Why Does the American Conservative Union Welcome Suhail Khan?

The annual meeting of CPAC, the American Conservative Political Action Conference, is just around the corner. It’s a big deal, attracting some 10,000 conservatives to the nation’s capital each year. The roster of speakers is a who’s who of conservative celebrities: pundits and politicians, authors and activists, people with names like “Palin,” “Gingrich,” “Coulter,” “Romney,” “Breitbart,” and “Cheney.” Panels include “Policy Recommendations for Real Immigration Reform,” “Traditional Marriage as a Cure to Poverty,” “Next Steps: The Pro-life Movement’s Plans and Goals,” “Repealing Obamacare: In The States, In Courts, and In Congress.” In other words, it’s the sort of gathering calculated to send a different sort of thrill up Chris Matthews’s leg and prod Sheriff Clarence Dupnik into another bout of frenzied incoherence on the subject of “right-wing hate speech,” etc. Just think what it would do to disgraced Hack Columnist Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann (goodbye, Keith!), or Frank Rich.

I am planning to drop in at some point during the festivities at CPAC this year, and since I happen to be in favor of real immigration reform, traditional marriage, and repealing ObamaCare, I expect to like a lot that I hear.

There has been a lot of virtual ink deployed about the fact that several traditional participants, including the Heritage Foundation, will not be attending this year because GOProud, a gay conservative group, is included as a participating organization. I dissent sharply from some of GOProud's actions -- its attack on Jim DeMint, for example.  But to my mind, far more troubling than the presence of GOProud (which, after all, declares itself “committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy”) is the composition of the governing board of CPAC's umbrella organization, the American Conservative Union. I see several friends listed there. But then there is Suhail Khan, self-appointed Republican Muslim ambassador to the conservative world.  Remember the story of the wolf in sheep’s clothing? Keep it in mind as you ponder Mr. Khan.

One of the panels I am especially looking forward to at CPAC is “The Sharia Challenge to The West.” As regular readers of Roger’s Rules know, I believe that Sharia, i.e., Islamic law, does “challenge,” i.e., threaten, the West. Here, for the record, are a few bits of evidence about my position:

I wonder what Mr. Khan will think of “The Sharia Challenge to The West.” It’s a subject he knows intimately, since he is part of it. He presents himself as a conservative Republican who can speak for “moderate Muslims.” In fact, as Paul Sperry, Frank Gaffney (more background here), and others have pointed out, at the end of the day Suhail Khan is a smooth-talking apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood (about which, see Andrew McCarthy’s The Grand Jihad), a radical Islamist group  whose credo is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”