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Governor Perry’s Muslim blind spot(pro-Sharia candidate?)
The Daily Caller ^ | 09/27/2011 | Tom Tancredo

Posted on 09/29/2011 3:06:35 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

At last week’s presidential debate in Florida, Rick Perry said something that made the audience gasp in disbelief. He said critics of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens “have no heart.” Welcome to Compassionate Conservatism 2.0.

The Perry tactic of debate by slander was an eye-opener for many conservatives, and it probably contributed to his poor showing in the Florida straw poll that followed the debate. Republicans are in no mood for a replay of the Bush amnesty plans.

Or Perry’s poor showing in the Florida straw poll might have something to do with a recent report about the highly touted “Texas jobs created by Perry’s pro-growth policies.” The Center for Immigration Studies has discovered that 81% of the 279,000 jobs created in Texas from 2007 to 2011 went to non-citizens, a high number of them illegal aliens.

What is not yet as widely known about Perry is that he extends his taxpayer-funded compassion not only to illegal aliens but also to Muslim groups seeking to whitewash the violent history of that religion. Perry endorsed and facilitated the adoption in Texas public schools of a pro-Muslim curriculum unit developed by Muslim clerics in Pakistan.

Perry’s connections to Muslim groups in Texas are well documented. A recent Christian Science Monitor story said, “Perry has attended a number of Ismaili events in Texas, brokered a few agreements between the state and Ismailis (including the legislation introducing Islamic curricula into Texas schools), and even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005.”

The Muslim Histories and Cultures (MHC) project was formalized in 2004 in a signed agreement between the University of Texas at Austin and Aga Khan University in Pakistan. The announcement of the MHC project credited Gov. Perry by name with being “instrumental” in its launch.

The agreement calls for an extensive program of bi-cultural teacher training funded jointly by both parties. More than 200 Texas teachers have been trained in the program, which is ongoing. The project’s curriculum units were initially available for viewing on the university’s website, but have since been scrubbed from the Internet. It appears Texas officials do not want the curriculum examined by Texas taxpayers.

Islam scholar Robert Spencer, head of Jihad Watch, examined the program and concluded, “The curriculum is a complete whitewash and it’s got the endorsement of Perry. It’s not going to give you any idea why people are waging jihad against the West — it’s only going to make you think that the real problem is ‘Islamophobia.’”

Perhaps Spencer exaggerates the curriculum’s bias? Examine it for yourself here.

Perry’s close ties to Muslim groups led the political blog Salon to headline a recent story: “Rick Perry: The pro-Sharia candidate?” Evidence in support of that theme comes from Gov. Perry’s refusal to support legislation sponsored by Texas Republican legislators to outlaw Sharia law in Texas.

Perry’s close alliances with pro-Islamic Republican activists like Grover Norquist give additional cause for concern. Norquist supports open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens and is well known in Washington, D.C. circles for his tireless efforts to build Republican bridges to pro-amnesty groups and to slander advocates of immigration enforcement as “racists.” Norquist also has close ties to the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose Houston chapter bragged in a recent newsletter that “Rick Perry’s relationship with Muslims may set him apart.” Precisely so, but not in a way that helped him with voters in the Florida straw poll.

What is it with Republican elites like Perry? Do they think Republican primary voters are stupid? Does Perry think he can talk tough in defending the Texas death penalty and then waffle on border security and taxpayer support for illegal alien children? Why does he think he can claim to be the “tea party candidate” while endorsing a whitewash of Islamic extremism in Texas schools?

Perry’s ties to Muslim groups is only one red flag among many. His poor performance in the Florida debate may well be the beginning of a meltdown.

(Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009.)


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I'm not pro-or anti-Perry at this point. I'm keeping my eyes andmy options open. But I don't like what I'm seeing here.
1 posted on 09/29/2011 3:06:42 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o
In before the Perry “Fangirls.” Six weeks ago I thought Perry would be the ideal candidate. The closer you look, the worse he looks on virtually every issue: illegal aliens, “pay-to-play,” Islam, etc. That coupled with the fact that his wife has to explain to the voters what he's trying to say makes for a horrible candidate. In Texas you just have to act like a cowboy and people vote for you.

