ACT! for America in the news


Andre Carson accusing Tea Party of racism

Rep. Andre Carson a Democrat from Indiana and one of two Muslims currently in Congress at an ICNA conference gave a speech claiming American Public Schools should model curriculum after Muslim Madrassas.

 

Dems and Leftists rail against Christianity having an influence in American schools yet this Muslim calls for an Islamic model to take over Public American Education – what is that? Carson has a reputation as a Black Muslim racist with roots back to racist Louis Farrakhan the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI).

 Louie Gohmert

ACT for America has sent an email that asks to be forwarded to friends which includes two videos of Brigitte Gabriel talking about the Carson-Madrassas idiocy and the other that includes Rep. Louie Gohmert a Republican from Texas placing into the Congressional record ACT’s open letter opposition to the relatively new FBI counterterrorism training materials that ridiculously tries to guard the feelings of Muslims that may be suspected of Islamic terrorism.

 

JRH 7/17/12

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ACT! for America in the news

 

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Last week, Brigitte Gabriel appeared on Hannity to discuss Rep. Andre Carson’s outrageous assertion that our public schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas.

Also last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert spoke eloquently about protecting freedom as he introduced into the Congressional Record the ACT! for America open letter to Congress opposing revisions to FBI counterterrorism training materials.

Both short video clips are available for viewing below. Please forward this email to others you think might be interested, and encourage them to sign up for our email alerts at www.ACTforAmerica.org.

 

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

 

VIDEO: Rep. Gohmert Introduces ACT! for America’s Letter on FBI Counter-Terrorism Training Materials

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Learn the Islam that Apologists will not Tell YOU About


Shariah Compliant Public Schools

 

John R. Houk

© March 20, 2012

 

You do realize it is important to teach religion as history in public schools. It is important because the culture we live in today is largely the result of Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian culture. People should know the roots of their culture to understand the present.

 

Since 9/11 the American education system has been drawn to add more information in text books for grade levels six through twelve. That is understandable because prior to 9/11 Americans thought of Muslims more as Arabs. And Arabs were thought of as camel jockeys stuck in medieval mode in a modern age.

 

The image is not exactly a complimentary one in the description of Muslims. The 9/11 attack perpetrated on American soil did little to brush up that image with the American mind. The majority of the Muslim terrorists that hijacked jets were of Saudi Arabian origin and all were at least Middle Eastern.

 

The fact that the terrorists were from a nation in which Radical Islam is the State Religion of the land is important to know. The Saudi kingdom is dominated by Wahhabism. The purist Islam of the Wahhabis is derived from a Sunni Muslim Cleric that lived in the 18th century. The founder of Wahhabism is Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (c. 1702–c. 1791).

 

The 9/11 terrorists were influenced by the Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia (the bin Laden al Qaeda origin); the Wahhabis are not the only Caliphate minded Radical Islamic (i.e. purist Islam) groups around. There are others. I will not pretend to make an exhaustive list here but here are a few other Radical Muslim groups:

 

Salafists:

 

Jihadi ideology is based today on what is commonly known as Salafism, an ambiguous concept that has served to designate various and very different movements throughout the years. The term is derived from the word Salaf, which means to precede. In Islamic vocabulary, it is used to describe the followers of al Salaf al salih, the virtuous fathers of the faith who were the companions of the Prophet. The group includes the first three generations of Muslims.[1] Since they learned Islam directly from the Prophet, they understood the true meaning of the religion. Salafis aim to eradicate the impurities introduced during centuries of religious practice. Interpretations not based on the original sources of the religion are viewed as distortions that lead Muslims to stray from the path of God. Salafis have constructed a method (manhaj) to help the search for religious truth. It is a methodology for determining the correct interpretation of the religion, based on the Koran, the Sunna, and the example of the first Muslims.

 

The method is based on a series of core concepts, foremost among them the tawhid or belief in the uniqueness of God.[2] Another essential concept in Salafi ideology is bid’a or any innovation in the faith. Salafis argue that since the Koran and Sunna reveal the true nature of Islam, any innovation is a distortion of the path to God and is therefore to be rejected.[3] Salafis also devote considerable attention to the science of the hadiths, and call themselves the People of the Hadith (Ahl al-Hadith).In their opinion, the hadiths are, according to the Koran, the most important source of religious knowledge and guidance, providing the best example of how Islam was practiced when it was first introduced. Hence, many Salafi scholars devote themselves to the science of the hadiths in order to eliminate those that are false and thus be able to propose an exact version of the tradition of the Prophet. Lastly, Salafis consider the division of Muslims into separate schools to be unacceptable, because there can only be one correct interpretation or opinion. One of the main problems the Muslim community is experiencing is precisely this blind adherence or imitation (taqlid) of a particular school. Salafis insist, therefore, that the truth is to be found in the sources, not in the texts written by jurists.

 

Salafism is thus a path and a method to search for religious truth, a desire to practice Islam exactly as it was revealed by the Prophet. The Salafi mission is grounded on avoidance of bid’a and shirk, strict adherence to the principle of tawhid and a desire to transcend the differences between the various schools, as well as the quest for religious truth in the original sources of Islam.[4]

 

 

… The most radical Salafis base their interpretation of jihad on the writings of Ibn Taymiyya [10] and, like him, they consider that actions by governments that are contrary to Islamic law can be considered proof in order to declare them non-believers. The takfir thus became an instrument that could be used to oppose any regime whatsoever through armed struggle.

