State Dept. Invites Islamic Displacement of American
Values: "Being Muslim in
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Under the administration of the crypto-Moslem president, the U.S. State Department continues incorporating Islam's vile organizations into the American Mainstream.
State Department Continues Islamist Outreach
New booklet, "Being Muslim in
IPT NewsMay 17, 2009
It is part of an outreach effort that began under President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and is moving forward under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The goal behind publication of the 64-page booklet is
laudable: to arm consular officers and diplomats with information they can take
to Muslims around the world to rebut slanders about
And as we'll show in more detail below, many slanders
The booklet is replete with dozens of pictures of Muslims
playing basketball, praying; talking about "diversity" at a mosque;
attending interfaith gatherings "to celebrate diversity and
tolerance," and "brainstorm[ing] ways to solve problems in their
community." There is even a color-coded state-by-state map showing
"Mosque Distribution in the
The purpose of publishing "Being Muslim in America" is "to disabuse people of wildly false myths of the United States -- that 'Muslims are repressed, marginalized, fill in the blanks,' " according to Michael Friedman, division chief of print publications with the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs, which is overseeing distribution of the publication.
Although State doesn't have a specific target number of copies that it is looking to sell or give away, Friedman said a similar 2002 State Department report titled "Muslim Life in America" had 400,000 print copies distributed worldwide and was translated into 28 languages. "It is conceivable that this one could reach that level," he told IPT News.
In addition, both "Muslim Life in
Asked whether similar booklets had been produced for other faiths, Friedman said no. With limited funding available, decision was made to produce a publication on American Muslims because "the struggle against Islamic terrorism is a struggle for hearts and minds in the Muslim world," he said.
Faulty Examples Showcased
Unfortunately, the substance of the booklet is so flawed that it could undermine the struggle against this form of radicalism. It perpetuates the mythology that American Muslims are united in the belief that law enforcement and the public are willing to flout innocent Muslims' civil rights post-September 11, describing American Muslim reactions to the attacks as follows:
"A new, truly American Islam is emerging, shaped by American freedoms, but also by the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks -- planned and executed by non-Americans -- [which] raised suspicions among other Americans whose immediate responses, racial profiling among them, triggered in return a measure of Muslim-American alienation."
"Sadly, suspicions of this kind are not uncommon -- in
This is an extremely tendentious, even intellectually dishonest, description of September 11 and its aftermath. From reading it, one would have no idea that there have been numerous convictions and guilty pleas on terrorism-related charges since September 11 that involved Muslims living in the United States, including terrorist plots to attack the military base at Ft. Dix, N.J., to create a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon and to attack U.S. military and
Jewish targets in
Also omitted from the booklet is the fact that organizations
like CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) were listed by the
government as unindicted co-conspirators in the federal government's
prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) -- in
which the Justice Department won convictions of five former HLF officials for
providing money to the terrorist organization Hamas. But from reading this
passage in "Being Muslim in
One picture on page 15 of the booklet shows people marching under a CAIR banner and has a caption reading: "Muslims march to support volunteerism." The identical picture appeared at the top of CAIR's website when IPT News accessed it May 15.
In reality, CAIR was created as a front for Hamas and it has defended radical Islamists since 1994. See the IPT dossier on CAIR here.
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad typifies this see-no-evil attitude toward jihadist terror. He has repeatedly defended the HLF. At a May 2003 forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, an audience member commented that the Justice Department has released reams of information showing that the HLF and another charity whose assets were frozen "have direct connections and in fact their leadership was the leadership of al Qaeda and Hamas." Awad replied: "I am sure if we…put under the microscope, every major civic or political organization in this country, including the Red Cross, you will see that some dollars went here and there in some country, but you don't shut down the entire operation of the Red Cross."
CAIR officials dismissed the verdict of 12 jurors in HLF's Hamas-financing trial as "based more on fear-mongering than on the facts" and predicted it would be overturned on appeal.
