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Another radicalized youth, another “shocked” community: the case of Starkville

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We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy have for years been at the forefront of warning both our own Muslim community and the broader American community about the threat of domestic radicalization. We are joined by morally courageous individuals like Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali leader in Minneapolis who has dedicated his life to fighting radicalization within his own community; and individuals and groups from across Muslim-majority societies and the diaspora who are engaged in the vital, dangerous, and daily labor of combating extremist elements who prey on our own. For our efforts, anti-radical Muslims are branded as “Uncle Toms,” … Continued

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08/06/2015 Debate Report Card for the First Republican Primary Debate

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We at AIFD view our mission as non-partisan. Islamism, or radical Islam, runs counter to the universal human rights all American political parties claim to espouse. Islamism is opposed to truly free market principles, to women’s rights, to racial equality, and to individual liberty. This year, Dr. Jasser has decided to watch the primary dates with an eye toward grading the candidates on their positions, clarity and vision with regard to militant Islamism, counterterrorism and foreign policy strategy. AIFD endorses no candidate or party. These are Dr. Jasser’s personal observations of the Republican primary with an eye only towards our … Continued

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Anti-SemitiSm: iSlAmiSm’S indelible mArker

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Source: The Journal of Innernational Security Affairs Today, the United States and its allies are focused on the concept of “countering vio- lent extremism” as a means of combat ting the scourge of radical Islam. Yet violent extremism is but one manifestation of the Islamist ideology that threatens Western democracies and citizenry under its sway. Anti-Semitism is also a defining symptom of Islamism—and arguably a much more important one. For one can espouse radical Islamism and its totalitarian, supremacist goals of world domination with out choosing violent means to do so. But it is far harder to endorse Islamist ideology without … Continued

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07/26/2015 Russia Should Embrace Its Religious Diversity (Op-Ed)

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Source: The Moscow Times How will Europe’s human rights court respond to a government that treats a pacifist religious group as a dangerous extremist cell? The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will answer that question this summer when it rules on whether Russia’s prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses under its extremism law criminalizes freedom of religion or belief. A ruling against the Kremlin could be a landmark decision for Russia, affecting not only Jehovah’s Witnesses. From Muslims to dissenting members of the Moscow Patriarchate Russian Orthodox Church (MPROC), other Russians are also caught in the wide net cast by this overly broad law. Under the extremism law, religious material is banned throughout Russia once a higher court upholds a lower … Continued

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AIFD Offers Condolences to Citizens of Chattanooga, as Eid Begins Most Solemnly

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It is with heavy hearts that we offer our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones and community of the four marines murdered yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Disturbing details have begun to emerge about the gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez: a tweet from an account purporting to represent ISIS foreshadowed the attacks, just as in Garland, Texas a few short months ago. A young man in his twenties, displaying signs of recklessness and disregard for human life as he was arrested for driving under the influence this past spring. A “nice guy,” classmates said, clearly radicalized to murder. As a veteran … Continued

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Happy Fourth of July from AIFD

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This Fourth of July, AIFD wishes you and yours a happy, safe, and powerful day in celebration of our great nation. It is only because of the sacrifices of those great patriots – our founding fathers and mothers, who came to America in search of a new freedom – that we have the liberty to speak, think, believe and live as openly and as honestly as we do today. Ever since then, those freedoms have been protected by patriots both on and off the battlefield, to whom we owe our most sacred gratitude. As the enemies of this freedom show … Continued

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Dr. Jasser Named Senior Fellow at ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy

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Dr. Jasser is pleased to be among several influential American conservatives named senior fellows at the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy. In his role, Dr. Jasser will continue to advance American principles of liberty and freedom through his advocacy of the separation of mosque and state, his commitment to religious freedom and his opposition to Islamism. The American Conservative Union’s press release appears below: ACU Foundation Launches Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy WASHINGTON, DC – Today, American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp announced the formation of the ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship … Continued

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Ramadan Kareem from AIFD

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This week, Muslims around the world will begin our observance of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, all who are physically and mentally able to do so will abstain from both food and drink from sunrise until sunset. This fast is not one of sorrow, but of thankfulness: Ramadan reminds us to give thanks for our blessings, while keeping the suffering in our prayers and doing what we can to help them. Each Ramadan, we at AIFD are keenly aware of the sanctity and safety of this great nation which we call home, and which gives us the … Continued

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AIFD Urges Liberty-Minded Muslims and Allies to Focus on Shared Values on Eve of Controversial Event

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We at AIFD have been made aware of the protest planned for tomorrow, May 29, outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona. According to multiple reports and the group’s own Facebook page, bikers will meet nearby for a “Muhammad cartoon contest,” and take their drawings to the mosque. Protesters intend to be armed. While we support the free speech rights of these protesters, including their right to draw what they wish, we are also dismayed by the less than constructive approach of the group and its leader. We have defended the right to protest and have even put … Continued

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Memorial Day 2015

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We at AIFD would like to take a moment to wish our fellow Americans a blessed Memorial Day. We pause to remember, with tremendous gratitude, the sacrifices of the men and women we have lost as they’ve served in our Armed Forces. They, and their families, have made the ultimate sacrifice. At AIFD, one of our foundational values is the support of America’s Armed Forces. As liberty-minded Muslims, we hold the memory of those who died to preserve our American freedoms especially close. May our work honor them, and honor this great nation. As enemies of freedom continue their march, … Continued