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Since September, not surprisingly, conservatives once willing to overlook Norquist's alliances have more aggressively aired their grievances. Consider William Murray, head of the Religious Freedom Coalition. He had considered Norquist a comrade, but now makes no secret of his displeasure. "Grover has a very liberated view of Islamic nations," says Murray, somewhat hyperbolically. "So they behead people in the public square. He thinks that's their business. Hey, it's no big deal to have people beheaded for religious crimes." Weyrich, too, has made his unhappiness a matter of public record: "I'm afraid Grover's woefully naive." Even Norquist's weekly confab has become the scene of internecine fighting. At a session earlier this month, Frank Gaffney questioned the presence of terrorist sympathizers at the White House. Norquist exploded, accusing Gaffney of smearing Muslims. Later he choked up as he addressed the meeting and asked Gaffney to stand up and join him in condemning anti-Muslim bigotry. One conservative who witnessed Norquist's tirade says, "His response is powered in part by a sense that this whole edifice he's created is in danger of coming unraveled because of [these groups'] stated and abiding positions."

When I visited Norquist, he was in a similarly embattled frame of mind. He asked me to turn off my tape recorder. Any quote I wanted to use, he told me, would require his approval. There were none of his usual passionate ideological perorations. He just sat in his chair, seething. "There are some people who spit on Muslims and wouldn't like to see them have any role in American politics," he told me in a near scream. Grover Norquist's pursuit of the fabled Republican-Muslim alliance, it seems, will continue for a long time.


FRANKLIN FOER is an associate editor at TNR.


Let me just note that I'm not the biggest fan of Grover anyway. So this doesn't shock me. I remember reading his boasts about the muslim vote earlier this year and wondering what planet he was on. (Maybe the same solar system as Jude Wanniski)
1 posted on 11/01/2001 4:14:21 PM PST by testforecho
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To: testforecho; dennisw
Interesting. Sounds like he's headed for Buchanan/Sobran world.
2 posted on 11/01/2001 4:17:52 PM PST by veronica
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To: testforecho
The vain conceit of the Republican Party ever since they lost their nerve over the budget in 1995 is that they can "target" ethnic voting blocs and bring them into the Republican rather than Democrat fold. It has led to proposals for amnesty for illegal immigrants designed to pull in "Hispanic voters," and various "wink and nod" initiatives designed to peel away "gay voters" from the Democrats. In the process, they've compromised or appeared to compromise long-held Republican principles about American sovereignty, the rule of law, and the importance of family and moral values. Their attitude seems to be that "values" are negotiable when the

But this initiative promises to be the most dangerous one of all. Flirting with the Islamicist extremists who bill themselves as "spokesmen" for the American Muslim community in order to get more votes will profoundly corrupt the Republican Party and be a disaster for America. For one thing, it will take the Republican Party not simply in an anti-Israel direction, but in a direction inimical to Western Civilization itself. America already has one party dedicated to the destruction of our moral, religious and political heritage. She will be doomed with two such parties.

4 posted on 11/01/2001 4:37:17 PM PST by Map Kernow
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To: testforecho
Grover Norquist was elected to NRA Board of Directors in Spring, 2000.
5 posted on 11/01/2001 4:37:32 PM PST by donozark
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To: testforecho
Interesting read....
8 posted on 11/01/2001 4:45:11 PM PST by Aaron_A
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To: testforecho
Norquist a weasel, a "market marxist" if you will, he wants to ally even the most extreme Muslims with the right to get their votes.
9 posted on 11/01/2001 4:50:47 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: testforecho
More on the Secret Evidence Repeal Act:: and The events of 9-11
10 posted on 11/01/2001 4:51:45 PM PST by veronica
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To: testforecho
Sounds like Grover realizes that America's self-interest would be furthered more by developing closer relations with Muslims, here and abroad, than by continuing to placate, appease, American Jews, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and the state of Israel, whose policies are a perpetual pain in the backside.
11 posted on 11/01/2001 4:53:08 PM PST by muleboy
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To: testforecho
There is coalition-building, and then there is treason. Grover is very close to crossing that line.
12 posted on 11/01/2001 4:53:51 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: testforecho
No surprise here. Norquist's needs for cash and power overrides all else.
Wonder if he's still a foreign agent for that money laundering haven ?
14 posted on 11/01/2001 5:03:44 PM PST by XGMan
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To: testforecho
Bump


