Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to address:
“How Islam works with democracy”– the need for liberty based reform
PHOENIX (April 25, 2010) – American principles and American Freedom are a laboratory for the reforms necessary in bringing Islam into modernity. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) will participate in a discussion with other prominent human rights activists at the Oslo Freedom Forum, held April 26 – April 29. Dr. Jasser’s remarks will focus on “How Islam works with democracy” and the obstacles to reform presented by transnational political Islam and western subservience.
“We must foster and promote a debate between spiritual and political Islam within the mosques of America and across the globe to disarm political Islam that has been the petri-dish of modern terrorism,” said Dr. Jasser. “At its very core, political Islam is a denial of a basic right to which every human is entitled – the choice to practice their own religion free of the constraints and influences of the coercion of theocrats.”
The Oslo Freedom Forum 2010 aims to establish a space for leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world to gather to discuss human rights violations and exchange the ideas that might one day eradicate them.
All presentations will be recorded and released at the Oslo Freedom Forum website shortly after the conference.
Dr. Jasser will be speaking on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 along with Hernando De Soto, Anwar Ibrahim, Geoffrey Nyarota, and Lubna Al-Hussain who will each discuss their “Vision for Tomorrow”.
A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an authentic American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state. He is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their Network of American Islamist organizations and Mosques have on organized Islam in America.
“I’m humbled to be included in this unprecedented gathering of courageous activists from around the world which are the standard bearers of leadership for the ideas of liberty and freedom for their nations,” said Dr. Jasser. “At AIFD we believe the concepts of liberty and freedom are the principles necessary to transform Islam for the future and protect us against the influence of political Islam.”
A former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, Dr. Jasser served 11 years as a medical officer. He is a nationally recognized expert in the contest of ideas against political Islam and American Islamist organizations. He has spoken at hundreds of national and international events including colleges and universities, places of worship, government venues and many other public functions. On October 1, 2009, Dr. Jasser briefed members of the U.S. Congress on the threat of Political Islam. He regularly briefs members of the U.S. House and Senate congressional anti-terror caucuses.
Dr. Jasser is a regular contributor on many local, national and international television and radio programs, as well as frequent source for print.
About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.