Islamist propaganda coming soon to local newspaper near you

Nihad Awad is one of the co-founders of CAIR, a notorious front group for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal is to spread the principles of Shariah law across the globe.

WND, by Leo Hohmann, Aug. 18, 2017:

An investigative journalism center is passing off as fact a report by the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations that hate crimes against American mosques jumped sharply in 2015 and continue to occur at historically high rates — about once every three days.

ProPublica is a New York City-based nonprofit journalism center partially funded by billionaire George Soros that shares data-driven investigative stories with newspapers of all sizes and local TV stations across the United States.

See list of more than 100 U.S. newspapers, websites and TV stations that “partner” with the Soros-backed ProPublica.

But ProPublica‘s newest project on hate crimes is raising eyebrows because of its reliance on a questionable source for its data. The report says more than 370 “hate incidents” directed at U.S. mosques and Islamic centers have been catalogued by CAIR since April 2013.

“Most of the incidents are threats to worshippers’ lives or acts of vandalism,” according to the report, which depends solely on CAIR for its list of anti-Muslim hate crimes.

CAIR, which ProPublica refers to as simply “a civil rights group,” has been tied to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist organization Hamas. Federal prosecutors named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial that was prosecuted during the Bush administration, and nearly a dozen of CAIR’s leaders and former leaders have been charged and/or convicted of terror-related crimes.

See WND’s Rogues’ Gallery of terror-tied CAIR officials.

The ProPublica reporting contains an interactive map that shows where and when hate crimes and incidents allegedly occurred. In Washington State, for example, three incidents were logged:

  • Jan 2017 – Man charged with hate crime in alleged assassination threats against Bellevue mosque.
  • Sept. 2014 – Burbank, CA man protests outside the Islamic Center in West Richland, WA.
  • July 2015 – Hate message scrawled on Spokane Muslim center.

The report quotes Zainab Arain, a coordinator at CAIR who oversees the reports, as saying the organization saw a spike in hate incidents against mosques “during election years and after news coverage of major terrorist attacks.”

One revealing statement in the article says: “Note: ProPublica has not researched whether any updates or follow-ups to these articles exist.”

In other words, ProPublica did very little of its own independent research to confirm CAIR’s findings, or to determine whether there were any updates or changes in the original stories, notes Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security officer who co-authored the whistleblower book “See Something Say Nothing.”

Haney said many supposed anti-Muslim “hate crimes” reported in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election were reported as fact but later turned out to be fake reports. CAIR, however, never followed up to inform its followers on Twitter and Facebook that many of these initial complaints of “Islamophobia” were in fact pure fiction.

“Can we trust an organization that was proven by the Department of Justice to be directly involved in the support of Hamas? That to me is the fundamental question,” Haney said. “We should have never moved away from that fundamental question. Whether or not CAIR has any legitimate place in the social, political and law enforcement arenas of our country when that organization has already been proven by the DOJ to be affiliated with the known terror group Hamas should have been addressed a long time ago, and the fact that it has not been addressed from either a political or law-enforcement perspective means that nothing they say should be trusted because we have never resolved the issue of their relationship with Hamas.”

Clare Lopez, vice president of research and analysis for the Center for Security Policy, said CAIR has no conscience in its brazen attempt to make Muslims the victims, even as dozens were mowed down in Barcelona Thursday, innocent victims of yet another Islam-inspired terror attack.

“Hundreds of people are lying dead and grievously injured in actual deadly attacks by Islamic terrorists all over Western Europe, Israel, and the U.S. as well. The Islamic State, a jihadist would-be caliphate, claims responsibility for some of them – but the inspiration in every case comes from the doctrine, law and scripture of Islam. That CAIR, a HAMAS front group, could even think to whine about some graffiti and a few protests at a time like this seems to me obscene.”

The media and government ambivalence toward CAIR is similar to what is now happening with Antifa, the radical left-wing group that goes around the country adding violent fuel to peaceful protests, Haney said.

“They did not have a permit to protest at Charlottesville and yet all the focus has been on the white supremacists and Nazis. The whole equation is incomplete and our whole country is on a course that’s going to run us right off a cliff because we’re not addressing these challenges to our constitutional republic with courage and honesty,” Haney said. “We’re allowing groups like CAIR and Antifa and Southern Poverty Law Center to set the agenda.”

Dr. Mark Christian, founder of the Global Faith Institute, said Islam is not only attacking the West but also abusing the freedoms it finds here, “using it all for their own good and own agenda.” This is part of what the Muslim Brotherhood terms “civilization jihad.”

“Unfortunately it is working,” said Christian, formerly Mohamed Abdullah, who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, the son of a prominent Muslim Brotherhood father before converting to Christianity in his late 20s and later moving to America.

