URGENT ACTION ALERT! Why Did the VA Legislature Publicly Commend a 9/11 Terror Mosque?

state-capitol-cover-jan-14-20136What is going on in the Virginia state legislature? by By Brigitte Gabriel

Something is terribly wrong with the Virginia state legislature.

On Wednesday, March 5th, in House Joint Resolution 484, the elected representatives of the people of Virginia commended the notorious, terror-tied Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church.

Dar al Hijrah has a history of ties to multiple known and convicted terrorists, led by its former Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who became head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, before he was killed in a US air strike in 2011.

It was this institution that the Virginia House and Senate agreed to commend by voice vote.

This amounts to an official government endorsement of an entity whose members and employees have been tied to Jihad for many years.

In addition to the fact that an Imam at Dar al Hijrah mosque from 2001-2002 was Anwar al-Awlaki, not just an Al Qaeda terrorist, but the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the mosque has a macabre history and other Imams that have preached there have expressed violent extremist views as recently as 2013:

Other Imams at Dar al-Hijrah have expressed extremist views as well:

• Imam Sheik Shaker Elsayed of Dar al-Hijrah called for armed jihad in a speech at a high school in Alexandria, Virginia in February 2013.

Dar al-Hijrah is affiliated with three Muslim Brotherhood front groups (The Muslim Brotherhood has been designated a terrorist organization by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.) in the United States:

• The Muslim American Society

• The Islamic Society of North America

• The North American Islamic Trust

All three of these organizations were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest successful terrorism financing prosecution in US history: the US v the Holy Land Foundation.

This hardly seems like the type of organization that any governmental body in the United States—on any level—should be praising.

The members of the Virginia legislature—especially the leadership in both the House and Senate—should be ashamed. They should move right away to rescind the unjustified honor that they bestowed on Dar al-Hijrah and replace it with a resolution condemning the mosque’s numerous ties to terrorists and extremists.

*** TIME-SENSITIVE VIRGINIA ACTION ALERT! ***
EXPRESS YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE VIRGINIA
GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S COMMENDATION
OF A 9/11 MOSQUE!
by Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations

ACT! for America

As you may know, the Leadership of the Virginia General Assembly recently allowed a resolution to come to the floors of the House and Senate (via voice vote, no less) that commends the Falls Church, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center – an organization that has a long history of ties to multiple known and convicted terrorists – including the perpetrators of 9/11.

Using your tax dollars, the Leadership in both the Virginia House and Senate agreed to allow H.J. Res. 484, to come to the floor for a vote….and they allowed it to be passed by “voice vote” so there is no trace of how each legislator acted on the matter. This one rests squarely on Leadership’s shoulders. Shame on them.

Silence by the voters of Virginia will send a clear message that outrageous acts like this are O.K. Loud and vocal opposition, however, will send quite another message: This is unacceptable.

Next week, the Virginia General Assembly will return to session for a very brief period of time to address some still-pending budget matters.

This is the time for the General Assembly Leadership – who allowed this resolution to come to the floor for a vote via voice vote – to hear how their constituency feels about this matter – and to understand that the Virginia voters expect this wrong to be corrected.

*** IMPORTANT AND TIME-SENSITIVE ACTION ITEM! ***

It will only take one minute for you to individually express your opposition about H.J. Res. 484 by signing our Open Letter to the Leadership of the Virginia General Assembly, but when all of our voices are joined together, it will create an enormous roar. That’s what they need to hear.

Will you please read and sign our letter today?

UPDATE: 

We have written a sample call and e-mail script for you, to make this as easy as possible.

Click HERE TO CALL and click HERE TO E-MAIL.

Then, please pass it along to everyone you know who thinks that no legislative body should publicly endorse and commend institutions with ties to terrorists.

Thank you!

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Virginia Honors 9/11 Mosque (investors.com) -

Political Correctness: The only thing more revolting than building a mosque next to the World Trade Center would be honoring the mosque that helped the 9/11 hijackers. Yet that’s just what Virginia has done.

Another Day, Another Jihad Plot in America

ACT! For America, By Brigitte Gabriel:

Something scary happened on Friday the 13th, but you’d hardly have noticed from the news reports.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Wichita, Kansas, arrested a 58-year old airport employee in a plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the city’s Mid-Continent Airport.

download (42)The man, Terry Lee Loewen, was a white convert to Islam who authorities say became “radicalized” over the Internet.

Loewen planned to drive a vehicle laden with explosives onto the airport and explode it—and himself—at the terminal where hundreds of unsuspecting travelers went about their normal business.

Luckily, the FBI had intercepted Loewen and his vehicle contained only dummy explosives planted by an FBI agent that Loewen believed to be a collaborator.

This plot received a great deal of exposure on the Drudge Report, but none of the major news agencies thought it worthy of an email news bulletin—except for Fox News.

A plot like this would have stopped the presses just 15 years ago. Today, it’s just another news story on a busy news day. In another week or so, very few people outside of Kansas will even remember Terry Lee Loewen’s name, or that he was arrested for attempting to carry out mass murder in the name of Jihad. America is becoming desensitized to jihadi terrorism and that is unfortunate. Islamic Jihad is becoming a customary part of our everyday lives.

What is frightening about the homegrown terrorism that we’ve been seeing the last few years is that those terrorists—or would be suicide bombers—seem to be normal Americans.

Loewen lived in a quiet, middle class, suburban neighborhood in a modest, one-story ranch-style home. In the local newspaper The Wichita Eagle, his neighbors described him as “normal:”

Constance Reed and her daughter, Kyia, lived down the street from Loewen on the 3900 block of East Funston in southeast Wichita.

“I can’t believe it,” said her daughter, Kyia. “We just went trick or treating down there a month or so ago. It’s a normal house, normal decorations. We saw him and his wife; both normal people.”

Americans need to understand that this is the pattern—not the exception—when it comes to the homegrown Jihadist terrorists. They don’t stand out—by design. In my first book Because They Hate, I discuss watching a news interview of Mohammad Atta’s landlord. Atta as you recall was the 9/11 terrorist attack’s ringleader. To hear the landlord describe Atta and his roommates and guests, you’d have though Atta and his roommates were Boy Scouts. The landlord got that impression because Atta cultivated that image; he knew how to blend in with suburban America and he made a deliberate effort to do so.

Mohammad Atta wasn’t the only one.

• Faisal Shahzad, the Jihadist terrorist who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square in New York City on May 1st, 2010, lived in suburbia and was often seen walking his neighborhood with his two little girls.

• Najibullah Zazi, who pled guilty in a plot to bomb the New York City subway system, lived a quiet life in Flushing, New York , attended Flushing High School and, for 5 years, operated a coffee and pastry cart on Wall Street, complete with a “God Bless America” sign on display.

• Nineteen-year old Hosam Smadi, who was convicted in a plot to blow up a Dallas skyscraper in 2009, was described by many that knew him as “one of the nicest men they had ever met.” The NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth described him in a story: “He was a mixture between wannabe gangster and wannabe rock star”… “Everybody loved Sam. He liked to hang out and have fun.” Part of the fun Smadi had in mind was committing mass murder in the name of Jihad.

And I can go on and on…

Jihadist terrorists are all too often your normal next-door neighbor. They are not abnormal looking and typically do not stand out. It takes a well-informed person about the ideology of Jihad to spot the changes of behavior and ask the right questions. The problem we are facing as a society is that we have the blind leading the blind. This willful blindness is coming from the top down. From the office of the president who has purged all terms of Islamic Jihad, Jihadism, Islamic terrorism out of our national language lest we offend Muslims.

Case in point was the Boston bombing. The Russian intelligence turned in a recorded phone conversation between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother discussing Jihad to the FBI to alert them to the coming threat. The FBI didn’t understand the seriousness of that conversation because, since the purge by President Obama in 2009, the FBI is taught that Jihad is basically Islamic Yoga to better yourself.

We as Americans must come to grips with the fact that we now have an enemy that is living and working amongst us. We must become educated as to their ideology and doctrine and accept the fact that they hate us because of that doctrine and ideology. It’s not a pleasant thought, but whether we want to admit it or not, those are the facts and it is their reality. As a result, it has now become our reality too. It is also our national duty as American citizens to identify the threat, create an open national dialogue about the ideology of Jihad and do whatever we can to protect our citizens against it. Anything less than that would be a betrayal to all the great American leaders who came before us and gave their all to create the greatest, most powerful nation on the face of the planet.

Empowering our law enforcement professionals: Announcing “The Thin Blue Line Project”

 

A Special Message from
Brigitte Gabriel, President


I’ve been eagerly anticipating today, the day I could send you this email.

Because today, it’s my great pleasure to announce the launch of a project we’ve been working on for over a year – one that could change the course of anti-terrorism strategies and tactics!

We call it “ACT! for America Education’s Thin Blue Line Project.”

The “thin blue line” is a reference to the line of law enforcement officers that stands between the law-abiding and the law-breaking.

Unfortunately, thanks to suffocating political correctness in our country, most law enforcement professionals aren’t getting the information, materials and training they need to effectively understand and fight Islamist terrorism.

This is why we’re launching “The Thin Blue Line Project,” a one-of-a-kind project designed by law enforcement for law enforcement (please see the video introduction at the bottom).

CHECK OUT THE HOME PAGE HERE!

(Note: Access to the entire site is for active or
retired law enforcement, by registration only).

Here’s what part of the home page looks like:

This password-access only website for law enforcement professionals gives them all the information they’re not now getting from the politically correct higher-ups in DHS and the FBI.

  • Who and what is the Muslim Brotherhood?
  • What is the Muslim Brotherhood plan for America, and why is knowing this important?
  • What is jihad and how does this relate to terrorism?
  • What kinds of covert and disinformation campaigns are being used by Muslim Brotherhood front organizations to advance sharia law and jihad?
  • How are law enforcement “outreach” programs frequently used by Muslim Brotherhood operatives and their allies to co-opt law enforcement officers – especially the leaders?
  • What is the role that local and state law enforcement can play in preventing terrorism?
  • Who and where are the radical individuals and organizations in America?
  • What are the best tactics and techniques for law enforcement to use in discovering, preventing and prosecuting terrorist activity?
  • And much, much more!
Here’s a shot of the radicalization locator map:

I guarantee you – this project is NOT politically correct!!!

Had FBI agents understood the role that jihad plays in terrorism, maybe they would have stopped Tamerlan Tsarnaev before he blew up the Boston Marathon.

Here’s what an FBI special agent said about “The Thin Blue Line Project.”

Since the FBI has decided to eliminate evidence/fact-based training on the threat to America from the Global Islamic Movement and Jihad, and replace it with more politically sensitive training which neither addresses the threat nor gives agents and officers the ability to pursue those threats, The Thin Blue Line Project should be the go-to place for everyone in law enforcement and all those with national security duties.


So I encourage you, get the word out to everyone you know – especially those in law enforcement. If you’re not in law enforcement, you can check out the home page here, and you can encourage law enforcement professionals to sign up for access to the site.

If you are or have been in law enforcement, please register today!

Because what you’ll learn on this site will make America – and your community – safer from the threat of radical Islam.

Steven Emerson and Brigitte Gabriel Interviewed on Rise of al-Shabab & Mall Terror Attack

In profile: The Somali terror group Al Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Daily Mail)

In profile: The Somali terror group Al Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Daily Mail)

 

 

From IPT:

SEAN HANNITY: And welcome back to HANNITY. The intense standoff between Somali terrorists and Kenyan security forces continued for the third straight day today at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Now, the horrific terrorist attack began Saturday when an estimate of 10 to 15 members of an al-Qaeda linked group Al-Shabaab entered the mall and open fire and set off grenades, killing at least 62 people, injuring close to 200 more. Now the terrorist moved through the mall asking shoppers whether they were Muslim or not, freeing only those that could prove they were in fact Muslim.

According to officials, Kenyan security forces are currently in control of all floors of the mall after gunfire from inside the heavy smoke from a fire that was seen filling the air all throughout the day today. At this hour, officials believe all the hostages have in fact been released.

Here with reaction, from ACT! for America Brigitte Gabriel and terrorism expert Steve Emerson. Let me talk about the al-Qaeda Somalia affiliate al Shabaab. What do you know about them, Brigitte?

BRIGITTE GABRIEL: Well, Al Shabaab is linked to al- Qaeda and have been working with al-Qaeda. Actually, al-Qaeda has trained and provided training facilities for communication between al-Qaeda and the Arabian Peninsula and the al-Qaeda central. We know that a lot of the al- Shabaab went and fought with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen in particular. We know that they are very trained and very sophisticated. They comprise about 7,000 to 9,000 members and they are recruiting actively in the United States from the Somali communities in the United States.

HANNITY: Steve, what can you add for that?

STEVE EMERSON: Well, the Washington Post reported tonight, well I usually don’t quote the post, but they quoted the Kenyan foreign minister as saying that several of the attackers spoke English. Now, what that indicates together with U.S. intelligence which has known that, in al- Shabaab, there are upwards of a hundred Europeans and Americans fighting for al Shabaab. They have become the new al Qaeda central. No longer is Afghanistan the center of gravity or Yemen the center of gravity. This is a seminal act, Sean, this will propel them into becoming the new al Qaeda franchise around the world, I fear because of the fact it’s so internationalized right now.

HANNITY: So, for example, when we talk about the incidents that were missed in terms of us recognizing the war with al-Qaeda and the war on terrorism. We talked about the embassy bombings in Kenya, Tanzania, the first trade center bombing, the USS Cole. Now, we may refer to this as the rise of al Shabaab.

EMERSON: This could the seminal incident that propels them into becoming the new face of al-Qaeda. Because one, in a perverse way, the success of this, mass hysteria, publicity, the mass killings, the fact that they took their time in actually doing surveillance like the Mumbai massacre several years ago will recruit new members. Number two, they already have Americans with American passports.

HANNITY: How did they get these Americans? Let me throw that to Brigitte. Brigitte, how did they recruit these Americans?

GABRIEL: Well, they are recruiting them from the Somali communities here in the United States. We have a huge Somali community, for example, in different parts. Actually, part of the bombers who were involved in this Kenya attack are from six American communities, from Arizona, from Maine, from Illinois, from Kansas, from Minnesota.

So what they are doing is they are recruiting from them. One of the most notorious, one of the leaders actually of al Shabaab was Omar Hammami from Alabama. He was recruited at the University of Alabama. He was actually the president of the Muslim Student Association.

HANNITY: Let me ask both of you, and I will start with Steve first. I contend — we look back 30 years from now and we’re going to refer to this time in history as the rise of the radical Islamist. I mean, by Egypt, obviously what’s happening with Syria, Iran and now this is all spreading into Africa, North Africa in particular. So my question to you is, is that in fact what we are dealing with — the rise of radical Islamists and that this now is the single greatest threat in terms of a radical ideology the world faces?

