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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Comments on the Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

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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

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01/20/2015 DR. ZUHDI JASSER, AIFD PRESIDENT, JOINS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ADVOCATES IN LETTER TO SAUDI AMBASSADOR OFFERING TO TAKE RAIF BADAWI’S LASHINGS Saudi Arabian Moderate Muslim advocate for liberty subjected to 1000 lashes for “blasphemy” by Kingdom

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PHOENIX (January 20, 2015) – Five notable religious freedom advocates, including Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, AIFD President,  have signed and presented a letter to the Saudi Ambassador calling on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), to immediately release Raif Badawi. If they do not release him, they are asking that the Kingdom take them in the place of Raif Badawi in the meting out of his corporal punishment.  Badawi was sentenced to prison, a monetary fine, and 1000 lashes for “blasphemy” based on his website which allowed the free exchange of religious and political ideas. His 1000 lashes are being … Continued

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AIFD and other Muslims Against Islamism in the New York Times: See the ad, Join the Movement

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We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy are always seeking new ways to expand our reach and impact. We were honored to be approached by the Gatestone Institute to place a full-page ad in the New York Times featuring text inspired by the writing of one of our fellows, Ahmed Vanya. Ahmed’s piece, “Beautifying Islam,” served as the basis for the ad. The ad was finalized before the horrific attacks in Paris, but was published today, January 11, 2015. It is exactly the right moment for the ad’s renewed call to action. Please see the ad here, and read … Continued

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01/07/2015 PARIS TRAGEDY DEMANDS WORLDWIDE REJECTION OF LONE WOLF THEORY Broad ideological threat of Islamism must be countered by the Free World

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PHOENIX (January 7, 2015) – AIFD condemns, in the strongest way possible, the actions that took place in Paris today and send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed or injured. The effects of this despicable action go beyond the streets of Paris, but represent an attack on freedom of speech and the human rights of all to live and work – free of fear.  We can no longer continue to be deceived into accepting the “Lone Wolf” theory as recent events have clearly exclaimed. The deep and intense ideological invasion within Islam must be thwarted from within … Continued

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12/15/2014 Pro-Democracy Muslim Promotes ‘Sunlight’ to Combat Radical Islam

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Source: Jewish Exponent    Zuhdi Jasser, 46, was amazed to hear his pro-democracy views become the target of a verbal attack in front of his family by the imam of the Phoenix mosque he attends. As the American-born son of Syrian refugees from that country’s dictatorial Baathist regime, Jasser has made a name from himself as a devout Muslim and avid supporter of democracy, helping to found the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in the wake of Speaking to about 25 guests at a StandWithUs luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Duane Morris law offices in Center City, Jasser explained … Continued