Over the last five years, Saleem's tale of terror and redemption has made him a minor celebrity among Christian conservatives. Part national-security wonk, part evangelist, he is one of a handful of self-described "ex-terrorists" who have emerged in the post-9/11 era to share their experiences.Tales of Terror Don't Jibe
Middle East and religious scholars have long said many of Saleem’s historical references and understanding of militant Islam simply don’t add up.Kamal Saleem’s ‘Ex-terrorist’ Story Does Not Add Up
So, if he sounds to you like an odd choice for an interfaith event, congratulations! You have more common sense than the committee that chose him and the mayor who declined to press for a new speaker.
It takes little digging to see he’s been accused of being a fraud for years. And it’s not due to anti-Christian sentiment or political correctness, as Saleem’s supporters contend.
You want daffy? He was quoted this summer telling a tea party gathering that President Barack Obama is covertly turning the nation to Islamic law.
For starters as author Chris Hedges points out, there is no such title as the “Grand Wazir of Islam.” Saleem’s “Grand Wazir” lineage claim is also bizarre due to the fact that the adjective “grand” would not be used in front of the term wazir (advisor) to begin with.On Twitter, Michelle Goldberg is covering Saleem's speech. Currently: Saleem says OIC is working with HRC on a bill that would shut down all American churches and synagogues.
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