Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sen. Obama's Muslim liaison "resigns" after 10 days on the job
Jake Tapper | August 06, 2008 3:55 PM
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has been taking some heat for not doing enough to reach out to the Muslim community. (At the very least!)
In an attempt to rectify that, a new volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs for the Obama campaign -- Chicago attorney Mazen Asbahi -- was appointed on July 25.
Asbahi lasted all of ten days.
The problem, reports today's Wall Street Journal, started last Friday when the "Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report" -- an internet newsletter that monitors the fundamentalist Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood -- noted that: "Democratic Presidential candidate Barrack Obama has named Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer with ties to a financial organization close to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, as National Coordinator for Muslim American Affairs for his campaign."
The newsletter noted that Asbahi was listed as one of six trustees of Allied Asset Advisors Funds in a May 4, 2000 SEC filing.
And according to Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, that group was a "subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and adviser to the Dow Jones Islamic Fund, both affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)," referring to its own February 2007 report "EXTREMISM AND THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (ISNA)."