EMERSON: I agree with you 100 percent. In fact what we have seen in the past, Sean, in the past decade or the past decade and a half was al Qaeda’s rise. But now we are seeing basically a proliferation of smaller movements that are tethered to al Qaeda’s ideology but are a subset of radical Islam. So the Jihadists in Syria, the Jihadists in Chechnya, the Jihadists that are in the United States, all the lone wolves, the 70 plots since 9/11.

HANNITY: And in Europe.

EMERSON: In Europe every single day — it’s not in the American press. Every single day there are arrests. Just yesterday they arrested five Jihadists in London. Every single day there are arrests throughout Europe because of the amount of Jihadists that basically immigrated to Europe and pledged allegiance not to their host country but to the Jihad. They have European passports, Sean. So they can travel with immunity around the European continent.

HANNITY: Brigitte, doesn’t this fit into the model of this caliphate or desire for a caliphate as they ask people questions about the Koran, about Islam and if they don’t get it right, they kill them. They get it right. They are set free.

GABRIEL: Exactly. That’s exactly what they did in Kenya. They asked people with a gun to their head to recite the Shahada. If they did, obviously they were Muslims and they let them go. Those who didn’t, they shot them including young boys. Al Qaeda means the base. It doesn’t matter what different names terrorists go by or different organizations what they share the ideology of al Qaeda and that’s what we are facing worldwide.

HANNITY: All right, thank you both for being with us. Coming up next…

 

CAIR urges school officials to censor Act for America Brigitte Gabriel at Tea Party event

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Brigitte Gabriel, Founder of Act for America

Click here to send your email to school officials in support of Brigitte Gabriel’s First Amendment Rights.

Florida Family Association:

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on school officials on July 24, 2013 to censor Act for America founder, Brigitte Gabriel, at a Tea Party event planned in Minnesota.  The following is some of the text from the CAIR announcement:

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/24/13) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Independent School District #482 and Little Falls Community High School to consider the negative impact a scheduled speech by an anti-Muslim speaker will have on district students and to rescind approval to hold the event in a school facility.

On July 29, 2013, the Central Minnesota Tea Party will feature anti-Muslim speaker “Brigitte Gabriel” from the hate group ACT! for America at an event in Little Falls Community High School.  Click here to read CAIR’s announcement.

Most government officials in Minnesota sign a state oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution.  The wording of Minnesota’s oath is:  I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, and that I will discharge faithfully the duties of the office of …  www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4966

Brigitte Gabriel has worked tirelessly to educate the public about the threat that Islamists pose to the freedoms Americans enjoy.

Please stand with Brigitte now by sending the email that Florida Family Association has prepared for you to send to officials at the Independent School District #482 and Little Falls Community High School.

To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may also modify the subject or message text if you wish. Please Note if you have a problem with the prepared email:  Internet Explorer 10 is not compatible at this time with our Action Message.  If you are using IE 10 please click the link where prompted to “if you have trouble viewing the message text ..” in order to send your email.  If you want the ability to edit the email content please use Internet Explorer 9, Firefox or Chrome until Microsoft fixes the IE 10 error. 

Please click here to send your email to school officials in support of Brigitte Gabriel’s First Amendment Rights

Contact information:

Stephen Jones
Independent School District #482 Little Falls School District

Mr. Stephen Jones

Superintendent of Schools

1001 Fifth Avenue Southeast

Little Falls, MN 56345

 

Stephen Jones
Little Falls Community High School

Mr. Tim Bjorge

Principle 

 

CAIR tells School: Don’t Criticize Hamas and the Taliban

Islamist Watch,  Mar 18, 2013 

by Marc J. Fink:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for called for a Justice Department civil rights investigation against a small-town Washington teacher for “racism.” Her offense? According to Brigitte Gabriel of ACT! For America, “during a class on bullying, she referred to Hamas and the Taliban as examples of organizations that use violence to bully people.”

In a statement, the teacher said:

I explained to [the students] that I was not talking about Muslims and Arabs in general, but groups that chose to impose their will by training people to intimidate and kill other people. … It is related to a state mandate that public schools teach students about bullying and not allow it.

CAIR’s attack against the teacher is specifically aimed at the education system, threatening to constrict the capacity of our youth to comprehend the world. The implications of an education system dominated by the Islamist group are dire and in direct conflict with the American way of life.

Hamas Deliberately Targets Children. In 2011, the terror group launched an anti-tank missile directly at a yellow school bus. A 16-year-old boy, the only passenger on the bus, was critically wounded. The driver had just dropped off 30 other students. The New York Daily News called the attack “subhuman.”

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The Taliban Regularly Stone Women to Death. In 2010, ABC News reported on a video showing a woman stoned to death by the Taliban. Below is an unedited, graphic video of the horrific crime.

 

The Islamist Group CAIR Has Penetrated Deep Into America.

CAIR has penetrated areas far from traditional Muslim population centers such as Dearborn, MI and Northern New Jersey. CAIR's latest assault is against a teacher in Concrete, WA (A pin), an isolated town 100 miles from Seattle.

CAIR has penetrated areas far from traditional Muslim population centers such as Dearborn, MI and Northern New Jersey. CAIR’s latest assault is against a teacher in Concrete, WA (A pin), an isolated town 100 miles from Seattle.

A rally in support of the teacher will take place Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concrete Assembly of God, Concrete, WA.

 

Education or Indoctrination?

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Brigitte Gabriel, the author of two New York Times Best Sellers “Because They Hate” and “They Must Be Stopped.” She is also the founder and president of ACT! for America, the largest national security grassroots organization in the U.S. with over a quarter of a million members, 750 chapters nationwide and a full-time lobbyist on Capital Hill. She just issued a report titled: Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks.

FP: Brigitte, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Congratulations on issuing your new report, Education or Indoctrination. What inspired you to embark on this project?

Gabriel: When I was doing research for my second book “They Must Be Stopped,” I came across numerous instances where information that was being put in school textbooks or taught in classrooms was inaccurate, sometimes outright false, and at times sounded more like indoctrination than education. ACT! For America Education executive director and I discussed this at length in 2009, because when we traveled and spoke to groups about this they were very concerned. We investigated the issue more closely and found there had been a handful of previous studies done on this, but we believed much more needed to be done. We also knew that if we did a report, we could leverage its impact by drawing on the strength of our growing grassroots organization. So by late 2009 we drafted a plan, created the budget to do it, and embarked on the research in early 2010.

FP: How broad was your research?

Gabriel: We retained a top-notch team of experts with years of experience in this area. They selected 38 textbooks based on how widespread they are used in the schools and how much they address the topic of Islam. To give you an example of the breadth of the research, our team spent two years conducting the research, and comparing what they found with credible historical sources as well as Islamic sources. The results were astonishing, even to those of us who are familiar with this issue.

In some books the errors were less frequent and egregious, but in most of the books errors of the commission and omission occurred with such frequency that it was clearly evident the average student today is receiving a rewrite of history that paints a rose-colored picture of the history and central doctrines of Islam that is not supported by the facts. The report is painstakingly and thoroughly documented, with nearly 375 footnotes and a bibliography of nearly 275 sources.

FP: What type of topics do you address in your report?

Gabriel: The report examines everything from the founding of Islam and its early history, up through modern times. The report addresses a broad range of topics such as:

- Muhammad and Jerusalem

- Relationship between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina

- Sharia law

- Status and treatment of Jews and Christians under Islam

- Jihad and the early Islamic conquests

- Islam and women

- Islam and slavery

- Islamism

- The Crusades

- The Holocaust

- The Arab-Israeli conflict

- Terrorism

- 9/11

FP: Share a few examples with us.

