Dolan told Democrats weeks ago that he would speak at the Republican National Convention
and would do the same for Democrats at their political bash - but the Democrats did not respond.
“He wanted to make sure that they knew that this was not a partisan act on his part and that he would be just as happy and grateful to accept an invitation from the Democrats as he would to have received one from the Republicans,” Dolan’s spokesman, Joseph Zwilling, was quoted as saying in a jewocity.com
But Dolan did not hear back from President Obama’s camp
on delivering a prayer at the Democratic National Convention
— considered the top Catholic official in the nation, as head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops — tipped off Democrats
a few weeks ago that he had agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dolan’s spokesman Joseph Zwilling is quoted as saying in the report
“He has not been contacted by them” since, said Zwilling.
Yesterday, an Obama campaign official said the Democrats would have a “high-ranking” Catholic at the convention, but indicated the arrangements weren’t yet final.
“I can’t announce it because the person hasn’t got their plane ticket,” said the official.
However, the Democrats are accommodating around 20,000 Muslims who have plans to attend a 3-day Islamic event at the Democratic National Convention.
While the top Catholic is not invited and just who will represent the Catholics is yet unnamed because they don’t have an airline ticket, Fern Sidman of Arutz Sheva says thousands of Muslims have been invited to the DNC to an event called “Jumah at the DNC,” sponsored by The Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs.
According to The Charlotte in 2012 website, “BIMA’s purpose in rallying large numbers of Muslims to participate in this event, Jumah at the DNC
, is to make the general public aware that the Muslim community is a healthy and vibrant component to the American society.”
However, M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, says the event's sponsors are "radical Muslims."
“The leaders of this event, Jibril Hough
and Imam Siraj Wahhaj
are advertised as moderates. They are radicals,” Jasser said. He claims Siraj and Hough embrace “Islamist supremacy” and had “demonstrated support for radical ideologies” in the past.
Dr. Jasser told Sidman that the Islamist prayer event would be a prayer “against the Patriot Act, the NYPD, and Islamophobia.” He said that it would not promote democracy, but speaks to “empowering their Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers into the very fabric of the political system.”