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Robert Spencer: Anthony Weiner is Most Likely a Secret Muslim

21 June 2011 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Robert Spencer: Anthony Weiner is Most Likely a Secret Muslim

JihadWatch‘s Robert Spencer, who has absolutely no academic qualifications that would make him so, has always tried to posit himself as a serious expert on Islam.  As time went by, Spencer’s hatred for Islam bubbled to the surface and he could no longer help himself from partaking in kooky conspiratorial talk.

Spencer sees a “secret Muslim” behind every corner.  We have him on record saying that he thinks President Obama may in fact be a secret Muslim.  Now, he’s saying that Anthony Weiner, a Jewish congressman who recently admitted to ethically suspect behavior, may in fact be a secret Muslim too.  (This, despite Anthony Weiner’s well-known pro-Israel, pro-Zionist, and anti-Palestinian views.)  Spencer tried, with little success, to walk back his statement.

So, President Obama is a secret Muslim, Anthony Weiner is a secret Muslim, and oh yeah, don’t forget that Spencer has linked Adolf Hitler and Nazism to Islam too!  Spencer, is the boogieman also Muslim?

After this, should anybody take Robert Spencer seriously?

Here’s Justin Elliott’s piece on Salon:

Anthony Weiner-converted-to-Islam meme spreads

This interview with Robert Spencer, the go-to Islam expert for the right wing, offers a taste of the worldview of the Shariah fear-mongering set:

A prominent right-wing Islam expert believes the Jewish congressman “most likely” converted in secret


Frontpage: I would like to talk to you today about Anthony Weiner’s marriage to his Muslim Brotherhood wife, Huma Abedin.

How is it exactly that a Muslim woman connected to the Muslim Brotherhood is married to a Jewish man? Something is not fitting here, right?

Spencer: Jamie, Islamic law prohibits a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man. A Muslim man may marry a non-Muslim woman, but not the other way around. This is yet another manifestation of Islamic supremacism: the idea is that a wife will become a member of her husband’s household, and the children will follow the religion of the father. Thus, Muslim men marrying non-Muslim women ultimately enriches the Islamic community, while the non-Muslim community must forever be made to diminish.

Consequently, when a non-Muslim man begins a relationship with an observant Muslim woman, he is usually pressured to convert to Islam, and such conversion is made a condition of the marriage. Of course, laws are often honored in the breach, and this is not always true. So while we know that Huma Abedin’s parents were devout and observant Muslims — indeed, her father was an imam — we don’t know what exactly is going on with her marriage to Anthony Weiner.

Certainly the most likely scenario is that Weiner did convert to Islam, as Abedin’s mother, a professor in Saudi Arabia, would almost certainly have insisted that he do so. Weiner has made no public statement of this conversion, but since it would almost certainly have cost him politically if he had announced it, this silence is not any indication that he didn’t actually convert.

However, it is also possible, given the recent scandal involving Weiner’s apparently frequent and sexually charged contact with other women, that the rumors that the Abedin/Weiner union is a political marriage of convenience are true. After all, in 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president. There were widespread insinuations that she was involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with Abedin, her ever-present personal assistant. Those whisperings persisted into Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Abedin’s 2010 marriage to Weiner, at which Bill Clinton presided, put those rumors to rest.

In Islamic law, a Muslim must officiate a marriage ceremony; hence if Bill Clinton was the only one officiating, the marriage was not valid according to Islamic law. Huma Abedin would undoubtedly have known that. Thus, if no Muslim was officiating along with Clinton, Weiner would not have had to convert to Islam, as the whole thing was a charade from the outset, apparently entered into with the full awareness of all parties concerned.

Emphasis added.

This is the second time we’ve heard the baseless claim that the very Jewish Weiner might have converted to Islam when he married Huma Abedin.

The important point here is that Spencer is no fringe figure; he’s at the very center of the anti-Muslim movement in the United States. His bio describes the impressive access he has to both mainstream and right-leaning media sources:

His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National Post, Middle East Quarterly, WorldNet Daily, First Things, Insight in the News, National Review Online, and many other journals.

Spencer has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He has also appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews’s O’Reilly Factor, the Sean Hannity Show, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox and Friends, and many other Fox programs, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, France24 and Croatia National Televison (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor, The Laura Ingraham Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, The Sean Hannity Show, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Barbara Simpson Show, Vatican Radio, and many others. He has been a featured speaker at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and many other colleges and universities.

I asked Spencer about his claim, and he emailed: “If [Weiner] converted, it was almost certainly for convenience, not out of conviction.” Spencer also amended his statement that Weiner “most likely” converted to “most immediately obvious”:

“‘Most likely’ is a bit overstated. That is the most immediately obvious scenario, given Abedin’s background and self-identification as a Muslim. It is, as is obvious from the rest of what I said, not the only possible scenario,” he wrote.

