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March 14, 2014 12:12 pm

American Islamist Coalition Launches With Empty Rhetoric

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Eight national Muslim organizations, many with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and with records of support for Hamas, have formed a “national council” that seeks to further entrench an Islamist monopoly on Muslim political debate.

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) went public with a news conference in Washington earlier this week. Organizers would not allow a representative from the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) to attend.

The coalition claims “broad inclusion,” yet its member organizations all start with similar viewpoints. But it doesn’t appear to have invited Muslim groups with a different view of the role religion should play in society. Instead, it is a union of like-minded, inherently political organizations, many with checkered records.

That becomes relevant as the USCMO claims to seek a “unity of purpose not opinion … to act together on knowledge for the good of all people, not in the interest of a party or group.” It will decide for “our whole community … all that is good, champion what is right and stand against what is wrong.”

One Muslim with a different view is Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). Rather than following the USCMO’s pledge of inclusion, Jasser routinely is attacked for wanting to keep religion a personal matter, not a political one.

The USCMO “should be looked at as a circling of the wagons of the inner core of American Islamist organizations,” Jasser said Wednesday in an email to the IPT. “If they were going to start an American Islamist political party those would be the founders. Instead they deceive Americans as an innocent ‘Muslim coalition.'”

Its president is Oussama Jammal, once the president of the Mosque Foundation outside Chicago. A 2004 Chicago Tribune story described fundraising at the mosque for Palestinian Islamic Jihad board member Sami Al-Arian’s defense fund. In 1998, Jammal blasted a Federal investigation, which led to the freezing of a mosque member’s assets for supporting Hamas.

“Politically motivated attacks on our community are an unfortunate reality that must not be accepted,” Jammal said. “The stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs as being terrorists is wrong and it must stop.” In 2001, after the identities of the hijackers had been released, he expressed doubts al-Qaeda was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

“How certain are we that it was Arabs who were behind it?” he asked.

The coalition Jammal leads includes:

  • The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – formed in 1993 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” That group, like the USCMO, was an umbrella organization for Islamist groups in America. The Brotherhood charged the Palestine Committee with supporting Hamas politically and financially in the United States. CAIR co-founder Nihad Awad, a Palestine Committee member, remains CAIR’s executive director.
  • American Muslims for Palestine – a group which actively tries to delegitimize Israel and has defended Hamas and people convicted of providing material support to terrorists.
  • The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) – Created to serve South Asian Muslims in America, ICNA’s curriculum emphasizes Islamist authors like Sayyid Abu ‘Ala Maududi. Its charter calls for the “establishment of the Islamic system of life” in the world, “whether it pertains to beliefs, rituals and morals or to economic, social or political spheres.” That is not limited to individuals, ICNA’s hand book says, but strives “striving to make this Deen [religion] a way of life for all.”
  • The Muslim American Society (MAS) – Created by Muslim Brotherhood members in America. Its annual conferences with ICNA have included radical Islamist speakers, including a 2012 invitation to Sheikh Ayed al-Qarni, who has advocated jihad and is considered influential among al-Qaeda followers, and Ragheb Elsergany, whom MAS and ICNA invited back after promising not to due to his extreme rhetoric. That includes a 2009 conference speech in which Elsergany called jihad one of the greatest acts to please Allah, “and one of the greatest of them is supporting the fighters, and the mujahideen [Islamic warriors] and the besieged, and those in need there in Palestine.”

Interestingly, two high-profile Islamist groups – the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Public Affairs Council – are not yet a part of the USCMO.

The group plans to conduct a census that “will allow the larger Muslim community to better participate in our nation’s political process.” Several USCMO members have grossly exaggerated the American-Muslim population previously, however, with CAIR claiming more than six million Muslim Americans in 2001. The Pew Center for Research put that figure at about one-third of CAIR’s estimate in 2007.

In 2011, the number was estimated to be 2.6 million people.

The USCMO also says it has identified 30 “internal challenges to our community” that it plans to address. Two of the three examples listed involve a stronger voice for women and young people. Combating radicalism within the Muslim community is not mentioned on the site.

But it does decry the challenge posed by “a vociferous cabal of extremists increasingly maligns Islam to turn America dangerously against itself. Countering the falsifiers seeking to mislead and betray American society is a communal imperative.”

Jasser recently challenged USCMO member CAIR to debate the depth of this alleged Islamophobia in America. “Despite multiple attempts,” Jasser writes, “it seems your organization has a fear of engaging in any substantive debate over our areas of ideological disagreement as Muslims and as Americans. Instead, the actions that CAIR has taken against me and our organization have crossed the line of honesty and decency on numerous occasions.”

CAIR told Jasser to forget it, in part to avoid “offering you a legitimizing platform.” It goes on to lump the AIFD in with the Ku Klux Klan.

CAIR’s response is “profoundly unIslamic and cowardly,” Jasser said Wednesday in an e-mail to the IPT. In his life, the prophet Mohammed “debated atheists and all who questioned him let alone respectable dissenting Muslims. They are cowards and liars who do not want to risk exposure.”

And they don’t appear interested in sharing the microphone if it might challenge their political clout. On the USCMO’s website, the groups promises that, “When we speak with one clear, communal voice, our advice can help true the direction of American society toward justice. Our well-deliberated and sincerely expressed words for the benefit of the nation can fortify attitudes that propagate harmony between people and institutionalize policies that spread prosperity to all.”

So long as they buy in to the Islamist political agenda.

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  • Re: “The stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs as being terrorists is wrong and it must stop.”

    No problem was ever solved by ignoring it, and we aren’t doing even any of these moslems (whose own ancestors were among Muhammad’s first victims) any favours by going along with any of their historic lies and alibi excuses for their crimes.

