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Oprah’s Islamist Nightmare By: Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, February 07, 2008


Oprah Winfrey, the popular television talk show hostess, probably doesn’t realize it, but she is being used by a radical Muslim organization. Last month, she aired a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., where she featured the daughter of a well known Islamist leader. Now, the leader and his operation are spreading the word that Oprah has helped their group to hit the big time.

On January 21st, the Oprah Winfrey Show aired its ‘The Dream Lives: A Martin Luther King Day Special.’ It was a very personal event for Winfrey, because she credits much of her success to Dr. King. She stated, “I wouldn’t have the life – no part of the life that I have – had there been no Martin Luther King, Jr. and all the other people who stood with him to create a civil rights movement. Nothing that has happening in my life, since I was 16 years old would have been possible.”

Dr. King’s dream was that there would be a day when all children from all different backgrounds could interact with one another, without being hindered by unnecessary obstacles, such as the color of one’s skin. To make this dream a reality, for at least one show segment, Winfrey gathered children from various ethnicities, races and religions to shoot a video honoring King’s famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream.’

One of the kids in the special was a girl by the name of Anwar Omeish, who happened to be the eleven-year-old daughter of Esam Omeish, the President of the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization tied to the violent Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement overseas.

MAS was incorporated in the state of Illinois in June of 1993, established by MB leaders, including MB’s present Chairman, Mohammed Mahdi Akef. Found on MAS websites are a number of documents written by the creator of MB, Hassan Al-Banna. Also found are a number of materials containing the most vicious of anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric.

In April of 2004, MAS’s Communications Director, Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his activities within the ‘Virginia Jihad Network,’ a group that was conspiring with the Al-Qaeda-related Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) to attack Americans and Indians abroad.

In April of 2007, MAS-New Jersey’ youth director, Mazen Mokhtar, was indicted on two counts of failing to file business tax returns and three counts of filing false personal tax returns. Prior to that, Mokhtar was involved in the creation of “mirror” websites of one of the major sites raising funds and recruiting fighters for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, qoqaz.net (Jihad in Chechnya). As well, Mokhtar has been quoted as fervently supporting Hamas and suicide bombings.

While anything connected to MAS should be seen as a potential threat, having Anwar Omeish on the show was not a problem, as the sins of the father should never be visited upon the children. Esam Omeish, this past September, was forced to resign his government appointed position to the Virginia Commission of Immigration, after a video surfaced showing him advocating violent jihad. The problem occurred when Esam Omeish and MAS used the girl and Oprah Winfrey to prop up their radical organization and extremist agenda.

On January 11th, MAS put out a news report stating, “The Muslim American Society’s (MAS) Girl Scout Troop 3611 will be nationally recognized January 21, 2008, as one of its members, Anwar Esam Omeish, participates in the Oprah Winfrey Show’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day... [MAS] congratulates MAS Girl Scout Troop 3611 for this outstanding achievement.”

Anwar Omeish’s appearance had nothing to do with the MAS troop. She had auditioned for the King video and had won a spot, along with nearly 100 other children. Yet, for MAS it was about something else. It was about taking the unwarranted opportunity to boast about “national recognition” for its organization, an organization that really has nothing to boast about, except a long record of support for extremists.

For the father, it was more of the same. A day after the airing of the show, he wrote on his personal blog, “Please check out the wonderful video here of MAS Girl Scout Troop 3611 (here in N. Virginia) being recognized in the Oprah Winfrey Show’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day.” And then, he nonchalantly threw in, “(The girl happens to be my daughter.)”

Both MAS and the father posted the same picture to their stories about Oprah’s “embracing” of their MAS troop. The photo depicts Anwar Omeish, dressed in her Girl Scout garb, standing between two flags. On her left is the American flag. On her right is a MAS flag, reminiscent of young children being propped up by their families next to Hamas flags. Aside from the terrorist designation of one, there is very little difference, including in the name of the two.

People scream “child abuse,” when a girl is forced to join a beauty pageant or a boy is pushed to play sports. What is it, then, when a child is forced to partake in groups connected to terrorism overseas?

On the King video, Anwar Omeish states the following, “With this faith, we’ll be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together.” This is in direct contrast to the themes promoted by MAS. For instance, on one of MAS’s websites, the following can be read: “In view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.” And “The Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the Jews...” And “If you gain victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”

If Martin Luther King lived for one thing, it was to say to America and to the world that hatred should have no place anywhere, at anytime. For MAS to exploit an eleven-year-old girl and the Oprah Winfrey Show to further their own hatred is an unforgivable abuse of the good will of a TV personality and that of the innocence of a young child.

And what’s worse is that it was all done on the back of a great man, who died so that an injustice, such as this, would never occur.


Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch.


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