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03/30/2016 As A Muslim, I Don’t Believe Monitoring Muslims To Prevent Terrorism Is Islamophobic.

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Source: Independent Journal Review    In the wake of every terrorist attack, a national discussion always ensues on what can and should be done to prevent further attacks. While this knee-jerk reaction is understandable, it is a symptom of the problem, not a step in the right direction. These conversations may make public commentators, policymakers and media personalities feel like they are creating solutions – but the reality is that cure for the cancer of radical Islam must be identified and targeted at its source: the ideology of Islamism, or political Islam; and that can only be done from within … Continued

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03/17/2016 AIFD Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Phoenix Terror Trial

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(Phoenix, AZ, March 17, 2016) We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy commend the jury in the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who had the fortitude and courage to deliver a guilty verdict in the first ISIS-related trial on U.S. soil. We know the hours of deliberation and the nature of the case must have been trying, and the burden of carrying out justice heavy. This is an example of our justice system doing its job and setting a strong example for those who might seek out a path like that pursued by Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. This … Continued

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03/03/2016 AIFD Pres. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to speak at CPAC 2016, Joins Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union

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(WASHINGTON, D.C, March 3, 2016) – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement will speak at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference taking place March 2nd – March 5th at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser will first lead a ‘CPAC Conversation with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser’ on Thursday, March 3 (4:10 PM ET): “Political Islam: How Patriotic American Muslims Defy the Radical Islamists”. He will then also participate in a panel chaired by KT McFarland, Fox News Contributor, on Saturday, March … Continued

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02/26/2016 AIFD Condemns so-called “Compromise” on FGM, Demands Evaluation of Doctor Ethics

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(Phoenix, AZ, February 26, 2016) AIFD is both outraged and gravely disappointed to learn of the recent “compromise” position offered by physicians Kavita Shah Arora and Allan J. Jacobs in the Journal of Medical Ethics on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Arora and Jacobs refer to the practice, which mutilates, maims, tortures and in many cases is responsible for killing millions of women and girls worldwide – as “female genital alteration,” as though the bodies of women and girls are a pair of pants or a dress. We at AIFD do and will continue to call female genital … Continued

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02/18/2016 Phoenix Terror Trial: we will Continue to Speak Out – will America Listen?

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(Phoenix ,AZ, February 18, 2016) This week marks the start of a case absolutely everyone should be paying attention to: the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44,  who is charged with helping to facilitate the armed attack on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas on May 3rd, 2015; as well as a bomb plot against the 2014 Super Bowl. Just a few days after the attack against the cartoon event, one of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy’s (AIFD) own staff members, Courtney Lonergan, was interviewed in the local media about her work against radicalization. Lonergan, like … Continued

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02/03/2016 Muslims ask Obama: Please Don’t Defer to Islamists in First Mosque Visit

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(FEBRUARY 3, 2016, PHOENIX, AZ): Today, President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time in his presidency. Unfortunately, rather than a necessary and important step in the right direction, this visit is more of the same from the political establishment: politicians once again granting a platform and recognition to problematic mosques and religious institutions. Alarmingly, it seems that the mosque the president plans to visit – the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) – sympathizes with Islamist ideology. The ISB links to radical Islamist cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, its leadership has called homosexuality a “mental disorder,” and has endorsed … Continued

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Reclaiming The American Spirit: What Obama Should Have Said – Dr. Jasser Rewrites #SOTU

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It is the evening of his final State of the Union address, and the president stands at the podium, surveying the crowd. The camera pans to the faces of those gathered. People of every race, religion and background are waiting for the president to speak to the state of our union. This year, in recognition of their immense sacrifice, some of the most powerful in the nation have given up their front row seats to members of America’s armed forces. Seated with them are Syrian refugee children, dissidents like Saudi Arabia’s Raif Badawi, whose freedom was secured through effective use … Continued

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CAIR Inventing a Crisis, Again – and Landing Muslims on the Unemployment Line

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As American Muslims, we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy are particularly grateful for our country’s commitment to protect the inalienable right of each of us to freedom of expression and religion. We are grateful for the opportunity to secure the protection of our most basic rights in workplaces and in the public arena. It is true that there is a vocal and troublesome minority who wish to see the religious rights of Muslims restricted or even eliminated altogether – but these individuals do not represent the broader American public and cannot find their position supported by the Constitution … Continued

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12/23/2015 C-SPAN Accused of ‘Mainstreaming Islamist Organizations While Willfully Marginalizing’ Reformists

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Source: CNS News   (CNSNews.com) – The leader of an umbrella group of moderate Islamic organizations is troubled by C-SPAN’s decision not to cover its launch event at the National Press Club earlier this month, when on Monday the public affairs network provided live coverage to another Muslim event – highlighting “Islamophobia” – at the same venue. Attempts to get C-SPAN to cover the launch of the Muslim Reform Movement on December 4 were unsuccessful, said M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a key figure in the establishment of the MRM. On Monday, C-SPAN … Continued