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Frank Gaffney: Obama Speaking Out Against Islamophobia Will 'Get More Of Us Killed'

Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney joined Indianapolis radio host Tom Rose on Friday to discuss President Obama’s recent visit to an American mosque and comments pushing back against anti-Muslim prejudice, which Gaffney said would ultimately just “get more of us killed.”

“Am I totally out of bounds in saying that if this guy worked half as hard evangelizing for America as he does evangelizing for Islam we’d all be a lot better off?” Rose asked.

“We’d not only be a lot better off, we’d be safer,” Gaffney responded. “The trouble is the way that this is read, this behavior, this endless effort at the very least to excuse and appease the Islamic supremacists, the way they read that is not that it is, you know, some magnanimous gesture motivated by a heightened sense of multiculturalism or diversity sensitivity or political correctness.”

“But, Tom,” he continued, “this is read by them as an act of submission … And when you engage in submission when you’re an infidel, the way the Sharia doctrine commands the Islamists who subscribe to it to respond is to make them feel subdued, to use the term out of the Koran, which means to use violence actually, to effect the final status of dhimmitude, the permanent submission to which we are ultimately to be consigned. So far from this doing anything to ameliorate the situation or, as you put it, to help us be better off, this is actually going to get more of us killed.”

We’ll just repeat that six days after 9/11 George W. Bush appeared at a mosque to denounce violence and prejudice against American Muslims.

Diana West Decries 'Hispanization' Of US, 'Demographic Invasion' From Southern Border

Conservative columnist Diana West, a frequent guest on Frank Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” program, appeared on Gaffney’s program yesterday to discuss with guest host Jim Hanson the struggle that many European countries are having in accommodating millions of refugees and migrants from North Africa and the Mideast.

West warned that the U.S. is “deep into the same exact transition” as Europe and “we are being replaced also and our culture is being absolutely taken over in similar ways,” not only by relatively small numbers of refugees, whom she called “non-assimilable,” but by the “Hispanization” of U.S. culture through immigrants from Latin America.

“We are experiencing the exact same forces and movement here,” she said. “We’re much bigger, obviously, and the conditions are somewhat different. However, we have no border, we have massive invasions by demographic invasion coming up on the southern border in particular. This would be an effort that we are watching, my father used to use the phrase, the United States becoming the northern tip of South America. I mean, this is a sense of the Hispanization of the country.”

“And meanwhile we’re watching refugee resettlement and the Syrian quote ‘refugee’ project also coming in with population blocks, non-assimilable population blocks coming out of the Islamic world and elsewhere being imposed on communities across the country,” she added.

GOP Senator: Muslim Sheriff At SOTU Undermined American Values And National Security

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida invited Nazar Hamze, a Broward County deputy sheriff and an official with the state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, to be his guest at the State of the Union address last night, which did not sit well with some conservatives, least of all the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney.

Gaffney dedicated the first segment of his “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday to discussing the “Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of Obama’s SOTU,” with Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma.

After Gaffney claimed that Hamze is “tied to a group that is directly linked to Hamas” (you can read more about that accusation against CAIR here), Lankford called Hamze’s attendance “one of those sad moments” and went on to imply that Hamze’s presence undermined both national security and American values.

Lankford said:

America’s always been a place where we absolutely have freedom of faith and religion. People can choose to have whatever faith they choose to have or whatever religion or have no religion at all, that’s up to any American, we have that protected right. The difference is, is that we also believe that, as George Washington did at the very beginning as well, that there is a culture that is American culture that is extremely important, regardless of what faith that you have and that you practice, that we believe in a Constitution, a rule of law and a value for each human being, and that sets us apart. And there are parts of the world, and many Muslim countries around the world, where the individual is not valued, the individual is not important, the state is more important, and that’s not who we are.

It’s also an issue for us that we look at it and to say we believe in male and female and those individuals in the balanced rights of each of those, and that’s not so for many others. So when people bring in someone who has any connection to CAIR or other organizations, I look at it and say, okay, you may be driving a message home of faith, this is not about faith, this is an American value and basic national security.