    Islam is a threat to everyone because IT says it is.

    Holy mobster Moslems only hate infidels because the Qur’an says “god” orders them to – Period.

    ALL moslems are criminals because, by their own rules, they must endorse in public every word in the Qur’an.

    And the Qur’an tells them that they are so “superior” to all non-moslem humans, that it’s not only their right, but also their holy duty to their god, to extort, enslave, and murder all the non-moslems in the world, simply for the “crime” of not being moslems.

    “Slay the idolators wherever you find them…” Chapter 9, verse 5

    “When you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads until you have made a great slaughter among them….” Ch. 47:4

    So the Qur’an is a clearly-written, us-versus-them hate-crime book, endorsing a permanent might-makes-right death-threat.

    Here’s islam’s “holy Message from god” as exemplified by the collective words and deeds of it’s Founder:

    “I will save humanity by lying to, extorting, torturing, robbing, burning out of their homes, kidnapping and ransoming, enslaving, raping and murdering everyone who even only verbally disagrees with me – and you can, too!”


    Moe’s last speech to his followers on Mt. Arafat:

    “I descended by allah with the sword in my hand, and my wealth will come from the shadow of my sword. And the one who will disagree with me will be humiliated and persecuted.”

    Muhammad was really only a con-man and bandit-king, an arch-criminal who always blamed “god” for his own penchant for committing crimes. If Moe got away with committing a crime (and he tried them all, enthusiastically, more than once, but instead of ever showing contrition, bragged about how much fun it was to commit them, and advised everyone else to join in the fun, too), then it was held to be “obvious” that “god” wanted him to get away with having committed those crimes!

    Sura 48:20: “Allah has promised you abundant spoils that you will capture, and He has hastened for you this, and He has restrained the hands of men from (defending themselves from) you, that it may be a sign for the believers, and that He may guide you to a Straight Path.”

    I know almost everything about islam (unfortunately; although it’s members never cease to amaze and sicken me with creative new atrocities) simply because it has its core (the Qur’an, 2 sahih and 4 less-so ahadith, the Sirat, and the 4 Sunni and 1 Shia maddhab fiqhs of sharia) and that’s it!

    They cannot add to it, nor “reform” any of it; islam cannot and will not ever change, in any way, because it’s the “perfect” word of allah, and the metaphoric so-called “gates of ijtihad (interpretation) have been closed for centuries!

    Surah Al-Ma’idah 5.3 informs Muslims that Allah has PERFECTED Islam. Can perfection be improved? Can perfection be reformed?? If genocidal conquest is perfect, how can it be eliminated as a sacrament of Islam???

    Surah Al-An’am 6.115 informs us that “none can change his words”. Surah Al-Kahf 18.27 confirms the immutability of Allah’s words: the Qur’an. Surah Yunus 10.64 confirms the obvious. Surah Ar-Rum 30.30 tells us that Islam cannot be changed. Exactly what part of this is not clear to you? Islam is the perfected wart of Allah and cannot be reformed. It is immutable.

    Surah Al-Anfal 8.39 commands Muslims to wage war against pagans until resistance ceases and only Allah is worshiped. Surah At-Taubah 9.29 commands Muslims to wage war against people with scriptural religions until they are subjugated and submit to annual demands for extortion. Both commands are without chronological or geographic limits. They are permanent in duration and global in scope.

    Muslims are admonished in Surah At-Taubah -.38-39, that they will suffer a “painful torment” if they do not join the Jihad. Muslims are promised, in Surah At-Taubah 9.111 and Surah As-Saff 10-12 that he will admit them to his celestial bordello if they join the Jihad.

    Jihad is the Muslim’s get out of Hell free card! If he does not play that card, he meets Allah with a defect: hypocrisy. (Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 4 #2763)

    The minimum Jihad quota is once each year. If Jihad is not performed in a year when it was possible, all with knowledge of the imperative are sinners, liable to eternal damnation. (Reliance of the Traveller O9.1, Hedaya 2.140-141, The Book of Jihad pg. 18)

    Muslims are commanded, in Surah Al-Anfal 8.57, to treat vanquished foe harshly so as to strike terror into those behind them. They are commanded in 8.60 to maximize the power of their army so as to terrify thereby prospective victims.

    Muslims are promised, in Surah At-Taubah 9.120, that acts of terrorism will be rewarded with extra credit towards an upgrade in the celestial bordello.

    Muslims are warned, in Surah Al-Baqarah 2.85, that they cannot select the parts of the Qur’an they like and reject the rest.

    Islam openly and officially demands global conquest, too:

    Qur’an 33.27 clearly states ….”And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and (to) a land which you have not yet trodden, and Allah has power over all things.” Qur’an 21:44 …. “Do they see Us advancing, gradually reducing the land (in their control), curtailing its borders on all sides? It is they who will be overcome.”

    Islam can be easily studied and known in its entirety, by anyone.

    So, when Western people won’t educate them *selves* about islam because our culture defers all thinking to those “authorities” we PAY to do our thinking and research for us, while they secretly know full-well that the salesmen in charge will always sell us all out, they ARE CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT INFANTILE DELINQUENT TRAITORS TO RATIONALITY AND CIVILIZATION!

    As Muhammad himself put it, “I have been made victorious through terror” (Bukhari 4.52.220).

    So, islam is not a “religion” (at all, much less one “of peace”) nor is it a “race” (at all, much less one of “Poor, Oppressed, People Of Colour”)!

    Obviously, islam is ONLY an ancient, ongoing extortion-racket CRIME-syndicate, and the only “religious” part in it, is where they say:

    “God told us to commit these crimes!”



    We should simply BAN ISLAM – because everything moslems pretend to consider “holy” is already a crime!