Jimmy Carter is scheduled to be the keynote speaker this weekend at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

To many Americans, that doesn't warrant more than a shrug of the shoulders, but the planned Saturday appearance is also drawing criticism from some conservatives who say the event looks to be another example of the former president implicitly undercutting US foreign policy – in this case, opposition to Islamic terrorism.

Mr. Carter has long drawn rebukes in conservative circles for his views on Middle East policy, and as it turns out, the timing of this event comes as concern about militant Islam has flared due to bloodshed perpetrated by the group known as the Islamic State (IS), and because of heightened violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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