Back in 2011, Hamze tried to join the Broward County GOP’s executive committee, citing his “conservative values” but was “blasted with 15 minutes worth of insults” and rejected. He clashed repeatedly with former Rep. Allen West of Florida, who in one memorable exchange about whether the Koran sanctions violence, told Hamze not to “blow sunshine up my butt.”

Frank Gaffney Links Twitter, Campaign Finance Reform To Sharia Law Agenda

Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney has discovered new plots designed to impose Sharia law on American citizens, this time through Twitter and campaign finance reform.

Gaffney, who recently gained media attention when Donald Trump cited a shoddy poll conducted by his group, the Center for Security Policy, to justify his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, appeared on the SiriusXM program “Breitbart News Daily” today to discuss Twitter’s new guidelines on abusive behavior.

Twitter announced last week that users will not be allowed to “promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease,” which Gaffney said means that remarks “that might offend Muslims” would be banned on the social media platform.

He also claimed that the Obama administration backed a UN resolution supporting religious blasphemy laws, when in fact, the resolution did nothing of the sort, and also accused congressional Democrats of promoting speech codes by backing a resolution “condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.”

Gaffney even went so far as to allege that a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is part of this nefarious plot to ban speech, claiming that people won’t be allowed to speak out against the Islamist agenda “for much longer.”

Ironically, Gaffney then went on to praise the Egyptian government for its crackdown on the opposition — everyone from Muslim Brotherhood members to liberal, secular dissidents — in the media, which is tightly controlled by the state. The Muslim Brotherhood, Gaffney claimed, has infiltrated the U.S. government and political leaders must wake up and denounce its growing power and “pre-violent” agenda.

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/17/15

Rep. Mike Pompeo Urges Military To Defy Obama On Gitmo Closure

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., sent a letter to the Joint Chiefs of Staff last month, also signed by 15 of his fellow GOP congressman, urging the military leaders to “seek appropriate legal advice before following any executive order to transfer Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) detainees to the United States.” Pompeo told the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney yesterday that the letter was a way of telling service members that members of Congress “have their back” if they choose to defy an executive order meant to close the detention facility.

“It’s unconscionable to put our military leaders in this position, where the commander in chief asks of them something that is unlawful,” Pompeo told Gaffney. “And my intention was not to put pressure on those amazing soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, but rather to inform everyone that you can’t ask folks in the military to execute an unlawful order. And I hope that they understand that there members of Congress that have their back in the event that they choose to make a decision that comports with their duty.”

 

 

Frank Gaffney: Obama 'Playing For The Other Team,' Committing 'Treason'

There’s a new star in the world of Frank Gaffney, an activist who was largely banished from mainstream GOP circles for alleging that both the Obama administration and the Republican Party have been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, but has since been enjoying the attention of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

In recent days, Gaffney has been promoting the story of Phillip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security employee who claims that the Obama administration pulled the plug on an investigation that he was conducting that he claims could possibly have caught the San Bernardino terrorists. It’s hard to tell what of Haney’s story is true since DHS has stayed mum on it other than to tell Fox News that his tale has “many holes.” Haney mentioned in an interview with Sandy Rios this morning that he also locked horns with the Bush administration, but did not provide details.

But in any case, Gaffney has latched onto Haney’s story to promote his narrative that, as he told Indianapolis talk radio host Greg Garrison last week, President Obama is “playing for the other team” and that it is “indisputable” that the president is committing “treason.”

“What I believe this proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt — and I think this is also just the tip of the iceberg, by the way — is that the Obama administration is … well, they’re playing for the other team,” Gaffney told Garrison. “And this is an extraordinarily dangerous thing for this country to be experiencing at a moment like this, I think it’s contributing, frankly, to the mortal peril we’re facing from these jihadists.”

It is, he said, an “increasingly indisputable fact that this president is providing aid and comfort to enemies of the United States. And that is the definition, as you know, of treason.”

