Washington Times doctors photo of Obama nominee to put her in turban

The Washington Times doesn’t earn rave reviews from anyone on the left.

But their latest decision to put Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in a turban beside an editorial claiming she was a big Islam supporter has taken even the Times most vehement critics off guard.

The photograph isn’t real: it was doctored to put a turban on Kagan’s head. The photo and the accompanying editorial were first noted by the liberal blog ThinkProgress on Wednesday.

“In a Washington Times op-ed run alongside a doctored photo of Kagan in a turban (pictured to the right), [the writer] ropes Kagan into a bizarre fantasy involving Shariah law, the Muslim Brotherhood, and, somehow, the beleaguered Troubled Assets Relief Progam,” blogger Ian Millhiser writes.

An excerpt from the Washington Times editorial, which is available here in full, follows.

Dean Kagan had an even more direct connection to the Saudis’ Shariah-recruitment efforts at Harvard. She personally officiated in 2003 over the establishment of an Islamic Finance Project at the law school. The project’s purpose is to promote what is better known as Shariah-compliant finance (SCF) by enlisting in its service some of the nation’s most promising law students. [...]

Shariah-compliant finance dates back to the 1940s, when it was invented by leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. This international organization has as its stated mission “destroying Western civilization from within … by its own miserable hand.” [...]

Ms. Kagan’s Islamic Finance Project also has played a prominent role in encouraging the U.S. government to endorse Shariah-compliant finance. Notably, a founding adviser to the project, Harvard professor Samuel Hays III, conducted a “seminar for the policy community” in November 2008. It was sponsored by a former Goldman-Sachs-executive-turned-assistant-treasury-secretary, Neel Kashkari, who at the time was responsible for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The signal thus sent could not have been clearer, either to Mr. Kashkari’s colleagues in government or to those in the financial sector: At a moment when the very viability of major banks and investing institutions critically depended on this individual’s favor, it would be advisable to embrace Shariah-compliant finance.

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