Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is no stranger to controversy. Perry’s record as Governor is marred by numerous instances of increased taxation, lackluster job growth, and fiscal impropriety and outright corruption, all tied together by a common ethos of fiscal liberalism, Keynesian economics, and statism, a desire for increased governmental power. While Perry’s economic record and association with the Bilderberg Group ought to be of legitimate concern to true conservatives, another aspect of Perry’s record must also be scrutinized: his associations with the Islamist Aga Khan Foundation, which has been linked to incendiary anti-American and anti-Western rhetoric and has been identified as a source of funding to numerous terror groups.
Perry’s connection with the Aga Khan Foundation dates back to 2002, when the Aga Khan Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin collaborated on a joint educational endeavor, the Muslim Histories and Cultures Program (MHC), in which 80 public school social studies teachers accepted training in how to sympathetically present Islamic history. "Aga Khan" is a hereditary title given to the Imam of one branch of the Shia faith. Perry’s close relationship with the Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al-Husayni, has been well-documented. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Perry met Al-Husayni while vacationing with his family in Paris in 2000, and in 2002, Perry was invited by Al-Husayni to address numerous gatherings of Texas’ Nizari Ismaili community, a sect of Shiite Islam which reveres Al-Husayni as the physical and spiritual descendant of Muhammad, and is noted for its commitment to Islamic “social justice” causes and esotericism, according to historian Farhad Daftary. In 2005, Perry even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili mosque in Plano. According to Kate Shellnut, a Houston Chronicle blogger, Perry has even been praised by the radical Islamist Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its executive director, Mustafa Carroll, who praised Perry for his close relationship with the Muslim community in Texas, which entails the use of taxpayer funds and the public schools to advance Al-Husayni’s apologetically Islamist view of history.
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