Islamic group says Perry’s relationship with Muslims “sets him apart”



by Jack Minor –



A Muslim advocacy group has sent out an e-mail stating that Texas governor Rick Perry has a relationship with Muslims that “sets him apart” from the other candidates for the Republican nomination.


The Council on American Islamic Relations (C.A.I.R.) issued an e-mail with the subject line that read, “Rick Perry’s Relationship with Muslims Sets Him Apart.” The e-mail references a article titled “Rick Perry: The pro-shariah candidate?”


The Justice Department has named C.A.I.R. as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism financing case.


The Salon article says, “It turns out that the Texas governor has had surprisingly warm, constructive relations with at least one group of Muslims over the years.”


Salon claims that Perry is a friend of Aga Khan, the religious leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Ismailis, which claims to have 15-20 million adherents worldwide. The Aga Khan claims to be a direct descendant of Mohammed, however, he is not a recluse. Khan controls an international business and philanthropic network.


According to Salon, Perry met Khan during a family trip to Paris in 2000 and, that over the years Perry has attended Ismaili events in Texas.


Perry has a history of working with Aga Khan’s organization.  In 2009, Perry signed an “historic agreement” to allow the Ismailis to “expand collaboration in the areas of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment.”


A press release on the agreement put out by the Aga Khan Development Network states, “The accord is designed to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Muslim civilizations and their historic, cultural and geographic diversity through expanded collaboration with the University of Texas Muslim Histories and Cultures Programs.”


The official Ismaili website quotes Perry saying at the signing ceremony, “Traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and, for that matter, the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.”


The agreement is similar to another signed the previous year establishing a partnership between the University of Texas and the Aga Khan University.


The governor’s office issued a press release regarding that agreement saying, “Gov. Perry has been a long-time supporter and friend of the Ismaili community as Texas is home to tens of thousands of Ismaili Muslims who contribute to the social, economic and cultural fabric of the state.”


The release went on to say one of the purposes of the agreement was “to further inform Americans about the historical and cultural roots of Muslim societies; the University of Texas established the Muslim Histories and Cultures Project, training secondary school teachers in a curriculum on Muslim civilizations.”


Gazette requests for comment to both the Perry campaign and Aga Khan Development Network were not returned.

Perry’s relationship with Muslim organizations could put him at odds with conservative elements in the Republican Party. The governor appears to be the only candidate with such ties.


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8 Responses to Islamic group says Perry’s relationship with Muslims “sets him apart”

  1. KC says:

    I have many muslim friends and i would actually have no problem if perry had ties with american muslim communities and but not a french guy!!… RIDDLE: after bush attacked afghanistan do you know who got the rebuilding contract?? the same pal of perry…aga khan.

  2. du good says:

    Kc, you need to read up on the “french Guy” @ AKDN.ORG. Will open up your mind. In Afganistan, He has built schools,hosepitals,stands up for Womens Rights and serves all humankind!and much more!! He shows you the soft sife of Islam
    Du good.

  3. Phil Esteen says:

    While I would never vote for a conservative, especially a white Texas conservative whose “Christian” demagoguery is a sickening sham, I do applaud the guy for any tolerance toward much maligned Muslim Americans that he might have learned while serving as one of the worst governors that Texas has ever had…gosh, he may even be worse than Baby Bushwhacker.

  4. Gus says:

    If you’re a friend of any Muslim, you’re an enemy of this country. I don’t care how many people that guy prays with. He’s no different that Obama.

  5. Josh says:

    “expand collaboration in the areas of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment.”……………

    Do you have have any idea what this means?

    I, for one, do NOT want muslim influence in my country. Our founding fathers did NOT want foreign law influencing our country……………islam is a religtion of doctrine, a religion of laws……………….

    The PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES have allowed this to happen………….

  6. JAQUEBAUER says:

    Islam is an enemy of the United States and every civilized non-Islamic country on the planet. Islam is a doctrine or war, daily life, legal matters, and hatred of non Muslims.

    Any one that believes islam is a peaceful and calm religion is destined to become an early victim of beheading. What other religion uses children, and women as human bombs ? If Perry has been brainwashed by these evil killers he is not fit to be Governor, let alone the President.

    Texans should get this cleared up with this man, before the American voters decide he is an Islamic groupie.

  7. Denise says:

    Hey Gus, Jaquebauer, Josh: My husband has been deeply involved in civic volunteerism, local, city and county; for 30 years and is currently serving his 5th year on a major metropolitan committee as well as a college board. Our children have followed his example and have – and continue to- volunteer to serve our community. My son was a boy scout and my daughter was voted funniest girl in her high school. My mother was Irish and my Dad a Jew, I’ve married 34 yrs, served as president of my local Republican club as well a other volunteer organizations. And I have been a Muslim for 36+ yrs. So I am the enemy? I thought al Quaida was.

  8. Gus says:

    Denise: My comment was in jest. What’s funny is that most read it as supportive of the completely bigoted theme of the “article.” God bless you, your husband, and your family. I judge people on the basis of their behavior, not their proclaimed faith or religion, which is always evident only to that person’s deity. The bigots who run this “publication” choose the opposite approach.

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