Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
William Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet Act 2 scene 2
4th Doctor: You know something? I’m sure those creatures don’t stay on their side of the boundary out of a sense of fair play
Doctor Who: The Face of Evil Pt 1 1977
Yesterday I posted some questions about the funding of Anthony Weiner, It’s possible that some might have considered that post rather provocative.
If you are such a person you might want to stop reading right now because this one touches on a REALLY delicate matter:
Yesterday morning I got into a long twitter discussion with a person who goes by the name woman by the name Maxine Baptiste known as BrownSugar7878. She took exception to this tweet concerning Mr. Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin reaction to the latest twist to the scandal
Now that’s an incredibly provocative statement and I had a long twitter exchange with MS Baptiste where I explained why I thought this could be the case while she called me a racist used a tag that I’m not familiar with that I won’t repeat here.
But here is where I’m coming from.
One of the most amazing stories about Anthony Weiner is his marriage to Huma Abideen. They met in 2008 got engaged in 2009 and the very next year were married.
Now it’s not all that unusual for a much younger woman to marry an older man who has power and involved in politics. As a person who has spent her adult life under Hillary Clinton’s wing Ms Abideen might certainly see the advantage of a marriage to an up and coming pol while she as a friend of Ms. Clinton would certainly be a good power match for Anthony Weiner.
But before the political calculation, think of who she is and who her parents are.
Her mother is Saleha Mahmood Abedin she is one of the founding members of the women’s version of the Muslim Brotherhood her father was an Islamic scholar and according to Wikipedia moved with her to Saudi Arabia when she was two years old and didn’t return until she entered college. Shortly afterward leaving college she attached herself to Hillary Clinton and never left.
By an odd coincidence Hillary Clinton was the most pro-Muslim brotherhood secretary of state in my lifetime. As Andrew McCarthy wrote a year ago this month:
Nevertheless, since Secretary Clinton’s tenure began, with Huma Abedin serving as a top adviser, the United States has aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in myriad ways. To name just a few (the list is by no means exhaustive): Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; dropped an investigation of Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. that were previously identified as co-conspirators in the case of the Holy Land Foundation financing Hamas; hosted Brotherhood delegations in the United States; issued a visa to a member of the Islamic Group (a designated terrorist organization) and hosted him in Washington because he is part of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary coalition in Egypt; announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population.
So you have a woman who is the top adviser of the most Muslim Brotherhood friendly Secretary of State in the country’s history. A woman who was raised in Saudi Arabia, till college by two Islamic Scholar parents, one of whom is a founder member of the woman’s version of the Muslim Brotherhood.
So naturally she marries a prominent Jew, and not just a Prominent Jew but a prominent Jew known for his strong pro-israel positions.
I like Shakespeare as much as the next man, and I really enjoyed Romeo and Juliet but the Capulets and the Montagues are bosom buddies compared to the Muslims and Jews.
Now I will grant you that in one direction the prejudice is less pronounced for a Jew marrying a Muslim woman and Huma Abideen would turn any man’s head (in fact it’s my opinion that not counting Italy, Arabia & Persia produce the most beautiful women in the world) so I certainly wouldn’t be surprised at Mr. Weiner’s pursuit of this woman a dozen years his junior Muslim or no.
But Huma marrying Anthony Weiner? The daughter of a founder of the Muslim Brotherhood woman’s auxiliary marries a Jew in a high-profile wedding and nobody finds this even a little odd?
Now as a Christian and an American I of course, don’t see an issue with this marriage. Maybe love has trumped religion for her too, Maybe Huma is head over heels in love with Anthony Weiner and that’s all there is to it, you can never tell.
And as for her sticking with him, and as an old married man trying to make a living on $305 a week from my readers I’m constantly amazed that my wife has been married to me for 25 years and is sill here. Anyone who has seen her and me together likely are just as amazed. Of course we’re Catholic and thus believe that Marriage is a sacrament. Maybe Huma while not Catholic considered marriage just as sacred and has decided to stick with him for better or for worse. Or maybe she as Mrs. Clinton’s aide for nearly 20 years saw that standing by your man can lead to a senate seat and a cabinet post.
But this still doesn’t answer one other question, what about the reaction back home? What about her family, her extended family, in the Arab world?
After all we know associating with Jews at all is likely to get a Muslim killed or disowned by their family so where is the reaction when a daughter of two prominent Muslim Scholars marries a Jew who is publicly extremely pro-Israel? What are we hearing from those same Muslims who objected to Pokemon because they thought it was a Jewish conspiracy?
Walid Shoebat asks the obvious question:
Huma’s links to a family that is directly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, including her brother and mother, creates a question that no one on earth can easily answer:
Other than Huma Abedin, has there ever been any member of the Muslim Brotherhood or a prominent Islamist who will not openly denounce a “daughter” or “sister” that married a non-Muslim Jewish male?
It is extremely rare to have Muslim women marry non-Muslims, much less to have conservative Muslims look the other way, unless Huma has a “higher calling”
Now in fairness there have been signs that Congressman Weiner’s support of Israel is not all people think it might be. (“Weiner doesn’t really care that much about Israel.”) but unless he has converted to Islam and not told anybody or something the same folks who were quick to put a Fatwa on Molly Norris over a drawing are not likely to keep their mouths shut on this.
And we aren’t just talking silence at the time of the wedding. What about with the scandal? This sentence is absolutely true
Huma Abideen, a Muslim woman, a daughter of prominent Muslim scholars was publicly humiliated on a world-wide stage by a Jewish man acting in vulgar sexual ways.
and STILL there is no reaction. Not from Saudi Arabia, not from Iran and not from the Muslim Brotherhood that just a few weeks ago trying to discreet the intern president of Egypt referred to him a Jew.
Is there nobody else who finds this as unbelievable as I do?
If Islamists were silent at Huma Abideen wedding to Anthony Weiner, were silent as he humiliated this high-profile Muslim woman and remain silent today as he humiliates her again, one must conclude that these suddenly quiet and calm Islamists figure their investment in this silence will pay quite a return.
I wonder what it might be?
Update: Andrew McCarthy doesn’t
Update 2: Funny the NY Times report some women have the same kind of questions about Huma Abideen’s loyalty to her husband.