"To illustrate the danger of the first approach of evil habit, the Arabs have a proverb, 'Beware of the camel's nose,'" wrote 19th century British author, Lydia Sigourney.
Why? Because once the camel gets its nose inside the tent, his body will soon follow. And once the camel gets inside the tent, the former occupants face a choice: leave the tent, or lie down in the camel's bed.
The Republican primary victory of Imad Afif "David" Ramadan in the 87th legislative district in Virginia on Aug. 23 reminds me of this Arab proverb – not because Ramadan is the camel's nose. If anything, he is the camel's tail.
Imad Ramadan is just the latest of a series of Muslim protégés discovered and promoted by Republican activist Grover Norquist, the man whose vicious personal attacks on conservative Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma over ethanol subsidies earlier this year (Norquist favored the corporate hand-outs; Coburn opposed them) prompted Coburn's chief of staff to respond that Norquist has become the "chief cleric of sharia tax law."