“You are a bigot, a racist, anti-American, anti-Constitution, anti-First Amendment and Bill of Rights if you dare say one thing critical about Islam,” Christian said.

Many prominent politicians in the U.S. and Europe have fallen for this line, Dr. Christian says. It started with President Bush saying Islam is a “religion of peace,” and it gained more adherents during the Obama administration.

“Hillary Clinton said terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and people blaming Islam for terrorism leads to more terrorist attacks and putting us all in harm’s way,” he said.

“All of the above is false and based on nothing other than Muslim Brotherhood front groups engaging in their civilization jihad by using the American media as their own private propaganda machine.

“The Muslim Brotherhood, aka CAIR, is basically abusing our own system to cripple us and make us all more susceptible and vulnerable, soft targets for their jihadists,” Christian added. “The end result is simple – they, the Islamists, win and get their agenda of supremacy accomplished and we lose everything, our freedom included.”

All of the freedom-snatching policies will be implemented under the guise of hate speech, he said.

“The events of last week play right into their propaganda narrative and I would not be surprised if we learn down the road that the Islamists’ hands were somehow involved in what took place in Charlottesville,” Christian said. “I would also not be surprised to see more events like last weekend’s organized and exploited in the future.”

By accusing its critics, and implying that all criticism of Islam amounts to hate-speech, groups like CAIR are able to silence their opponents and implement de facto blasphemy laws against Western citizens. Islamic blasphemy laws make up the cornerstone of Shariah in Muslim countries.

Dr. Christian said he ran into this pro-Islamic censorship Friday on Twitter, following the Barcelona terror attack.

“At that exact same time the top-trending tweet on Twitter was someone saying ‘I hope Trump is assassinated.’ That was in the same minute that my tweet was removed where I was saying nothing other than ‘this carnage and hate of Islam has to be defeated.’

“Twitter removed my tweet and I received a notice saying it had to be removed because it violated their rules against hate speech.”

“So, are they going to be pushing for blasphemy laws in the West? Absolutely, and they will do it under the guise of hate speech.”

Lopez said efforts by CAIR and by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is the Brotherhood’s water boys at the United Nations and among Western courts, seek to silence all criticism of Islam. This not only violates the U.S. First Amendment, but serves to advance the objectives of Islamic law (Shariah), under which the capital “crime” of slander is defined as essentially “anything that a Shariah-compliant Muslim would dislike.”

“That sweepingly subjective definition, of course, includes speaking truth about Islam and those who wage jihad in its name,” she said.

ProPublica has received funding from the Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corp., Hewlett Foundation, Sandler Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. In 2010, it received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

“CAIR is Hamas, they were founded by two former Hamas agents, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad,” Haney said. “They, along with the whole Islamic Shura Council of North America, were wiretapped by the feds in 1993 in Philadelphia talking about forming a Hamas-type organization that would defend the interests of Islam in America called the Islamic Association for Palestine, which later became CAIR.

“We have known who these people were for 25 years. Why are we still listening to them and giving them positions of influence within American culture?” he added. “Until we resolve that, it’s just going to get worse. They were just invited to the State Department last week to meet with [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson’s boys and present their grievances about the situation in Jerusalem and the mosque there.”

UTT SPECIAL REPORT: Terrorist from Terrorist Mosque Speaks in Delray Beach FL Tonight

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Aug. 17, 2017:

Tonight (8/17/2017) at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach, Florida, Muslim Brother (Jihadi) Bassem Alhalabi will speak on “Human Rights” in Islam.

The contrast would be comical if it were not so dangerous and the public were better informed.

[Author’s note:  the leadership of the Islamic world at the Head of State level approved the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (1990) defining “Human Rights” as the imposition of Islamic Law/Sharia.  See Cairo Declaration HERE; note Articles 24 &25]

Bassem Alhalabi is the President of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, which is a highly sharia-adherent mosque, and has leaders/attendees involved in the terrorist groups Al Qaeda and Hamas.

Alhalabi is also currently a professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Before arriving at FAU, Alhalabi was in Tampa at the University of South Florida (USF)  working closely with convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian.  Alhalabi co-authored publications with al-Arian and, when applying to FAU, he used al-Arian as a reference.

Sami Al-Arian in jail

The September 21, 2004 superseding indictment charged in the Middle District of Florida (Tampa) stated: “SAMI AMlN ALARlAN was a member of the PIJ, a member of the ‘Shura Council’ of the PIJ, and Secretary of the ‘Shura Council.’”

Al-Arian pled guilty to “Conspiracy to make or receive contributions or funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Specially Designated Terrorist, in violation of 18 USC Section 371.”

PIJ is also a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Al-Arian was sentenced on May 1, 2006, to 57 months in prison.

In addition to being a terrorist, Sami al-Arian was a tenured professor at the University of South Florida and taught computer science, like Alhalabi.

