In case you missed this: be warned. It is state approved propaganda in defense of the Obama campaign and poor Muslims. Read at your own risk. via Obama campaign holds Muslim outreach event – POLITICO.com.
The Obama campaign is hosting an outreach event for Virginia-area Muslim Americans on Sunday, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.
Brian Moran, the chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, will represent the Obama campaign as a surrogate at an event in Sterling, Va. at a local community center
It’s one of the first real outreach events this cycle by the Obama campaign to a community that is largely overlooked – and sometimes demonized – by both sides of the aisle.
There are more than 2 million Muslim-Americans in the United States, most of Arab, South-Asian and African-American decent.
That’s less than 1 percent of the US population, but Muslim voters are concentrated in a number of states and major metropolitan areas – including the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C.
According to research by Pew, Virginia is among the ten states with the highest number of Muslim Americans – and the only real contested swing state on that list aside from Ohio.
Those pockets of voters – by all indications, likely to vote for Obama – could play a role in a close state like Virginia. President Obama leads among Arab Muslim-Americans in a recent poll by a whopping 75 to 8 percent.
The Obama campaign has always treaded cautiously around the Muslim community – given the false and hysterical rumors that have circulated about Obama’s own religious beliefs and background.
Left out, intentionally no doubt, is the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) is a Virginia mosque with a history of terror links:
In March 2002, federal agents raided the offices of many northern-Virginia-based Muslim organizations, including ADAMS, on suspicion that they were providing material support to terrorists. This initiative, known as “Operation Green Quest,” was the largest investigation of terror-financing ever conducted anywhere in the world. Soon after the raids had been completed, Magid held a public meeting in the town of Sterling, where he encouraged “community building” among the groups that were being investigated. To this meeting, he invited such notables as Kit Gage of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom; Mahdi Bray, political advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Nihad Awad, the pro-Hamas executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Awad told the outraged crowd: “This is a war against Islam and Muslims. Our administration [i.e., the Bush administration] has the burden of proving otherwise.”
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