16 posted on 11/01/2001 5:13:33 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: testforecho
Norquist will have to do better than "[sit] in his chair, seething." This can turn into quite a problem. As more and more evidence surfaces about the long term anti-American agenda promulgated in several mosques around the country (see Daniel Pipes), any association between that agenda and The Republican Party is highly damaging to the party.
20 posted on 11/01/2001 5:27:56 PM PST by beckett
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To: testforecho
"And so it is no surprise that he has turned his attention to America's fast-growing Muslim population, which by some accounts now stands at seven million strong. (Although two other recent reports suggest it is less than three million."

Actually, the best estimate puts the number at under 2 million.

22 posted on 11/01/2001 5:30:49 PM PST by Kermit
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To: testforecho
bump for later
33 posted on 11/01/2001 6:29:07 PM PST by toenail
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To: veronica; Betty Jo; Wallaby; Uncle Bill; roughrider; Sabertooth; golitely; aristeides; kattracks...
Looks like that Bush is following (being wrongly led and misinformed or consciously knowing what he is doing?) the same path GOre and Clinton took raising political money from American Muslim and Islamic front terror counsels and leaders in the US.

From reading this article,now I know why Bush has ordered the FBI and Powell to go soft on Hamas in the US . In fact the FBI ordered OKC TV station KWTV9 not to report on a well established Hamas cell in OKC (over ten years, identified in video "Jihad in America" by Steve Emerson) which helped the WTC pilots and assisted in the OKC bombing. The station was told not to report on Hamas because doing so would be viewed as (religious) discrimination. THis is wrong headed to think Hamas should be protected by the Bush administration because they are aligned with Muslim figures who donate to Bush and the Republicans and say they are peaceful, religious figures when they really are violent and radical.

Asad Siddiqy , a cab driver from the Bronx, was arrested in OKC the day of the OKC bombing after being seen by witness Debbie Burdick with McVeigh moments before the Murrah building was blown up.Siddiqy was a prime suspect in the first WTC bombing but he was released on orders of Reno and Freeh within a day after the OKC bombing. There are FBI 302 reports on this. Asad Siddiqy may well be related to the Muslim cleric Siddiqy named in the above article since they both have the same name, live close to NY City and are both Muslim (Pakistani)extremists likely sympathetic to the pro-Taliban element in Pakistan as well as Bin Laden and Sadam Hussein (paid 7 Pakistanis to assist in the OKC bombing as reported by VIncent Cannistrao, former ME operations chief for the CIA).

Bush is either duped and misled or he is stupid or he is selling out the safety of the American people to radical Muslim figures. These figures do not represent a "peaceful" Muslim religion. The Anti-christ "will destroy wonderfully" by peace." Many radical Muslims represent the spirit of Anti-Christ since they like Bin Laden are out to kill ALL Christians as part of their religious views and doctrines.

34 posted on 11/01/2001 7:05:03 PM PST by OKCSubmariner
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To: testforecho
Grover Norquist has been foolish. It won't be the first time for him. What's more to the point is that the neo-con/neo-lib axis is now going aggressively after those who don't share its zeal or commitment. The purge will turn out badly for them in the end though, since they won't know when to stop.
44 posted on 11/07/2001 9:21:46 PM PST by x
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To: texasbluebell; Pepper777; grizzfan; DAVEY CROCKETT; MamaDearest; WestCoastGal

Ping, an old thread, with much to think about, today.


47 posted on 07/21/2005 2:38:26 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://bernie.house.gov/pc/members.asp Meet YOUR Communist party members in Congress)
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