Cruz Claims Obama Administration Has Banned Anti-Islam Speech

Sen. Ted Cruz submitted a video address to conservative activist Frank Gaffney's “Nevada National Security Action Summit” last night, in which he put his own spin on the event’s theme of claiming that President Obama doesn’t care about America’s national security and threw in a casual lie about a nonexistent Obama administration "ban" on "rhetoric against radical Islamic terrorists."

Cruz defended Gaffney, an anti-Muslim activist and birther who has recently been in the news for providing shoddy polling data to Donald Trump, laughably claiming that “Frank Gaffney has been attacked over and over again for having the courage to stand up and speak the name ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ of the enemy that is waging jihad against us,” something that he said Obama won’t do.

He then went on to casually lie about recent remarks that Attorney General Loretta Lynch made about anti-Muslim hate speech. Lynch told a Muslim group that the Justice Department would “take action” when it sees anti-Muslim rhetoric that “edges towards violence,” later clarifying that “of course, we prosecute deeds and not words.”

According to Cruz, however, Lynch has now imposed a “ban on anti-Muslim rhetoric, what she considers rhetoric against radical Islamic terrorists” which is being used to force Americans to “submit” to the Obama administration and is having a “chilling effect” on people reporting suspicious activities, including the neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters. Of course, these neighbors were probably not silenced by comments that the attorney general made after the shooting.

Cruz started out his comments by praising Gaffney, saying that the activist “is a patriot, he loves this country, and he is clear-eyed about the incredible threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

This, Cruz said, was in contrast to President Obama, who has left the issue of terrorism “festering unattended” because preventing terrorism is “peripheral at best to his core progressive agenda, an agenda that appeases our enemies before actually defending the national security interests of our great country.”

Wayne Allyn Root: Hillary Clinton Committed 'Hanging' Offense, But Is Blackmailing The FBI To Stay Out Of Jail

Today is a big day for conservative activist and former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root, who, as the Republican presidential candidates descend on his home state of Nevada for tomorrow’s debate, joined Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum at a summit hosted by anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney before moving on to emcee a rally for Donald Trump.

The proximity of presidential candidates did not cause Root to hold back on his rhetoric, telling the audience at Gaffney’s forum that Hillary Clinton has committed “a hanging, treasonous offense” involving foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation but is getting off the hook by blackmailing FBI Director James Comey and other Republicans in Washington.

“Can you imagine a Republican secretary of state working for a Republican president starting a foundation for charity that collects money from foreign governments by the hundreds of millions and billions and then takes the money and hands out government contracts to the same country that made the contribution from the State Department?” he asked. “That’s not a criminal offense, that’s a hanging, treasonous offense.”

When a member of the audience asked Root “when we are going to nail Hillary,” Root responded that he wasn’t sure because “I don’t know if Comey, the FBI director, is totally on the straight-and-narrow.”

“I believe we’ve got massive blackmail going on in the United States government,” he said. “The NSA, the IRS, their goal is to find out everything about Republicans — not everybody, Republicans.”

“They want to know everything about us, especially Republican politicians in Washington, D.C., and then they blackmail them,” he explained. “Is Comey susceptible to that? I have no idea, but I certainly have my suspicions about the Supreme Court justice of the United States voting twice for Obamacare.”

Root has previously shared his theory that Chief Justice John Roberts was blackmailed into ruling against challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

John Bolton: Obama Is The 'Biggest Threat To National Security'

Some of the biggest applause lines at today’s “Nevada National Security Action Summit,” hosted by the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney, have been comments accusing President Obama of being a secret Muslim and deliberately trying to bring down the country.

John Bolton, an ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush administration who has since become a conservative activist, offered more of the same in his address to the summit, which will also feature at least three Republican presidential candidates.

“The fact is, Barack Obama does not view American national security as one of his priorities,” Bolton said. “It gets in the way of what his real priority is, and he told us very candidly in the 2008 election, it was to fundamentally transform the country. And national security just distracts from that.”

