Urge Rick Perry Not to Attend Islamophobic Event


Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry

Goal: Don’t legitimize Islamophobia by attending retreat hosted by bigot

Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry is planning to attend an event hosted by a noted fringe conservative and Islamophobe. As the guest with the highest national profile, Governor Perry’s attendance serves to do nothing but legitimize the Islamophobia the event advocates. Ask Governor Perry to cancel his plans to attend the event.

Governor Perry is slated to attend a weekend retreat hosted by David Horowitz later in November. David Horowitz is an editor for the right wing website FrontPageMag.com and founder of the conservative think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and hosts these “Restoration Weekend” retreats annually. Horowitz has a history of blatant and proud Islamophobia, accusing Hillary Clinton’s former righthand woman Huma Abedin as being a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative sent to infiltrate America’s government; accusing anti-tax advocate Grover Nordquist, who is married to a Muslim, of being a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative sent to infiltrate the Republican Party; and accusing teachers’ unions of pushing a “radical Islamic Jihadist” doctrine in public schools. Each year his retreat attracts scores of other prominent Islamophobes, including Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Geert Wilders, who are invited to give talks about the dangers posed to the United States and Western democracies by Islam.

This event, then, is nothing but a rally of fringe Islamophobia and bigotry. Sign below to help urge Governor Perry not to legitimize the views of Horowitz and his other guests by attending the retreat.


Dear Governor Perry,

I am writing you today because of your decision to attend David Horowitz’s “Restoration Weekend” retreat from November 13th to 16th. David Horowitz is a vocal bigot against Muslims and this event, in the past, has been nothing but a place to showcase his and others’ Islamophobic views. I urge you to change your plans and not go to the retreat.

David Horowitz has accused prominent political figures on either side of the aisle of being covert Muslim Brotherhood operatives sent to infiltrate the American political system based solely on their being Muslims or being close to Muslims, and thinks that public schools in the United States are becoming a hotbed for jihadist indoctrination. Additionally, in the past these retreats have included such prominent and extreme Islamophobes as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Geert Wilders, the latter two of which will be attending once again this year with you if you carry on with your plans to attend. They will no doubt be given a platform from which to advocate that Obama is a secret Muslim or that Islam is an existential threat to “the West,” as they have in the past.

You are, bar none, the most prominent national figure scheduled to attend this retreat–doing so will only lend credibility to these bigots and legitimize their problematic opinions. I am asking you to reconsider your attendance. Please don’t legitimize this man and his bigotry, and the bigotry of his guests. Take a stand against the culture of Islamophobia they perpetuate and don’t go to the retreat.


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  1. @ Malala

    Many of you may not know (Malala knows and is practising taqiyya to confuse the ill informed) the suras of the koran are not in chronological order (it starts with the longest chapter and finishes withn the shortest)
    In Islam there is a thing called abrogation and if two chapters or verses contradict one another the later chapter/verse would replace the original and is deemed to be Alla’s final word/decision on the subject so to understand the koran it needs to be put in chronological order— It is then we see that sura 9 is the last revealed but one (sura 114 which is irrelevant)

    If in the koran any verses are thought to be peaceful ….sura 9 abrogates them and knocks them for a six

    9:5 Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.
    9:6 Those who submit and convert to Islam will be treated well. (Those who don’t submit will be killed. See previous verse.)
    9:7-9 Don’t make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted.
    9:11 Treat converts to Islam well, but kill those who refuse to convert (see 9:5).
    9:12-14 Fight the disbelievers! Allah is on your side; he will give you victory.
    9:23 Don’t make friends with your disbelieving family members. Those who do so are wrong-doers.
    9:29 Fight against Christians and Jews “until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”
    9:33 The “Religion of Truth” (Islam) must prevail, by force if necessary, over all other religions.
    9:41 Fight for Allah with your wealth and whatever weapons are available to you.
    9:42 Those who refuse to fight for Allah (claiming they are unable) are liars who have destroyed their souls.
    9:73 Fight the disbelievers and hypocrites. Be harsh with them. They are all going to hell anyway.
    9:81-83 Those who refuse to give their wealth and lives to Allah will face the fire of hell.
    9:85 Those who refuse to fight for Allah will be treated (along with their children) as unbelievers.
    9:111 Believers must fight for Allah. They must kill and be killed. Allah will reward them for it.
    9:123 Fight disbelievers who are near you, and let them see the harshness in you.

    This is the last and final word on non muslims before Muhammed died

    Muhsin Khan, the translator of Sahih al-Bukhari, says God revealed sura 9 “Ultimatum” in order to discard restraint and to command Muslims to fight against all the pagans as well as against the People of the Book if they do not embrace Islam or until they pay religious taxes. So, at first aggressive fighting was forbidden; it later became permissible (2:190) and subsequently obligatory (9:5). This “verse of the sword” abrogated, canceled, and replaced 124 verses that called for tolerance, compassion, and peace.

    The Egyptian theologian Abu Suyuti said that everything in the Quran about forgiveness and peace is abrogated by verse 9:5, which orders Muslims to fight the unbelievers and to establish God’s kingdom on earth.

  2. …..Malak was a Human male who reigned as a Dark Lord of the Sith during the Jedi Civil War…

    Yes the Qur’an is the same religion as Judaism and Christianity

    How do you come up with such nonsense —Next you will be telling us it was part of the Abrahamic Faith — ROFL
    ‘Ishmael’ was the son of a slave
    the other ‘Isaac’ the son of G-DS promise from which Judaism and Christianity evolved

    Thankfully Ishmael as the bible describes him – A wild ass of a man did not inherit the promise

    Always remember that the bible was written over thousands of years whereas the koran, originally written by mohammed was rewritten by the Caliph Uthman and a committee -in an attempt to standardize mohammeds writings (he mohammed – was renowned for his use of terminological inexactitudes) — as there were so many versions in existence

    The Mohammedan koran and Hadith are unique among all the sacred writings in the entire world — because they alone counsel its followers to make war on unbelievers.

    The reason the koran makes no sense to a non mohammedan is because without mohammed, the sira and sunna it is a book of mixed up incomplete stories that require knowledge of mohammed to complete them

    Oh and by the way the mohammedan isa (that you refer to as Jesus) was born to Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron circa 1400 years before the Christian Jesus was born

    FYI.. the bible was written by over 40 different authors over thousands of years ….whereas mohammed wrote the koran and justified his actions by saying the Jews and Christians had corrupted the bible– even the Mutazilites (early islam) believed that mohammed wrote it himself

    I bear you no malice in your delusion because that would be against Christian values but I can hope that you come to see the falseness of the doctrine you so rigorously defend

    Peace and love

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