Now It’s Not Just The Gays Infiltrating CPAC, It’s The Muslims

The crazy wing of the conservative movement has found a new reason to boycott this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, it’s the Muslims:

WASHINGTON – Another headache has emerged for the largest annual gathering of conservatives slated for next month.

With the Conservative Political Action Conference under fire for allowing participation by a homosexual activist group called GOProud and for a financial scandal in which some $400,000 was misappropriated under the watch of current leadership, Frank Gaffney, a leader of the conservative movement for the last 30 years, charges that CPAC has come under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is working to bring America under Saudi-style Shariah law.

Gaffney, deputy assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, is founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and co-author of the new book “Shariah: The Threat to America.” He told WND that Islamism has infiltrated the American Conservative Union, the host of CPAC, in the person of Washington attorney and political activist Suhail Khan and a group called Muslims for America.

Khan is a member of the ACU board and, according to Muslims for America, will assist the group’s presence at CPAC during the 2011 meeting Feb. 10-12.

Gaffney also accuses another ACU board member, leading conservative political organizer Grover Norquist, of helping the Muslim Brotherhood spread its influence in the nation’s capital.


Gaffney describes Norquist, who, ironically also serves on the board of the controversial GOProud, as the enabler for Muslim Brotherhood associates, providing them with access into the highest reaches of the conservative movement and the Republican Party through his many contacts. Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, hosts a weekly political organizing meeting attended by many of the leading conservatives in Washington.

“This is a ticking time bomb for the conservative community,” said Gaffney. Using language reminiscent of the Cold War, Gaffney declared, “An influence operation is contributing materially to the defeat of our country, supporting a stealthy effort to bring Shariah here.

“Grover Norquist is credentialing the perpetrators of this Muslim Brotherood influence operation,” he adds. “This is part of tradecraft, to get people who have standing in a community to give it to people who lack it, so they can do what they’re assigned to do in terms of subversion. We are in a war, and he has been working with the enemy for over a decade.”

Norquist declined to respond to WND requests for comment.

Considering that this is World Net Daily, you could and probably should, just dismiss it as the ranting of a lunatic. Except for Gaffney’s involvement. If nothing else, it demonstrates that that twin pillars of social conservatism now seem to be fear of the gays and fear of the Muslims. Which is ironic when you think about it.

H/T: Ben Smith on Twitter

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. mantis says:

    The crazy wing of the conservative movement

    I’m think they’ve moved out of their wing and taken over the whole building.

  2. HelloWorld says:

    Good…let them pick on the muslims for a while, I’m sick of both groups picking on me so have at it!

  3. michael reynolds says:


    I like Doug and James, but their insistence that somehow they and those like them are the mainstream of Republicanism and that the crazies are just a fringe has gone from seeming wistfully optimistic, to funny to tragic.

  4. Joe Carter says:

    If nothing else, it demonstrates that that twin pillars of social conservatism now seem to be fear of the gays and fear of the Muslims.

    I wasn’t aware that Frank Gaffney was a representative for social conservatism. Of course, for Mataconis, any conservative who doesnsn’t share his liberaltarianist views is one of the dread socons.

    Mr. Reynolds is absolutely right. The idea that Mataonis’ liberal views are representative of mainstream Republicanism (much less conservatism) is indeed tragic. (Dr. Joyner seems to be more level-heading and realistic.)

  5. John Burgess says:

    @Michael: Count me in with Doug and James. I’m Conservative, but see the loons for what they are and not representative of Conservatives as a whole. The SocCons are a problem, but they’re not the majority.

  6. Joe Carter says:

    The SocCons are a problem, but they’re not the majority.

    The soccons are by far the majority of conservatives in this country. Look at any of poll on any conservative issue. The only people who seem not to grasp this obvious fact are, ironically for this site, the folks inside the Beltway.

  7. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Does anyone else but me, here, notice to disagree or publish information Mataconis accepts is labeled rantings of lunatics. Particularly those whos journalistic credentials far exceed that which Dougie posesses. I am sure World Net News will quickly admit their bias as pointed out by one who worships at the feet of the likes of Adrianna Huffington and fellow Geek or greek, Markos Moulitsas. Doug was born with knowledge of what the truth is and only he knows what that truth is. Looks like Joe Carter has this place pegged.

  8. tom p says:

    >>>”just dismiss it as the ranting of a lunatic. Except for Gaffney’s involvement. “<<<

    Doug, here is the part you missed: Gaffney IS a lunatic. Go back and reread what you quoted him as saying.

  9. Neil Hudelson says:

    “Does anyone else but me…”

    If this phrase is coming from Zels, its almost guaranteed an answer of “No.”