Posted: 1:25 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014

Jimmy Carter to give keynote at Muslim convention 

By Jim Galloway

You can almost hear the sighs escaping from Jason Carter’s campaign headquarters. From the Toledo Blade:

The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation’s largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit’s Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. President Carter will talk on the subject of his latest book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” at a luncheon Aug. 30.

Others speaking at the convention: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican; the Rt. Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress.

163 comments
OriginalProf
OriginalProf

My real question is not why Jimmy Carter agreed to be the keynote speaker (I can think of many reasons, some altruistic and some very self-serving indeed, having to do with his poor grandson who hopes to be elected Governor), but why the ISNA would ask him? Surely they know what they are going to get.

JaperJones1918
JaperJones1918

There is no man in the sky who cares what you do.

Sagacious
Sagacious

Oh NO!!!!

Well Carter has written Christian books and he use to teach Sunday School.  Maybe he will tell them about Jesus. 

Buzzzz
Buzzzz

Once a Carter always a Carter.  I wish he was from Alabama.

peewilly
peewilly

If Jimmy was on fire I would not Pee on him to put the fire out.

What an embarrassment to Georgia he has been.

I wish he would take a bath... a dirt bath.

jojaju
jojaju

Hope voters in GA realize that Jason is trying to following in his granddaddy's footsteps though he pretends not to.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

The onley raeson Crate givn the speach is cuz Obama still on vacton! LOLOLOLO!!!

billygreen
billygreen

Who can figure JC out? He went into ofc to combine services in state gov't, but ended up tripicating services, (ever heard of DOAS?). Then he went to DC as a conservative and came out as a leftist and has been tracking ever more leftward ever since, including leaving the Baptist denom he was a member of because of some dingaling difference over women's issues there. I wouldn't give muslims any credibility, (they have none to begin with), but old JC just keeps hammering in the leftist cave, hoping someday to reach daylight, when there is no such outcome for lefties. Good luck, JC; you are without a doubt the most weird politician I've ever seen in 35 years of political science work. I would say, "confusion to the enemy," but I think he's already in a very thick cloud as it is...

honested
honested

A non-issue when originally posted, and still a non-issue half a day later.

Wallis T. Cofer
Wallis T. Cofer

mark my words any prasidint who plays golf wile hard worken wites get there heds cut off is a nanny state prasident. he only cares bout his moslim brotherhood getten wellfare. he even made carder turned into a moslem. we must stand up aginst this and dont reallect obamo. an his wife shold be put on a dite to loose wate.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Jimmy is a REAL Christian Man...If yer put a Thousand of Georgia Gop Members and supporters ta gether they still can't match de GOOD Works of dis President!


He ain't NO LIAR...he walks de walk..and Talks de walk of a Christian Man. Nothing like your PORN KIN Rentin Governor. 

I bet De Porn King rentin Governor git First showing of all de Kinky stuff,  when dat rent check wit dem moaning dollars dat go into de pockets of de Pearly Teeth Governor every 30 Days!


I kin hearem now....jest a Monain....


I need a Shower now Hot and wit lots of SOAP!


Yer Governor is a Nasty MAN....No Real God Fearing Governor would do business wit a Porn King.


NAW SUH,  dats sum Filth I wants No parts of.

Jack_Republican
Jack_Republican

Jimmy needs to stay in Plains and tend to his goobers while looking over his shoulder for that giant rabbit.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

I am not sure the Republicans know what the Islamic Society of North America is or who belongs to it.  Maybe the Michigan Governor can try to educate them at their next Toga Party.  It would be important, I think, for some of our elected public servants to begin to educate themselves about this religion and its various factions.  (I hear there are events going on in the world that are a result of this religion - but - I know - it is all very complicated and Republicans are very busy people doing very important things?)

PappyHappy
PappyHappy

We should all remember this November, 'ONE CARTER IS A SUFFICIENT PENALTY FOR A LIFE TIME!'

mellieb52
mellieb52

Jimmy Carter has always been a band leader for the Muslims and for the PLO; never for Israel. He was a disgrace back in the 70's and he still is today. Another reason not to vote for Jason.

DS
DS

@OriginalProf

That's a great question, especially since Carter's message is likely to be critical of those Muslim countries than sanction the persecution of women based upon what Carter considers a flawed understanding of Islam.

I don't know the typical profile of ISNA members, but I could imagine that some might not take this message well. Or maybe not. Maybe they're not at all like Muslims in repressive cultures and disavow that type of behavior.

I'd like to read follow up reporting from this event to learn how Carter's message was received.

cc423
cc423

@peewilly Why? Because he is speaking to a group of Muslim AMERICANS? Muslim TAX PAYING AMERICANS? 

DS
DS

@billygreen

I don't think Jimmy Carter is hard to figure out if one just remembers that he has strong religious beliefs and a sense of right and wrong. So strong that he's willing to speak up and say things that other public figures are scared to say (but might wish they could).

Can you imagine an evangelical Christian going to an Islamic religious convention and speaking out against persecuting women? I'm not saying that all followers of Islam persecute women, but there are some cultures that do that and twist the teachings of Islam to try and justify it.

