U.S. Muslims, Islamists are unhappy campers.


The Investigative Project on Terrorism

By Steve Emerson

Jasser’s Appointment Riles Islamists

Comment by Jim Campbell

It’s well past time that an individual who fears no reprisals from the likes of CAIR, AMA and other groups that distribute Islamic propaganda to have a serious voice heard.  Zuhdi Jasser provide a counter balance to the lies spread by any group trying to sell their story that Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance.  Look no further than how they treat Christians, Jews, copts and their own people.  Islam is a cult.  No religion promises to kill members that choose to leave when they have seen the light.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

 

He has different views than most of the national Muslim advocacy groups featured in the media, and for that, Islamist groups have worked to keep Zuhdi Jasser from gaining traction in the national debate over religion and extremism.

He has been smeared as an Uncle Tom, a clown and even a “sock puppet” for anti-Muslim forces. So when it was announced Monday that Jasser had been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Islamists frothed with hyperbolic excess.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called the appointment “farcical” and urged supporters to sign a petition protesting the move. An “action alert” mailed to its list also steered supporters to the petition, “calling on community members and people of conscience to sign a petition for” Jasser’s ouster.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council directed its Twitter followers to the petition, too, copying its claim that “Zuhdi Jasser Does Not Belong on the USCIRF.” In a separate action alert, MPAC urged supporters to protest to their elected officials, calling the appointment “an affront to all Muslims.”

Jasser is a Muslim. It’s doubtful the move is an affront to him.

A group called the Muslim Peace Coalition issued a statement similarly calling supporters to protest the appointment, calling it “a huge insult to the American Muslims and it will have consequences in terms of demonizing Muslims abroad … This is a guy who has made a living advocating to curb religious liberties for Muslims RIGHT HERE in the US. The contradiction and hypocrisy of this action could not be more underscored.”

Jasser joining the USCIRF board is “like appointing David Duke as chair of NAACP,” wrote Fida Mohammed on the petition page.

The federally-funded commission is tasked with monitoring and advocating “for religious freedom abroad wherever that right is being abused.”

Jasser, an Arizona physician and Navy veteran, founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, advocating the separation of mosque and state and taking on Islamist groups he sees as working to slowly inculcate religious practice and dogma into public policy. The United States offers Muslims the greatest freedom to practice their faith because it maintains the separation.

In contrast, “The theocratic ‘Islamic’ regimes of the Middle East and some Muslim majority nations use Islam as a way to control Muslim populations, not to glorify God as they portend,” the AIFD web page says. “The purest practice of Islam is one in which Muslims have complete freedom to accept or reject any of the tenants or laws of the faith no different than we enjoy as Americans in this Constitutional republic.”

But those contesting his appointment cast Jasser as an opponent of religious liberty. His sin? Disagreeing with them while accepting funding from conservative sources, supporting law enforcement counter-terror efforts and publicly criticizing the proposed Ground Zero mosque.

“How can an individual who supports the curbing of Muslim civil and religious liberties at home be trusted as a ‘commissioner’ to review and analyze violations of religious freedoms abroad?” a web page featuring the petition says.

With the appointment, the USCIRF “is telling the American Muslim community and Americans of conscience, ‘we are happy to insult your intelligence by pretending not to know the link between Zuhdi and some of the most vile anti-Muslim funders and entities in the country, and that we do not mind the contradiction between having him preach to the world about religious liberties while simultaneously advocating to curb YOUR liberties in THIS country,'” CAIR-Chicago Director Ahmed Rehab wrote on the petition site.

Writer Reza Aslan, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, posted a link to the petition on his Twitter feed, dismissing Jasser as “Glenn Beck’s favorite Muslim.” CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper echoed Rehan when he claimed Jasser has no credibility among Muslim Americans. “He has long been viewed by American Muslims and the colleagues in the civil liberties community as a mere sock puppet for Islam haters and an enabler of Islamophobia.”

In an interview, Jasser said his views are being grossly distorted. Though he opposed the proposed Ground Zero mosque, his record and that of his family has been in helping build mosques in Wisconsin and Arizona. In none of the releases and Twitter posts issued this week is Jasser quoted saying anything against religious liberty or Muslims.

“If I’m such a Muslim hater, they can’t find one quote from Zuhdi Jasser?” he asked. “It’s like something out of Pravda or the Syrian media.”

The level of vitriol directed at Jasser, and the accusation he is anti-Muslim, “is not based on anything rational. It’s just name calling,” said Qanta Ahmed, author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. Like Jasser, Ahmed is a Muslim American physician who stands against radical elements of her faith and against Islamist political movements.

Disagreement with the national groups automatically triggers a backlash and accusations of bigotry, Ahmed said, all emanating from “monstrous organizations that want to drown out diversity.”

