Muslim Controversy, Governor Forums and State Senator Colbeck’s Thoughts
Last Friday I interviewed Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck on my show.
Senator Colbeck is running in the Michigan Republican Primary for Governor.
On Wednesday May 9th Senator Colbeck and the other 2 candidates running in the Republican primary: Dr, Jim Hines, Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, had their first forum/debate. Also on May 10th the 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats: former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer; Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit’s former health director; and Ann Arbor businessman Shri Thanedar all got together in a forum/debate type setting.
Republican State Senator Colbeck asked to come on my show to discuss what occured during those forums.
Senator Colbeck did discuss the issue concerning the media reports and public statements regarding comments he made at a homeland security discussion. His statement concerning the controversy was:
In recent days, I have been called pathetic, a bigot, a racist, an ass, anti-Muslim, thin-skinned, ignorant, closed-minded, and a coward by Democrats and their allies in the media. What did I say to earn such derogatory remarks? During a forum featuring former Department of Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism expert Dr. Phil Haney and former Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal Saleem, I made a presentation based on the Explanatory Memorandum which outlines the strategy for what the Muslim Brotherhood terms “civilization jihad”. The Explanatory Memorandum has since been entered as evidence in the United States vs Holy Land Foundation trial. Its contents are a matter of evidentiary fact not conjecture. During my presentation, I had the audacity of stating that one of the Democrat candidates for Governor, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The evidence of these ties is undeniable. Please note that my statement was not anti-Muslim any more than associating someone with the Westboro Baptist Church would be seen as anti-Christian. My statement of his association with the Muslim Brotherhood is merely a statement of fact. His father-in-law is a board member and past President of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator with the Muslim Brotherhood in the Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR was incorporated by three leaders in the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) in 1994. The IAP is explicitly identified as one of the “friendly” organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Explanatory Memorandum. El-Sayed is also a past Vice President and Member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) which is also identified as one of the “friendly” organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Explanatory Memorandum. The Pledge of Allegiance recited before MSA gatherings features “jihad is my spirit” and “I will die to establish Islam”. Quite a departure from the Scout Oath I would submit.
So, why is being “friendly” to the Muslim Brotherhood such a big deal? Is the Muslim Brotherhood simply a misunderstood charitable organization which actually seeks to share sunshine and lollipops with everyone? No. The stated objective of the Muslim Brotherhood in America per the Explanatory Memorandum is “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western Civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions”. Not one media account has shared this information. What they have asserted is that my concerns regarding connections of certain individuals and organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood are “alleged”, wild “conspiracy theories”, or “hate speech”. The more accurate media assertion would be that my assertions are a matter of evidentiary fact.
So the real question is why such a backlash? Why is it appropriate to attack someone who is pointing out that a candidate to be the next Governor of Michigan has ties to an organization that seeks to eliminate and destroy Western Civilization from within? Well, there are really only two explanations – willful ignorance or deliberate deception. Media outlets which continue to propagate all of the derogatory remarks directed towards me are guilty of one or the other.
Hear what he had to say about on my show and how he answered my questions about this issue: