Combating Extremism on Capital Hill.

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I was invited by Congresswoman Sue Myrick from North Carolina to participate in a conference Friday of moderate Muslims to discuss ways to combat extremism in the American Muslim community. It is time that we Muslims tackle this problem head on, or else we will have to deal with the consequences of an American public increasingly incensed by the repeated threats and attacks from Muslim lunatics. 

It is not, as some like to say, an issue of “Islamophobia”, but rather the very real fear and exhaustion that Americans feel in the wake of 9/11 and subsequent attacks over the past 9 years. I have joined the fight to stop this madness for the sake of our community and the nation, and will work with all people of goodwill to achieve that goal. For that reason I have become part of a new group called the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. It we don’t solve this problem it will be solved for us, a development that could turn very ugly for the entire Muslim community. Pictured above is Rep. Myrick to my right, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, to my left, along with other participants.

Comments
  1. Alyssa A Lappen says:

    I am delighted to have discovered your heartening website through your 8/24/2010 piece on Feisal Abdul Rauf and the Ground Zero Mosque at Pajamas Media, where I also sometimes publish. Your meeting with Rep. Sue Myrick is also a welcome relief to the usual chorus from (as you cleverly and accurately describe them) the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate. Thank you so much for your elevation of common sense in Muslim American discourse, and for exposing extreme evil in America’s midst, for the benefit of all Americans, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Lest you are unfamiliar with it, I would also like to introduce you an important pledge signed thus far by only two courageous American Muslims, Dr. Zhudi Jasser and Dr. Ali Alyami, the former whom you obviously know, and the latter of Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia . Written by Former Muslims United, http://formermuslimsunited.americancommunityexchange.org/the-pledge/pledge-recipients/ the pledge was sent with an invitation to sign to all major American Muslim organizations and their leaders in Sept. and Oct. 2009. (Neither Imam Rauf nor his wife Daisy Khan signed, nor did others you have named as people you loathe.) In signing this pledge, as you can see, practicing Muslims may pledge to protect the lives of any and all of their former coreligionists from fatwas issued predominantly by historical Muslim jurists as well as contemporary clerics not located in the U.S.A.

    Thank you again for your excellent contributions to public discourse. (I am only sorry that I failed to discover them until now.) May God bless you and keep you.

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