White House to liberal-minded Muslims: drop dead

White House officials are boosting the visibility and clout of Islamic revivalist groups in the United States, and are sidelining the growing network of liberal-minded, modern American Muslims.

“We don’t have any contacts in the administration,” said Avi Zonneveld, founder of Muslims for Progressive Values, based in Los Angeles. “The Canadian government is much more accessible,” she said.

“We’re not invited” to take part in administration meetings, said Zuhdi Jasser, the Syrian-born president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, based in Phoenix, Ariz. His group, which boasts on its website it is motivated by “a love for America and a love of our faith of Islam,” has been consulted by the State Department‘s Muslim outreach office, but domestic agencies have only reached out to the well-funded and media-magnified Islamist groups that seek to revive Islamic political power, such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, he said.

Administration officials declined to explain why they have not reached out to groups of liberal-minded Muslims. “Federal Departments and Agencies engage with a wide variety of Muslim organizations and groups throughout the country, often through open forums and meetings and we have also consulted a wide variety of academics and researchers about the views of Muslims in America,” according to a March 8 statement from White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro.

Among the Muslim groups with the greatest access to the White House are MPAC, based in Los Angeles, and the Islamic Society of North America, based in Plainfield, Ind. MPAC is an advocacy group with few members, and ISNA is a umbrella group for many groups and mosques that practice orthodox Islam, which mandates the subordination of democratic governments to Islamic rules.

On March 6, for example, Denis McDonough, a White House deputy national security advisor, delivered a speech in Northern Virginia at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), where he said that “when it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you’re part of the solution.”

Yet the head cleric at the mosque, Mohamed Magid, is also president of the ISNA, which was founded by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the United States, and which has cooperated with other brotherhood-affiliated groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A federal judge in July 2009 concluded that CAIR has associations with Hamas, which is both an Islamist terror group and an affiliate of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2002, FBI officials raided the ADAMS center in a search for evidence that the mosque’s leaders were linked to jihadi terrorism, and in October 2010, one of the mosque’s attendees, Farooque Ahmed, was arrested because of evidence that he was preparing to explode bombs in local metro stations. The mosque also segregates women to the back of the mosque during daily prayer.

In a short statement prior to McDonough’s speech, Magid condemned “violent extremism,” and said the McDonough speech was made possible by two White House officials, Paul Monteiro, associate director White House Office of Public Engagement, and Rashad Husain, Obama’s envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The conference is an political alliance of 56 Muslim-dominated states.

However, when asked if “violent extremism” means jihad, mosque spokesman Rizwan Jaka said “violent extremism is taking someone’s innocent life.” The mosque works with the FBI to make it easier for local Muslims to warn of problems he said, adding that he believed a local Muslim — not the mosque’s leaders — alerted the police to Ahmed’s plans.

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  • Tex Expatriate

    My goodness, is that a tear in my eye? Am I weeping? Oops, it was just a mote. Everyone needs to understand there is no such thing as a “liberal-minded” or moderate muslim. They are all bad. If they aren’t ranting and raving about killing infidels and establishing a caliphate, they support those who do.

  • jstan442

    magid says that ‘violent extremism is taking someones innocent life’–he is telling the truth what he fails to mention is that they believe that infidels are not innocent-so their life is expendable

  • Major_Skidmark

    I have seen Zuhdi Jasser for quite some time. He is the kind of person I would want living next door. He understands that only Muslims can fix the radical Islam problem. I thank you, Mr Jasser.

  • Sproing

    Yet there is great and reasonable fear that Obama can not be beaten and will survive any campaign to replace him as our next President. In other words where is the Republicans REAL answer to the threat of a second Obama term? He sure isn’t anywhere to be found in the current 10-15 people who seem to maybe thinking about perhaps putting together a committee to study the possibility of running next year

    America needs a real leader and someone whom we can be inspired by to tackle head-on the problems that confront us, yet all I here from those on the left who oppose anything conservative is more of the same ad hominum attacks, derogatory personal remarks, and well so and so 5-10-20 years ago did this and that so it’s O.K. for our guys to do whatever they want.

    There was a group labeled as NIMBY’s several years ago (Not in My Backyard – they still exist)that I think is being replaced by the NOPE’s (Not Out of Personal Entitlements), who will undermine and filibuster any and all attempts to fix our very broken system.

  • mcgirv

    Obama bin Laden is the worst President in American history!

  • dahni

    “”This by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read.

    His references to past history are accurate and clear.

    Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read.

    The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.

    A German’s View on Islam

    A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

    ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care.

    I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

    We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

    The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

    The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

    Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 40 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

    The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

    And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
    • Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
    • Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
    Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.””

    I’ve lived there, in Indonesia, Malaysia and the final year in Kuwait. When I returned to the US in ’95 I told everyone I could that Islam scared the crap out of me because the same people I socialized with, drank midnight tea in the souks with, and smoked the hubbly-bubbly with night after night and who told me they were friends with Americans; told me directly that no matter, if their Imam’s called for a holy jihad against Americans that they would kill me as directed. Scared me!

    • Jess Thinkin

      I read the part that related the story about pre-world war II Germany last year, and took due notice, but your personal story placed a punctuation mark on it. I’m convinced that Dr. Tanay’s historical perspective is absolutely relevant vis-a-vis the Islamic threat to Western civilization, as are your particularly frightening experiences. Each begs the critical questions; does this administration “get it”, and if so, what course of action are they taking to address the obvious epochal challenge. If they don’t truly “get it” we stand no chance of successfully confronting this historical struggle. From my viewpoint, it appears that they tend to perceive all things through the prism of academic and politically correct bending in the light of actions and reality. I have no choice but to hope that I’m wrong.

  • Constitution First

    What was the name of that Saudi prince who funded B. Hussein Øbama’s Harvard education?

    He used a cut-out who lived in Texas at the time… the guy who handled the princes finances here in the states..

  • bozsbusiness

    Fundamental muslims far outnumber conservative muslims…..DUH.
    Where do you think the Committee to Re-elect the President stands on this one?

    • Jess Thinkin

      “Fundamental” vs. “Conservative” — sounds a lot like a difference without a distinction.

      • chuckh

        Nice try! You can twist the meaning but not the facts

        • Jess Thinkin

          Chuck, Two questions: 1)What am I twisting? and 2) What are the facts to which you are alluding?

  • missy8s

    Osama bin Laden isn’t the most dangerous Jihadist in the world anymore, Obama is.