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UPDATED: Protest planned for mosque's fundraiser in Northern Virginia

Washington Post Editors

Several groups are planning a protest in Northern Virginia on Saturday outside a fundraiser for a Falls Church mosque that they say has been linked to violence.

Democratic Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly, both Democrats from Northern Virginia, are invited guests and featured prominently on the fliers distributed by the mosque. But Kaine and Moran are not attending, according to their spokesmen. A message to Connolly's office was not returned.

Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers briefly worshiped at the mosque, the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and one of its former imams, Anwar al-Aulaqi, has been linked to accused terrorists and subsequently denounced by the mosque, one of the largest in the United States.

The annual dinner will take place at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church.

"While brave young American men and women are risking their lives to fight terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, Connolly, Moran and Kaine are yucking it up with them and popping champagne corks here at the Marriott," said James Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force. "These spineless politicians are owned and operated by the radical Islamists and their sinister front groups."

Members of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force, Act for America and the Center for Security Policy and encouraging others to call the offices of Kaine, Moran and Connolly and demonstrate outside the dinner.

Last month, some of the same groups protested when the mosque's imam gave the opening prayer in the House of Delegates. About a dozen delegates, mostly Republicans, skipped the prayer of Imam Johari Abdul-Malik.

Abdul-Malik was not affiliated with the mosque in 2001, when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred. In recent years, he has made statements following the arrest of Muslims on terrorism charges, arguing for due process, civil rights and fair sentencing.

Updated: Abdul-Malik returned our call this evening. He said he is not sure which politicians are attending the fundraiser, but that Moran and Connolly have attended in the past. He said he invited Kaine because as governor he appointed a member of Dar al-Hijrah's board to the state immigration commission. (Kaine was forced to ask for his resignation after videos surfaced in which the board member was seen making controversial comments about Israel and its interaction with its Middle East neighbors, including expressing his support for the "jihad way.") Abdul-Malik said he is more interested in "building bridges" than worrying about "fringe groups."

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 2, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Fairfax County , General Assembly 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , House of Delegates , James P. Moran Jr. , Timothy M. Kaine  
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"popping champagne corks"???

You'd think the leader of a self-proclaimed anti-sharia group would know enough about Sharia to know that alcohol is forbidden by Muslim law but... whatever...

Posted by: antonioeliasiv | April 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Nah, it's just the usual Virginia rednecks. I used to live there, I recognize them.

Posted by: RichardHode | April 3, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

antonioeliasiv commented :
"You'd think the leader of a self-proclaimed anti-sharia group would know enough about Sharia to know that alcohol is forbidden by Muslim law "

Just because it is forbidden does not mean it is not widely consumed by Muslims.

When I was visiting Tunisia the supermarket I used had a separate room for alcoholic beverages, complete with its separate cash registers. I was in that section two or three times during my stay and all the customers there sure looked like Muslims.

Posted by: observer31 | April 3, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

You want a little preview of what Muslims can do to America. Take a gander at London England. Speak with some people over there . They don't fire a shot, nor do they protest. But move into neighborhoods, just like they do when they take over 7/11s and gas stations and take over from within. Then like the old country stores of Appalachian Mines, they run things like a little country. Why do you think Hussein took that crash course from the Rev. Wright ? He knew he had to pass himself off as a Christian. That's why he forgets in the presence of his Mulah buddies and bows and kisses the hem of their garments. Wake up America, it's later than you think.

Posted by: puck-101 | April 3, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Interesting article. A mosque with clear and unequivocal ties to terrorism is holding a fundraiser, and the protesters are..... drum roll - rednecks.

So, what are those who protest the Michigan knot heads?

Rhodes scholars?

What kind of psyops is this? Are the papers in collusion with the terrorists to deflect attention by demonizing criticism?

Typical left wing rag. Never see a murdering, terrorizing muslim with which they are not madly in love.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | April 3, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: plzzfjdsiao | April 3, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Virginia is for Haters

Posted by: areyousaying | April 3, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Connely and Moron?

Why are two law makers aligning themselves with those who really do want to kill Americans?

Can anyone imagine the shreiking if a gop member attended a militia fundraiser?

We are indeed a separated country. We are Americans, and those who hate us.

Choose your side.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | April 3, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Again, if an IRA terrorist worshipped at the main Catholic cathedral in New York when he's in town... does that mean it's a cathedral with "obvious ties to terrorism"?

If a man graduated from a Fairfax County public high school, went to Virginia Tech, and murdered a record number of students in a killing spree, does that make that high school itself guilty (the same high school, unfortunately, also had as a past student the guy who killed Fairfax Police officers in a totally unrelated incident)?

