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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

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Pot, meet Kettle: UAE Designates CAIR, MAS as Terrorist Organizations

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The United Arab Emirates has reportedly named a number of Muslim organizations as militant or “terrorist” organizations. Among them are the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Both of these are Islamist organizations we have criticized heavily and with whom we have been engaged in an ongoing battle of ideas. CAIR in particular merits heavy scrutiny as one of the leading Islamist groups in the country, and which engages in dishonest, malicious smear campaigns against any Muslim who dissents with their ideas or their methodology. CAIR and their ilk are undeniably problematic, standing in … Continued

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11/07/214 AIFD ENDORSES MECHRIC EFFORT TO REMOVE NIHAD AWAD (CAIR CHAIR) FROM COALITION TO AID CHRISTIAN MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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PHOENIX (November 7, 2014) – The American Islamic Forum for Democracy endorses the Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC), the largest coalition of Middle East Christian NGOs in the United States and internationally, in their request to Archbishop Atallah Hanna to remove Nihad Awad, the director of Islamist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) from a coalition said to be aimed at helping Christian minorities in the Middle East.    The inclusion of CAIR, at minimum a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood but widely believed to be a front for MB, is counterproductive to the cause named in this effort. There is … Continued

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11/04/2014 Mechric Letter: Interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians

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Nov 4th 2014 Archbishop Atallah Hanna Archbishop of Sebastia, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem P.O. Box 14518, Jerusalem 91145   Re: Interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians   Dear Bishop Hanna:   We have learned that you have sponsored the formation of an “interfaith coalition to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.” We are troubled by the fact that among the NGOs and activists invited to join the coalition are a number of Islamist and pro-Jihadi groups whose agenda has been and continues to be hostile to the freedom and survival of Christian and other minorities in the … Continued

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A blessed Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur from AIFD

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To all of our Muslim friends, members, and supporters: we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) wish you a most Blessed Eid al-Adha (Holiday of the Sacrifice). May this holiday inspire us to increase our awareness of and gratitude for the many blessings we have been given – as well as the enormous responsibility we have to serve and aid others. This year marks yet another Eid al-Adha on which the people of Syria are sacrificing all they have for freedom. Meanwhile, the cancer of political Islam is at perhaps its most alarming level yet, as the so-called … Continued

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09/23/2014 Katie Pavlich: Shed political correctness in combatting ISIS

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Source: The Hill Three years ago, former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Pete King, a Republican congressman from New York, announced the first in a series of controversial hearings he planned to hold about combating homegrown terror and radicalization in Muslim-American communities. King’s decision didn’t come out of the blue, but after U.S. Army Pvt. William Long was murdered in revenge by Abdulhakim Muhammad outside of a recruitment center in Arkansas. Muhammad was known as Carlos Bledsoe before converting to Islam and being influenced by radicals. Minutes after King’s announcement, emotional outrage and hysteria erupted, quickly turning a … Continued

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Event, September 23: Debate on “Understanding Islam: a Threat or a Faith?”

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This coming Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m., Shane Krauser of www.freedomfires.com will be moderating a Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Dr. Jasser and Dr. Carl Goldberg, the Arizona chapter leader of ACT! For America. Where: Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ. When: Tuesday, September 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is open to the public and is $2.00. Seating is first come, first serve. A large audience is expected, so do try to arrive early. The event is sponsored by www.freedomfires.com, where we hope a video will be posted afterward.

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A note on Constitution Day

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CONSTITUTION DAY: On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine brave men signed the United States Constitution. As the world continues to face an ever-increasing threat from Islamism – most recently in its especially brutal form, that of ISIS – it is more important than ever that we hold fast to the values upon which our nation was founded. Ongoing threats to liberty the world over – from Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to the sexual violence and other brutality of ISIS – continue to remind us how precious our freedoms are, how brave our founding fathers were in their fight to secure them, and how … Continued

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What did Imam Yaser Ali actually say on July 28, 2014 at the Eid Sermon?

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AIFD STAFF NOTE:   Locally, a recent controversy began when Imam Yaser Ali  called out AIFD President, Zuhdi Jasser’s work during his Eid Sermon of July 28, 2014 at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. Though he didn’t mention Dr. Jasser’s name, the subject of his sermon was unmistakable. This necessitated a subsequent response from Dr. Jasser on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic on August 24, 2014. Since its publication, Mr. Ali’s allies with ICNEV are trying to rewrite history and advance the deception that Mr. Ali was not referring to Dr. Jasser at all. Subsequently, Syed Umar … Continued