Jasser has repeatedly taken on CAIR and its positions. In response, CAIR has tried to diminish his views, arguing he runs a small operation with a modest following. That was the line CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Corey Saylor took last March in criticizing Jasser’s appearance before a House committee hearing on radicalization within the Muslim-American community.

Jasser, Saylor said, “is not representative of the mainstream Muslim community and not connected to the activities of the Muslim community to one – cooperate with law enforcement, and two – secure the civil liberties of our community.”

One might say the same about CAIR. A survey released last summer by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center found just over 10 percent support for CAIR among Muslim Americans. CAIR’s true following is difficult to gauge. In June 2007, the Washington Times reported that CAIR membership had plummeted 90 percent since 2001.

Records show the group sought millions of dollars from donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2006, and millions more from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.

The group failed to file tax returns in the past three years which would show the amount of revenue from membership fees. That move prompted the IRS to strip CAIR of its tax exempt status last spring.

“This proves that they operate under the assumption that they represent all Muslims by virtue of calling themselves ‘Islamic’ or ‘Muslim’ in their names,” Jasser said. “And if anybody disagrees with the cause of their existence, which is Islamism, they somehow are anti-Muslim.”

His appointment stands to threaten that monopoly the Islamist groups wish to maintain. Jasser believes quieter lobbying has been used against him in the past with mixed results. Last July, groups opposed his appearance at a briefing on the uprising in Syria, where Jasser’s family came from. One Islamist group tried to remove him from the panel, telling a congressional office it “would give him too much credibility.” Jasser participated in the briefing.

But later in the summer, Jasser appeared to be sailing toward confirmation for a White House appointment to the State Department’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He cleared all the background checks and the vetting process, but the appointment was rescinded at the 11th hour without explanation.

Despite the “scorched earth attack” against him, Jasser said he is eager to start work with the USCIRF advocating for religious freedom for all faiths, including Muslims living under dictatorship and other repressive conditions.

The campaign against him is meaningless. There is no mechanism to undo the appointment, so it appears to be all about tainting his image. “I’m not surprised,” Jasser said. “They lie and deceive about my work on a daily basis.”

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4 responses to “U.S. Muslims, Islamists are unhappy campers.

  1. Regina McGlashen

    So very sick of the Jihad, muslims and Islamic intruding into my life with their propaganda and BS! Even sicker of them parading their wants around this nation like they have a right to have them answered by virtue of their cultist faith. How president Obama can say how much they have contributed to this country like it is some kind of milestone achievements in humanity is really sick.The only thing they contributed is a new building in NYC because they blew the other one up along with many of our citizens, but that is how they do things.Never heard of the Jihad or muslims on a daily basis until the Obamination became potus! Why isnt he honoring other peoples and faiths for their contributions to humanity and this country? I am not, nor ever will embrace the muslim faith or the people that follow such a sick and twisted belief. I will tolerate their worship as long as it is not in American Public schools or buildings because I, as a Christian am not allowed that in my own country of America.Their little prayer rugs need to be confined to their homes and mosques, not in public areas or buildings.They DO NOT have that right, it is merely by the consent of our constitution killing president that he allows HIS people special privileges.When his ass is gone, they can trot right out with him!

  2. Well this just shows that CAIR and the ISNA and other muslim groups that are against Jasser, don’t want equality or to assimilate to the culture of their host country. They want pure dominance! Everyone must bowdown to their satanic cult beliefs.

    I’m glad that Jasser is not backing down , is speaking out about religious freedoms for all faiths and how Islamism is being used as a control.

    CAIR and ISNA are part of the muslim brotherhood so of course they don’t want some muslim speaking about reforming the religion with freedoms to choose how one glorifies God.

  3. The problem isn’t Moslems (Muslims, or however you want to spell it). They are just people, as are we all. The problem lies in the Koran, the world’s premier Hate Literature. I earnestly recommend everybody read it (often) in that light. Here’s the one translation (Saudi sponsored) that meets the approval of Shia, Sunni and other clerics (University of Michigan link)

    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/browse.html

    It will turn the stomach of every enlightened soul who examines it,

  4. mr_bad_example

    Islam, is at best, a hateful cult, at worst, a gutter religion for illiterate low lifes. Between Mexicans and Muslims, both refuse to assimilate into OUR society, but demand the benefits… we now have 2 more “black” races, they’re all VICTIMS of Whitey!

    Mikhail Muhammed, the NBP leader has something coming, me ;)

    i’ve had enough of this crap, i’ve become as intolerant as they are, they want WAR, they got it! watch for me burning a koran on youtube, maybe even wipe my butt with it’s pages, adios pendejos!

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