Blog

AIFD Press Releases

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

| 0 Comments

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

AIFD Press Releases, Blog

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

| 0 Comments

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

AIFD in the News

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

| 0 Comments

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

Uncategorized

Wishing you a Happy Passover and Easter

| 0 Comments

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

AIFD Press Releases

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”

| 0 Comments

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

Uncategorized

AIFD sends our condolences to loved ones of Chapel Hill shooting victims

| 0 Comments

AIFD wishes to send our condolences to the family and loved ones of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, murdered in cold blood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. These young people – ages 23, 21, and 19, respectively, may have  been targeted because they were Muslims – and in the case of the Yusor and Razan, who both wore headscarves, they were visibly so. We know little about the suspect – Craig Stephen Hicks, age 46. Social media indicates that he was someone who wished religion would be eliminated entirely; some have questioned if there was some dispute … Continued

Uncategorized

02/10/2015 AIFD STATEMENT ON DEATH OF KAYLA MUELLER

| 0 Comments

My heart goes out to the family of American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller, whose death was confirmed this morning. This young woman dedicated her life to helping those who needed it most, and the world has lost a bright light now that she is gone. This tragic news only furthers our resolve to speak out and shake the hold of political Islam, the ideology that fuels the radical Islamists who continue to commit these barbaric acts. As an Arizonan and a Syrian-American, I, along with my family, will be eternally indebted to Kayla for the ultimate sacrifice she made in … Continued

Uncategorized

International Holocaust Remembrace Day: AIFD remains committed to “never again”

| 0 Comments

We at AIFD would like to take this opportunity to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Berknau. As we remember the six million lives lost – young men and women, elders, husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, loved ones and friends – may we not speak the words “never again” and allow them to prove hollow. May we vow to make “never again” a solemn and enduring vow, both to honor of the spirits of those lost during that most horrid time in history; and to inspire our continued commitment to combat oppression and tyranny. Tragically, … Continued

Uncategorized

Comments on the Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

| 0 Comments

We at AIFD will shed no tears for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who passed away yesterday, January 22nd. As the head of a tyrranical, murderous and notoriously repressive government, King Abdullah is responsible for the execution of dissidents, the torture of minorities, and the exportation of the most malignant strain of politicized, radicalized Islam the world has known. We do not share in the saccharine and morally bankrupt assessment of many in the media. King Abdullah was no “reformer,” and we grant him no credit for “nudging” the Kingdom forward. Under King Abdullah’s reign, Saudi Arabia remained the country … Continued