I will give him this - he's better than Chris Christie.

2 posted on 09/29/2011 3:13:14 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It would be a great comfort if we had Australia’s leadership and their fortitude in Washington when it comes to Islamics in general. See France and Britain if you need any more perspective than 9/11 and the middle-east in general.


3 posted on 09/29/2011 3:14:27 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Mrs. Don-o

No. I’d heard about this, but it’s good to hear it in greater detail.

I supported Perry in the race for governor, because I thought he was better than Kaye Bailey Hutchinson. But that’s not saying a whole lot. At that time most Freepers seemed to have the same take on him—better than Hutchinson, but not great. I don’t know where this recent enthusiasm for Perry came from, but I must say it ignores a good bit of his actual record in office.


4 posted on 09/29/2011 3:15:30 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Why is Herman Cain not the perfect conservative candidate? That is not a rhetorical q, honestly.


5 posted on 09/29/2011 3:16:45 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Love Tancredo, except when he goes off the rails and pulls on his nativist boots. The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by nativist and eugenicist, John Tanton who has ties to the Pioneer Fund, a white-supremacist organization.

Perry became friends with fellow Texan and Ismallis sect leader, Aga Khan. I see nothing sinister about this relationship. After all, Perry is the Governor of Texas and that includes ALL Texans --- Christians, Jews, Muslims, whatever. They're all Americans.

Perry initiated a teacher-training program on Islamic history and helped to get that curricula introduced into Texas schools. I see no evidence this is a play to push Islam or Sharia Law.

Besides, Perry is a huge supporter and defender of Israel. Also, Perry wants the Feds to secure the border. Texas has spent $350 million since 2005 on border security. Plug the hole in the border and the illegals will stop coming.

6 posted on 09/29/2011 3:19:48 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man; fishtank; boomop1; DC Ripper; Fred; CA Conservative; svcw; ZULU; DoughtyOne; ...

Thanks for this info, Reagan Man. I’m trying to get a balanced picture. Thanks to all FReepers who are helping us to weigh the evidence.


7 posted on 09/29/2011 3:28:08 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Half the lies they tell about me ain't true." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This is not another reference link to another queer Dallas website is it?


8 posted on 09/29/2011 3:32:30 PM PDT by dusttoyou (paulnutz/bachnutz/palinwishers are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Reagan Man

Perry, like the hack career politician he is, is trying to be on both sides of the issue. He claims to “support Israel” (without offering any specifics), but lavishes praise on the demonic imperialist cult of Islam, calling it a “great religion.” Perry’s position is virtually identical to that of Baraq Hussein 0bama. And why not? Perry is really just the same Al Gore “moderate” Demonrat he was in 1988.


9 posted on 09/29/2011 3:33:05 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Reagan Man

Good analysis.


10 posted on 09/29/2011 3:33:28 PM PDT by svcw (Those who are easily shocked... should be shocked more often. - Mae West)
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To: Reagan Man
Whom should I believe: Robert Spencer or the Perry “Fangirls?”

Decisions, decisions.

11 posted on 09/29/2011 3:34:20 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Reagan Man

And just what the heck is wrong with being a nativist.


12 posted on 09/29/2011 3:36:15 PM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: Reagan Man
Wrong. Illegals will continue coming until the incentives for their invasion are taken away. Perry is all in favor of one incentive: taxpayer-subsidized college education for illegal children of illegals. He opposed the single most effective disincentive: eVerify.

We need harsh punishments for the traitors who knowingly hire illegals. However, those people are in bed with Perry. They support his campaign.

13 posted on 09/29/2011 3:36:41 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Paging Rick Santorum: I believe we have a new debate issue for you to raise in two weeks.


14 posted on 09/29/2011 3:41:32 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: hellbender

Tom Tancredo is a Romney supporter isn’t he?


15 posted on 09/29/2011 3:41:45 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Tennessean4Bush

Check out Cain’s not so hot take on 2nd Amendment! Plus he is the ONLY one who stupidly and unconservatively said he would not support whomever the GOP nominee was. Sounds like he’s thinking about re-joining the 96% of em that voted for nobama.

