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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

07/03/2014 AIFD applauds swift arrest of radicalized convert; warns of increasing extremism from Syria

AIFD applauds the swift arrest of Shannon Conley, 19, who was stopped in an apparent attempt to join ISIS in Syria. Conley is said to have met an extremist online, and became radicalized. It is reported that she had a specific desire to help in the targeting of American citizens and our armed forces. A young convert to Islam, she was brainwashed into believing that it was her duty to aid in jihadist efforts against the West. Shannon Conley’s case speaks to what we at AIFD have been saying for years: our Muslim community must be more vigilant in addressing … Continued

06/30/2014 AIFD sends sympathies to the families of Israeli teens

06/30/2014 AIFD sends sympathies to the families of Israeli teens

PHOENIX (June 30, 2014) – AIFD sends our sympathies to the families and community of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach. Your immense pain is the result of a hatred we must continue to fight every day. May the memories of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal bring your peace, and may we all remain tireless in our resolve to end the ideology that took their lives. We at AIFD remain steadfast in our vehement condemnation of Hamas and its affiliates.   About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable … Continued

06/27/2014 As Muslims begin the month of Ramadan, AIFD sends its blessings and renewed dedication to freedom for all

06/27/2014 As Muslims begin the month of Ramadan, AIFD sends its blessings and renewed dedication to freedom for all

PHOENIX (June 28, 2014) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following statement regarding the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, June 28, 2014 or Ramadan 1, 1435 of the Islamic Hijri Calendar:  “Today, we begin the commemoration of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. We wish all Muslims a ‘Ramadan Kareem’ and a blessed and rewarding month of fasting and self-reflection.   During this, the ninth month of our lunar calendar and the holy month of fasting, we are reminded to give thanks for … Continued

CAIR rejects American Muslim organization’s request for debate: Cowardly response again reveals corrupt reliance on ad-hominem attacks and denial of need for reform

CAIR rejects American Muslim organization’s request for debate: Cowardly response again reveals corrupt reliance on ad-hominem attacks and denial of need for reform

  MEDIA CONTACTS:         Gregg Edgar Gordon C. James Public Relations gedgar@gcjpr.com 602-690-7977   PHOENIX (March 13, 2014) – On March 7, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) sent a letter to Corey Saylor, Director, “Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia” for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. On March 12, Mr. Saylor declined our invitation.   In his response, Saylor expressed “disappointment” that we posted the letter publicly, alleging that our challenge was nothing more than a “publicity stunt.” Given CAIR’s repeated refusal to engage us directly and honestly on the issues, resorting instead … Continued

Sochi’s Spotlight

Sochi’s Spotlight

The Olympic Games have never been just about the Games. The Olympic Games have also been a venue where political and ideological dramas take the stage. From Jesse Owens’s dismantling of Hitler’s Aryan supremacy in Berlin in 1936 to 1980’s Miracle On Ice at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY and President Carter’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics in protest of Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan, current affairs have always been the invisible sixth ring of the Olympics. South Africa was even excluded from the Games for its apartheid policies.   As cameras are turned on Sochi, just outside the … Continued

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Why Won’t CAIR Break with Iranian State TV?

Why Won’t CAIR Break with Iranian State TV?

While the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is certainly not alone in its celebration of the Obama Administration’s deal with Tehran, their statement on the matter is of particular interest considering the organizations cozy relationship with Iranian propaganda machines like Press TV. CAIR has for a long time enjoyed prime billing on Press TV, a network owned by the Iranian government. Since the start of the Syrian revolution, CAIR’s leadership has continued to appear on Press TV – not to demonstrate moral courage and hold the Iranian regime accountable – but to slam the United States as “anti-Muslim” and advance … Continued

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