President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address is tonight. Let me just pause for a moment: don’t you just love the sound of “last” in this case?
As usual, of as much or more interest as what the president might actually say is who will be in the audience tonight as invited guests. Perhaps predictably, Democrats are hosting a number of Muslim Americans tonight, in response to what they deem Islamophobic vitriol and rhetoric sweeping the nation. Among them — falling into the #ShockingNotShocking category, will be members of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Via The Hill:
Two officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be attending the State of the Union address Tuesday as guests of Democratic lawmakers.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) and Alcee Hastings (Fla.) will both be hosting representatives from CAIR chapters in their respective states, the group announced Monday.
Lofgren will be bringing Sameena Usman, a government relations coordinator in the San Francisco office, while Hastings will host Nezar Hamze, the chief operating officer of the nonprofit’s Florida branch.
The announcement comes days after Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, challenged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to bring a Muslim American as one of his guests to the speech.
“This is an opportunity to really drive the point home that there are no Americans who are suspect just based on their religious identity, that all Americans are welcome in the people’s house,” Ellison said in an interview with The Hill.
Demoratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has also urged Democratic lawmakers to bring Muslims to the speech as a rebuke to what she sees is anti-Islamic language from the right.
“The rhetoric and vitriol that has been targeted at this community has been absolutely outrageous and unacceptable,” Wasserman Schultz said at a news conference according to The Sun-Sentinel.
Yeah, this is the same CAIR that’s associated with the terrorist organization the Muslim Brotherhood. The same one with whom our own FBI has cut off communications.
Don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a more appropriate guest for this president’s last SOTU than members of a terrorist organization. This president seems hellbent on making it as easy as possible for Islamist terrorists to infiltrate our nation, insisting on flooding our nation with refugees from ISIS-infested Syria, even as our security officials insist we don’t have the ability to properly vet them — and even as we continue to be reminded of this fact with incidents like the San Bernardino terror attack and 113 foreign-born individuals who’ve been implicated in Islamic terrorism after coming to the U.S. legally. And, of course, just today, a Syrian supporter of ISIS blew himself up in Istanbul, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 15 more.
Despite all of this, President Obama will continue to push his agenda for more Syrian refugees to come here — represented tonight by a Syrian refugee sitting in the gallery at the SOTU.
Anyone still feel like they can argue Obama is not an Islamist sympathizer, as we’ve suggested here previously?
Meanwhile, Obama has increasingly tamped down on the religious liberties of some Americans who happen to practice the “wrong” faith — namely, Christianity. So perhaps one of the guests the GOP is hosting tonight is fitting.
As The Blaze reports:
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis — the woman who was briefly jailed for refusing to grant gay marriage licenses last year — hopes to send President Barack Obama a powerful message when she attends his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, and her attorney, Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, hope that their presence will offer up a very public defense of “religious liberty,” according to a statement released by the legal firm.
Tonight’s SOTU guests symbolize the fight we are waging for the soul of our republic, and a reminder of what’s at stake as we choose the next President of the United States.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]