Suhail Khan is a member of the American Conservative Union’s board of directors. ACU hosts and operates the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual conference, and during this week’s CPAC conference in Washington, Khan has come under fire for alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood. During a panel on conservative inclusion at CPAC on Saturday, Khan flatly declared that there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.
There were two ideological flash points for pre-CPAC boycotts, protests, and vitriol. One, very well covered, was the anger that social conservatives -- including ACU board member Cleta Mitchell -- harbored about the inclusion of the gay Republican group GOProud. One, less well-covered, came from "anti-Jihadist" activists who consider ATR President Grover Norquist and ACU board member Suhail Khan supplicants of the Muslim threat to America.
The anti-jihadists did not boycott the event. Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer held two crowded screenings of their film "The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks," not sponsored by CPAC, but across from the main ballroom. David Horowitz, the leftist-turned-conservative muckraker, got the speaking slot right after Haley Barbour. He used most of his time to blister Khan and Norquist, accusing them of working on the behalf of terrorists, in line with the plans of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"Suhail Khan used his offices in the Bush administration," said Horowitz, "with Grover's support, to carry water for the terrorist Sami al Arian."
Khan told Slate:
"These are old, tired, baseless attacks that have been debunked by reputable sources," said Khan. "This is baseless, and they're coming from people who are becoming more and more marginalized."
On Horowitz in particular: "I'm not surprised. This is a former communist who's still using Saul Alinsky tactics. A few years ago, I was supposed to be part of al Qaeda. Now it's the Muslim Brotherhood. It's whatever's in the news."
See blogger Pamela Gellar's shock charge here.