He told the crowd that Obama’s supposed indifference to national security shows that it must be the first priority for electing a next president.

“And I think that you can see the risks that we’ve undertaken over the last seven and soon to be eight years by electing somebody who’s utterly unqualified to think through foreign policy issues, who simply doesn’t care about them,” he said. “The net effect of Barack Obama’s presidency will show that the biggest threat to national security we have is sitting in the Oval Office, because he’s indifferent to national security.”

Frank Gaffney's Presidential Summit Begins With 'Secret Muslim' Conspiracy Theory

Frank Gaffney, the head of the Center for Security Policy, has come under fire in the past couple of weeks thanks to Donald Trump, who cited a shoddy poll conducted by Gaffney’s organization when he called for a ban on all Muslims entering America.

Conveniently, just as Gaffney’s impressive record as a conspiracy theorist was coming under scrutiny, he was planning yet another summit designed to attract Republican presidential candidates, this time in Nevada ahead of tomorrow’s presidential debate.

It was only fitting, then, that within the first hour of today’s summit — which will be attended by Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum — the topic turned to whether or not President Obama is secretly a Muslim. (Gaffney himself hasopenly entertained the idea.)

Admiral Ace Lyons, who received an award from CSP alongside Sen. Jeff Sessions earlier this year, took a question from a woman in the audience who told him, “I’d like to know why no one — that’s literally no one — is gutsy enough to call a Muslim a Muslim in our White House. It’s pretty obvious that he is.”

After what appeared to be a brief consultation with Gaffney, Lyons responded: “Well, all I can say is he certainly acts the part, doesn’t he?”

It’s hardly surprising that Lyons got that question since he spent his entire speech claiming that President Obama is deliberately working to take America down from within with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood, which he said has infiltrated every U.S. national security agency and is shaping foreign policy.

“When the president of the United States is not interested in America leading or America winning, then you understand that greatest threat to our national security resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Lyons declared to applause.

Obama, he said, has been pushing policies that are “anti-American, anti-Western, but pro-Islam, pro-Iranian and pro-Muslim Brotherhood.”

“I have to ask you,” he said. “Why would an American president embrace the Muslim Brotherhood when their creed is to destroy America from within by our own miserable hands and replace our constitution with Sharia law? It makes absolutely no sense.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/11/15

Andrew McCarthy Defends Trump, Says Islam Not A Religion

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney has been thrown into the spotlight this week after Donald Trump cited a shoddy poll that his group conducted in his call for a ban on all Muslim immigration and tourism to America.

Gaffney has since been defending both Trump and himself from criticism, and enlisted the help of his frequent ally conservative columnist Andrew McCarthy on his “Secure Freedom Radio” broadcast yesterday.

McCarthy told Gaffney that Trump is “bloviating us into important issues, particularly in the immigration area, that we need as a matter of policy to consider carefully” and has either wittingly or accidentally gotten Americans to discuss whether Islam is in fact a religion that deserves religious protections under American law.

“And I don’t know how much he actually knows about Islam, I don’t know how much he actually knows about immigration law, but he has certainly pushed us into what I think is … the central question that everything else flows from, which is, is Islam, strictly speaking, a religion as we understand religion in the West?” McCarthy said.

“The reason that that’s important,” he explained, “is that we have obvious legal restrictions on using religion as a litmus test for a variety of things, not least immigration.”

McCarthy, for his part, concluded that Islam is not a religion but instead “has ambitions to be more than a religion, that is to say that it is an ideological, sweeping system that does not recognize a division between spiritual life on the one hand and political and civic life on the other,” and therefor does not deserve the same legal protections.

“I don’t know whether Trump is up on these nuances or not, but certainly he has provoked a discussion where we have to start to consider it,” he added.

Gaffney, displeased that the press was prompted by Trump’s comments to revisit Gaffney’s long history of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories , then asked McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, to reassure listeners that while there are “conspiracy theories,” there are also “conspiracies,” such as the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of the U.S. government.