Basically, Cain is a very unknown and untested item, even more unknown and untested that nobama.

Do you really R E A L L Y think the GOP Establishment is going to let Cain move in front of Romney? Cain must think the same because he is politicing for Romney’s VP slot.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 3:41:48 PM PDT by dusttoyou (paulnutz/bachnutz/palinwishers are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Tennessean4Bush
Why is Herman Cain not the perfect conservative candidate? That is not a rhetorical q, honestly.

Apparently you have to be a career politician or be liked by the MSM to get much attention, although the MSM recently found out they can only ignore him for so long. Given that Cain is rising in prominence with much less name recognition than Perry or Romney, I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of him.
17 posted on 09/29/2011 3:44:13 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Mrs. Don-o
You're welcome, Mrs. Don-o.

I've been researching Perry since August and expected this issue to come up. Never thought my fellow Coloradan, Tom Tancredo, would be the one making a mountain out of a molehill. That's Tommy for ya. LOL

Perry does have a less than perfect record on immigration, but its nowhere near as bad as some are making it out to be. Perry's ties to Muslims living in Texas is not an issue at all. The smear merchants are working OT. Perry may not be the ideal candidate, but he is not the enemy either.

18 posted on 09/29/2011 3:47:17 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man
Perry initiated a teacher-training program on Islamic history and helped to get that curricula introduced into Texas schools. I see no evidence this is a play to push Islam or Sharia Law.

Besides, Perry is a huge supporter and defender of Israel.


Okay....so would you be okay if Obama was pushing a teacher-training program on Islamic history?
19 posted on 09/29/2011 3:47:55 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Mrs. Don-o

So far there is nothing good about Perry in view.

Sharia is an absolute disqualifier; no need to go any further; get him otta here yesterday.


20 posted on 09/29/2011 3:50:13 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Tennessean4Bush

“Why is Herman Cain not the perfect conservative candidate?”

I think he is.

At the very least, he’s the closest thing we’ve seen to a perfect conservative candidate in a very long time.


21 posted on 09/29/2011 3:50:19 PM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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To: Tennessean4Bush

“Why is Herman Cain not the perfect conservative candidate? That is not a rhetorical q, honestly.”

Answer. Because his 9-9-9 plan implements a new Federal Sales Tax without getting rid of the Federal Income Tax?
That was a rhetorical question.


22 posted on 09/29/2011 3:51:41 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Reagan Man

Would you mind giving this a read and tell me what you think about it? I’m just now starting to dig into this myself.

Here’s the curriculum info:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/08/here-is-aga-khan-perry-curriculum-scrubbed-from-web-cached-scrubbed-from-google-today.html


23 posted on 09/29/2011 3:52:39 PM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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To: bwc2221
I don't give a rats ass who you believe. Your juvenile rants are boring.

KMA!

24 posted on 09/29/2011 3:52:39 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Tennessean4Bush

>> “Why is Herman Cain not the perfect conservative candidate?” <<

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Let’s use some logic.

Cain knows absolutely nothing about running our government. that means that were he elected, he would be a Republican version of Barack Obama: a shadow group would actually be running the country.

We cannot allow that to happen.


25 posted on 09/29/2011 3:55:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Reagan Man

“Perry may not be the ideal candidate, but he is not the enemy either”

Of course he’s not the enemy. If you happen to disagree with him, however, you are heartless.


26 posted on 09/29/2011 3:57:20 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Tancredo's despised Perry for years, going back to when Tancredo endorsed Romney in 2007.

It's worth keeping in mind the personal animosity Tancredo has for Perry. He's claimed Perry called him a racist in several outlets going back years but no one has ever been able to verify it actually happened.

27 posted on 09/29/2011 4:00:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama wins reelecton; GOP will find a way to lose.)
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To: Marie; All
Would you mind giving this a read and tell me what you think about it? I’m just now starting to dig into this myself.

