"Miss Mogahed ... is the first veiled Muslim womanto serve in the White House."
You remember Dalia Mogahed... I told you last night that she was in attendance at the White House Ramadan celebration Friday night, from whence The Won issued his unsolicited interference in the matter of the "GZ Mosque."
According to The Husband, the link I passed on last night via Gaffney doesn't work. Being The Husband that he is, he didn't just let me know but also found and sent me the correct link. It's worth taking a gander; the Oct. 2009 headline in the Telegraph (UK) reads "Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood."
Miss Mogahed, appointed to the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of Sharia was "oversimplified" and the majority of women around the world associate it with "gender justice".
The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based TV discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party.
According to Wikipedia, Hizb ut-Tahrir is "an international pan-Islamic political organization whose goal is for all Muslim countries to unify as an Islamic state or caliphate ruled by Islamic law..."
Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir's national women's officer, Nazreen Nawaz.
During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular "man-made law" and the West's "lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism."
They called for Sharia Law to be "the source of legislation" and said that women should not be "permitted to hold a position of leadership in government".
Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that ....
"The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.
.... The video of the broadcast has now been [was then] prominently posted on the front page of Hizb ut Tahrir's website.
Miss Mogahed, who was born in Egypt and moved to America at the age of five, is the first veiled Muslim woman to serve in the White House. Her appointment was seen as a sign of the Obama administration's determination to reach out to the Muslim world.
She is also the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, a project which aims to scientifically sample public opinion in the Muslim world.
During this week's broadcast, she described her White House role as "to convey... to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want."
Nonie Darwish sums it up this way:
... Radical Islamists will not accept anything less than for the US to abandon Israel and they now believe that Obama will do nothing if Israel is attacked. Because of this change in US policy, the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa (from Egypt), has recently suggested improving relations with Iran as a new strategy in the region. This confirms that American power in the region is diminishing.
America’s perceived weakness in the region brought by Obama will have serious and lasting consequences.