White House defends Obama envoy to OIC: “This is an individual that has written extensively on why some have used religious devices like the Qur’an to justify this [terrorism] and why that is absolutely wrong”
It’s all right that he defended a jihad terror leader and then tried to cover up that fact, because he wrote about how the Qur’an doesn’t justify terrorism. Got that?
If anyone can direct me to Hussain’s writings about the Qur’an, please write me at director [at] jihadwatch.org.
“W.H. affirms confidence in Islam envoy,” by Josh Gerstein at Politico, February 22:
The White House is expressing its confidence in a White House counsel’s office attorney President Barack Obama recently named as U.S. envoy to the Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, despite his concession last week that he made ill-considered statements in 2004 about Bush-era terrorism prosecutions.
“Were you misled? Do you maintain confidence in this man the president wants to be his delegate to the Islamic Conference?” Fox News’s Wendell Goler asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at the daily briefing Monday afternoon.
“We continue to have confidence,” Gibbs said. “This is an individual that has written extensively on why some have used religious devices like the Qur’an to justify this [terrorism] and why that is absolutely wrong. And has garnered support from both the left and the right so we obviously have confidence.”
Hussain initially said he had no recollection of comments he was reported to have made in 2004 portraying the Bush Administration’s treatment of alleged Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian and the handling other terrorism cases as “politically-motivated persecutions.”
However, after POLITICO obtained an audio recording of the event, Hussain acknowledged that he made the comments and that he had earlier approached a magazine about removing them, which it did.…