Here’s the curriculum info:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/08/here-is-aga-khan-perry-curriculum-scrubbed-from-web-cached-scrubbed-from-google-today.html

Thank you for this. This needs to be read by everybody. Putting aside that Perry's partners in this were working with the Syrian government, if Obama tried to do the same thing Perry did, people would be upset. Just because somebody has an (R) next to their name doesn't make this right.
28 posted on 09/29/2011 4:00:13 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Reagan Man

>> “KMA!” <<

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How adult.


29 posted on 09/29/2011 4:00:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: editor-surveyor
Cain knows absolutely nothing about running our government. that means that were he elected, he would be a Republican version of Barack Obama: a shadow group would actually be running the country.

We cannot allow that to happen.


All those career politicians in Washington have really helped us out, haven't they?
30 posted on 09/29/2011 4:02:28 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Marie

You want me to help you smear Perry more than he’s been smeared already, so the Romney endorser Herman Cain can advance.

Sorry, pussycat. No can do. Nice try though.


31 posted on 09/29/2011 4:04:18 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: newzjunkey; Mrs. Don-o

>> “Tancredo’s despised Perry for years, going back to when Tancredo endorsed Romney in 2007.” <<

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Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson also endorsed Romney in that election. It was an attempt to stop McCain. Mormon Phobia gave us McCain. (I’m not a Mormon)


32 posted on 09/29/2011 4:05:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Reagan Man

Herman Cain may have endorsed Romney in 2007 but at least he never endorsed Al Gore.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:19 PM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
(pro-Sharia candidate?)

Oh, good grief.

No hyperbole or spin there.

Nope. None at all.

34 posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:49 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: af_vet_rr

Do you want to know who is running the country, or not?

Is a secret cabal of “advisors” acceptable to you?


35 posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: 9YearLurker

Yep that is another very important issue that the yapping santorum should raise. This a very important issue on the minds of voters (extreme sarcasm) Of course Romney must not be touched as all the 7 jerks agreed on. Their marching orders is to destroy Perry.


36 posted on 09/29/2011 4:10:42 PM PDT by jgge
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To: Reagan Man

Wouldn’t supporting Islam and Muslims be considered enabling. I know you like the guy and researched and believe it or not I respect that, but come on....this is getting into Mayor Bloomberg area.....Supporting Muslims????? Yieks!!!! Quite frankly, I would rather him support the Mexicans after all. I know you say it is not a big deal and I believe you but all this stuff together is not good at all.


37 posted on 09/29/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: beandog

Yada yada yada...


38 posted on 09/29/2011 4:11:34 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Allegra; Mrs. Don-o

>> “No hyperbole or spin there.” <<

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No, there is none there. Perry is up for sale on every issue. There is no real Rick Perry; he’s whatever his donors want him to be.


39 posted on 09/29/2011 4:11:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Reagan Man

Actually I honestly wanted to know if you had a different view of the situation. I am trying to be open-minded.

Until you started insulting people, I thought you’d be a good person to have a real talk with.

I won’t make that mistake again.


40 posted on 09/29/2011 4:12:31 PM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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To: beandog; Reagan Man

You may have noticed that “Reagan Man” is no Reagan Man.


41 posted on 09/29/2011 4:14:25 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Reagan Man

Truth hurts, doesn’t it.


42 posted on 09/29/2011 4:18:22 PM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

The subject of Islam must be brought up during the debates one way or another. Too long has the MSM put it on a backburner for fear of not being PC.

The American people must know about any Muslim sympathies that these candidates foster.

Especially Perry has some explaining to do in view of the many Muslim-related stories that abound about him.


43 posted on 09/29/2011 4:18:50 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Do you want to know who is running the country, or not?

That's easy - the lobbyists and big money donors. Legislation is driven by them. When you see crazy spending bills, when you see policy shifts, when you see government contracts that don't seem to make a lick of sense, you need only follow the money. When you hear about the Department of Homeland Security instituting new scanners, you need only look at who is behind those scanners and what ties they have to the government, whether it be lobbying or donations.