On June 30, 2003, Alhalabi was charged in a U.S. Department of Commerce administrative hearing as follows:  “Alhalabi caused to be exported a thermal imaging camera, an item subject to the Regulations, from the United States to Syria.”

Who sends thermal imaging equipment to a state sponsor of terrorism?  A terrorist does.  It is not clear why this was not a “Material Support for Terrorism” charge.

The Alhalabi charging document from the U.S. Department of Commerce can be read here.

The Islamic Center of Boca Raton has a history of sharia adherence and, therefore, supporting jihad – what U.S. law calls “terrorism.”

The Islamic Center of Boca Raton

Prior to 9/11/2001, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton received grants from and donated money to the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which the U.S. Treasury designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and shut down in 2002 because “its officers and directors have connections to, and have provided support for and assistance to, Usama bin Laden (UBL), al Qaida (sic).”

The mosque publicly pleads ignorance.

In 2007, Dr. Rafiq Sabir, an active member of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, was convicted of Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization – Al Qaeda.

On May 23, 2016, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) at FAU hosted a panel discussion which included Bassem Alhalabi.  Alhalabi told the audience “Sharia is being practiced in the U.S.  We at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, we practice sharia.”  He then explained to the crowd that amputating hands for theft is a good thing.

See the video here.  (hat tip to the United West!)

UTT readers are aware sharia mandates jihad until an Islamic State (Caliphate) is established and sharia is the law over the entire earth.  Jihad is legally defined as “warfare against non-muslims” in sharia.

The website for the Islamic Center of Boca Raton states:  “Terrorism is not a religious identity, rather it is a horrific behavior often justified by misapplied religious dogma.  ICBR [Islamic Center of Boca Raton], in accordance to its sole purpose and understanding of Islam, stands firm on the condemnation of all forms and acts of terrorism. The ill acts of a few misguided individuals shall not be viewed as the mainstream of Islam and Muslims.”

Since we know – because Bassem Alhalabi publicly said it – the ICBR is fully sharia adherent, we must define “Terrorism” as Islam/Sharia defines the word.  In Islam, “Terrorism” is to kill a muslim for a non-sharia prescribed reason, ie to kill a muslim without right under sharia.  Sharia prescribes when and how muslims may be killed:  those who commit capital crimes in Islam (apostasy and adultery for instance), and a muslim who kills another muslim without right (for a non-sharia prescribed reason) may be killed. Any other killing of a muslim is “Terrorism” in Islam.

So, of course they denounce terrorism.  However, they are not referring to “terrorism” as defined by U.S. law.

And they will never denounce JIHAD.

In March 2011, Bassem Alhalabi was arrested in Boca Raton, Florida for assaulting Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, after Kaufman spoke in Tallahassee, Florida about the terrorism ties of Hamas leader Ahmed Bedier, a colleague of Alhalabi, and leader of the group United Voices of America.

In May 2017 it was revealed the Islamic Center of Boca Raton recently paid $4.9 million for a 19 acre plot in Delray Beach, Florida.  Wonder what the Muslim Brotherhood will use that for?

Nothing good to be sure.

At what point will citizens in Florida hold their local and state officials accountable for passing the buck while allowing terrorists like Bassem Alhalabi to walk the streets?

State Department Confirms It Welcomed Visit from Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Group

AFP

Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, Aug. 17, 2017:

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) affiliated group, met with “working level officials” at the U.S. State Department, an administration official confirmed to Breitbart News.

On condition of anonymity, a State Department official explained, “The Department regularly hosts groups representing different constituencies in America to explain [U.S. government] policy and hear their perspective.”

“The group was interested in U.S. policy on Jerusalem given events on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif last month, and met a cross-section of working level officials from different offices in the Department,” continued the official.

The MB affiliate boasted about its meeting with State officials, the identities of whom remains unknown.

In an August 10 statement, USCMO said:

Representatives of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, met yesterday with State Department officials to discuss the ongoing Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis and Israel’s denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

During the meeting at the State Department, the USCMO delegation highlighted the religious significance of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque sanctuary – one of Islam’s holiest site … Officials assured the group the United States is committed to maintaining the safety and security of worshipers in Jerusalem.

There is a factional debate reportedly under way within President Donald Trump’s administration over adding the MB itself to the State Department and Treasury lists of foreign terrorist organizations.

Several Muslim-majority countries, including U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have officially labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In their declarations, they urged the United States to follow suit and label both the MB and affiliates like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror groups. CAIR has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding operation. It is a member group of the USCMO.

On Sunday, Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst with the Clarion Project, reported that the State Department hosted the MB-affiliated group.