If a mosque, church, or other organization acts as an institution to support any crime or heinous act (I'm thinking here of the evil Rev. who likes to hold up signs saying "God Hates F-gs" at military funerals), then condemn it.

If it praises past members who have gone on to commit crimes, and encourages others to follow in their footsteps, condemn it.

Otherwise, follow real American values and accept it, just as we have embraced the public high school I mentioned above, or the New York cathedral, as well as other institutions, that have been victimized by people they once welcomed.

Bigotry is the ultimate unAmerican value.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 3, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"(Kaine was forced to ask for his resignation after videos surfaced in which the board member was seen making controversial comments about Israel and its interaction with its Middle East neighbors......................)"

Oh My God!!! Controversial comments about Israel? Doesn't he know that the only acceptable comments about Israel are hugs, kisses, hosannahs, and give them more money, followed by curses toward the ungrateful victims of God's Chosen who choose to resist having their land stolen and children starved? Oh the humanity! Fire the man, declare him an enemy combatant, lock him away and then give Israel a couple more $billion for their hurt feelings.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | April 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Connely and Moron?

Why are two law makers aligning themselves with those who really do want to kill Americans?

Can anyone imagine the shreiking if a gop member attended a militia fundraiser?

We are indeed a separated country. We are Americans, and those who hate us.

Choose your side.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative

================

The hijackers were trained at flight schools in Florida. And who was Governor of Florida at that time? Jeb Bush. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. But the fact is that those terrorists were trained to fly in Florida under the protection of Governor Jeb Bush. And Jeb Bush has never answered for it. Suspiciously, Jeb Bush left public life after that.

Posted by: James10 | April 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I used to belong to the YMCA that the Beltway shooters belonged to. I guess that makes me a psycho killer sympathizer, doesn't it?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 3, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

To: antonioliasev

Looks like the term "metaphorically speaking" is one you fail to grasp, i.e. "popping champaign corks". It can mean, as it does in this case, simply partying with the muslims. Alcohol may be forbidden in Shariah law but teaching hate that leads to murdering innocent civilians is obviously not. And that law certainly does not apply to their women...except to recruit them for terrorist activity. No, not all of them - but you sort 'em out at your own peril.

Posted by: ddnfla | April 3, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Good grief. Mention the word "muslim" in an article and you can rest assured the racist/rightwing freakin' nutjobs will crawl out from under their rocks to screech about how bad THAT religion is... All the while ignoring, or maybe being ignorant of, all the violence perpetrated by Christians and Jews. And please, before your head explodes, I'm only talking about violence as recounted in the Bible AND the violence clearly documented throughout European history for about 1500 years.

I know, I know, that whole "history" thing is as malleable to wingnuts as that other elitist construct "science".

Posted by: Observer001 | April 3, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

You want a little preview of what Muslims can do to America. Take a gander at London England. Speak with some people over there . They don't fire a shot, nor do they protest. But move into neighborhoods, just like they do when they take over 7/11s and gas stations and take over from within. Then like the old country stores of Appalachian Mines, they run things like a little country. Why do you think Hussein took that crash course from the Rev. Wright ? He knew he had to pass himself off as a Christian. That's why he forgets in the presence of his Mulah buddies and bows and kisses the hem of their garments. Wake up America, it's later than you think.

Posted by: puck-101 | April 3, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse
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You are the reason America has been dumbed down. Both of the Americans you are smearing are neither Muslim nor terrorist sympathizers. I would say that you lend more to the terrorist movements then anyone. Rev Wright did something that a cowardly and ignorant person like you has ever done, and that is to serve America in two different branches of military service, keeping it safe to save your pansy a**.
As far as kissing Muslims, you must have completely forgotten those TV cameras zeroing in on Lil Bush kissing the tyrant of Saudi Arabia on the lips and holding hands with him as he led him into his home in Crawford, Texas. There's your terrorist lover, your Republikkklan pretend President.
As far as foreigners running our gasoline stations, etc, you're just jealous because you are too lazy and too stupid to ever successfully run a business. This is also the reason behind your hatred of Obama and Rev Wright. They're black and that is something you as a mediocre white man cannot stand. The degree of your ignorance is more a threat to our country then anything. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | April 3, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Moran is busy that day he has to go to counseling after beating his wife. As for champagne corks Muslims drink like fish, eat pork and dance the night away at strip bars. The mistake you make is thinking that this is a religion

Posted by: mandinka2 | April 5, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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