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Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney today responded to outrageous statements made recently by the executive director of Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Jonathan AC Brown. The Georgetown professor of Islamic Studies condoned slavery and rape in the course of remarks made recently at the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT).
In a letter today to Georgetown’s president, John DeGioia, Gaffney – an alumnus of the university – observed that Brown was promoting conduct that is directly at odds with his alma mater’s stated policies, including such assertions as: “It is not immoral for one human to own another human” and “Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex.”
Mr. Gaffney called for Georgetown University to disassociate itself from Brown’s abhorrent, supremacist and misogynistic remarks by publicly renouncing them and terminating his employment.
The full text of the letter is below.
CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY
Frank. Gaffney.Jr., President & CEO
22 February 2017
President John J. DeGioia
3 h and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
Dear Dr. DeGioia:
In my freshman year at Georgetown in 1971-1972, I spent a semester living in an oversized closet on the fifth-floor of Old North. It was what previously passed for housing for slaves of university students.
I was reminded of that unsavory history of my alma mater when, in September 2016, you personally made a public apology for Georgetown's sale in 1838 of 272 slaves to stave off financial ruin. You went to considerable lengths to demonstrate contrition for this action, including multiple steps aimed at promoting reconciliation with the descendants of those sold as chattel, among them “establishing a living and evolving memorial to the slaves from whom Georgetown benefitted.”
Imagine my surprise, then, to learn that an employee of your university used a recent “l et.:ch at the International Institute on Islamic Thought to condone and rationalize the practice of slavery – not in some bygone era, but today. Among Professor Jonathan AC Brown's astounding quotes was this …
“The group has launched a major influence campaign to prevent Congress from designating the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
A senior Muslim Brotherhood official in Sudan told an Arab newspaper* that the group’s international leadership has launched a major PR campaign to influence the U.S. media and members of Congress to oppose the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
The Brotherhood official predicted that the group would not be designated by the Trump Administration and that the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced into Congress would fail.
He claimed that his organization had made contact with governmental officials and members of Congress and convinced them that the Brotherhood is opposed to terrorism, even though the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing—Hamas—is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.
The author of the article reports that, according to sources within the Brotherhood, the group has spent $5 million on the PR campaign, with contracts being signed last month. Individuals close to Hillary Clinton put Brotherhood officials in touch with PR firms.
The effort to influence American media included having articles and essays published to argue against designation of the Brotherhood.
Indeed, a slew of articles defending the Brotherhood were published as it was reported that the Trump Administration was planning to designate the Brotherhood. Most of these argue that the Brotherhood is opposed to terrorism and violence. As I wrote in December 2014, this notion is patently false.
The Brotherhood also thanked the leaders of Turkey and Qatar for defending the organization. Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
The Egyptian government warned that the Brotherhood has a lobby in the U.S. disguised as civil society organizations. An Egyptian government website cited a study done …
During his speech before the US Congress President Trump stated: “We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism”
It is astonishing that the President of the United States vowing to protect and defend the American people would be remotely controversial, and meet with stony silence and angry stares from one of the nation’s two major political parties (and probably inwardly from a good many establishment Republicans as well), but that is the degenerated state of affairs today.
In any case, one significant aspect of this address was that President Trump reiterated his determination to combat “radical Islamic terrorism” — a formulation is new national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, has explicitly rejected. Questions about whether Trump was retreating from his previously stated determination to discuss honestly the motivating ideology of the enemy, which is an indispensable prerequisite to defeating that enemy, were put to rest for the moment.
Our obligation is to serve, protect and defend the citizens of the United States. We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.
According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home, from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and, yes, even the World Trade Center. We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.
It is not compassionate, but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.
Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values. We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America, and we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.
(APPLAUSE) That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe, and to keep those out who will do us harm.
As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS, a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and all beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.
I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the state of Israel.
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, the biggest speech he’s given since his inaugural address back on Jan. 20. But don’t call it a State of the Union address.
In almost every way, the speech Mr. Trump gave is identical to the State of the Union, the annual, wide-ranging speech a sitting president delivers before Congress early in the year. That speech is used to reflect on the progress of the previous year and help set the president’s agenda for the coming year.
Mr. Trump is expected to do much of that in his speech to Congress: he’ll outline his policy priorities and help frame the first year of his presidency, doing so before members of the Cabinet and the full Congress. But a president’s address during his or her first year in office is never referred to as a State of the Union address — because after just a few weeks into his term, a new president isn’t expected to know the full state of the union. Instead, the speech is more about looking toward future plans than recapping the progress of the last year. Still, it’s been tradition in recent administrations for the new president to deliver a speech to a joint session to Congress in the early weeks or months of his term. For example, former President Obama delivered his address to a joint session of Congress on February 24, 2009 — approximately one month into his first term.
The two houses of Congress generally work separately, but on occasion the House of Representatives and the Senate gather together. Moments of great significance have taken place when the two houses hold such meetings. This chart lists those occasions where Congress meets as a single body since the First Congress (1789–1791).
Joint Meetings or Joint Sessions? The parliamentary difference between a Joint Meeting and a Joint Session has evolved over time. At present, the distinctions have these features:
A Joint Meeting takes place when the House and Senate agree to recess and meet with the other chamber. The purpose of a joint meeting has usually been for Congress to hear an address from an important figure—generally a visiting foreign leader. This practice became a standard part of foreign leaders’ state visits to the United States after 1945.