Mauro wrote that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is opposed to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“My article is just the latest in an ongoing series documenting problems arising in the Trump Administration’s policies towards Islamist extremism,” he told Breitbart News. “I’m seeing major issues with Secretary of State Tillerson’s treatment of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, perhaps attributable to his close ties to Qatar before joining the administration. Qatar is also on a spending spree for lobbyists, particularly those with close ties to the Trump campaign.”

In his report, Mauro described USCMO as an umbrella organization of Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups that was formed in 2014.

The national security analyst wrote that “a secret memo uncovered by federal investigators” lists several USCMO member groups among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo also describes the MB’s work in America as a sort of “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

Nevertheless, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked group met with State Department officials to encourage them to pressure Israel.

“We were encouraged by the constructive dialogue at the State Department on this important issues,” declared Oussama Jammal, the USCMO secretary general.

MB Groups Increasingly Open in Endorsing Anti-Sisi Violence

by John Rossomando
IPT News
August 16, 2017

A group of exiled Morsi-era Muslim Brotherhood politicians based in Istanbul has posted on Facebook a blueprint for overthrowing Egypt’s military regime. The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC) reposted several videos on July 31 that it had released on Facebook over the past month offering strategies for violently toppling the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Sisi rose to power in 2013, after the military ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.

Until now the ERC, which met with Obama administration officials and liberal think tanks in 2015, has largely been involved in lobbying against Sisi’s government. An Arabic hashtag saying, “Preparing for the Revolution#,” appeared on the ERC’s Facebook page. The attached videos contain PowerPoint-type presentations with recommendations for Muslim Brotherhood revolutionaries in Egypt.

A July 1 ERC video asks, “How do we prepare for the revolution?” Egypt’s military holds all of the tools of power, so the video calls for Brotherhood supporters to block military movement to hinder it from suppressing any revolt.

“What do we do with the Army?? Like the Turks did,” the video says. “Determine the sites of all military units and the roads they use, and the locations of gates to hinder and cripple their movement when they think they are going out to confront the revolution.

“Like the Turks did using huge vehicles and deflating their tires to block the roads. We can use heavy oil on the roads to prevent the passage of [armored personnel] carriers like they did in Venezuela.”

Another video recommends targeting regime military airfields, ground defense units, pilot barracks, spare part warehouses, radar sites, and air defense installations. It emphasizes getting soldiers who either secretly belong to the Muslim Brotherhood or are sympathetic to the group to collect intelligence on pilots and navigators to keep them away from their aircraft. It also suggests gaining intelligence on the types of aircraft used by the Egyptian military and getting information about their takeoff schedules.

“The airfields must cease operating in the time of the revolution,” a slide says. “Blockading the pilots and preventing them form reaching the airfields is half the victory in the battle.”

The ERC enjoys little influence or name recognition within Egypt, but its turn toward endorsing violence puts egg on the faces of the Obama administration officials and the liberal intellectuals who embraced them, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Samuel Tadros told the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

“Even the fronts created to talk to the West are now using the language of violence,” Tadros said. “The mask has fallen; there’s no need to pretend any longer.”

ERC members used talking points about democracy and the rule of law while speaking in English during their 2015 visit, Tadros said, but those points were noticeably absent when they spoke in Arabic.

Other exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders also have called for violence recently on social media.

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Ashraf Abdelghaffar called on Brotherhood members to return to the jihadist traditions of the movement’s founder, Hasan al-Banna. A “Mujahid Brother” – a Muslim Brotherhood member who wages violent jihad – held the highest place of honor in the movement, Abdelghaffar argued in an Aug. 5 Facebook post.

“The only weakness that shall humiliate us is the love of this world and hating death,” Abdelghaffar wrote. “Therefore we have prepared your souls for great action. Strive for death – and life will be given to you. Know that there is no escaping death, and it will happen only once, and if you carry it out for the sake of God, there will be profit in this world and reward in the Afterlife, and nothing will harm you except what Allah has decreed. Work for an honorable death, you will be thus granted full happiness. May God provide us and you, the honor of achieving the martyrdom.”

This thinking, he wrote, reflected Al-Banna’s instructions.

“Imam Al-Banna talks about elevating the word of Allah and liberating the homelands,” Abdelghaffar wrote. “The summit of Islam is Jihad in the Way of Allah.”

Muslim Brotherhood-linked terrorist groups, such as the Revolutionary Punishment Movement (RPM), Popular Resistance Movement (PRM) and the Hassm Movement, have carried out attacks across Egypt since 2014 – sometimes in conjunction with ISIS Sinai Province. RPM and PRM were founded by Mohamed Kamal, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau who was killed last October in a gun battle with Egyptian police.

Kamal’s faction of the Muslim Brotherhood executive committee, also known as the “new guard,” decided to back away from the group’s prior public policy of endorsing peaceful resistance to the Sisi regime, George Washington University Muslim Brotherhood expert Mokhtar Awad noted in a July 26 Hudson Institute article.

