A prominent leader of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., is urging members of the National Rifle Association to vote off the board Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, charging he’s a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“We’ve got a guy here that has been associated overtly with known terrorists, like Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi, Sami Al-Arian and also with people that have at least been identified in court as being supporters of the Iranian government, like Khaled Saffuri. And then Nihad Awad as well,” Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, told Glenn Beck on Monday.
A deadline is looming May 1 for critics of Norquist to take action, he said.
“This guy, Grover Norquist, is overtly connected to these people, and probably has been since at least 1998. Yet he is on the board of the National Rifle Association. I hope that every listener that is able to vote will vote him off this board. This is not what we need at the National Rifle Association,” Boykin said.
WND contacted ATR for comment and emailed Norquist at an address provided by the office but did not receive a response.
The ATR website features praise for the longtime activist from leaders in Washington and media.
CBS’s “60 Minutes” said, “Since creating Americans for Tax Reform at Ronald Reagan’s behest back in 1985, Norquist has been responsible more than anyone else for rewriting the dogma of the Republican Party.”
The New York Times called him “the high priest of Republican tax-cutting.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It’s because of soldiers like Grover that the conservative movement is so vibrant today.”
But Boykin’s concerns focus on Norquist’s links to Muslim activists.
Hear the interview:
On Beck’s show, Boykin said Norquist’s Muslim activist links disqualify him from serving on the NRA board, and organization members should express that concern through their voting.
Boykin charged that Norquist still is engaged with the Muslim Brotherhood, an international organization that, among other things, advocates for a worldwide Islamic caliphate.
Beck said: “The Muslim Brotherhood said one of their goals was to infiltrate both parties and to infiltrate government at the highest levels. Grover Norquist is that door.”
Boykin recalled Norquist’s influence on President George W. Bush’s policies after 9/11.
“And remember, think about this: When George Bush stood up after 9/11 and said Islam was a great religion of peace and made other statements that were just simply unverifiable, they were not true. Where did that come from? It came from Grover Norquist through Karl Rove and to George Bush. And [Bush] was willing to accommodate that because, in fact, Grover worked very hard to get the Islamic vote for George Bush in 2000,” Boykin said.
WND Founder and CEO Joseph Farah identified the issues regarding Norquist in 2011.
“In the past, I have spent some time explaining that Norquist represents the gravitational center of an effort at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the conservative movement and politics in America more generally – especially Republican politics,” he wrote.
“Slowly but surely, more conservatives and Republicans are coming to that recognition. It’s a slow train only because so few with a soapbox are willing and able to explain it. Norquist has spent a lifetime building coalitions, raising money and growing power and influence.
“He sits on key boards of directors that help shape the agenda of the conservative movement – from the American Conservative Union, which produces the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, to the National Rifle Association.
“But I believe his days as one of the most influential conservatives in America are drawing to a close – and that’s a good thing,” he wrote.
He wrote: “I say this not only because of his decidedly Shariah-friendly activities and associations. I say it not only because of his decision to bless GOProud, a faux conservative group promoting the homosexual agenda to Republicans. I also say it because Norquist represents all that is wrong with the so-called ‘economic conservatives’ in our midst – a group that turns out to be not so conservative on economics once you scratch beneath the surface of what they are saying and doing.”