An Obama adviser who ruffled feathers last year claiming the U.S. is “an Islamic country with and Islamically compliant constitution” is reportedly at it again.
Mohamed Elibiary is a senior fellow of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.
According to a report from the Investigative Project on Terrorism, or IPT, Elibiary revisited his October 2013 tweet in which he claimed the U.S. was an “Islamic country,” explaining in another tweet Saturday (reportedly since deleted), “I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country. Pls study up on the difference b4 attacking me.”
IPT reports a source close to Elibiary explained the Homeland Security adviser meant to say that he feels there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution and the American system that runs contrary to Islam.
IPT, however, also quoted Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who rejected Elibiary’s claims.
“His entire attempt to repeatedly say that ‘American is Islamic’ is pure deception,” Jasser said. “In fact it is not.”
“Islamism is incompatible with liberty and is a supremacist doctrine,” Jasser continued. “In all of [Elibiary’s] work, you will not find any critique of Islamism, the Islamic state, or government imposed shariah in his opinions or any admission of the deep reforms necessary for American ideals to be compatible with Islam.”
The IPT report was also noticed by former Florida Republican Congressman Allen West, who wrote a blog piece in which he also opposed Elibiary’s assessment of America’s Islamic compliance.
“I hate to disagree with this fella, but he fails to understand that America is a Constitutional Republic,” West wrote. “And how he comes up with the conclusion that our U.S. Constitution is ‘Islamically compliant’ is beyond comprehension – considering Islamic law is rooted in the practice called Sharia rooted in the Koran. That is clearly a violation of our establishment of religion clause.”
Indeed, in nations where Islamic Shariah law has been implemented, Christians, Jews and women in particular have suffered discrimination, violence and court-supported persecution – a legal system in clear contradiction not only of America’s religious freedoms, but also of several other constitutional rights.
“This, ladies and gentlemen, is how it begins. Islamists infiltrate our governing systems and deceive us with lies, making us believe there is no true delineation in our fundamental beliefs,” West continued. “What I find disturbing [but] not surprising is this man is allowed to have a position in the most important domestic security government agency, our Department of Homeland Security.”
Elibiary, in fact, has a long record of reportedly working with those whose brand of Islam strays into the conquering, oppressive form of Islamism.
According to Judicial Watch Elibiary admits he’s a longtime friend of self-described Islamist Shukri Abu Baker, convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist organization Hamas through his U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the Holy Land Foundation. Judicial Watch reports Elibiary donated to the Holy Land Foundation monthly until it was shut down by the U.S. government and defends Baker, depicting his prosecution as a case of political persecution.
According to a Breitbart report, Elibiary was a speaker in 2004 at an event called “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary,” which honored the ruthless, theocratic Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini, and in 2006, Elibiary penned an op-ed stating that everyone should read Sayyid Qutb, a man widely seen as the founder of radical Islamic groups like al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Elibiary wrote, “I’d recommend everyone read Qutb, but read him with an eye to improving America not just to be jealous with malice in our hearts.”
Elibiary’s Twitter account, though he vehemently insists it reflects only his personal opinions and not any official government positions, has repeatedly been a source of comments that can be interpreted as sympathetic to the Islamist cause.
Earlier this month, for example, Elibiary tweeted, “As I’ve said b4 inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ returns. Choice only whether we support #EU like Muslim Union vision or not.”
A week later, Eliabary also tweeted, “It’ll be hard at times but over next 10years conservative movt will evolve towards Muslim majority world.”