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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

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05/15/2015 AIFD Welcomes news of Tsarnaev Death Sentence

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The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) welcomes the news that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been sentenced to death for his role in the terror attack carried out at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Our justice system has been tried, time and time again, by pressures seeking to chip away at its integrity. Today, an American jury agreed with us that terrorists must be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and that we must not allow terrorist sympathizers to intimidate us into “going soft” on those who wish us harm. To the jurors, we commend you for your reason … Continued

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The U.S. Must not let Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sympathizers Dictate our Justice System

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When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts associated with the terror attack he helped to carry out at the 2013 Boston Marathon, we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) joined the nation in feeling that the verdict opened the door to at least some level of closure for all affected. While the horrors of that day can never be erased, there is healing in bringing one of the monsters responsible to justice. The verdict has also spurned a debate our country has been having for quite some time: is it right to put a criminal … Continued

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04/03/2015 Vermont bullies Indiana as American Muslims rise to defend religious liberty

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Source: Vermont Watchdog  While Gov. Peter Shumlin and members of the House of Representatives moved this week to intimidate states with religious freedom protections, prominent spokesmen of America’s Muslim community defended Indiana and similar states. On Tuesday, Shumlin issued a ban on nonessential state-funded travel to Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill that protects the right of individual Hoosiers to not participate in activities that violate their religion. Members of the Vermont House joined Shumlin’s bullying effort Thursday, proposing a resolution that urges the governor to extend the travel ban to all states with similar laws. While Vermont officials … Continued

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Wishing you a Happy Passover and Easter

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We at AIFD would like to wish our Jewish friends chag Pesach sameach (happy Passover holiday) and our Christian friends a happy Easter. May we remain committed and undeterred in our mission to advance freedom for all persecuted people, and to stand with all those facing oppression everywhere. Indeed, this is the core of AIFD’s work –  to challenge theocracy and fascism as they threaten our most precious G-d given blessings: freedom of conscience, the choice to have a relationship with the Divine that is based on sincere conviction, and the right to connect with others around our most sacred … Continued

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03/23/2015 Mideast Christians, Yezidis and moderate Muslim groups accuse the pro-Iran lobby of “shutting down the only U.S. broadcast reporting fairly to the region”

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Washington, D.C., MECHRIC, AIFD, Yezidi Human Rights A joint press release issued by three major federations of NGOs representing Middle East Christian communities, Yezidi groups and Muslim American moderates accused the “pro-Iran regime lobby” of manipulating the United States bureaucracy to shut down “Radio Free Iraq,” which airs to the region and is based in Prague as one of Free Europe Radio’s multiple divisions. The press release urged Congress, which funds U.S. broadcasts directly, to reverse the decision and take all appropriate measures to protect U.S. funded broadcasts from falling into the hands of pro-Iranian or pro-Muslim Brotherhood pressure groups … Continued