As a Texan, you have no idea how painful this post is for me to write. To me, Texas is the standard-bearer of what’s right about the US. Texas is individualistic in a sea of collectivism. It’s conscious of right and wrong in a sea of relativism. It’s traditional in a sea of post-modernism. It’s staunchly conservative in an age of creeping liberalism.
But, alas, Texas is not entirely immune to the winds of the times.
Remember that radical-tinged imam who prayed a noxious prayer at the Democrats’ winter meeting a while back? Well, he has an ally who graced the Texas Senate with similar incantations this week. His name is Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque, and he was invited by a bi-partisan pair for the invocation. Follow the link; he’s a Khomeini apologist among other things. Here’s audio of the first part of his prayer, courtesy a Hot Air reader and WBAP radio, arguably the best talk station in the state.
Robert Spencer interpreted this little ditty the following day:
The Fatiha asks Allah: “Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam — cf. Islamic apologist John Esposito’s book Islam: The Straight Path. The path of those who have earned Allah’s anger are the Jews, and those who have gone astray are the Christians.
Robert has the sources to back it all up, as he always does. Dave in Texas found the spectacle of a radical imam praying in the state capitol appalling. One state senator, conservative Republican Sen. Dan Patrick, walked out on the event and has been chastised by the local press for it. That the inviting senator is liberal Republican Florence Shapiro surprises me not at all. I covered her first race for the senate, back in 1992. A staunch Republican, I ended up voting for the pot smoking Libertarian. At least I really knew what he was all about.
That this happened in Texas is best explained that it actually happened in Austin, Berkeley in all but name, and at the instigation of a liberal transplant to the Lone Star State. But still. It ain’t good.