Justin Elliott is a Salon reporter. Reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin More:Justin Elliott


  1. Winnie Weiner couldn’t have converted, because Huma Abedine isn’t really a Muslim, although her parents are.

    Isn’t it also not permitted in Judaism to marry a Non- Jew ?? Shall I call this Jew supremacism ?

  2. Robert Spencer is clearly an idiot. I don’t know why anyone would read his BS blogs, let alone donate to this fraud. For the record, Do not ever include “Anthony Weiner” and the word “MUSLIM” in the same article ever again. Weiner is a devil worshipping “Non-Kosher” Zionist homo. He is very pro-Israel, pro- zionism and anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim. Why else was he elected to his district in (NY) JEW CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!!! He is a zionist terrorist ring leader in New York’s 9th congressional district for the past 12 years. His mentally retarded wife Huma is a disgrace to Islam. Why would such a beautiful young Muslima marry a proud Kafir? It doesn’t make sense at all. Her parents are either really stupid or very retarded to allow her to ruin her life with a sick, perverted, lying kafir aka Tony Weiner.

    In a debate last year pervert Weiner claimed that Palestinians are not under occupation. This idiot said on record that “Ramallah and Nablus are not under Israeli occupation”. The moderater said “yes it is, have you been there? they have Israeli security checkpoints”. So that easily shows what a flat out liar he is. Just imagine how much other issues he lied about, excluding the pics of his crotch. This guy, along with kafir leader Robert spencer will burn in hell.

  3. yazeed- spencer is an idiot and i hate the islamophobia that is rampant, but how does calling him a homo help your argument? especially since you are apparently quite wrong, judging by his actions. heterosexual scandals are by far the most prevalent in politics. don’t give in to your homophobia while fighting islamophobia. it’s unbecoming.

  4. Yazeed, I am willing to bet my paycheck that you will be the one burning in hell. Say hello to your prophet when you get there.

  5. It’s become very “in vogue” to bash one’s opponents by branding them as gays, closet Muslims, etc. when one runs out of ammo. I am not surprised in the least at Spencer’s latest cheap shot. We lost a valuable member of Congress and now this is flung out. Disgusting.

  6. What makes a person an expert on Islam? Is it memorizing the Koran? Is it attending Islamic school like Obama? Obama pronounces on Islam from time to time. MSMers make all kinds of statements about Islam as categorically true often directly in contradiction with the Koran, Hadith and Sunnah. Does making statements that contradict the Koran make a liberal an expert on Islam?

    If Spencer is not an expert on Islam, then have some very religious fundamentalist imam challenge him to a debate. You say that fundamentalist imams don’t understand Islam either? Because they agree with Spencer. There are plenty of youtube videos of imams who attended the right schools (in Islam) saying the same as Spencer. Only liberal bloggers understand the Koran not imams who have memorized every verse?

  7. Valuable member of Congress? Are you crazy? Thank God this came to light and Congress is one nut job down.

  8. John, I was probably wrong by claiming Weiner as a “homo”. But then again he is pretty good at lying and covering up things. I hate: Zionists, HOMO’s (such as john and idiotsonboard), devil worshippers, liars, cheaters and terrorists. So thats basically the definition of ZIONISM.

    Idiotsonboard: “Yazeed, I am willing to bet my paycheck that you will be the one burning in hell. Say hello to your prophet when you get there”.

    IDIOTS, with a name like that I take it you a) don’t got a job. b) don’t got a paycheck (SSI and welfare checks don’t count either) c) Only go on this site to spread your hateful, coward, p*ssy words, and want attention because you are a loser.

    I will be in heaven (by the grace of Allah *SWT) and you and john will be kickin it with OBL in hell, along with BiBi, Sharon, and your buddy Rabin. So go back to suckin somethin you flamming HOMO’s!!!!!

    p.s. I really do hate gays and zionsts. My plan for this wknd is to physically injure either or. Satan awaits you devil worshipping kikes

  9. Yazeed,
    “you a) don’t got a job. b) don’t got a paycheck”
    Nice English you hateful inbreed.

  10. yazeed,

    i’m a jewish homo. why don’t you come down to florida to kick my ass? or let me know where u r at?

    i live at 2211 3rd av. n. st. petersburg fl, 33713 hope to see ya soon. surely allah will give you the strengh of 10,000 men like ali in the battle if badr….then again i’m a bit of a wimp and only 5’9″, so maybe you will not need any divine intervention. but let’s see.
    lmao….. the religion of peace?

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