“There is, at the moment, a considerable effort being made to deprecate yours truly and our center and, I think, others who have been pointing out the kinds of information that you have so well, that this is, oh, just sort of conspiracy theorizing and to be dismissed as such,” Gaffney said. “In your experience, Andy, obviously there are conspiracy theories, but is it not also the case that there are conspiracies? And would you characterize what’s going on with the Brotherhood in America at the moment, including inside our government, as a conspiracy?”

“At the U.S. attorney’s office, we used to say that you can’t have a conspiracy without a conspiracy theory,” McCarthy agreed.

Jim Simpson: Immigrants Will 'Destroy The Culture,' Usher In 'Despotic Governments'

Jim Simpson, an activist who works with Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy to oppose U.S. refugee resettlement efforts, claimed earlier this month that liberals support refugee resettlement and other immigration measures because they want to “destroy the culture” and ultimately “create a huge pool of voters” that they can use to institute “despotic governments.”

Speaking with Alaska talk radio host and former GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller in a program that was posted online on Saturday, Simpson said that “the illegal alien, open borders agenda, the refugee resettlement agenda, for that matter, they all serve all of the left’s strategies.”

It all started, he said, with Sen. Ted Kennedy’s immigration and refugee resettlement efforts.

“His goal was to see America swamped with as many people from as many disparate cultures, poor cultures around the world as he possibly could,” Simpson explained. “That guaranteed two things. It guaranteed, one, that we would have a huge and growing population of needy people who would require government benefits, something perfectly tailored for the Democrats to go out and purchase votes by providing those benefits.

“And, two, to dilute the American culture to the point where it’s unrecognizable, to the point where you and me as red-blooded Americans are just two people on the block among eight or 10 others who are from all over the world and who could care less about the Constitution, could care less about the freedoms that we hold dear, could care less about the American dream and all of the things that go with it. They want the benefits but they don’t want the associated responsibilities. And the Democrats, it’s a perfect recipe for them to amass power. Why? Because you have a population of needy people and, two, those needy people will vote for you.”

Later in the program, Simpson added that refugee resettlement is part of a UN plot “to not merely redistribute income but to redistribute populations around the world and take people from poor countries and move them into wealthy countries as a means of redistributing, so that they can share the benefits of the wealthy countries that they have not been able to before.”

But, he said, “the true agenda” of refugee resettlement and immigration “is much more malevolent.” Liberals, he said, are using immigration “to destroy the culture, to suck up welfare resources and to create a huge pool of voters that will allow the radical left to gain an unbeatable majority for the foreseeable future and after that we will see institution of despotic governments.”

Frank Gaffney: Women In Combat Leading To 'Feminization' Of The Military

The Pentagon announced this week that it had opened up all combat jobs to qualified female service members, a victory for women who have been serving in such roles for years without official recognition.

Less happy about the development were the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney and the Center for Military Readiness’ Elaine Donnelly, who spoke about the policy change on Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” program on Friday.

Speaking about the policy change and about the Pentagon’s support for “Lean In” discussion groups, Gaffney lamented “this kind of feminization, I guess is the only way to think about it, in the military.”

Gaffney added that such developments are “so clearly at odds with the concepts that are absolutely central to the military’s whole raison d’etre, and yet that’s being thrown to the side in favor of gender quotas and lower standards and otherwise accommodating the ‘Lean In’ agenda.”

“There will be a price to pay,” Donnelly agreed. “Women will pay the price, unfortunately. Men will as well. Our national security will suffer as a result of this decision.”

Diana West Praises Donald Trump For Exposing 'The Population Replacement Of The West'

In an interview with the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney last week, conservative author Diana West lamented that the “messianic cult of multiculturalism” is giving cover to “the population replacement of the West by the rest of the world” in the form of immigration, praising Donald Trump for bringing “this issue into political forums that it never, ever entered before.”
 



Claiming that multiculturalism allowed Europeans to ignore “the obvious signs that we were about to enter this violent stage of jihad,” West said that the U.S. is on a similar precipice thanks to immigration from Latin America.