The Brotherhood’s Shariah Committee published a book on a file sharing website in January 2015, The Jurisprudence of the Popular Resistance to the Coup, that offered a religious justification for a campaign of violence against the Sisi regime. The book acknowledged that the Muslim Brotherhood’s touted public support for non-violence was tactical rather than a matter of principle, Awad said, citing this passage:

“Peacefulness is not a fundamental of Islam or the group [Muslim Brotherhood], and special operations work does not mean total confrontation,” the book’s authors wrote. “‘May God grant us and you the honor of martyrdom’ … the Jihadi tendency settled as a doctrine in the foundation of Imam al-Banna’s methodology and the acculturation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Until it became a slogan they repeat day and night and on every occasion: ‘God is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of God is our greatest hope.”

The Jurisprudence of the Popular Resistance to the Coup appeared around the same time as the Brotherhood’s official Arabic website, Ikhwanonline, posted a communiqué calling for “a long, unrelenting jihad.”

Peacefulness isn’t a fundamental tenet of Islam or the Brotherhood and that things can change. Magdy Shalash, one of Kamal’s top Muslim Brotherhood deputies, told the Turkish-based pro-Brotherhood channel Mekameleen TV. The Brotherhood leadership’s espousal of a non-violent slogan after the military toppled President Morsi did not apply to self-defense, he said.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s old guard, headed by Acting Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat, still talks about peace, but the proliferation of violence and violent rhetoric shows it is losing control of the movement.

Silence as ISNA Kicks Out Gay Muslims From Conference

(Photo: From Muslims for Progressive Voices website)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Aug. 14, 2017:

If you go into a bomb shelter, close the door and put on headphones, you’ll hear the sound of progressives reacting to how a top Muslim-American group discriminated against pro-LGBT Muslims: Total silence.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) shockingly kicked out a pro-LGBT Muslim group named Muslims for Progressive Values from its table at an event in early July. It is now mid-August and not a word about it has been heard.

What should be even more embarrassing for supporters of gay rights is that the Muslim group’s table was jointly reserved by Muslims for Progressive Values and Human Rights Campaign. The latter group describes itself as “the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States” with over one million members and supporters.

This isn’t a small incident at a small event with little-known players. All the elements are there for a major story and progressive rallying cry.

The most powerful Muslim-American organization—at the biggest Muslim-American event of the year with over 15,000 attendees—kicked out pro-gay Muslims sharing a table with the largest LGBT advocacy group in the country.

Where are the progressive condemnations, petitions and protesters?

Where are the calls to donate to the afflicted group and other progressive Muslims?

Why haven’t the liberal bloggers and investigative reporters been spurred into action, researching other Islamist groups guilty of demonizing homosexuals?

ISNA hasn’t even been forced to address the incident. Its website has no statement. It did not reply to requests for comments from the few reporters who covered it.

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) told reporter Andy Ngo that their table offered pamphlets advocating for equality for women and LGBT when an attendee who was clearly Salafist confronted them.

The table was managed by Frank Parmir, a member of MPV’s Columbus chapter and a representative of the Human Rights Campaign. The Salafist told Parmir that anyone who says homosexuality isn’t a sin cannot be a “real Muslim” — essentially accusing him of apostasy, an offense that qualifies for the death penalty under the theocratic sharia (Islamic) law that Salafists want to create.

At this point, ISNA had a choice: Cater to the intolerant Salafist or embrace freedom of speech and diversity like it claims to believe in. It chose the former.

MPV was then approached by “an invasion of suits.” They were ISNA staff members, including the director of ISNA Conventions, Conferences and Special Projects, Bashara Saleem.

MPV and Human Rights Campaign were then told to leave. The two MPV and Human Rights Campaign representatives met with Saleem and ISNA board director Farhan Syed to make their case.

Parmir summarized the conversation in the following Facebook post:

It soon became apparent that their concern was for MPV’s presence, not HRC. They are glad to affirm HRC’s advocacy of legal rights for sexual minorities. But they are very uncomfortable with MPV’s advocacy of gender equality and LGBTQ inclusion. They were very clear that they are a religious organization. Their value structure has women as secondary to men…at least in ritual leadership. They are not in the least open to MPV’s call for gender equality. And their religious values do not allow any suggestion that members of the LGBTQ community can be Muslim if they are not repentant. They are adamantly opposed to the notion that there is any room in Islam for a conversation about the possibility of any equality of legitimacy between heterosexual intimacy and homosexual intimacy.

I think if HRC had not partnered with MPV, the booth would have been ok. But the dike that divides homophobic Islam from progressive Islam must not be breached. The Dyke dike must remain unpenetrated.