Gabriel:

1) Slavery: While the books went into great detail exposing and condemning the Atlantic slave trade run by Europeans, they were all either completely or nearly silent on the Islamic slave trade, which began eight centuries before the Atlantic slave trade and continues in some parts of the world today. This double standard treatment of Islam vs. the West was fairly common in the books we reviewed. The danger here is that students are led to draw conclusions about the West with respect to slavery that they aren’t led to draw when it comes to Islam.

2) Islamic Conquests: Book after book used phrases like “Muslim conquerors treated those they conquered with tolerance.” Some books claimed, falsely, that conquered Jews and Christians retained religious freedom. One book said, “Full religious freedom.” Another said the Muslim conquerors were “extremely tolerant.” Such a rewrite of history, when there is so much historical data that contradicts these false assertions, could well be termed educational malpractice. And like the issue of slavery, look how it leads students to rosy, positive views of the history of Islam that simply don’t square with the facts.

3) Treatment of Women: The books typically either devoted little attention to this subject, or when they did, they overlooked or downplayed the second-class treatment of women under Islamic law and in Muslim cultures. Actually the word downplayed is an understatement. Some even claimed that women had more rights than they did. Again, this was consistent with a narrative the books created about the supposed tolerance and goodness of historical Islam.

4) Jihad. Not surprisingly, the books generally toed the politically correct line that “Jihad” is essentially a “struggle to be a better Muslim.” I like how my friend Dr. Walid Phares describes this description of Jihad as “Islamic Yoga.” Students get almost no understanding of the centrality of Jihad to the historical advance of Islam through conquest and the creation of the Islamic Empire. They are therefore conditioned to agree with the apologists for radical Islam and the talking heads from groups like CAIR who describe Jihad completely differently from what happened in history and how the vast majority of ancient and contemporary Islamic scholars define Jihad. Again, this fits the narrative the books have created about historical Islam that simply isn’t accurate.

5) 9/11. This is especially disturbing. It’s one thing to rewrite ancient history. People can debate about the reliability of various historic accounts. However, we all know, except for the conspiracy crowd and politically correct deniers, that 9/11 was an act of Jihad perpetrated by 19 Islamic jihadists. Yet almost without exception, the textbooks we reviewed did not tell the students this. They called them “Terrorists,” some referred to Al Qaeda (but didn’t describe what it is), but they completely ignored any reference to the terrorists as “Muslims” or Jihadists.” One book described them as those who believe they are fighting for a noble cause! It would be as if school books written in 1951 described those attacking Pearl Harbor as an enemy fleet without ever telling students who they were or why they did it. It is an astonishing rewrite of modern history done obviously to appease the forces of political correctness – but it’s not historical education.

FP: What can people do — especially those who are very concerned about this and have kids in schools?

Gabriel: They should go to www.actforamericaeducation.org, and read either the executive summary or the full report or both. They can download and print either or both. There is an action item option on that page where they can find out things they can do. We mailed the executive summary to over 70,000 state and local school board members, and this year a number of our chapter leaders and members met with school board members and school officials to bring their attention to this report. We are going to continue this effort over the next two years, and our goal is to convince as many of the book publishers as we can that they need to revise their books so that they treat the history and central doctrines of Islam more accurately. We’re not opposed to teaching about the major religions in the public schools, as this is part of our history and culture. But the teaching should be accurate, and when it comes to Islam, most of the time it simply isn’t.

FP: Brigitte Gabriel, it was an honor to speak with you. Thank you for everything you do for the cause of freedom and liberty.

We encourage all of our readers to go to actforamericaeducation.org and to read the report and then to spread the word and make a difference.

 

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No, It’s Not the Same Sharia Provision as in the Old Egyptian Constitution

sharia rules egyptPJ Media:

By Andrew McCarthy

I’ve now been in a few debates about Egypt’s new draft constitution, which will be put to a vote next week — in fact, I debated Abbas Barzegar, an assistant professor of Islam at Georgia State University, on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday. As one would easily predict, it has become a key talking point of the constitution’s Islamist supporters that, in so far as concerns sharia (Islam’s societal framework and legal code), the new constitution marks no change. The new draft simply repeats, it is said, the old Sadat/Mubarak-era constitution’s stipulation that the “principles of sharia” govern.

This is an absurd claim. Of course, that won’t stop them from trying to make it fly … or stop the Western media, in the throes of spring fever, from repeating their assertions.

The new constitution’s provisions have been well summarized by Professor Rubin, whose post — which addresses this subject in addition to several other important ones — I highly recommend. I want to begin by stepping outside the substance of the constitution, though. Note that the non-Islamist factions resigned from the constituent assembly (the body tasked with drafting the new constitution) in explicit protest over its transparent Islamist character. Does anyone really think this would have happened if the new constitution were not a sharp turn toward Islamic supremacism and its attendant oppression of women, religious minorities, homosexuals, and other non-Islamists?

Now, back to substance. Yes, article 2 of the draft repeats the former constitution’s command that “Principles of Islamic Sharia are the principal source of legislation.” This repetition leads Islamists and their apologists to contend that adherence to sharia won’t be any more strict under Islamist rule than it was during Mubarak’s reign — notwithstanding that right now, even before the new constitution has been formally adopted, there is already far more sharia governance (and oppression) than there was before the old regime fell.

In reality, the new constitution’s repetition of article 2  is just the beginning of the discussion, not, as the Muslim Brotherhood’s apologists would have it, the end. From the premise of sharia principles as the core, the new constitution proceeds with three radical innovations.

First is the way the new constitution fleshes out what is meant by “principles.” The term will be governed by the four classical schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. These four schools consider virtually all questions to have been settled a millennium ago. This means Islamic reformers and modernizers will be foreclosed from effecting any softening of classical sharia’s adhesive provisions. To be sure, the Brotherhood may not reinstate the stoning of adulterers and other cruel hudud penalties tomorrow. But that will be based on a political calculation — as my friend David Goldman has observed, Egypt is a financial basket case and can’t afford to give irrevocable offense to its Western white knights (assuming they are still capable of being offended by anything Islamists do). The point is that there will be no legal retreat on classical sharia, and gradually it will become ever more repressive.

That is also the guaranteed outcome of the second innovation: The new constitution appoints al-Azhar University, the ancient seat of Sunni learning, as the final arbiter of what sharia means. This thrusts the scholars of that institution (whose alumni include Omar Abdel Rahman, the Blind Sheik of World Trade Center bombing fame, and Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s top jurist) into the full range of Egyptian life and affairs, since there is no aspect of human endeavor that sharia would not control.

Finally, there is Article 81, which follows the disingenuous scheme Islamists have previously adopted in the Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (also known as the “Cairo Declaration“) and in the constitutions of such other new “Islamic democracies” as Afghanistan and Iraq. That is, after a few soothing lines about how individual “rights and freedoms” are sacrosanct, not “subject to disruption or detraction,” the constitution goes on to say: “Such rights and freedoms shall be practiced in a manner not conflicting with the principles pertaining to State and society included in Part I of this Constitution.” And what are those “principles” in the “State and Society” section of the draft? Why, they are the ones that say principles of sharia govern all legislation — again, “principles” as construed by al-Azhar, using the ancient interpretations of the four classical Sunni schools of jurisprudence. Bottom line: Egyptians have only the rights and freedoms permitted under sharia.

When all the verbal camouflage is swept away, the new constitution delivers on what Mohamed Morsi, during the Egyptian presidential campaign, promised he would deliver: “The sharia, then the sharia, and finally the sharia.” As the now-dictator elaborated at the rally on the eve of the election (in a speech translated by MEMRI):

This nation will enjoy blessing and revival only through the Islamic sharia. I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the constitution]. … Allah willing, the text will truly reflect [the sharia], as will be agreed upon by the Egyptian people, by the Islamic scholars, and by legal and constitutional experts…. Rejoice and rest assured that this people will not accept a text that does not reflect the true meaning of the Islamic sharia as a text to be implemented and as a platform. The people will not agree to anything else.

