AIFD Press Releases

10/15/2015 AIFD Calls on the Parliament of the World’s Religions to Hold Speakers Accountable

This year, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) will be represented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, convening in Salt Lake City this weekend and opening today. We are sending a representative to the Parliament to engage with interfaith leaders on behalf of liberty-minded Muslims who embrace a pluralistic interpretation of Islam and promote the value of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Parliament of the World’s Religions began convening in 1893, a meeting considered to be the birthplace of the global interfaith movement. This year marks the first Parliament held in the United States since 1993. … Continued

09/30/2015 AIFD Calls Upon President Obama to Condemn Russian Airstrikes against Syrian Citizenry

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) released the following statement today condemning Russian airstrikes on Syria: “News of the first publicly announced Russian airstrikes on Syria marks a turning point in the region: Russia’s proxy war against Syrian civilians is no longer covert and is no longer only vis-à-vis Assad. As the global community, and most tragically our own U.S. administration, have failed to support Syrian civilians against the Assad regime, and have allowed ISIS to expand, Russia has now brazenly announced that it is carrying out missions in Syria. Bashar al-Assad’s alliance with Russian leadership is no secret. … Continued

Dr. Jasser Named Senior Fellow at ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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