A Joint Session takes place when the House and Senate adopt a concurrent resolution. Joint Sessions typically are reserved to hear an address from the President of the United States or to count presidential electoral votes as specified by the U.S. Constitution (Article I, section 1; 12th Amendment). On January 6, 1941, two Joint Sessions were held the same day: to count the presidential electoral votes and to hear President Franklin Roosevelt deliver his Annual Message to Congress.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives usually presides …
On April 7, 1997, the Unity Coalition for Israel honored Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under the banner, “Jerusalem Undivided,” in Washington DC at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.
This was immediately prior to his meeting at the White House with President Bill Clinton. The event was Co-Chaired by Kay Arthur, co-CEO of Precept Ministries International. Around 4500 people were in attendance.
The following introductory statement was delivered to the Prime Minister by Esther Levens and the Unity Coalition for Israel:
We believe in and actively support the United States strategic alliance with Israel.
We support the right of Jews to live anywhere in the land of Israel.
All of us collectively insist on the termination of terrorism as a negotiating tool against Israel in the peace process.
We call for an end of the persecution and harassment of Christians and minorities in the Middle East.
We demand the unconditional withdrawal of Syrian occupation forces from Lebanon.
The American people wholeheartedly and without qualification stand with Israel on the issue of an undivided Jerusalem.
UCI commends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for representing and defending the status of the Holy City with great dignity, great determination and with great courage.
UCI is a testimony to the unwavering, unrelenting and total support to the Prime Minster, to the Israeli government and to the people of Israel by Grassroots America.”
Drawing from the epic story of Esther in the Bible, Rabbi Benny Elon spoke about Esther Levens as she was being presented the Mordecai Award by the Kansas City BIAV. (Click here to watch video)
G. Gordon Liddy greets Unity Coalition for Israel's Esther Levens
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G. Gordon Liddy, prior to speaking-out against anti-Semitism and over-restraining Israeli self-defense. He addressed the first Judeo-Christian, “Proclaiming Justice to the Nations” Alliance dinner.
Pictured chatting with Unity Coalition for Israel's Director, Esther Levens, at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville.
VIDEO: Comments by the Governor of Kansas (former US Senator) Sam Brownback to Esther Levens: for her and her late husband Vrem’s many years of service to Israel.
The 2011 Mordechai Award was presented to Esther by the Lt. Gov. of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, at the Sunday evening, February 13, 2011 event hosted by the Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner Congregation in Overland Park, Kansas.
Remarks by PROF. LIVIA BITTON-JACKSON:
“Mrs. Esther Levens,
We, the members of the Zionist Women’s Organization in Israel, wish to salute you and thank you for the remarkable work you have been doing for our country.
As founder of UCI in 1991 and now its Chief Executive Officer, you representing millions of Jews and Christians, have provided material information not only on Israel but also on the history and culture of the twenty-two Arab nations that surround it.
You have conducted a wide-educational outreach to all segments of American society by bringing together secular and religious media with those on college campuses, with American government representatives and Israeli Knesset Members.
You coordinated seven major conferences in Washington, introducing experts on the true picture of Israel and the Middle East. You hosted the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on two occasions at festive breakfasts that attracted thousands of people. The UCI co-sponsored the First Jerusalem Summit, a newly formed international think-tank. Simultaneously, you have sponsored numerous press conferences on Capitol Hill, at the National Press Club, and at the National Religious Broadcasters annual conventions. Amazing as all this seems, you also co-sponsored the annual Embassy of Israel Solidarity Seminar in Washington, DC, and the annual pro-Israel KC Gathering.
Aware of your amazing competence and knowledge, three U.S. presidents appointed you to serve on three U.S. Presidential Advisory Councils: the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education and the National Advisory Committee on Education of Handicapped Children.
To say that you, Mrs. Esther Levens, are a true Eishet Chayil, a Woman of Valor, is an understatement. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, you have also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ), of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), of the National Council of Jewish Women and of the Republican Jewish Coalition!
You once said that you loved and supported Israel long before “the state was even a state.” You said you started believing in the importance of a Jewish state when you were a young woman in Kansas City working for United Jewish Social Services.
“I realized early on how really vulnerable Jews felt around the world,” you said.
As a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, you worked with the first wave of European refugees here following the Holocaust. You met them at the railroad station and were charged with finding them housing and kosher food.
The work you did with survivors was instrumental in arranging some of the first Yom Ha’Shoah remembrance services in the state of Kansas, leading to your appointment by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
You and your late husband, Vrem, worked together for a variety of causes, and when he passed away in 1983, his causes became yours.
You had worked as a professional for Israel Bonds and said that this experience led to your forming Voices United for Israel, the forerunner of the remarkable United Coalition for Israel. Today, the UCI has convened an alliance of Christian and Jewish organizations to actively work together to generate support for Israel – more than 200 autonomous partner organizations, representing more than 40 million people, making it the largest network of pro-Israel groups in the world!
Our dear superwoman of valor! How can we thank you?”
Published: 20 Av 5774 – August 15, 2014
Latest update: August 15th, 2014