When Islamic advocate Ahmed Bedier traveled to Santa Clara County a few months ago to lend support for a proposed Islamic center, he declared that opposition to the mosque was "Islamophobic" in nature. He disingenuously compared objections against a mosque south of San Jose with the Washington, D.C. exposé of the Muslim Brotherhood's infiltration of the U.S. government, led by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Bedier, the former communications director for CAIR -- an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas terrorism financing trial -- painted both events as blatant evidence of endemic discrimination against Muslims in America, even though those events were distinctly different.
The work by five brave members of Congress to uncover an inside-influence operation in Washington is miles apart geographically and politically from the genuine environment and land-use concerns of a rural community. Yet those local concerns were swept aside and portrayed as part of broader anti-Muslim attitudes in order to secure approval of the Cordoba Center in San Martin. Accusations of anti-Muslim attitudes or "Islamophobia" are a tool currently being used over and over again across the country as Muslims undertake a nationwide campaign of mosque-building. The mosque in Santa Clara County is yet another example of how elected officials, rushing to portray themselves as open-minded and fair, are actually yielding to Muslim efforts of Islamization of the United States.