention Prayer-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: This is a forwarded email that says that the Democratic National Committee denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer the Democratic Convention and instead Muslim leaders will be hosting a two hour prayer event prior to the convention. The Truth: New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be offering a benediction at the closing of the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. This according to an August 28 article in the New York Times. The convention is scheduled to begin September 3, 2012, and end on Thursday, September 6, 2012.
On August 30, 2012 Cardinal Dolan also closed the Republican National Convention with prayer in Tampa, Florida. There will be a Muslim prayer event, or Jumah, in Charlotte North Carolina and it is advertised on flyers as a Democratic National Convention event. The Jumah is scheduled from August 31 through September 1, which means this event ends 2 days before the DNC is slated to begin. According to an August 17, 2012 article in the the Charlotte Observer it is part of a sweeping series of spiritual events tied to the 2012 Democratic National Convention where both Christians and Muslims will be participating. Click here for article. Although the Jumah events do not appear on the official schedule of events page posted on the Democratic Convention web site they are listed on the website of the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee. These events include prayer, a regal banquet, a cultural kids carnival and fun fest. Click for web site. Warnings went viral on the Internet shortly after this story appeared in an August 27, 2012 article posted on The Blaze, an opinion web site that, according to their about us page, has a goal to "post, report and analyze stories of interest on a wide range of topics from politics and culture to faith and family." To help stir the frenzy, a similar article linking the Blaze story appeared on the World Net Daily (WND) web site on August 28th. Apparently, the "journalists" at the Blaze and WND either intentionally omitted the part that Christians would also be participating in the prayer event or they forgot to do some important fact checking prior to sending out their alerts that exploded on the Super Information Highway.
According to a September 3rd, 2012 article by CNN a prayer will be invoked at the start of each day and there will be a benediction at the close of each day of the Democratic Convention by various religious leaders. The schedule is:
Tuesday’s invocation: Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit- Metropolitan Nicholas Tuesday’s benediction: Executive director of Blood- Water Mission- Jena Lee Nardella Wednesday’s invocation: Presiding Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church- Vashti Murphy McKenzie Wednesday’s Benediction: Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles- David Wolpe, Thursday invocation: President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition- Reverend Gabriel Salguero, Thursday benediction: Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York- Timothy Dolan
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
DNC Proceeds With 2-Hour Islamic ‘Jumah’ Prayers After Rejecting Cardinal’s Blessing (And You Won‘t Believe Who’s Invited))
Posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:25pm by Erica Ritz
The Democratic National Committee is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with hosting Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, though it denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event.
The event is being promoted on the official Charlottein2012.com page.
Watch the promotional video, via the Bureau of Muslim Affairs, which is partnering with the DNC for the event.
The first two minutes are rather dry, but around 2:04 a muezzin sings the call to prayer with an American flag background, and the video “picks up” considerably:
In particular, the event will target the Patriot Act, the NYPD, the National Defense Authorization Act, and anti-Shariah sentiment.
And while Muslim-Americans undeniably face distinct challenges, those who are well-informed on the dangers of radical Islam are expressing their doubts about the event.
(Photo: Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs)
The leaders of this event – Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj [are not] moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.
A quick Google search by the DNC would have shown them that Hough and Wahhaj are leaders in the separatist American Islamist movement. While they may be able to get a few thousand Muslims to attend the event, they are NOT going to be mainstream Muslims. Most will likely come from Hough and Wahhaj’s radical networks that have long been entrenched in the Charlotte area. Make no mistake they are part of the Islamist movement.
Their jummah (group) prayer is…about empowering their Islamist and MB sympathetic groups into the very fabric of the political system so that Americans become anesthetized. We need American Muslims to speak up and marginalize these radicals. The DNC needs to understand and reject them because of their radical history and ideas.
(Photo: Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs)
The mosque of Jibril Hough, mentioned by Dr. Jasser, is owned by the North American Islamic Trust, which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial as one of the entities “who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
Siraj Wahhaj, the “Grand Imam” for Jumah at the DNC, is often considered a “moderate” because he was the first Muslim to give an invocation in the U.S. Congress, but as Robert Spencer notes, he has a number of troubling ties to dangerous radicals. In the early 1990′s the man reportedly sponsored talks by “the Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman in New York and New Jersey mosques, and told his followers that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.”
Wahhaj elaborated, according to bestselling author Brigitte Gabriel, to say: “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”
He continued: “Take my word. If 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”
When an imam like Siraj Wahhaj says “it his duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the US Constitution with the Quran…we need to speak up!” Dr. Jasser reiterated in response, adding that Americans “should be concerned” if this is who the DNC is “consorting with.”
Robert Spencer speculates that the Democrat National Committee is simply so “in thrall with multiculturalism” that “few, if any” are even aware of the radical connections.
“To raise any concerns about such a speaker would be ‘Islamophobic,’ violating every rule of the anti-American, anti-Western ethos that prevails among so many Democrats today,” Spencer writes.
He concluded: “There is about as much chance of that as there is of the Democrats ditching Obama and nominating David Horowitz as their candidate for President of the United States.”