It’s easy to see why they would feature this Saudi-funded jihad apologist as a speaker: he tells them what they want to hear. Still more fantasy-based analysis: “NJ’S Obscene Invitation,” by Stephen M. Flatow in the New York Post (thanks to all who sent this in):
September 26, 2007 — AS the father of a terror victim, I can no longer be shocked by much. And as a New Jerseyan, I’m used to strange goings-on in my state’s government. But I was shocked and surprised to I learn that John L. Esposito will be a featured speaker at next week’s state Department of Homeland Security confernce on counterterrorism.
Esposito teaches at Georgetown University in its His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. To get a sense of the center’s purpose, recall that bin Talal is the Saudi prince who shortly after 9/11 blamed the attacks on U.S. Mideast policy (prompting then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani to throw the prince’s $10 million gift to the city back in his face).
Esposito finds time to appear around the country at events sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – helping the group raise funds to explain that the real problem fronting us today is less a clash of cultures than a clash of Islam with American foreign policy. The Esposito-CAIR position is that Americans constantly ask Muslims to understand them without scrutinizing our own actions.
CAIR, by the way, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial against the Holy Land Foundation, which stands accused of diverting over $12 million of charitable contributions to the terrorist group Hamas. Esposito has spoken at fund-raisers for Holy Land’s defense, and praised its work.
If we judge someone by the company he keeps, Esposito could do better – for at a CAIR gathering in Dallas, Esposito described Sami Al-Arian as “a very good friend of mine.” Al-Arian is the Palestinian professor who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to provide money to Palestinian Islamic Jihad – the group responsible for the 1995 bus-bombing murder of my daughter Alisa and seven others.
The Investigative Project has background.