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09/23/2014 Katie Pavlich: Shed political correctness in combatting ISIS

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Source: The Hill Three years ago, former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Pete King, a Republican congressman from New York, announced the first in a series of controversial hearings he planned to hold about combating homegrown terror and radicalization in Muslim-American communities. King’s decision didn’t come out of the blue, but after U.S. Army Pvt. William Long was murdered in revenge by Abdulhakim Muhammad outside of a recruitment center in Arkansas. Muhammad was known as Carlos Bledsoe before converting to Islam and being influenced by radicals. Minutes after King’s announcement, emotional outrage and hysteria erupted, quickly turning a … Continued

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Event, September 23: Debate on “Understanding Islam: a Threat or a Faith?”

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This coming Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m., Shane Krauser of www.freedomfires.com will be moderating a Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Dr. Jasser and Dr. Carl Goldberg, the Arizona chapter leader of ACT! For America. Where: Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ. When: Tuesday, September 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is open to the public and is $2.00. Seating is first come, first serve. A large audience is expected, so do try to arrive early. The event is sponsored by www.freedomfires.com, where we hope a video will be posted afterward.

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A note on Constitution Day

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CONSTITUTION DAY: On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine brave men signed the United States Constitution. As the world continues to face an ever-increasing threat from Islamism – most recently in its especially brutal form, that of ISIS – it is more important than ever that we hold fast to the values upon which our nation was founded. Ongoing threats to liberty the world over – from Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to the sexual violence and other brutality of ISIS – continue to remind us how precious our freedoms are, how brave our founding fathers were in their fight to secure them, and how … Continued

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What did Imam Yaser Ali actually say on July 28, 2014 at the Eid Sermon?

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AIFD STAFF NOTE:   Locally, a recent controversy began when Imam Yaser Ali  called out AIFD President, Zuhdi Jasser’s work during his Eid Sermon of July 28, 2014 at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. Though he didn’t mention Dr. Jasser’s name, the subject of his sermon was unmistakable. This necessitated a subsequent response from Dr. Jasser on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic on August 24, 2014. Since its publication, Mr. Ali’s allies with ICNEV are trying to rewrite history and advance the deception that Mr. Ali was not referring to Dr. Jasser at all. Subsequently, Syed Umar … Continued

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08/25/2014 Muslim: I was bullied for criticizing Hamas

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Source: AZ Central    M. Zuhdi Jasser: Think religious intimidation doesn’t happen in the Valley? Think again. What happens in Syria, Egypt, Iraq or Gaza has an impact every day right here in the Valley. Even in America, leading Muslim organizations and clerics bully with threats of ostracism those Muslims who dare to dissent. Old-guard ideologues, too, used to monopoly control, make it crystal clear to their Muslim critics: Take us on and we will make an example of you as a traitor to the Muslim community (the ummah). On July 28, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr (Holiday … Continued

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07/27/2014 AIFD Wishes Muslims a Blessed Eid Al-Fitr

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PHOENIX (July 28, 2014) – Muslims around the world commemorated the end of their month long daily fast of Ramadan on Monday, July 28, 2014 with the Holiday of the Feast (Eid al-Fitr). Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in congregational prayer, the giving of gifts and gathering over meals. To all our Muslim friends and supporters, we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) wish you a most blessed Eid al-Fitr. May your fasts be accepted and your prayers answered. As we celebrate Eid al-Fitr, may we commit to carry the awareness of our blessings throughout the year, the humility … Continued

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07/23/2014 US lawmakers seek answers in ‘troubling’ violation of Sudanese Christian woman’s human rights

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Source: Fox News    As a Sudanese Christian who faced execution for refusing to renounce her faith remains holed up with her family in the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, a host of religious, human rights and immigration experts have been summoned to Capitol Hill to testify about her plight in the war-torn African nation. The congressional hearing on Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth while imprisoned in chains, is aimed at raising awareness of what one lawmaker called a “troubling violation of a basic human right.” “Meriam Ibrahim has been imprisoned in Sudan in fear of execution, chained during the late … Continued

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07/23/2014 Congress to Sudan: Release Ibrahim family

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Source: World Magazine   WASHINGTON—Lawmakers on Wednesday blasted the Sudanese government for continuing to prohibit Meriam Ibrahim and her family from leaving Sudan. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, convened the hearing to spotlight the unresolved case of Ibrahim, a 27-year-old woman whose husband and two children are American citizens. Ibrahim was raised as a Christian by her mother, but a Sudanese court in May sentenced her to death for converting from Islam, the religion of her absentee father. “Her refusal to leave the faith she had practiced her entire life led to her being … Continued

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07/23/2014 Meriam Ibrahim Is Free From Sudan

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Source: National Journal    Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who’d been sentenced to death under Islamic law, arrived in Rome on Thursday, less than a day after U.S. lawmakers held a hearing in search of ways to help her. Ibrahim and her two children were accompanied on the flight by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, who posted a photo from the trip on his Facebook page, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Federica Mogherini, Italy’s Foreign Affairs minister, called the development a “great joy” and thanked the “efforts of many” within the Italian government. It isn’t immediately clear … Continued