And now Jimmy Carter, with his recent book and this upcoming keynote address, is going to stand before a large Islamic gathering and tell them this is wrong.

That's a level of determination and conviction about right and wrong that you rarely see these days.

BrianRothhammer
BrianRothhammer

@Wallis T. Cofer 


Mark your words? 


With a red pen, perhaps, as very few of them are properly spelled and none are worthy of merit. 


If it's any consolation you may rest assured that no one will be voting to elect Barack Obama to a third term as President of the United States. 

peewilly
peewilly

@Bernie31 


I wished I could read ebonics. I am sure there is a lot of intelligent comments somewhere in that post. If only I would have gone to a south Atlanta school. Gosh Darn it.

billygreen
billygreen

@Bernie31 FOS as always, and BTW, the Almighty makes the call, not a perverted, hateful, hypocrite like you. Buy a mirror, use it..

billygreen
billygreen

@Ralph-43 I already know enough about it. It's a false religion, (Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life), and that it's prone to violence, if not completely violent. It's hypocrites like you that are the problem in the world, not the honest and hard working people you are obsessed with labeling with false accusations. That's one of the Ten Commandments, BTW, just in case you've never seen the movie...

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Flacons_go_2-14 - Yer Really mean yer BELOVED "W." de "Village IDIOT! " 

The Drunk from Texas who almost SInglehandily DESTROYED America in (8) Eight Short Years of a Reign of INCOMPETENCE. 

and yer voted for him TWICE!


"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
George W. Bush

cc423
cc423

@billygreen @Ralph-43 Idiots like you are just chomping at the bit for a religious war. And the fact that you reference a Hollywood movie from the 50's as evidence of your religion is a complete joke. You religious nutjobs have done more damage to this world than you can ever imagine. You people will destroy this planet in the name of your religion and that is as vulgar as it is sad.

KeithBanks
KeithBanks

@billygreen  You have a lot to learn about religion. Islam true beginnings came from the Bible (something you so earnestly defend) when Abraham and his wife Sarah didn't believe in God's promise to have children at the time (especially when Sarah was the age of a senior citizen.) So Sarah had one of her assistant to have intercourse with Abraham to give her a child. 


Later on, Sarah got pregnant by Abraham. She got mad and jealous of the assistant's child (Remember back at that time, the 1st born got to call the shots in the family.) Because Abraham didn't have a backbone to stand up to his wife, Sarah ran the assistant and the child off into the desert hoping to kill them both. An angel of the Lord found the mother and the child and took care of them there; which started the Islam faith. 


Now some will swear up and down that a great prophet named Mohammed came to earth and started the religion. There has been no physical proof of it or any confirmation of the fact.


So if President Carter wants to speak in the Islam convention, I say we should support him. He is going to clear up some bad policies that guys have forced upon women and other minorities in the Islam faith.


billygreen, Maybe, just maybe, people like you would do more research and be more inclusive of other people faiths and beliefs systems instead of being narrow-minded and purely shallow in your thinking. You would be amazed to what you might see and experience....

billygreen
billygreen

@Bernie31 @Flacons_go_2-14 LOL, a complete an deliberate misinterpretation of the facts, and PBO is the savior? LOL!!!!!! If that's your view, you're past all hope...

Boxtradamus
Boxtradamus

@Bernie31 also known as Olivia Coleman-Bernard of Stone Mountain, your hate of whitey knows no bounds.

billygreen
billygreen

@Acidic @Flacons_go_2-14 This is a fraud who posts obviously ridiculous and incoheren rants. He's not a white person, prob Bernhard or Ralphy doing NAACP work...

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 Mr. Gentry speaks the truth and not only to Blacks but it is a message all people need to hear and pay attention to.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@JaperJones1918 @cc423 Oh, for heaven's sake. Surely these Americans take a bath...for yes, they are Americans. So are our country-men/women who are Jewish, Hindi, Buddhist, atheist...

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@cc423  Sarcasm may be a bit over your head.  Relax.  Take a deep breath.  Accept as fact that there are many religious followers on this planet, mostly peaceful and loving people.  Your anger and hate are just as bad as the radical religious right and increases the tension, animosity, and violence.  Understanding these beliefs and accepting, as fact, that some will adhere to different concepts of the origin of the Universe than you will be important for resolution.  Currently, none of us knows all.  Accept it and tread carefully and with compassion.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Boxtradamus @Bernie31 -Yer stealin of a Black Man's Avatar is inexcusable too... But Now I see it in a different Light. Yer MY NUMBER ONE (1) Fan!


Dang now I know what is like to be STALKED....But you is Butt UGLY!


Is yer Wife a Fan..too? I Bet I can kin Change her MIND!


uh..huh

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Bernie31 @Boxtradamus Bernie, I saw this avatar on your posts for Get Schooled (I believe you said it was your own border collie) at least a year before this poster usurped it.  I am surprised that AJC allows that, since the posters' monikers are individually registered.

Boxtradamus
Boxtradamus

@Bernie31 we will C, soon enough. And Oh, your not a Black man, your a black WOMAN!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Boxtradamus @Bernie31 - Wanna see? close yer EYES and open Yer MOUF! and lets see.