The apologists who don’t see that as a change from Mubarak days are the same ones telling you that Morsi is a “moderate” and that the Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization.

Watch Abbas Barzegar try to pedal the same lie that Morsi’s constituion is no different than the Mubarak era as regards sharia. It is very important to the Muslim Brotherhood in the US that we do not see sharia as a threat. Brigitte and Hannity are having none of it!

Brigitte Gabriel: Mideast Views US as Paper Tiger

ACT! for America president Brigitte Gabriel says that the Middle East views America as weak, as a “paper tiger,” and that we must begin making policy changes to change that perception.

The petition mentioned in the video is here:
http://www.actforamerica.org/index.php/act/sign-petition

Brigitte Gabriel challenges Obama to take a strong stand

ACT! for America president Brigitte Gabriel challenges President Obama to take a strong stand in the aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya.

ACT! Founder Brigitte Gabriel Stands Up To Rep. Ellison / Slams Sharia Law in US

Brigitte Gabriel, Founder of ACT! for America; challenges comments issued by congressman Keith Ellison, who refers to the GOP as the “Party of Hate” based upon the platform’s attitude towards Sharia Law.

This is ACT! for America

 

ACT! for America is the largest national security grassroots organization in America, ACT! for America reached nearly 240,000 members and over 700 local chapters by 2012.

*** LEGISLATIVE UPDATE! ***
A REPORT ON THE 112TH CONGRESS: TOP U.S. LEGISLATORS TAKING ON RADICAL ISLAM
by Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations


As the 112th Congress winds down (it officially ends on January 3, 2013), we thought you might be interested in a review of the Members of Congress who have been particularly strong on national security issues over the past two years and, in particular, staunch defenders against the threat of radical Islam to our nation.


NOTE: You will be able to track the national security grade we’ve given to YOUR individual Member of Congress via our soon-to-be-released Congressional Scorecard. Stay tuned!


We feel that the following Members of Congress are at the top tier when it comes to consistently stepping up to the plate in the fight against radical Islam in the United States.
Here’s why:


Congressman Peter King (NY-3) – As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman King has a history of being active in the fight against radical Islam, but particularly during the 112th Congress. Over the last two years, Chairman King has held five hearings on various aspects of Islamic radicalization. In addition, he has been a guest on the ACT! for America TV show, a speaker on one of our monthly Chapter Leader conference calls, and has actively participated in our annual Legislative Briefings. Chairman King is a sponsor of two legislative priorities of ours, H.R. 495, the “See Something, Say Something Act” and H.R. 2623, the “9/11 Commission Review Act.” He has been a recipient of multiple ACT! for America awards, including the National Security Eagle Award, our highest legislative honor. http://peteking.house.gov/


Congressman Allen West (FL-22) – Congressman Allen West, a freshman in the 112th Congress, hit the ground running on our issues. Already well-educated on radical Islam, he has consistently spoken out about the threat, and what our nation must do about it. The Congressman is a sponsor of one of our legislative priorities: H.R. 1142, the “Global Combat Zone Recognition Act” which would award the Purple Heart to victims of the Ft. Hood and Little Rock Arkansas jihadist attacks. He also has been a guest on the ACT! for America TV show, a speaker on one of our monthly Chapter Leader conference calls, a participant in our annual Legislative Briefings, the Keynote Speaker at a National Conference Gala Dinner and the Keynote speaker at this year’s Congressional Awards Luncheon. Congressman West has also received the National Security Eagle Award for two consecutive years, our highest legislative honor. http://west.house.gov/


Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-1) – Congressman Louie Gohmert has been a strong ally in the defense against radical Islam. A former federal judge, the Congressman has spent much time on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives educating his colleagues and C-SPAN viewers about these issues. In addition, earlier this year, Congressman Gohmert introduced an ACT! for America petition into the Congressional Record. The petition was signed by thousands of Americans expressing their concerns about changes to government counter terrorism training materials. The Congressman has been a guest on a monthly Chapter Leader conference call, has participated in our annual Legislative Briefings, and has received our National Security Eagle Award, our highest legislative honor. http://gohmert.house.gov/


Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC-9) – Congresswoman Sue Myrick was one of the first in the U.S. Congress to take a public stand against radical Islam. She was a co-founder of the House Anti-terrorism Caucus and addressed the issue of radical Islam in the House Intelligence Committee, where she led a hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood. Congresswoman Myrick has been a steadfast ally of ACT! for America. She is a sponsor of H.R. 504, the “First Responders Fighting Terrorism Protection Act,” one of our legislative priorities; she has participated in our annual Legislative Briefings, and has appeared as a guest on the ACT! for America TV show. The Congresswoman has received multiple awards including the National Security Eagle Award, our highest legislative honor for three consecutive years. Congresswoman Myrick is retiring from the U.S. Congress at the end of this year, but we know she will continue her crusade to protect our nation as a private citizen. http://myrick.house.gov/


Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-2) – Congressman Trent Franks has been a strong ally of ACT! for America for years, speaking out in defense of our nation’s religious and democratic freedoms and against the threat of radical Islam. Through these actions and as a sponsor of H.R. 668, the SHIELD Act, legislation that would protect our nation against the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack (one of ACT! for America’s legislative priorities), the Congressman has demonstrated consistent leadership in the area of national security. Congressman Franks has been a speaker on a Chapter Leader conference call; he has appeared as a guest on the ACT! for America TV show, and he has participated in our annual Legislative Briefings. Mr. Franks also has received our National Security Patriot Award for four consecutive years. http://www.franks.house.gov/


Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6) – A participant in the Republican Presidential primary race, Congresswoman Bachmann has demonstrated time and again her leadership in the fight against radical Islam. She has taken the time to become educated on the threat (even attending some sessions of our annual National Conference on her personal time) and recently joined four of her colleagues in the House of Representatives to call for Inspector General-level investigations into whether the Muslim Brotherhood has impacted some of our federal agencies. Despite a vicious attack against her by the mainstream media and even some of her Republican colleagues, the Congresswoman did not back down. Mrs. Bachmann has been a guest speaker on a Chapter Leader conference call and has attended our annual Legislative Briefings. http://bachmann.house.gov/


Congressman Dan Lungren (CA-3) – Congressman Lungren, a former California Attorney General, has made national security issues a priority during the 112th Congress, in particular, the issue of radical Islam’s threat to our democratic freedoms. Particularly in his work on the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees, the Congressman has consistently grilled Administration officials on these matters, holding their feet to the fire. If you missed the Congressman’s grilling of Paul Stockton, Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense, you can view it by clicking HERE (trust us, it’s worth watching). Congressman Lungren has taken the time to get educated on the issue of radical Islam and further, has not been timid about speaking out about it. The Congressman addressed our members at the 2012 ACT! for America Legislative Briefing and was a recipient of this year’s National Security Patriot Award. http://lungren.house.gov/


Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) – As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Smith has spent the 112th Congress focusing on many issues concerning our nation’s security—in particular strengthening our nation’s borders and ports. One of the bills that he introduced during this Congress, H.R. 1741, the Secure Visas Act, is a legislative priority of ACT! for America and he included an ACT! for America letter of support for the bill into the official Judiciary Committee Record. Congressman Smith has been a consistent ally of ACT! for America. He has participated in our annual Legislative Briefings and has been a recipient of the National Security Patriot Award for multiple years. http://lamarsmith.house.gov/


Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-3) – A freshman member of the 112th Congress, Congressman Duncan was another federal legislator who “hit the ground running” on national security issues, immediately educating himself on the threat of radical Islam and then aggressively addressing that threat through his work on both the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees. Congressman Duncan is a sponsor of H.R. 3783, the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act” one of ACT! for America’s High Priority legislative proposals. In addition, he has sponsored one of our Hill Staff Briefings (on the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood), has addressed our members during our annual Legislative Briefings and has been a recipient of our National Security Patriot Award for the last two years. http://jeffduncan.house.gov/


Congressman Chip Cravaack (MN-8) – A freshman member of the 112th Congress, Congressman Cravaack has made national security issues a top priority, educating himself on Islamic radicalization and addressing this issue through his work in the House Homeland Security Committee. As both a former pilot and veteran, the Congressman has focused in particular on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Congressman Cravaack has been a guest speaker on a monthly Chapter Leader conference call, has spoken at our annual Legislative Briefing, and has been a recipient of our National Security Patriot Award for two consecutive years. http://cravaack.house.gov/


Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) – As Chairman of a House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds key counterterrorism agencies, the Congressman has a history of being focused on national security issues. He has been a vocal critic of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and was a witness at Congressman Peter King’s first hearing on Islamic radicalization. Congressman Wolf is the sponsor of H.R. 1502, the Team B Act, one of ACT! for America’s legislative priorities, and a co-author (with Chairman King) of legislation that would bring back the Co-Chairs of the 9/11 Commission to evaluate the implementation of their recommendations. In addition the Congressman has been a guest speaker on one of our monthly Chapter Leader conference calls and has spoken at our annual Legislative Briefings. He has also received our National Security Patriot Award for multiple years. http://wolf.house.gov/


Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT) – As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Senator Lieberman has been consistent in his focus on the threat of radical Islam. Under his leadership, the committee has investigated violent Islamist radicalization through multiple hearings (including a joint House Senate Hearing he held with Chairman King), and he ordered a formal investigation into the federal government’s conduct with regard to the Ft. Hood attack. The Senator has been a past recipient of the National Security Patriot Award. http://www.lieberman.senate.gov/

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Remember, as an ACT! for America grassroots activist, you are a crucial member of the resistance against radical Islam. Our country’s citizens are preparing to determine the makeup of the 113th Congress, as well as who will lead our country in the White House over the next four years. These are incredibly important decisions. Over the next two months, it is critical that you educate yourself on how the candidates running for elected offices in your community feel about the important issues—especially those relating to our national security.


Again, please look out for our upcoming Congressional Scorecard, which will grade your members of the U.S. Congress based on some key national security votes. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you decide who you will support on Election Day this November.


Again, thank you for all that you do. With your help, we ARE making a difference—both in your state and across the nation.

REMEMBER, YOUR VOICE COUNTS! IF EACH OF US DOES JUST A LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN ACCOMPLISH A LOT!

The Rise and Threat of Radical Islam: An Interview with Brigitte Gabriel

Canada Free Press:

Accuracy in Media recently interviewed Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of ACT! For America, a grassroots national security movement in the U.S., and the author of They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, and Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. Ms. Gabriel is a leading expert on radical Islam and Islamic terrorism, and has given briefings to the Australian Prime Minister, to Members of the British Parliament, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the FBI.

She described her firsthand experience with the forces of radical Islam, growing up as a Christian in Lebanon, and how the civil war in Lebanon fortuitously took her to Israel, and helped open her eyes to the realities around her.

What follows are excerpts from the interview which took place on July 9, 2012. You can read the complete transcript of the interview, or listen to it here.

GABRIEL: We are engaged in a war with radical Islam.  The war has been declared against the United States by the radical Islamists.  They initiated it.  We’re not fighting a “War on Terror.”  Terror is only a tactic.  The radical Islamists are rising throughout the world.  As I’m speaking with you right now, Roger, there are 44 conflicts around the world between Muslims and non-Muslims, regardless of what nationality these non-Muslims are, or what language they speak, what passport they hold, or what region of the world they live in.  44 conflicts.  Look what’s happening in Djibouti.  Look what’s happening in Chad, what’s happening in Mauritania.  Americans don’t even look at these countries.  It’s not even on our radar screen.  So a war has been declared on the West by radical Islamists who want to bring back the Islamic Caliphate.  They are empowered.  The revolution started with Iran in 1979, with the coming of [Ruhollah] Khomeini, who birthed, basically, life into the Islamic radical movement worldwide.  The sooner we wake up and identify the enemy we are fighting—how they think, what their goal is, what’s their strategy, who are the key players in this war, who are the financiers of this war—that’s when we’re going to be able to make progress and come up with a plan where we can actually defeat our enemy.  But President Obama, right now, is in the process of deleting from the lexicon anything relating to radical Islam out of our counterterrorism strategy, whether at the FBI, whether at the Pentagon, whether at the CIA, whether at the State Department.  I mean, they are doing it now down to the local first responders’ training.  They are taking out words such as “Islamic jihad,” “Islamic terrorism,” “Islamic radicalism.”  How can we fight a war declared on us by a group called Islamic Jihad if we’re not courageous enough to even identify them by name so we can win the war?  This is why I encourage people to join us—go to our website, actforamerica.org.  We are now putting pressures on members of Congress to stop this insanity, to make sure that we do not mess with changing the training manuals at the FBI and for our first responders.  Let’s not insert political correctness into our counterterrorism strategy.  Otherwise, we are endangering the lives of millions of Americans in the name of political correctness, because we are afraid to identify our enemy.  This is the time to act and take action, so I encourage our listeners to go to actforamerica.org.  Sign up to get our E-mails and Action Alerts so we can reach you when there’s an important legislation coming down, or an Action Alert where we need you to pick up the phone and call your elected officials, where your voice matters most.

ARONOFF: So you attribute this to political correctness, why we are removing these terms—jihad—from, from the government handbooks and things.  Go into that a little bit more.  What is the real motivation here?  Why are we removing that language?  Why aren’t we trying to wake people up to what threatens this country?

GABRIEL: Because we have foreign forces and Islamic front groups representing the Muslim Brotherhood operating in the United States that has infiltrated our society on every level—including government—who are now influencing policy.  To give you an example—ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America.  They are now advisors to President Obama about foreign policy.  Is it any wonder why President Obama is throwing Israel under the bus, for example?  Now, why we should be so concerned about the groups like ISNA and CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations]—because they are mentioned in The Muslim Brotherhood Project, which was presented as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation trial, which is the largest terrorism trial ever in the history of the United States, where the United States took to court the Holy Land Foundation, where our government handed down 108 “Guilty” verdicts against Muslim-Americans or Muslim-American organizations who were raising money in the United States and sending it to the Middle East to fund terrorist operations in the Middle East.  In that lawsuit our government introduced evidence called the “Muslim Brotherhood Project,” which is a 100-year plan for radical Islam to infiltrate and dominate the West.  In the Muslim Brotherhood Project, the last page of the project lists 29 front Islamic organizations set up in the United States by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to “sabotage the miserable house of America from within,” according to their words.  Part of the names mentioned in that project are ISNA, Islamic Society of North America; the MSA, the Muslim Student Association; NAIT, the North American Islamic Trust, which owns the deeds to the majority of mosques in the United States; IAP, the Islamic Association for Palestine, which later became CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.  So what we have right now is, these groups who are our enemy, groups set up in the United States with the specific purpose of sabotaging America from within, are now consulting with the media—you always see CAIR on television giving interviews as supposedly the spokespeople on behalf of the Muslim community, ISNA advises President Obama about Middle East policy, MPAC and other organizations like this are putting the pressure on our government to clean up this type of language from our counterterrorism training manuals and threatening lawsuits if we don’t: That’s the reason why we are changing the language.