“What’s happening in Europe is happening here, we have a similar immigration phenomenon coming up from Latin America, primarily, and … many others from across the world coming across our borderless southern flank,” she said. “But this is the same thing we’re seeing with the immigration coming into Europe. This is the destruction of the West, this is the population replacement of the West by the rest of the world, by what we call the Third World, by the Middle East, by Islam, by Africa, by South America, this is all happening and it needs to be understood in a totality.”

“And, yes, I would hope there is a concerted effort to push back,” she added, “and this is where we see the phenomenon of Donald Trump having brought this issue into political forums that it never, ever entered before, so for that we can be thankful and build.”

 

Anti-Refugee Activists Call For End To All Muslim Immigration After Paris Attacks

Since the news broke that one of the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks on Paris that killed more than 120 people on Friday may have snuck into France by infiltrating the waves of refugees from Syria’s civil war, at least nine Republican governors and one Democrat have said that their states will refuse to accept Syrian refugees (something that they can’t actually do) and GOP presidential contenders including Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee have called on the president and Congress to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the country as a whole. Cruz has suggested accepting only Christian refugees from the country, while Jeb Bush has hinted at the same thing.

This is a dream come true for the anti-refugee movement in the U.S. which had already been trying to claim that Syrian refugees — who go through a long and arduous security screening process before being admitted to the U.S. — represent a threat to national security.

The leading activist focusing specifically on preventing the resettlement of refugees in the U.S., Refugee Resettlement Watch’s Ann Corcoran, wrote on her blog today that other commitments kept her from writing much today, “But, LOL!, there are so many people writing about refugees now that I can soon retire!”

Prominent anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney responded to the news of the Paris attacks by calling for “a moratorium on Muslim migration” to the U.S., circulating a post from Corcoran calling for the same.

Pamela Geller predictably went even farther, writing on her blog yesterday that President Obama “should be brought up on charges” if he allows any more Muslims into the U.S.

NO MUSLIM MIGRANTS. Obama should be brought up on charges if he moves forward and brings these murderers here. They mean to kill us.

As refugee resettlement experts explained to Politifact last month, trying to game the refugee resettlement process would not be a likely method for an ISIS terrorist trying to reach the U.S.:

The U.N. has said 10 percent, or about 400,000, of the Syrian refugees in camps need to be resettled. President Barack Obama announced that in fiscal year 2016 (through Sept. 30), the United States would accept at least 10,000 refugees from Syria.

Those 10,000 aren’t necessarily the type of people who would be ISIS operatives as Trump fears, according to Mock.

"The priorities go to torture survivors, people with serious medical conditions, children and teens on their own, and women and children at risk," Mock said. The people selected undergo screening by state agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. The process can take years.

That doesn’t make for an efficient method of terrorizing the United States, Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross said. While it’s a legitimate concern that there are ways of beating the screening process, he said, there would be more efficient ways for ISIS cells to reach America than what Trump is fearing.

"Instead of sitting around hoping you win the refugee lottery and then wait years, then pass the screening to get to America, it would be much easier for a terrorist group to send a person through Europe or put them onto an airplane to the United States," Gartenstein-Ross said. "If they could otherwise pass the refugee screening process, they could certainly get on an airplane."

As the libertarian Niskanen Center notes, “not one” of the millions of refugees admitted under the U.S. refugee resettlement program since 1980 “has committed an act of terrorism in the U.S.”

White Nationalist Won't Let Frank Gaffney Throw Him Under The Bus That Easily

Last week, Frank Gaffney, an influential player in Republican politics despite his long record of promoting conspiracy theories and anti-Muslim sentiment, caused a stir when he invited well known white nationalist Jared Taylor onto his radio program to discuss efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in Europe and the U.S.

After the Southern Poverty Law Center, followed by Media Matters and Right Wing Watch, pointed out that Gaffney had lavished praise on a white nationalist activist, Gaffney wrote that he had simply wanted to discuss “a recent article” by Taylor and was “unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor’s views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.” He said that if he had known Taylor’s full history, he would not have invited him on the program, and then pulled the interview with Taylor from his website.

