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At a recent town hall event somebody had the guts to ask Chris Christie about his nomination of Sohail Mohammed to a spot on the Superior Court. And Christie ducked the question.
During the question-and-answer session, Christie quickly corrected an audience member who said Mohammed, an Indian-American who has been criticized by right-wing blogs for allegedly supporting radical Islamists, had defended terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.
"If it is disqualifying for the bench to be an Arab-American in New Jersey who represents innocent people and gets them released, then this isn't the state I believe it is," Christie said.
Whack! goes the straw-man.
Nobody said Mr. Mohammed was unqualified because he was Arab, a Muslim, or because he represented "innocent people."
Sohail Mohammed is unqualified because he is a board member of the American Muslim Union — a group known to be sympathetic to terrorists. The AMU shares leadership with the Islamic Center of Passaic County where Mr. Mohammed worships. The founder of his mosque is an admitted Hamas operative. The current Imam, Mohammed Qatanani, is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Imam Qatanani also lied on his application for permanent residency, neglecting to mention that he was convicted on terrorism-related charges in Israel.
Who helped prepare Imam Qatanani's Green Card application? Sohail Mohammed.
Who defended Imam Qatanani at his deportation hearings? Sohail Mohammed.
How's that representer of innocent people thing working out for you now Governor?
Want more? OK!
Sohail Mohammed publicly stood up for Sami Al-Arian following a 2003 indictment which alleged he was a North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Appearing on MSNBC, Mohammed criticized the fact that it took years of investigation before the indictment was issued. "It all points out to the distrust that the Muslim community have, which is this is nothing but a witch-hunt," he said. "This is nothing but a politically motivated indictment, and all you are waiting for is the right opportunity to indict the person, the climate is right."
Ayup, sounds like a guy who's completely impartial, right?
Sami al-Arian pled guilty to one count of conspiring to provide goods and services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The evidence made it clear that al-Arian was up to his eyeballs in terrorist activity.
Mr. Mohammed also sings the praises of the Holy Land Foundation, an organization which was shut down by the U.S. government for it's documented ties to Hamas.
Mohammed told the Record of Bergen County, N.J., that the government was unjustly singling out Muslim organizations. "People see this as another example of how heavy-handed the administration has been thus far," he said.
Damn those Americans, always wanting to stop The Believers from funding terrorists!
Are we seeing a pattern here yet, Governor?
Do you really want to put a man on the bench who seems to have very little respect for our laws against terrorism? Defending innocents? Or seeing no evil?
I'm going with "seeing no evil." Why? Because Mr. Mohammed is a master at obfuscating the line between terrorists and their Islamic roots.
In addition to defending accused terrorists, Mohammed is defensive about acknowledging their motivations. He was critical of a case brought by Christie's office when the governor was U.S. Attorney. The Fort Dix defendants were accused, and later convicted, of plotting a mass casualty attack on the New Jersey military base as an act of jihad. Mohammed objected to the use of the phrase "Islamic militants" in the government's case.
"Don't equate actions with religion," he said.
Really? Don't equate "actions" with religion? Even when the Religion in Question specifically demands utterly despicable "actions"?
I'm talking, of course, about Sharia law, and it's barbaric implementation.
How does Mr. Mohammed feel about the case of a 14 year old girl who was whipped to death for the crime of being raped? Whipped to death on the orders of a Muslim holy man. Because she was raped.
Go ahead, tell me we can't equate those actions with religion.
Because that's the medieval barbarism Sohail Mohammed defends. Those are the actions for which he'll be first in line with an excuse.
In New Jersey a Superior Court judge doesn't even have to be a Muslim to enforce Sharia law:
In 2008, Judge Joseph Charles, a non-Muslim Superior Court Judge, heard a case involving a 17 year old Muslim girl in an arranged marriage who had been repeatedly beaten and raped by her husband. An Imam was called to the stand who testified that a wife must comply with her husband's sexual demands. And Judge Charles decided that the husband was acting within the norms of Muslim practice, and could not be held accountable for it.
Justice be damned!
Of course Sohail Mohammed won't equate actions with religion. He'll merely adjudicate actions according to religion. He's said as much when commenting on some very public cases. Why shouldn't we take him at his word?
I guess because taking Sohail Mohammed at his word would mean he is unqualified
to be a Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey and Chris Christie is
having none of that.
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