In yet another example of the deepening anti-Muslim sentiment in the GOP, the keynote speaker for a recent Idaho Republican Party fundraiser was a noted anti-Muslim activist from neighboring Washington. Pastor Shahram Hadian said he converted to Christianity during his childhood and now claims to be an expert on Islam. He unsuccessfully ran as a Republican candidate for state legislature last November and also targeted customers of a café whose employees delivered coffee wearing bikinis by taking their photos and posting their names online.
Hadian has addressed local Republican groups and a chapter of the staunchly anti-Muslim group ACT! for America on “how Islam is a political ideology focused on establishing oppressive Islamic law (Shar’ia) in every country, including America.” Hadian claims that “Shar’ia law has already infiltrated some of our local, state, and federal governmental laws and policies here in the U.S.” because of “political correctness and liberal ideology that is sympathetic to Shar’ia law.”
Leading politicians including Governor Butch Otter, US Senator Mike Crapo and freshmen congressman Raul Labrador were also present at the gathering. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports:
Close to 450 guests attended the Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night at The Coeur d’Alene Resort convention center. Hosted by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, the event brought together many of the state’s brightest political stars, including Idaho GOP Chair Norm Semanko, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.
According to Hadian, Islam is not a religion of peace. A large number of Muslims, led by groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, are bent on world domination, he said.
“In Islam, peace is achieved when a country becomes predominately Muslim,” Hadian said. “Islam is not just a religion. Islam is a constitution. It is a political ideology.”
He spoke of sharia law and jihad, and claimed some Islamic groups are actually fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.
If Muslims are allowed to impose their rules, “Sharia law will not be subservient. It will be parallel,” Hadian told the audience. “Please stop being politically correct.”
The pastor implored his listeners to make immigration a national security issue. But, he said, his message is not about hating Muslims.
“I appreciate the honesty,” said Marissa Mendive of Coeur d’Alene. “I think America needs to stop being so tolerant, because we’re heading downhill fast. And I appreciate the patriotism here.”
James Hoialmen of Post Falls said he found the evening’s topics interesting.
“I think (Hadian) had a lot of good points. I also look at it as, ‘In God We Trust’ – it’s stamped right on our bills. Our nation is founded on God. I’m a true, strong Christian, and definitely always stand with Christ.”