Bachmann's source for Muslim Brotherhood claim reportedly man Grover Norquist called a 'sick bigot'
|We shouldn't be surprised Bachmann's source seems to be as nutty as she is, we suppose.|
Last week, we told you about an explosive allegation Michele Bachmann is making -- she thinks the Muslim Brotherhood has made "deep penetration" into the U.S. government and wants federal agencies to investigate.
The allegation prompted Rep. Keith Ellison to say that "if [Bachmann] has sources for this type of information, she owes it to the country to reveal them." She hasn't done so yet, but Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald did some poking around and thinks he has a pretty good idea where Bachmann is getting her information -- from Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan defense official who is "one of the country's most prominent anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists."
Salon notes that "every one" of the five letters Bachmann sent to federal agencies demanding investigations "prominent cites Frank Gaffney," a man who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a "top Islamophobe."
|Gaffney has made a cottage industry out of Islam bashing.|
Among other controversies, Gaffney notoriously said that American should "take out" Al Jazeera for inciting anti-Western violence by showcasing Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's "call-to-arms," accused Barack Obama in 2009 of "not only [identifying] with Muslims, but [he] actually may still be one himself," and said that the Conservative Political Action Conference has "come under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is working to bring America under Saudi-style Shariah law."
A decade ago, Gaffney went as far as to claim that anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is an agent of the Brotherhood, citing his marriage to a Muslim woman. In response, Norquist savaged Gaffney, accusing him of "racial prejudice, religious bigotry [and] ethnic hatred." Norquist added that Gaffney's "whole life screams of bigotry, and what he said is just part of a pattern."
In other words, if Gaffney is indeed the source for Bachmann's 'Muslims are infiltrating the government' theory, then it should probably be taken with two crazy-sided grains of salt.