Now Taylor is fighting back, writing an open letter to Gaffney accusing him of caving to “lefty” organizations when “there has been no criticism of you from any conservative source.” He reminds Gaffney that “you were aware of some of my views, and found them insightful.”

Taylor notes that the article that Gaffney “admired” was very clear about his “basic views on race.” Indeed, Taylor’s article, “Is This the Death of Europe?,” begins with a quote from “The Camp of Saints,” a book that the SPLC notes “is revered by American white supremacists”; in the first paragraph, he warns that “a million wretched, brown-skinned people” wanting to “feed on the wealthy white West” will eventually ensure that “Europe is snuffed out”; and so on from there.

From Taylor’s open letter to Gaffney:

Mr. Gaffney, these people are not your friends. They hate you. They want to silence you and drive you out of respectable society. Why do you let them decide whom you may invite on your program? Why do you let them set the bounds of legitimate discussion? This is the great and perhaps fatal weakness of “conservatives”–to have conceded some strange moral power to people who hate them.

The statement on your website says you weren’t aware of all of my views when you invited me on your program, and that you now find you disagree with some of them. I believe you. But you were aware of some of my views, and found them insightful. I’m sure you don’t insist on complete agreement with all your guests. Why does disagreeing with me on some matters make me a pariah? Because the SPLC says so?

Removing our interview from your website does not mean it never happened. We will be posting a transcript shortly. What is much more dismaying is what removing the interview says about you. If you wanted to make a record of our disagreements, the manly thing would be to invite me back on your program and explain to me why I am wrong.

To your credit, you did call me personally to tell me that you were taking down the interview. I salute you for that. But your reasons made no sense. You said you were opposed to all forms for supremacy: white, black, or Hispanic. I tried to explain that wanting to live in a majority-white society is no more “supremacist” than Japanese wanting to live in a majority-Japanese society or Israelis wanting to live in a majority-Jewish society. In fact, my basic views on race should have been clear in the article “ Is This the Death of Europe?” that you admired.

It is a great pity that your name and mine have been linked in yet another success by people who despise you–and me–to stamp out the public exchange of views they don’t like. You care deeply about the preservation of certain values; so do I. But we must never trim our sails for fear of what our detractors might say. We will never succeed if we let our enemies set the boundaries of how we should act.

Ann Corcoran Warns Obama Wants To 'Diversify Every Town In America'

Ann Corcoran, the head of Refugee Resettlement Watch and the leading voice against efforts to settle refugees in the United States, warned last month that President Obama is using Syrian refugees as part of his plot to “diversify every town in America” as he goes about “changing America by changing the people, literally.”

Corcoran, who has previously warned that refugee resettlement is being used to “rub diversity in the noses of conservative communities” and push “the whole multicultural meme,” told the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program, “There’s going to be a demographic examination of your town to see how diverse you are, and you will be rewarded if you’re sufficiently diverse and you will be not rewarded with government grants and so on and so forth if you’re insufficient in the diversity area. It is really, he is changing America by changing the people, literally.”

Gaffney shared Corcoran’s concerns, saying that Obama “was about the fundamental transformation of America, and a key element of that strategy, it certainly seems, through the refugee resettlement and other techniques … has been to change the population, change the demographics of our society.”

Gaffney then asked Corcoran to respond to “a working hypothesis of mine” that refugees are being resettled in places where the Obama administration wants to change the political “representation.”

Corcoran agreed that “it seems to me that they’re targeting districts that have been traditionally red districts or red states,” like Texas and her “very conservative, very insular community” in Maryland that “would have been the last place on earth you would think would be the best place to bring a bunch of third-world refugees.”

Last week, Gaffney invited prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor onto his program to discuss refugee resettlement, though he later said he was unaware of Taylor’s views and pulled the interview from his website.

GOP Candidates' Favorite Anti-Muslim Activist Interviews Prominent White Nationalist

The Center for Security Policy, the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim organization run by former Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney has a comfortable place in Republican politics.

