AIFD in the News

07/14/2014 Blasphemous Oppression In The Name of Islam: Hold Pakistan Accountable For Persecuting Religious Minorities

Source: Forbes   The world is aflame.  Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict.  Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims.  The U.S. government should designate that nation as a “Country of Particular Concern” for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience. Religious persecution is a global scourge.  Many of the worst oppressors are Muslim nations.  Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iraq, and Egypt are all important international actors.  All also mistreat, or acquiesce in the mistreatment of, anyone not a Muslim.  Some of them even victimize Muslims—of the wrong … Continued

07/09/2014 Liberty and the Secular State: Guarantors of Religious Freedom for Muslims

Source: Berkley Center Responding to Religious Freedom and Muslim Minorities in the United States M. Zuhdi Jasser, July 9, 2014 EDITOR’S NOTE: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Islam’s holiest month, Ramadan, is a time for intense personal and community reflection. As we abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset, we are given an opportunity to feel a new level of gratitude for our blessings, as well as to share more of what we have with the less fortunate. No denials, no excuses. As Americans, we are free to accept or reject any tenet … Continued

06/07/2014 In Response to Attack on Jewish Center, Southern Poverty Law Center Releases Report Attacking Jews, Defending Hamas

Source: Frontpage Mag  After Frazier Glenn Cross, an anti-Semite who repeatedly quoted fanatical left-wing anti-Semite Max Blumenthal, launched an attack  near a Jewish community center, the Southern Poverty Law Center rushed to cover up and lie on behalf of Blumenthal. The SPLC claimed falsely that Blumenthal “does not despise Israel” when even the Forward, a left-wing paper, describes him calling for the ethnic cleansing of its Jewish population. Now the SPLC, a profitable mail order enterprise operating under the guise of a civil rights group, exploited the very anti-Semitic attack it tried to cover up by attacking Jews. The targets of its “White Homicide” … Continued

05/30/2014 CAIR’s Anti-Memorial Day Tweets Anger American Muslims

Source: Israel National News A series of Memorial Day tweets made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has angered a number of American Muslims. According to the Clarion Project, the tweets by CAIR officials questioned whether to honor U.S. troops who gave their lives in wars they oppose. CAIR officials frequently depict American soldiers as murderers, imperialists and abusers of Muslims. One tweet by Zahra Billoo, the executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, read that she “struggles with Memorial Day each year” and added, “How does one balance being pretty anti-war while honoring those who died in the military?” She also quoted … Continued

CAIR Attacks AIFD through Russian Media

Earlier this year, Dr. Jasser was interviewed by Fox News regarding the Department of Justice’s decision to embrace greater flexibility for its religious members, specifically by permitting certain types of religious dress or appearance to be maintained while in uniform. To see that interview, click here. Following that interview, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) began another shameful round of attacks against Dr. Jasser. To see those attacks and our full response, click here.  Despite our many refutations of CAIR’s baseless attacks, they continued (and continue to) smear our work. We even invited CAIR to a public debate on “Islamophobia … Continued

04/20/2014 My view: The fifth commandment is more than a directive

The Quran, which Muslims believe to be the revealed word of God, contains the essence of nine of the Ten Commandments. (The only one we do not share is the Sabbath.) The fifth commandment to “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land, the Lord your God is giving you” contains lessons for today that both Muslims and non-Muslims should heed. The fifth commandment is more than a directive. Unlike other commandments, it contains a promise from God. The spirit of the fifth commandment can be found throughout Islamic tradition. Muslims are commanded … Continued

AIFD Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Community Following Hate Crime in Kansas and Remains Committed to Freedom as Passover Begins

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) wishes to express our deep sorrow and outrage at the news of the anti-Semitic attacks in Kansas yesterday. As more is learned about the individual who committed these attacks – from his history with white supremacist movements and his apparent admiration for Hitler -  we are reminded that our work to end anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry is far from over. We at AIFD stand in solidarity with the Jewish community during this difficult time and always. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the three innocent people who … Continued

04/08/2014 Muslim Parents Protest Local Christian Church’s Easter Egg Flyers, Say It Violates US Constitution

EXCERPT:   Fox News Insider reported yesterday about an interview of Elisabeth Hasselback with president of the American Islamic Forum For Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who called the Muslim parents’ claim “absurd”. He believes that the Muslim parents’ contention that the giving of flyers was equivalent to the violation of the separation of church and state was preposterous. He even questioned the alleged reaction of the Muslim parents’ child to the brochure, saying: “Do we really believe that his nine-year-old daughter was threatened by this scary brochure that he held up for the media in Detroit?” He further gave harsh commentary … Continued

04/07/2014 Muslim Dad Complains About Easter Egg Hunt, Sparks Controversy

Source: Newsmax   One Muslim parent’s complaint that his children were given fliers by their public school teachers promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt has sparked a controversy – and a show of interfaith solidarity. Majed Moughni was upset after his son and daughter, both elementary school students of Dearborn Public Schools in Dearborn, Mich., brought home invitations to an “Eggstravaganza” at a local church. Dearborn is home to about 40,000 Arab Americans, according to the 2000 Census, the highest proportion of Arab Americans in any U.S. city. Moughni, an attorney, complained to the Detroit Free Press in a story published April 4  that … Continued

American Islamist Coalition Launches with Empty Rhetoric

Source: The Jewish Voice Eight national Muslim organizations, many with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and with records of support for Hamas, have formed a “national council” that seeks to further entrench an Islamist monopoly on Muslim political debate. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) went public with a news conference in Washington last week. Organizers would not allow a representative from the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) to attend. The coalition claims “broad inclusion,” yet its member organizations all start with similar viewpoints. But it doesn’t appear to have invited Muslim groups with a different view of the … Continued