ADA Promotes Truth and Innocence by Association

The American Decency Association, a tiny little fringe group based not far from where I live, is bringing fake “ex-terrorist” Kamal Saleem to West Michigan for several appearances and they’re offering up a silly and irrelevant response to criticism of Saleem and his “life story.” The Grand Rapids press writes about it and links to articles that show Saleem’s claims of being an ex-terrorist are not the least bit believable. The ADA’s “answer” to that is, oddly, innocence and truth by association:

Our speaker, Kamal Saleem, comes regarded and vetted by major Christian ministries in America. In recent days, he interviewed with Liberty Counsel. In October, he spoke at the highly regarded “Value Voters Summit” in Washington, DC sponsored by organizations such as American Family Association, Family Research Council, Vision America (Gary Bauer), Liberty Counsel (Mat Staver), Timothy Plan (Art Ally). He also speaks quite regularly with Lt. General Jerry Boykin (ret) at various sites across America…

I have had conversations with Kamal and his team. The emphasis upon Christ in their mission is central! To God be the Glory is part and parcel of Kamal’s message.

We are known by our enemies. One of Kamal Saleem’s biggest enemies is CAIR. Do you know what CAIR is? It is a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is a Hamas entity operating in the United States on behalf of Hamas. Hamas, CAIR, and its founder, Omar Ahmad, were both named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR manipulates information, and conducts political influence operations, intelligence collection and counterintelligence operations. CAIR participates in civilization jihad working to bring shariah into the United States.

Uh, okay. None of that has anything at all to do with the question of whether Saleem’s claims of being an ex-terrorist are true or not. And the idea that he’s telling the truth because he’s been “vetted” by the likes of Liberty Counsel and Jerry Boykin is utterly laughable.

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  • matty1

    CAIR manipulates information, and conducts political influence operations, intelligence collection and counterintelligence operations

    Let me see if I can translate “CAIR expresses opinions, lobbies politicians and monitors the media for issues that interest them”. Not sure what they mean by counterintelligence operations though – not giving the ADA unrestricted access to their phones?

  • alanb

    So, if you have really bad enemies, that means you a good guy. Joe Stalin must have been absolutely wonderful. Sorry for the Godwin, but that’s the first example that came to me.

  • Reminds me of an episode of the Adam West Batman series, where the Penguin is running for mayor and in an interview, talks about how in all the newspapers, he’s consistently photographed alongside upstanding citizens: police officers, trying to imply to his audience that he’s upstanding by association instead of, you know, being arrested by said officers for his miscellaneous zany schemes.

  • baal

    Reason be damned! Kamal’s got credentials.

    (Baal quietly closes his book on how to know if a thing is knowable.)

  • Moggie

    I’d never heard of the “American Decency Association” before, but just from the name I was almost certain that they’d be dishonest bigots. That makes me sad.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    At least the American Dental Association dodges a reputation-bullet…

  • CAIR manipulates information, and conducts political influence operations, intelligence collection and counterintelligence operations

    And this is different from what your organization does how exactly?

  • oranje

    So, wait, is CAIR a front group for Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood? I can’t keep up…

  • John Hinkle

    Sounds like Kamal is on wingnut welfare. Oh well, as raven says, at least that’s money not going toward something harmful.

  • John Hinkle

    Could characterize this as argumentum ad tribalism.

    He’s a member of our tribe! And look, the other tribe hates him! That makes him even more tribally!