PHOENIX (March 7, 2014) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following challenge to Corey Saylor, Director, “Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia” for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.. The letter calls for Mr. Saylor to debate Dr. Jasser on “Islamophobia in America” on May 10, 2014 at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies – a neutral site with a neutral moderator.
Mr. Saylor and CAIR have repeatedly attacked Dr. Jasser, a devout Muslim, with their false claim that AIFD is a purveyor of “Islamophobia in America.” But yet they have never had the courage of their convictions to engage in a public debate on a common platform on these issues with Dr. Jasser or AIFD.
AIFD believes that the only honest way for American Muslims and non-Muslims to understand the great divide between these two Muslim organizations is to have a public debate with a neutral moderator. While AIFD stands behind its criticism of CAIR’s ideology, agenda and tactics, we believe that American Muslims would benefit from a more thoughtful, real-time juxtaposition of their vision for American Muslim ideas and the realities associated with so called “Islamophobia.”
CAIR is rooted in an Islamist ideology that views American Muslims as victims of American society. AIFD believes that America provides people of all faiths the best environment to practice their religion free from tyranny and that the priority of the American Muslim community should be directed to the reforms necessary against the ideologies of Islamism.
Below is a copy of the letter that was transmitted today to Mr. Saylor.
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