I am on my way to Maryland to address the Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference, MDCAN. Here is a typically clueless mainstream media report from the Anne Arundel Patch on Hamas-CAIR's attempt to strongarm righteous politicians like Nic Kipke and impose Sharia blasphemy laws on the free citizens attending MDCAN. Notice how Anna Staver repeats the lies and smears from Hamas-CAIR while pretending that the charges against them come from Kipke or me. And of course she never bothered to contact me for comment.Kipke, Muslim Group at Odds Over 'Islamophobic' Speaker Anna Staver Anne Arundel Patch January 11, 2013
In Hamas-CAIR's world, fighting for justice, for free speech and equal rights for all people, makes you like the KKK. Fighting for Sharia's Jew-hatred and oppression of women and non-Muslims makes you a "civil rights group."
UPDATE: (12:10 p.m.)—Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena), the newly elected chairman of Anne Arundel County's House delegation, is at odds with a Muslim group over his decision to attend a conservative political conference in Annapolis on Saturday.
The conference is called Turning the Tides 2013 and was created by Maryland's Conservative Action Network (MD CAN) as a networking and training workshop, according to its website.
The disagreement between Kipke and Maryland's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is over Pamela Geller—one of the conference's keynote speakers.
"It's really upsetting because this person coming, Pamela Geller, she is just as out there and just as bigoted and racist as David Duke," said Saqib Ali, government relations director for CAIR-MD."It's just like if the Klan was coming to town and these legislators said 'we are going to go hang out with the KKK.'"
Ali, who is a former delegate from Montgomery County, has also called on Del. Neil Parrott (R-Hagerstown), Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild and Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young to rescind their invitation.Neither Kipke nor Geller originated these "claims." The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case, that of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest terror-funding trial in our nation's history. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements, and its California chapter distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
"She has strong views but on comparison they are no more controversial than that of someone on the left like Michael Moore," Kipke said. "Pamela Geller may say things that are politically incorrect but she's protected by the First Amendment."
Ali disagreed, saying that Geller's statements are often "beyond the pale." He and CAIR have organized a protest outside the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis in opposition to Saturday's conference.
Geller launched on the national stage in 2010 when she helped lead the charge against the building of a Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero, according to the New York Times.
She runs a group called Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), which is designated as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
She's also responsible for a series of controversial ads running inside Washington DC's metro system, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The ad reads: "In any war between a civilized man and a savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.’’
Kipke said he doesn't agree with everything Geller says.
"I'm speaking at the conference about health reform," Kipke said. "Obviously, this is an important topic, and I'm not going to miss an opportunity to discuss the topic to please an extremist group like CAIR."
Kipke said that CAIR has ties to organizations like Hamas and that some of its leadership have made anti-Semitic statements. A claim Geller also asserts on her website.
Ali disputes those claims, saying the ADL has come out against some of Geller's statements.
The ADL's dhimmi service to these Islamic supremacist Jew-haters will be given its proper reward by a higher authority.
More of the same: Muslim Group Plans to Protest 'Islamophobic' Speaker
Previously at Atlas:Great American Moment: Del. Nic Kipke refuses to submit to Hamas-CAIR's demand to boycott Pamela Geller at MDCAN