The ISNA officials told Parmir that the pamphlets at the table were “stressful” and “upsetting.”

According to the account given to reporter Andy Ngo by Parmir, ISNA board director Farhan Syed tried to distance himself from appearing anti-gay by claiming that he has homosexual friends who come to his home for dinner—but with one exception: “They’re not Muslim.” For this ISNA official, Muslims shouldn’t even sit down and share a meal and conversation with a self-proclaimed Muslim who is homosexual.

MPV says the ISNA officials explained that its national conference is “a religious, private and family-oriented event” and “we don’t fit in.”

Parmir ends his post with a powerful conclusion:

“Perhaps the great fault in all this is in ISNA’s name. It is not The Islamic Society of North America. It is The Salafi Society of North America. ISNA is not, as its name implies, an umbrella organization for all Islamic communities. It serves only the ones they in their bigotry approve of,” he wrote.

He’s correct. According to the Justice Department, ISNA is an “entity” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. It also designated ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, another Brotherhood entity that was shut down for financing Hamas. The Holy Land Foundation “operated from within ISNA.”

The president of MPV said, “We’re really sick and tired of the hypocrisy of them (ISNA) claiming to be LGBT allies. They’re only allies when the camera is on.”

MPV also issued a blistering public statement. Here’s an excerpt:

“In the past, ISNA has declared itself to be a proponent of women’s and LGBTQ rights, and in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando by a self-hating gay Muslim man indoctrinated with homophobic teachings, many ISNA member mosques claimed to be “supportive of LGBTQ rights.” This incident not only puts the spotlight on ISNA and its member mosques’ true policy toward LGBTQ Muslims but also their discriminatory and intolerant version of Islam as a whole.

Without acknowledging the absolute rights of women and LGBTQ Muslims and of the diversity of Muslims, ISNA cannot continue to claim to represent North American Muslims. When misogynistic and homophobic teachings in Islam are often used to demonize Muslims and Islam, ISNA’s policy and theology of intolerance only adds fodder to our adversaries.”

Parmir’s Facebook post was positively received by some Muslim readers. One Muslim provided links to articles documenting Saudi financing of ISNA. Another wrote (lightly edited to fix grammatical issues):

“ISNA are pure orthodox Salafi, although they hide themselves as being mainstream Sunni, which they are not. Their funding sources don’t allow them to welcome MPV or be close to them. My personal experience at this location confirms that their ideology of Shariah is pretty orthodox and close to the Saudi ideology of Shariah which I oppose.”

The Muslim author wrote that his personal experience with ISNA was from 2003-2004. Another commentator with direct experience in dealing with ISNA wrote:

“I’m also conflicted. I joined the ACLU and ISNA the day after 45 [Trump] was elected. That was about legal protection for myself and others. ISNA represents themselves as agreeing with U.S. civil rights laws but…clearly they aren’t interested in that process happening within Islam.”

The contradiction between ISNA’s public presentation and substantive actions is also apparent when you look at who they give a platform to. Its events have a long list of speakers but none from MPV or, for that matter, groups like the Muslim Reform Movement.

ISNA cannot hide behind the excuse that MPV is too small to be featured. Its last annual report shows that it is very active. Politicon, known as the Comic-Con for political nerds, found them to be prominent enough to be featured on a panel.

Although some of the resources recommended by MPV are concerning (like Tariq Ramadan), the organization is still acknowledging and tackling the issue of sharia law. It has a lecture series that “seeks to dismantle the religious justification for homophobia in Muslim communities with medical, social and religious history.”

Instead of at least including MPV’s voice, ISNA’s July convention had radical speakers like Muzammil Siddiqi, who said in 2001 that he supports the execution of homosexuals by governments based on sharia law (but opposes attacks on gays by individuals).

Siddiqi was the president of ISNA from 1996 to 2000, remains on ISNA’s Majilis Ash-Shura council and is the chairman of the extremist Fiqh Council of North America.

He got his Islamic credentials at a Saudi university and remains a member of the Supreme Council of Mosques in Mecca and an executive board member of the International Assembly of the Council of Ulama in Mecca. He’s part of the Saudi Salafist/Wahhabist infrastructure. And it shows in his comments on executing gays.

Instead of speaking out against ISNA, many progressive commentators on these issues are acting as pitbulls for ISNA and similar groups by labeling their detractors as bigoted “Islamophobes.” They are defending groups like Muslims of America and its “Islamberg” headquarters who demonize the LGBT community.

So, again, where are the progressives? It’s time for genuine, consistent progressives to get involved and call out the Regressive Left that abandons progressive values in order to whitewash Islamists.

State Dept. Hosts Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Aug. 14, 2017:

Islamist groups still have an open door to the State Department under Secretary Tillerson. A coalition of Muslim Brotherhood groups is boasting that it was granted a visit to the department to provide their perspective on the Temple Mount crisis.