Awad has steadfastly defended Palestinian Islamic Jihad
(PIJ) supporter Sami Al-Arian, despite evidence that Al-Arian served on the PIJ
governing board. Al-Arian is fighting a criminal contempt charge, triggered by
his refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating terror
Yet, during an August 2008 forum on the contempt case, Awad argued it was motivated by bigotry against Muslims:
"And I believe he's being punished for this, belonging
to a minority – Palestinian, Arab, Muslim in
Moderate Muslim Viewpoints
Zuhdi Jasser, a
"In some ways, it's insulting to Muslims in the Middle
East -- if we need to portray Muslims as being 'normal' in
No less disturbing is the fact that time and again,
"Being Muslim in
No mention is made, however, of questionable statements and
activities of Islamist groups and persons receiving favorable treatment in the
booklet. CAIR officials' past statements in support of Hamas and CAIR's
connections with the Muslim Brotherhood are ignored. Readers are left in the
dark about Al-Marayati's statement during a September 11, 2001 appearance on a
Loa Angeles radio program, where he suggested that
"If we're going to look at suspects, we should look to groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies."
In March 2003 MPAC issued a counterterrorism policy paper
advocating the removal of Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from
In a January 19, 2009 Los Angeles Times op-ed, Al-Marayati
attacked Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Sheriff
Lee Baca for supporting Israel's military operation against Hamas' terror
infrastructure in Gaza. As American public officials endorse
The MPAC boss whitewashed the fact that Hamas (along with its backers in Tehran and Damascus) bears full moral responsibility for the carnage – first by firing rockets into Israel, second by locating its fighters and weapons inside densely populated civilian areas, effectively turning Palestinian noncombatants into human shields.
And nothing was said about Latif's threatening March 2006 letter to NYU President Johan Sexton in which he suggested there would be trouble if the controversial Danish Mohammed cartoons were displayed. ISNA President Mattson's 2007 remarks rationalizing violent extremism as possibly "the only rational choice" to effect change in repressive states also didn't make the cut.
The booklet's bibliography is similarly slanted with books like John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed's "Who Speaks For Islam?," as well as "Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish and Muslim Experiences in the United States," edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jan I. Smith and John Esposito; and "Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11" by Geneive Abdo, who spoke at a March 2007 CAIR fundraiser in Florida.
Esposito can fairly be described as an apologist for radical Islamists, having spoken at CAIR fundraisers, testified as a defense expert in the HLF trial and championed Al-Arian (see page 13 of the link) as "an extraordinarily bright, articulate scholar and intellectual-activist, a man of conscience with a strong commitment to peace and social justice."
Non-Islamist Muslim organizations like Jasser's AIFD and Muslims Against Sharia were ignored in the State Department booklet, while Islamist groups and individuals, including organizations like CAIR, MPAC and ISNA, got what amounted to an infomercial.
The State Department's Friedman dismissed concerns about the
pro-Islamist bias of the material. "The
Given financial constraints facing the State Department, it
is essential to get the most "bang for the buck," Friedman added, and
the best way to ensure that occurred was to produce a publication emphasizing
that Muslims in America participate in "all walks of life" rather
than a conversation "at a higher intellectual level" explaining the
ideological war within Islam. "Being Muslim in
Non-Islamist Muslims who have read the document strongly disagree.
Khalim Massoud, president of Muslims Against Sharia, said the State Department booklet "absolutely" legitimates Muslim Brotherhood-type organizations and undermines non-Islamists like him. "It boggles my mind how people who are supposed to protect us (the government) are advancing our enemies' agenda," he told IPT News.
According to AIFD's Jasser, by quoting Islamists like Mattson, the State Department is "reinforcing continued denial from Muslims that we have any role to play in a counter-jihad within Islam." When the State Department gives a platform to members of organizations like CAIR and ISNA (while ignoring the other side), "it sets things back, telling Muslims they don't have to reform their own house," Jasser said. "You tell Muslims these [Islamists] are the people we need to deal with."
And "Being Muslim in
In short, the State Department continues to send foolish - - even dangerous -- messages to both friends and enemies of freedom in the Muslim world.
Related Topics: Outreach, The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), The Islamic Society of
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