Usually, it is the Democrats who make questionable political alliances with Muslim organizations; however, the opposite is the case in my home state. Conservatives in Tennessee find themselves at war with an establishment Republican Party that seems bent on sacrificing our cultural heritage and physical security all for a few extra bucks.

Recently, Republican Governor Bill Haslam created an official partnership between the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). The supposed purpose of this relationship is to “Encourage and provide opportunities for the Muslim community to become more civically engaged in order to minimize isolation and misunderstanding,” according to the group’s website. But why the relationship with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security? Also included in the group’s mission is to “engage and educate the law enforcement community and other agencies to better understand the Muslim community through an accurate understanding of religious and cultural traditions.”

Still not concerned? What if I told you that many members of the AMAC have direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood? Now you probably don’t feel as comfortable with the A MAC “educating” and training law enforcement officials or cozying up to leading government agencies, do you? As alarming as this situation is, it should not come as a surprise to the active political observer.

In 2007, the government of the United States prosecuted a group known as The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The Holy Land Foundation trial proved to be the biggest anti-terrorism lawsuit in American history. Seven leaders of the Islamic “charity” were found guilty of funneling $12 million to the terrorist organization Hamas for the purposes of jihad. In addition, 300 unindicted co-conspirators were named by the U.S. government, including the Muslim Brotherhood. One document revealed in the trial was a document of the Brotherhood called, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” by the Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram.

This document clearly lays out the process of stealth jihad, urging its members to destroy America and other Western Civilizations from within.  It states that “their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.” The document goes on to encourage the formation of political organizations, coalitions, etc. so that they can infiltrate western institutions.

Members of the American Muslim Advisory Council have many personal ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and have no place in the political process. Yet, the Haslam administration seems to find all these facts irrelevant. His partnership with them remains strong and he has even expanded this relationship it into other areas of Tennessee politics.

Recently, Gov. Haslam appointed Samar Ali as international director at the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Ali is an expert in what is known as Sharia-compliant finance. Without getting into the specifics, sharia-compliant finance is what allowed the Holy Land Foundation to funnel $12 million to Hamas for jihadist purposes. Sharia-compliant financing is the newest method by which radical Islamists are attempting to infiltrate and destroy western civilization from within. By masquerading under the guise of “religion,” radicals within the Muslim community are taking advantage of our “tolerant” laws and institutions, as advocated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

So why on earth would Governor Haslam appoint an advocate of Sharia-compliant finance to the Department of Economic and Community Development? It’s not personal, it’s just business. Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty have defended their choice by saying,“[Ali] is highly qualified for this position – if we are going to expand opportunities for Tennessee businesses, we have to understand the rules of the game all around the world.” Translation: Tennessee is looking to expand commerce with the Arabic Gulf States — no matter the cost.

Naturally, conservative forces on the local level are up in arms. Where I live, in Williamson Country, the county Republican Party (along with eight other counties to date) issued a detailed resolution thoroughly explaining why the actions of the Halsam administration are “incompatible with U.S. sovereignty and the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Tennessee.”

The State party is shrugging off these attacks by local conservative groups.“We stand behind our governor, Bill Haslam, 100 percent,” state Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney told TPM. “We do think, while the county parties are certainly free to pass such resolutions, that they’re distracting during an election year.” Ironically, liberal reporter Eric Lach, writing for Talk Points, agrees. His article entitled, “Tennessee Tea Partiers to GOP: Stop Employing Muslims, Gays, Democrats!” proved to be a woefully inadequate piece of journalism, frighteningly void of any political scholarship. Disregarding all the facts presented in this article about stealth jihad and Sharia financing, Lach simply presents Tennessee conservative groups as Islamaphobic reactionaries. There is no exploration of the Holy Land trial, Haslam’s relationship with the AMAC, Ms. Ali’s connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. Yet, he portrays conservatives as intolerant and insensitive.

Without a doubt, that is what establishment Republicans fear most — being insulted. In light of the Talking Points article, Kevin Kookogey, the chairman of the Williamson Country Republican Party, said,

“The difference between us [conservatives] and the establishment is that the establishment shrivels when called names.  That is why the Left employs the ad hominem strategy against them.  It works every time.  But we are different, and the old strategies of throwing out invectives will do nothing but confirm that we are over the target.  They have not even begun to understand the measure of our resolve.”

If Mr. Kookogey’s words can offer any consolation to the reader, the fight has only just begun. Conservatives in Tennessee won’t cower in the face of baseless attacks. We will not be intimidated by those who seek to destroy our western heritage, and we won’t sit idly by while establishment Republicans compromise our security for a quick buck and the self-righteous, yet phony, satisfaction that they are being “tolerant.”  It is also my understanding that the largest grassroots conservative organization in Tennessee has something in the works for Friday. Stay tuned.

Alan Groves | Freed-Hardeman University | @AlanGroves2