The American Muslim vote in 2012
Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2012
Readers: This is cross-posted from Potomac Tea Party Report.
Number one issue for Muslims according to a survey: IMMIGRATION
It is no surprise that American Muslims are going for Barack Obama in November, although they have their problems with Obama as well, that according to this story at OpEdNews (Tracking the American Muslim vote in 2012 election by Abdus-Sattar Ghazali)
Democrats just the lesser of two evils!
Democrats and Republicans are seen by many [Muslims] as the two sides of the same coin since both are aligned with the rich against the American people. For some Democrats are seen as a lesser evil. Gerald Celente says when confronted with the choice between the two evils, you don’t vote for the lesser evil. “Lesser or greater, evil is evil.”
However, the seven-million strong American Muslim community — remained under siege since 9/11 tragedy – has decided to actively participate in the nation’s political process in a bid to make its voice heard. Muslim community’s political activism was reflected at the Democratic National Convention where the number of Muslim delegates had quadrupled since 2004. There were more than 100 Muslim delegates representing some 20 states at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September last. That’s up from 25 delegates in 2004.
“The more than doubling of Muslim delegates at this year’s Democratic National Convention is a direct result of their hard work and grassroots organizing within the Democratic Party,” according to the Council on Arab-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw. “It is also a sign of the American Muslim community’s growing civic engagement and acceptance in the Democratic Party.”
On August 22, 2012, the CAIR announced the formation of a national partnership with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) to coordinate voter empowerment and election activities. The two national organizations pledged to work together on hosting voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, phone banks, town hall meetings, and candidate forums.
Muslim Public Affairs Council (see Investigative Project on Terrorism) conducted a survey of Muslim voters!
Another leading civil advocacy organization, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) also issued a 32-page Election Kit – My Faith. My Vote. My Future — to encourage and actively engage American Muslims in the upcoming elections.
In order to learn more about the issues American Muslims care about most during this election year, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, (MPAC) conducted an online survey this spring. The survey, which ran from May 22 through June 4, sought to understand American Muslims’ investment and involvement in civic activities and political issues. As part of the survey, we asked American Muslims to rate the top 10 issues that will determine their vote this year.
The MPAC found that the main issues American Muslims care about are (in order of importance):
1. Immigration 2. The Environment 3. Taxes and the Federal Budget 4. National Security 5. Foreign Aid 6. Social Safety Programs 7. Social Issues 8. Medicaid/Medicare 9. Foreign Policy Toward South Asia 10. Religious Freedom
Curious isn’t it? Immigration! Not at all when you realize they hope to one day create a worldwide Muslim caliphate and govern with Shariah Law and for that they need population numbers.
They say what they mean and they mean what they say! Why do we not believe them?
Disillusioned with Obama and just using them for now:
The Democrats’ inclusion of support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in their official party platform may have disillusioned some Muslim voters, who were already critical of Obama’s failure to properly address the discrimination their community has faced. Four years ago, Obama enjoyed overwhelming support from Muslim voters — 89 percent Muslims voted for him. There is currently no polling data indicating the percentage that intends to vote for Obama this November, but politically active community members agree that enthusiasm for his candidacy has waned. In particular, many say they are disappointed by the way Obama has shied away from addressing an apparent rise in Islamophobia spreading throughout the United States. [What they are looking for from Obama and the Dems here is a curtailment of freedom of speech---ed]
Why are they mad at Republicans? Because we want to keep the US Constitution and want no Shariah law creeping into our legal system!
American Muslims were also disappointed with the Republican Party when its convention adopted an amendment to their platform supporting a ban on foreign law (read Sharia). The so-called anti-Sharia legislation has become another tool to foment hatred against Islam and Muslims. At the same time many Republican leaders continued rhetoric against Islam.
If the Muslim immigrant political activists wanted to assimilate and be American, why would they be pushing Shariah law?
Democrats more flexible with the rules!
I don’t have time to discuss it here, but in an article in Aljazeera recently about Nashville, TN with a booming Muslim population largely thanks to Catholic Charity’s refugee program there, a Palestinian immigrant told Aljazeera why he thinks the Dems are better than Republicans for now:
Ghanem says the Democratic Party is slightly more on the side of the immigrant community.
“We think Democrats and Republicans are 90 per cent the same for immigrants. I’m not either, but immigrants are more comfortable with Democrats, who are more flexible [with the rules].
That, and many good Dems are deaf and not willing to hear what Islamist political activists are saying when they say what they mean and mean what they say!
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