Geez. Some bigot he's turning out to be. Was he only a bigot when it came to the cult Christians he wooed last weekened? Maybe that's another Flip Flop-Bigoted against Muslims one week and only for some Christians but NOT bigoted against Muslims when he's not running for president!
Anyway, I thought this was funny.
CAIR Network sent out an e-mail gushing over Rick Perry and linking to part of this gushing, drooling article about Perry and Islam, from the Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Rick Perry’s relationship with Muslims may set him apart
Gov. Rick Perry’s friendly relationship with some Texas Muslims was touted in a recent story on Salon.com.
While some other presidential candidates bring up concerns about American Muslims’ loyalty and decry Islamic law in the U.S., here’s a Christian, Republican politician who initiated a teacher-training program on Islamic history and has been friends for years with the Aga Khan, head of an Islamic sect called Ismailis, Salon points out. Perry even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005. . . .
“The Muslim community has a significant number of political conservatives, and they do support Perry,” said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Houston. . . . Carroll notes that Muslims donated to President George Bush’s campaign and have given to Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns.
When HAMAS’ front in the U.S. (CAIR Network) and the Islamo-pandering mainstream media are in ecstasy over Rick Perry, it’s a pretty big sledgehammer of a hint:
He ain’t good for America.
Here's another source for that that has the entire Dallas Morning News article from June 14, 2005
Gov. Rick Perry flew in to lay the first ceremonial brick for the center's foundation. It was a symbolic gesture since the site for the new center will be a few miles northeast of the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, where the foundation ceremony was held.
The governor, who is friends with the Ismaili Muslims' spiritual leader, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, said he was honored to participate.
"Our culture is enriched and our society strengthened by a diverse mixture of traditions, heritages and faiths," Mr. Perry said. "While differences may exist on the surface, there is a common hope for the future that dwells in the heart of every Texan."
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center is a house of worship for Ismailis and a gathering place for youths. The proposed 30,000-square-foot Plano facility will be the first one in Collin County and one of five Jamatkhanas in North Texas.
Somebody wrote a letter to the DMN about this as well in 2010
Kids have a keen sense of observation with their unbiased lens, not quite hardened by the passage of time. As we drove through Plano last weekend, my daughter noted that within stone's throw from each other at the three corners of Spring Creek and Independence sat a synagogue, a church and a mosque.
A mile south, you would find another mosque, a Hindu temple and a church, eyeball to eyeball, tucked away in a nondescript strip mall at the Northwest corner of Parker and Independence.
Drive west on Plano Parkway toward U.S. Highway 75, and there is a gigantic Islamic Institute of Learning under construction, which will host a free medical community clinic, with a planned inauguration in 2011.
Plans are under way to build a mosque in Frisco. East Plano Islamic Center opened recently, too.
Ismaili Jamaatkhana, a 30,000-square-foot Islamic facility in Plano, was inaugurated in 2006 by Gov. Rick Perry and Plano Mayor Pat Evans.
P.S. I realized as I was writing this that I know some Ismaili muslims. I didn't know how to spell it, I called them Smiley muslims. A couple lived across the hall from me in Houston that were from Pakistan. I've forgotten her name but remember she told me that she and her future husband (then married) had fallen in love but couldn't tell anyone because they only had arranged marriages; if anyone had found out, they never could have married. She invited me to visit her in her city, Karachi, but I never did- I am blonde/blue eyed and didn't feel comfortable enough about sticking out like a sore thumb. She and her kin and friends did teach me a few Urdu words. I can say my name is Salon.- meri nam salon heh.
I also worked for a Major software company and quite a few of my coworkers were Muslim or Hindu. I never really thought anything much about it. One time one of my coworkers invited me to their Ramadan party after the fasting days were over-the food was delicious and the women were all dressed in their prettiest saris.