ARONOFF: And why do you think, for instance, President Obama brings these people in as advisors, as consultants?  What is his motivation in doing this?

GABRIEL: That’s a very interesting question.  I cannot answer what’s going on inside President Obama’s head, but I can tell you one thing: Actions speak louder than words, especially when you are the President of the United States and you are making decisions whether to protect your own citizens and put the interests of your own country before anybody else in the world, or whether you listen and are influenced by foreign forces that you know for sure are in our country to do our country harm.  Obviously our President has regular intelligence briefings.  I cannot imagine our President not being briefed on the Muslim Brotherhood plan, or the Muslim Brotherhood Project in the United States, and about the Holy Land Foundation trial, which took place in Dallas, Texas in 2007 and 2008.  Obviously he knows the information, he knows what these organizations are—and for him to know all this information and still bring these types of shady characters and hire them as his advisors, to work with him on coming up with our foreign policy and our policy in the United States on counterterrorism, is something very concerning, to say the least—very alarming to put it, to put it mildly—because right now, we have a President who is practically endangering the lives of Americans by putting foreign interests first, before America, while ignoring what needs to be done in order to protect and secure the United States of America, the same country he took an oath to protect—he’s not doing the job.  As a matter of fact, he is sabotaging the job of protecting the United States, and that is very, very alarming, and I do hope that people this November will take into account all the information that is out there—whether on the Internet, whether through blogs, whether through radio, whether through national security organizations like ourselves—and make an informed decision before they go to vote, because the future of our country depends on their vote this coming election.

ARONOFF: How do you view the media’s participation or involvement in this?  Are they keeping us well-informed on this infiltration, the influence of these Islamist groups?  How do you see our mainstream media’s involvement in this?

GABRIEL: Well, certainly the mainstream media is not going to give us the news that you and I are sharing right now on this broadcast!

ARONOFF: Why not?

GABRIEL: You know—you read my books, Roger—

ARONOFF: Right—

GABRIEL: —and you know in my book I discuss how the media has been influenced, starting in the college, by all the influx of the money flowing from Saudi Arabia and the Islamic countries into our universities, brainwashing our students, setting up Middle East policy, Departments of Political Science department, and appointing professors who are anti-Israel and anti-America, who basically have been brainwashing our students for the last sixteen, twenty years, graduating out of our universities into believing America is bad, Israel is evil, and the Islamic world is under pressure by American imperialism.  So what we have today is a new generation of Americans who are the decision makers when it comes to media—who are the news anchors, the news writers, the opinion shapers, the opinion makers, the foreign policy makers—and this is why, when you watch CNN or any of the mainstream media, they are very sympathetic to the Islamic world, they are very sympathetic to the Islamic cause, they bend backwards and forwards accommodating Islamic radical groups and their views, like CAIR, for example.  You always see CAIR interviewed on CNN and MSNBC—I mean, even Fox News!  But at least with Fox News, you get fair and balanced debate.  But when it comes to CNN and ABC and MSNBC and CBS and NBC, basically, you are not getting nothing but a whitewashed version of the truth, and many issues are not being covered.  But again, that’s why the media is at this point, because our enemy has been very smart, and they began at the university level and brainwashing the students.  We’re paying the price today.  And what’s scary, Roger, is they’re doing the same thing right now in middle and high school, changing the Islam curriculum and inserting their own view of how Islam is being taught at the middle and high school, which is going to impact the next generation of Americans.  I discussed this in my book They Must Be Stopped, but Act for America Education just came out with a report that is now posted on our website—our sister organization, actforamericaeducation.com—on how Islam is being portrayed in public schools in sixth and seventh grade.

ARONOFF: And with your Act for America, why don’t you tell people about your conference coming up, what they could expect if—will they be able to view it online, or do they have to attend?  Also, what your group does is, they go into different states and get involved in these efforts to keep sharia law from being considered as part of the American justice system—tell us about that.

GABRIEL: A great question, Roger.

ARONOFF: Okay.

GABRIEL: A great question.  Thank you.  You and I have known each other and have, you know, talked before on different broadcasts.  You and I understand that there’s a lot of information out there about radical Islam.  When I started speaking out a few years ago, when I started, ten years ago in 2002, I would speak to groups from 100 to 10,000 at a time, and the same question kept coming up: Now that I am informed, what can I do?  Now that I’m educated—just like people who listen to us on this broadcast—now that I know all this information, I’m more frustrated.  What do I do?  Give me something to do.  I learned very quickly, Roger, when I heard this question over and over again, that while education is important, education is not sufficient.  Education must be coupled with action.  That’s when I launched ACT! For America.  ActforAmerica.org is now the largest national security grassroots movement in the United States.  We have 230,000 members nationwide, 700 chapters nationwide, and a full-time lobbyist on Capitol Hill.  We are actually creating the NRA of national security.  We are creating the most powerful citizen movement dedicated to national security that will put pressure on elected officials to do the right thing.  In our upcoming national conference on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of June, we have eighteen elected officials coming to speak on our conference about national security—what they are doing behind the scenes, legislations they are working on—and the reason why they’re lining up to come speak at our conference, because they know we have become the most powerful national security organization in the United States.  Our members tackle issues and legislations coming down for a vote. We monitor the votes and the bills coming down on Capitol Hill.  We send an E-mail out to our members telling them, “Tomorrow there is a bill coming down, H.R. 1640 sponsored by Congressman Such-and-Such or So-and-So, this is what the bill says, we want to make sure we alert you so you can call your elected official and express your opinion—either ‘Vote for it!’ or ‘Don’t vote for it!’”  We give them the information and we empower them to make a phone call.  At certain times we have had over 30,000 phone calls go to Capitol Hill, to a certain Congressman’s office in one day—which shut down their phone system.  That’s the type of people power that our government needs to see in order for our elected officials to do the right thing by the American people.  Our philosophy is this: If our elected officials are not willing to see the light, we’re going to make them feel the heat because the only language they understand is pressure, and getting reelected—and that’s exactly what we’re doing.  So we have our chapters nationwide, who get involved, who are very organized, who meet with their elected officials, who do events in their community, who monitor what’s happening in their community, and they are very, very active. To give you an idea of the type of activities that we do, for example, ALAC—American Laws for American Courts—which is a legislation that will ensure that only American laws will be considered in American courts, and no foreign law will be applied when it contradicts our Constitution.  Right now we have introduced this bill in twenty states and we already passed it in three states, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arizona.  Now it has been introduced in six other states in the Republican Party platform, as a topic the Republican Party’s going to push for.  So that’s the type of things that we do.  I encourage people to come and learn more about us at our national conference in Washington, D.C. on the 27th, 28th, and 29th, and for more information and details, you can go to actforamerica.org—make sure you sign up to receive our E-mails and Action Alerts.  We want to be able to reach you, to empower you to make a difference for our country.

ARONOFF: Our guest has been Brigitte Gabriel.  The time has gone very fast.  Again, her two books are They Must Be Stopped and Because They Hate, and she’s just given the information on Act for America.  What about websites for the books?  Of course, Amazon and the usual, but is there any other website you want to give us before we sign off here, Brigitte?