I see that in Texas all the time especially, since there aren't restrictions on campaign donations for state offices. People wonder why over the last 10 years Perry has spoken out in support of open borders, LULAC, guest worker programs, La Raza, etc. and my answer has always been: It's simple, his biggest donor is a homebuilder and he's had a billionaire Democrat grocer backing him at times as well. Of course he's going to try and legitimize LULAC or La Raza or guest worker programs.

My only question here is how much the Muslims donated to Perry to get him to support teaching Islamic history in Texas schools?

As for the idea that we should leave the government in the hands of career politicians, that's laughable, especially since we are Conservatives. The career politicians are the ones in the driver's seat who have been dismantling this country and our freedoms bit by bit. Because so few people support term limitations in Congress or just out and out replacing them on our own, it's only going to get a lot worse.
44 posted on 09/29/2011 4:20:00 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: napscoordinator
Did you ever think -— ? -— that Perry sees this as supporting Texans who happen to be Muslims? Can't a Texas Governor have a relationship with a local Muslim leader and not have it called, "cronyislamoism". LOL

You guys are sounding a bit paranoid, or even Islamophobic.

45 posted on 09/29/2011 4:20:15 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: beandog

Yawn


46 posted on 09/29/2011 4:21:41 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man
Did you ever think -— ? -— that Perry sees this as supporting Texans who happen to be Muslims? Can't a Texas Governor have a relationship with a local Muslim leader and not have it called, "cronyislamoism". LOL

Does Perry need to be hopping in bed with an Islamic organization that works with the Syrian government? Maybe you remember Syria, it's one of those countries over there in the Middle East that's not exactly fond of Israel, which ironically Perry claims to support.

And honestly, I don't think Perry should have been pushing for schools to teach Islamic history. Leave it up to the local districts to decide. Perry mucking about in this leaves the door open for bad things.
47 posted on 09/29/2011 4:25:31 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: jgge

This is an issue I’m not sure Romney has been as dreadful on as Perry has.


48 posted on 09/29/2011 4:27:46 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Tennessean4Bush

Because he supports Romney and then lies when he says that Governor Perry is soft on border security and because he ignores the useless over-spending that would come from his “Great Wall of China.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2785151/posts?page=183#183

Cain, the radio talk show host, knew exactly what he was doing when he said this about the Governor: “Him being soft on securing the border, is one of the reasons.” and said that he and the Governor have fundamental differences on “securing the border for real, the need to enforce the laws that are already there, the need to promote the path to citizenship that is already there. But most importantly, to empower the States to enforce the national,uh,federal immigration.”

Where is he going to put that “Great Wall of China?” In the middle of the 1200 miles of the Rio Grande?

Or will he do as they do now: hundreds of yards in, cutting off homes from Texas, ceding the Rio Grande to Mexico and cutting productive farmers and ranchers from their lawful water rights? Then, the fence is regularly breached by illegal invaders, but the border patrol is spread too thin to respond, even when alerted to the fact.

And then, they do payroll audits instead of workplace raids, dump illegals they catch in Arizona a few feet over the border from Presidio, Texas, and dismiss 300,000 deportations in Houston and Dallas Federal courts — after letting the criminals go on their own bond.

Talk about killing the economy - you will kill the businesses and jobs that exist because farmers and ranchers have toughed it out all these years along the Rio Grande.

Remember the Texas motto - “Come and get it!” It’s as true today as it was 180 years ago, if you want to take Texans’ water rights and lands for a fence that doesn’t work.


49 posted on 09/29/2011 4:32:09 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org Have mustard seed: will use it. To control the border, Patrol the border!)
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To: Reagan Man; Mrs. Don-o
Love Tancredo, except when he goes off the rails and pulls on his nativist boots.

nativism |ˈnātiˌvizəm|
noun
1 the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of
immigrants : a deep vein of xenophobia and nativism.

2 a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences.

3 the theory or doctrine that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are
innate rather than acquired or learned.

I have known Tom for over 25 years and none apply to him.

You need to check a dictionary occasionally.

Tom is very proud of his Legal Immigrant grand-parents.


50 posted on 09/29/2011 4:37:21 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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