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) is an umbrella of Islamist extremist groups that was formed in 2014 so they can operate as a single body. The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood had been hoping to achieve such unification since at least 1991 when the Brotherhood expressed this desire in a secret memo uncovered by federal investigators.

Most of the groups in the USCMO are listed by the Brotherhood as being fronts for its “Islamic Movement” in America. The memo described “their work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

The USCMO says it met with State Department officials to influence them to pressure Israel. As documented by the Clarion Project, USCMO and other Islamists in America are lying about the recent Temple Mount crisis.

The coalition said it discussed “Israel’s denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem.” USCMO was pleased with the reception it got from the State Department, saying it was “encouraged by the constructive dialogue.”

Secretary of State Tillerson opposes designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and has been siding with Qatar, contradicting President Trump in the process. Qatar is spending hand over fist to hire lobbyists, particularly former Trump campaign officials.

The USCMO organizations represented at the meeting included the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North AmericaAmerican Muslims for Palestine, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Muslim Ummah of North America.

The Justice Department says CAIR is an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and designated it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, another Brotherhood entity convicted for financing Hamas. ICNA’s own texts show its subversive radical agenda.

The representative at the State Department meeting for the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Muzammil Siddiqi, said in 1996 that Muslim involvement in U.S. should be geared towards establishing theocratic sharia (Islamic) law everywhere. Siddiqi used to be the president of the Islamic Society of North America, another group that was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial and listed as a Brotherhood entity.

As for AMP, some of its officials previously served with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas Palestine Committee. Congressional testimony in 2016 pointed out the “significant overlap between AMP and people who worked for or on behalf of organizations that were designated, dissolved or held civilly liable by federal authorities for supporting Hamas.”

Perhaps the strongest evidence linking USCMO to the Brotherhood is the fact that it enlisted a known member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood for its political efforts in Illinois named Sabri Samirah. The Jordanian Brotherhood is very radical and linked to Hamas. Samirah used to be the chairman of a now-defunct Hamas front in the U.S., the Islamic Association for Palestine.

The U.S. government was concerned enough about him to ban him from coming back to the U.S. from Jordan in 2003, even though he lived in America as a non-citizen since 1987. The U.S. government revoked his work visa in 1999 and denied his appeal in 2001. He then lied on his application for residency.  He was permitted to return in 2014.

Other radical organizations in the USCMO coalition include the Muslim Alliance in North AmericaMuslim American Society, the Muslim Legal Fund of America, the Mosque Foundation, the American Muslim Alliance, Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, the Islamic Society of Boston and the North American Imams Federation.

Its board is full of Islamists from these organizations. One is Siraj Wahhaj, the radical imam of the Masjid Taqwa mosque in New York. Another is Mazen Mokhtar, who was jailed on charges related to tax fraud (but whose indictment laid out his connections to terrorism). Mokhtar has declared support for Hamas and suicide bombings and ran a website that helped fundraise for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

USCMO is an ally of the Islamist government of Turkey. Another member is the Turkish American Cultural Society. In September, it hosted Turkish President Erdogan and the USCMO president was there to show his “respect and love” to Erdogan. Erdogan is now essentially a dictator and state sponsor of terrorism, particularly of Hamas and the Brotherhood.

USCMO is openly supportive of Erdogan. In 2015, the coalition took a stand against Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. One USCMO member, the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, promoted a rally on that same exact day to thank Erdogan for supporting the Brotherhood.

The Center for Security Policy has published a comprehensive study of the USCMO’s links to Islamic extremism and terrorism, including the Brotherhood and Hamas.

It is not known who USCMO met with at the State Department or what vetting process took place (if any).

This story is the latest in a series about concerning developments within the Trump Administration.

Major danger signs for Israel are emerging, particularly from the State Department and National Security Adviser McMaster.

It is also concerning that the Department of Homeland Security praised CAIR in a letter in May, with the author claiming it was written at the behest of then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly, who is now Trump’s chief of staff.

Hopefully, the attribution to Kelly was just a consequence of standard procedure, but that still wouldn’t excuse Kelly from failing to change DHS policy towards CAIR during his six months there. However, CAIR’s condemnation of Kelly is an encouraging sign.

The Trump Administration is still young and many positions are still not filled. Almost one-third of senior State Department spots are still empty. And as the strike on a Syrian airbase showed and multiple firings have shown, the administration is very capable of rapid changes. These problems don’t have to be permanent. 

The Trump Administration needs an across-the-board education in these matters and oversight by those who understand Islamism so problematic policies, processes and personnel can be identified. Reviewing this meeting with the USCMO would be a good place to start.