GABRIEL: Thank you Roger.  Yes, the books are available in all bookstores nationwide, as well as with any bookstore online.  Both books are New York Times Bestsellers.  They are also available in audio CDs, on Kindle, and everything else, so that you can find them very easily.  I encourage you to get the books, read them—and donate them to a library in your community!  Help me educate others about this issue.  You can also go to our website, actforamerica.org. You can get the books through the website for a donation, and I encourage you to do that, because we can certainly use your help much more than Barnes and Noble, so you will not only be able to be getting the book, but you will also be able to help us financially, in order for us to continue doing the work that we do.  I’m so grateful for U.S.  And, Roger, I’m so grateful for your having me on your show, and giving me the time to share with your audience the important information that we just discussed.

Brigitte Gabriel on Modeling US Schools After Madrassas, White House & Muslim Brotherhood

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind.

Fox News host Sean Hannity interviews Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America and Michael Ghouse on US Congressman Andre Carson’s statement that American schools should be modeled after Madrassas with their foundation as the Koran and on the second topic of the White House invitation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

WND: Muslim congressman tied to terror co-conspirator by Aaron Klein

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who now is under fire for suggesting the U.S. needs to be “looking at” the Islamic madrassa model of education which teaches the Quran, has a history of association with a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.

The group in question, the Islamic Society of North America, was listed by the Muslim Brotherhood as a “likeminded” organization that shares the goal of an Islamic nation.

Carson gave a speech in May to the convention of the Islamic Circle of North America. Clips from that speech have been playing on Fox News this week.

During the address, Carson stressed the importance of the Quranic model of education found inside madrassas.

He stated: “America will never win the war against terrorism without help from the Muslim community. America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Quran.”

Continued Carson: “And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students. …I have found that we need an educational model that is current, that meets the needs of our students. America must understand that she needs Muslims.”

Many madrassas have a reputation for teaching anti-Western values.

In response to the controversy, Carson issued a press release stating that no “…particular faith should be the foundation of our public schools…”

But Carson, who is Muslim, has been openly pro-active with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

At ISNA’s annual convention held at the end of August 2008 in Columbus, Carson and Rep. Keith Ellison participated in a panel discussion entitled “Mobilizing the Muslim Political Machine: Effective Strategies for Community-Based Political Advocacy.”

The panel focused on community organizing tools for and participation in the electoral process, as well as how to create political action committees.

Carson and Ellison again participated at the July 2009 ISNA convention. The topic of discussion this time was “Effective Strategies for Muslim Political Advocacy.”

The panelists, including Ellison and Carson, shared ideas on how the Muslim community can effectively engage in political advocacy.

Another at ISNA session, the two panelists addressed the state of education in the Muslim community.

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ACT! For America and the Power of the Gavel

Last week I attended my first annual ACT! for America National Conference in DC. I had only recently joined my local chapter and found the conference to be a real eye opener on just how effective a lobbying organization it is. For instance, they have been very instrumental in helping the states in their battles to pass American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).

ACT! for America is the nation’s largest and fastest growing grassroots organization dedicated to national security issues and, specifically, to a defense against political Islam. Since its inception in 2007, ACT! has grown from a small organized resistance group to a unified force of almost 200,000 members and 700 local chapters nationwide with a growing presence internationally. Brigitte’s goal is for ACT! to grow to become as large and powerful as the NRA.  As AFA Executive Director, Guy Rodgers, likes to say, “it’s all about the Power of the Gavel”.

For those of you who are not familiar with Brigitte Gabriel here is the biography published at the Intelligence Summit website:

Speaking as a native Arab and a professional journalist, Brigitte Gabriel offers a first hand account of her personal experiences in the opening salvos of Islamic Jihad towards the Western world in the Middle East. Ms. Gabriel grew up in South Lebanon as the only child of a retired Christian governing administrator of the region and a successful businessman. Her Arabic society, culture and media taught her that Israel and Jews were the devil. As she turned 10, war broke out pitting the combined forces of militant Moslems and Palestinians against the Christian Lebanese.

In the Lebanese civil war, Ms. Gabriel found herself in the first attack, beyond the Arab/Israel conflict, of Islamic Jihad against non-Moslems and the West. A barrage of Moslem rockets exploded in her house leaving her wounded and buried under the rubble. Her family lost everything and was forced to live the next seven years in an underground bomb shelter with little food, water or electricity.

In 1982 Ms. Gabriel’s mother became seriously wounded, Israel was the only place to go for medical attention. For her mother, the trip to a hospital in Israel was a life-saving experience. For Brigitte it was a life changing experience. She saw the Israelis demonstrate respect, humanity, compassion and generosity that she didn’t know existed beyond her immediate family. She realized she was fed nothing but a fabricated lie by her government about the Jews and the Israeli people. She had to return to Lebanon to take care of her elderly parents but vowed that one day she would return to Israel. Brigitte kept that promise and more. She returned to Israel two years later and started working in Jerusalem as a journalist.

A Journalist in Israel & America

Rising quickly to the position of news anchor for “World News” an evening Arabic news broadcast for Middle East Television seen throughout Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus and Lebanon, she covered the Israeli security zone in Lebanon and the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank. Her work is of international scope having brought her in contact with world figures such as Margaret Thatcher, George H. Bush, Queen Nour El Hussein, Itzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

After marrying an American war correspondent in Jerusalem, Ms. Gabriel relocated to the United States and started a television production and advertising company. Her clients include ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, Discovery, TLC, History Channel, “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “20/20,” “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America” to name a few.

An Urgent Warning to the West

Following the September 11th attack Ms. Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth, a non-profit organization dedicated to inform, inspire and motivate Americans to take action against terrorism and the threat radical Islamic fundamentalists pose to America, Israel and Western civilization. Her inside information is enlightening for unsuspecting Western-thinking audiences. Her lectures inspire and empower audiences into taking action in order to protect America and support Israel. She has appeared on news and information TV and radio shows and has given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally. Her views are seen as a pertinent warning to the West. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.

Brigitte is also the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, BECAUSE THEY HATE: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. And THEY MUST BE STOPPED: Why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it.

As explained on the FAQ page at ACT’s website, there are actually two organizations created to perform the two tasks of 1.Educaton and 2. Lobbying:

ACT! for America Education (formerly known as American Congress for Truth), the first organization Brigitte Gabriel founded and a “sister” organization to ACT! for America, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its primary mission is conducting research and providing educational and informational materials to the public. Contributions to ACT! for America Education are tax-deductible. Under tax law, ACT! for America Education can only devote an “insubstantial” amount of time and revenue to activities such as lobbying. Therefore, it was deemed necessary that ACT! for America, a 501(c)(4) be founded in order to accomplish the goal of having a grassroots citizen organization that would engage in activities such as lobbying and issues advocacy.

Realizing the need for a full-time presence on Capitol Hill,  Brigitte hired Lisa Piraneo in 2009 as a full-time lobbyist. Lisa’s official title is “Director  of Government Relations.” Lisa has over 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill,  including stints in four congressional offices and nearly seven years of  experience as a lobbyist for a national organization. She has also worked for a  Homeland Security consulting firm. Ms. Piraneo works with members of Congress and their staffs,  educating them on issues ACT! is concerned about and seeking their support for  “High Priority Legislation”.

Lisa Piraneo and National Field Director, Kelly Cook, also work with ACT! chapter leaders and members on such  tasks as providing education on how to effectively persuade our elected  representatives as well as coordinating grassroots contacts with members of  Congress. Lisa and Kelly also conduct Citizens in Action Training Conferences. The next one is in Northern Virginia at the Dulles Marriott on Saturday, August 18. There will be a Friday night session for prospective Chapter Leaders. You can register here.

As membership grows, so will the clout of ACT! Congress is taking note. Locate a chapter near you and sign up for their newsletters to stay up to date with concrete actions you can take to help protect our nation from the threat posed by political Islam.