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz, have all spoken at at least one CSP event, as have a number of prominent conservative activists. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has accepted an award from the group. Just this month, Gaffney cosponsored a rally against the Iran nuclear deal that was headlined by Trump, Cruz, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Carson appeared on his radio program this month; Cruz, Jindal and Rand Paul have joined the program in the past.

This is all despite Gaffney’s long track record of pushing outrageous conspiracy theories , including birther and “secret Muslim” theories about President Obama, panic about Sharia law coming to the United States, and embarrassing campaigns against people he thinks are infiltrating the American government or the GOP or the NRA or CPAC on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

And then there’s this: As the Southern Poverty Law Center spotted, Gaffney invited Jared Taylor, one of the most well-known white nationalists in the country, to speak on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday and took trouble to tell Taylor that he “appreciated tremendously” Taylor’s work at his racist publication American Renaissance, which Gaffney called “wonderful.”

The two discussed their aversion to the Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe. Gaffney asked Taylor, according to SPLC’s transcript:

At some point there will be a very vigorous resistance to the infusion into these countries of large numbers of people who don’t assimilate, many of them Muslim who bring with them a Sharia ideological program that is antithetical to the culture and civilization and polities of European nations. Do you anticipate, as we’re seeing now evidence of increasing violence, notably against women, on the part of these refugees, not all of them by any means but some, rapes now becoming a serious problem in some of the refugee holding areas, and demonstrations and in some cases worse that are breaking out in various parts of Europe when they’re not accommodated to their satisfaction, that you may see in fact Europe devolving once again into the types of cataclysms that it has from time immemorial with, you know, blood letting taking place. Is that overreaching at this point or perhaps just a distant possibility?

Taylor responded:

We have unleashed now what would not be an exaggeration to call almost demonic forces. We have close to a million now of these so-called refugees, most of whom are young men. They are young, single men. Most of whom have never seen a woman in a bikini in their lives. Most of them are part of, as you say, this Sharia culture that despises any woman who walks around with her face uncovered, with her legs bare. These people are going to be all sorts of trouble for Europe for many, many years to come.

Taylor is an unapologetically racist activist. He has written that "Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears"; he has urged white people to “rekindle” their “instinctive preference for their own people and culture.” Taylor has been active in the effort to build alliances between American white nationalists and the European far-right, participating in a meeting in Budapest last year, where he told his “European brothers” that “the genetic and cultural effect of alien immigration is no different from armed invasion.”

While Taylor is largely shunned by mainstream right-wing circles, he has expressed an affinity for Donald Trump, telling the New Yorker that “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”

When Media Matters asked Gaffney to explain his interview with Taylor, CSP sent them a statement claiming that Gaffney invited Taylor exclusively to discuss refugee policy and “was unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor's views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.” The group did not explain how Gaffney was able to lavish praise on American Renaissance without being familiar with its contents. 

While Gaffney’s already lengthy record of extremism hasn’t yet caused major GOP figures to distance themselves from him, Gaffney’s decision to elevate Taylor and his work should cause him to lose all credibility among candidates and officials who wish to be taken seriously in the future.

UPDATE: In a statement on the Center for Security Policy's website, the group says that Gaffney's compliments to Taylor were "routine" and that if he had done his "due diligence" before the interview, he would not have invited Taylor as a guest:

Yesterday’s program included a conversation with Jared Taylor concerning a recent article by him addressing the dire implications for Europe, its people and civilization of large numbers of migrants from nations in which shariah-adherence is the norm.  The host was unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor’s views on other matters and did not discuss or endorse them.

Subsequently, Mr. Gaffney had a chance to examine those views and the American Renaissance website on which they appear. There is much there with which he strongly disagrees.  Had due diligence been done beforehand, such disagreements would have resulted in Mr. Taylor not being invited on the show, routine compliments to such guests not made and an offer to appear again not extended.

UPDATE II: CSP has removed the interview with Taylor from its website.

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