Civilization Jihad at the Ground Level in Southern California

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Aug. 13, 2017:

Speaking truth about the danger Islam poses to civilized society is improper social etiquette in many parts of America these days – especially among America’s elites.

Yet a few dare to do it.  Understanding the Threat (UTT) certainly does.

The folks at the Counter Jihad Coalition in Southern California are also unafraid to speak truth in love about Islam.  They do so boldly on a regular basis.

Led by Steve Amundson, the Counter Jihad Coalition (CJC) operates under a simple premise:  “Get the truth and facts about Islam to the general public.”

Steve Amundson on the streets of southern California speaking truth about Islam

The group goes out every other Saturday to various public places in southern California including on the streets, in malls, and elsewhere to hand out pamphlets, engage people, and speak truth about Islam. Amundson says the group passes out between 1500 and 2000 pamphlets each weekend they are out.

UTT’s President, John Guandolo, had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Amundson for this week’s UTT Radio Show.  The full show can be found at http://www.WorldviewRadio.com.

Steve Amundson told UTT he does what he does out of love of liberty and a desire to see America remain for future generations.

But the truth always offends those who do not have it.

A number of people thank Amundson and the Counter Jihad Coalition for their courage and perseverance in speaking truth, but some people – muslim and non-muslim alike – are not as encouraging or receptive.

Amundson says, “Some of these Christians who believe the interfaith dialogue groups are the way to go, you just can’t get through to a lot of them.”

He goes on to say, “Its the muslim usually that want to tie us up all night long talking, and our real purpose is to get the word out to as many people that don’t know anything about Islam. So we try to minimize our discussions or debates with the muslims so we can get back to passing out brochures to people who want some information and want to know what the truth is.”

Steve Amundson engaging muslims on the streets of southern California

What is probably shocking to many people who are unaware of Islamic beliefs is how some muslims respond.  In THIS VIDEO of CJC interacting with muslims in Santa Monica, California, the muslims openly state their support for killing those who commit adultery and chopping off hands for stealing.

 

 

Last weekend, the Counter Jihad Coalition met with significant resistance from muslims, and Steve Amundson had to call in backup from mall officials and police.

Steve tells the story this way:  “We’ve had a few violent outbreaks when we go out to do our public outreach – a couple of times up in L.A. and then just last Saturday actually.  At a local shopping mall, muslims showed up and started yelling and shouting, and more muslims joined in with them and they were right in our face yelling and shouting.  So I decided at that point in time, its time to call the security.  So I called the security.  They were there really fast, along with LA Sheriff’s deputies.  I said to the deputy, ‘Why don’t you usher these violent, boisterous muslims out of here and everything will be fine?’  He said, ‘Well we’re waiting to see what mall management wants to do’…Well, the mall manager came over and talked to me, and he said ‘Steve, we’re going to have to ask you to close up shop early today.’  I said ‘Wait a minute, I’m approved, you approved my application, and you’re asking me to leave?  You’re not going to escort those unruly muslims out of here?  Everything was fine until they started yelling and shouting and the crowd grew.’  He said, ‘No, we’re asking you to close up because they told us they have a right to be here and they will not leave until (you’re) gone.’”

That – ladies and gentlemen – is Civilization Jihad by OUR hands.  Muslims who create a public disturbance are not removed because they refuse to leave until the man saying things about Islam they do not like is removed – thus the Islamic Law of Slander is enforced in California by sworn officers of the law and mall management.  That is how Civilization Jihad works.

An article about this incident can be found on JihadWatch here.

As a reminder to our readers:  On November 4, 2010, a citizen and Marine named Randy McDaniels attended an event at the University of Central Florida hosted by the Muslim Students Association (Muslim Brotherhood) and featured speakers Jamal Badawi (Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas) and Edina Lekovic (Communications Director for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Public Affairs Council).  The muscle in the room was Hamas doing business as “CAIR” (Council on American Islamic Relations).

When McDaniels asked simple probing questions, he was warned to be quiet by a university official, and then dragged out of the room by several uniformed police officers.

A video of the event can be seen here and UTT strongly recommends readers take the time to view it (4 minutes).  An article written about the incident for Breitbart by John Guandolo can be read here.

What do these two incidents, separated by 7 years, demonstrate?

The lack of training for local law enforcement about the Islamic Movement in the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood’s network, and sharia leaves local officials wide open to being easily duped into taking actions that serve the objectives of our enemies, infringe on the liberties of Americans, and impose sharia inside the United States without ever having to go into a courtroom.

UTT encourages citizens to get involved by getting trained – especially via UTT’s Train the Trainer program – and taking actions including those encouraged by the Counter Jihad Coalition.

Boldly speak truth in love about the real threat of Islam in our society today.

Thanks to the many Patriots who do so, and especially to Steve Amundson and his team at CJC (CounterJihadCoalition.org).

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