 

 

In tandem with the evolution of Salafism, jihadi ideology gradually gained ground in Afghanistan and eventually merged with Salafism. Its chief proponent was Abdallah Azzam, who in 1984, founded the Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), an office for recruiting Arabs to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Azzam was to have a decisive influence on Usama bin Ladin. In his work, The Main Obligation of Muslims is to Defend the Land of Islam, Azzam writes that jihad is a moral obligation for all Muslims, the sixth pillar of the faith. Using an epic and mystic language, he sets out a vision of the world based on strict Salafism and on calls to martyrdom, stressing the permanent state of humiliation suffered by the umma, as a result of the actions of crusaders and Zionists. His work was to have a decisive influence on the jihadi radicalism of the 1990s.[12]

 

 

The global proliferation of fighting Salafism and its fusion with jihadi ideology were further consolidated under bin Ladin. His declaration of war on the West-backed by the creation in 1998 of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders caused groups that had originally been set up to provide logistical support to al-Qa’ida (e.g. the Islamic Group of Moroccan Combatants) and had originally sought to purify and punish society, to now set their sights on the West. The struggle was no longer confined to the nearest enemy but also to those further away. Fighting Salafism assumed the role of globalizing the jihad born out of the Afghan experience and became the core ideology of the new radical Islamism.  

 

 

Salafism is first and foremost a method for the search of the religious truth; a desire to practice Islam exactly as it was revealed by the Prophet. It is a religious method whose influence has spread throughout the Arab world and also in Europe, thanks to the support received from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, which have helped expand this peculiar vision of Islam that is very close to Wahhabism. Its influence is on the rise and it has successfully impregnated several Islamist movements, including some sectors of the Muslim Brotherhoods. …

 

The fighting version of Salafism has also become the core ideology of the global jihadism sponsored by al-Qaida and the radical utopia of Abdallah Azzam. This ideology, aided by the proselytizing work of radical clerics, has led to the emergence in Europe of small groups with the capability to carry out independent terrorist strikes. … [Excerpted from a very long essay – Read Details in Entirety. I am guessing the question marks is grammar my browser did not pick-up correctly]

 

Barelvi Islam:

 

The Legacy Of Syed Ahmad Barelvi In India

 

By R. Upadhyay

October 30, 2010

Eurasia Review

[Excerpts]

 

 

Despite the continuity of Islamic rule for centuries in larger parts of the sub-continent, the Muslim community in India was sharply divided into two exclusive segments namely those who were the descendents of Arab, Turk, Iranian and Afghan conquerors known as Ashraf (Noble Muslims) and those neo-convert Indians who were known as Ajlafs (Low category Muslims). Since the priestly class of this society mostly remained aligned with Ashrafs, orthodox Islam did not penetrate deep into the daily lives of the Muslim proletariat (Ajlafs) who maintained continuous emotional link with their Hindu past and were even practicing their pre-Islamic customs and celebrations. Therefore, Waliullah’s movement was meant for purifying the Ajlafs. It is said that Waliullah era was the beginning of Muslim renaissance following the decline of Islamic rule.

 

After the death of Waliullah in 1762 , his son Abdul Aziz (1746-1822) succeeded him in the theological saddle of Delhi and carried forward the ideological heritage of his father’s movement. Since the Marathas were already on retreat after their defeat by Abdali in the third battle of Panipat in 1761 and the British were marching towards Delhi, he converted the movement launched by his father into Jihad against the British after declaring India as Darul Harb (House of war). When the British army marched to Delhi in 1803 and Mogul emperor became a British vassal, he also issued a fatwa appealing to the Muslims for launching Jihad against the British and for restoring the rule of Islamic glory. Finding his disciple one Syed Ahmad Barelvi who was born in November 1786 in Rai Bareilley in the present Uttar Pradesh and belonged to the family distantly related to his family suitable for leading the Jihad, … Later he sent Ahmad Barelvi to Mecca in order to acquire the ideological knowledge of Islam from the Wahhabi clerics of Arabia. During course of his stay in Arabia he was greatly influenced with the spirit of Wahhabism and returned to India sometime in the early years of 1820s.

 

On his return from Mecca, Ahmad Barelvi also known as founder of Wahhabi movement in India, founded an organization namely Tariqah-i Muhhamdiyah (The Way of the Prophet Muhammad) and designated himself as Amir al Mumin (Commander of the Believers). Fully inspired with Waliullah’s political thought for converting the Ajlafs into true Islamists, he toured the length and breadh (sic) of the country particularly Bihar, Bengal, Punjab and Kashmir and found that the Ajlafs were still following Islam within their pre-Islamic cultural mindset like visiting even the Hindu mystics, also following their recommendations for overcoming their worldly problems, having no inhibition in wearing their pre-Islamic dresses. They constituted the larger majority of Muslim society and were therefore the main target area of Barelvi for their brainwashing and turning them into full-fledged Muslims.

 

[The above excerpts are written by a person notably that is an aficionado of Marxism. Read the essay in Entirety]

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Syed Ahmed Shaheed Barelvi

 

June 11, 2010

Guess Papers

[Excerpts]

 

 

The Mujahideen Movement

 

Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi started a great movement in the North of India; this movement is known as “The Mujahideen Movement” or “The Movement o Jihad”. This movement arranged a power for the struggle of freedom in Muslims which produced a spirit of survival and they started freedom struggle.

Background of the Mujahideen Movement

Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi selected a particular way on the command of his spiritual guide Shah Abdul Aziz and devoted himself in the preparation of the holy war. He started a national movement for this purpose in 1818 and organized this movement after [h]is arrival from Hajj as the Mujahideen Movement in 1831.

 

Objectives of Mujahideen Movement

 

He wanted to make the Muslims as the true lover of Islam, for this purpose he started the Mujahideen Movement.

The main objectives of the Mujahideen Movement were following;

 

·         To preach unicity of Almighty Allah.

 

·         To revive the teachings of Islam and prepare the Muslims to pass their lives simply according to the teachings of Islam.

 

·         To protect the Muslims against such acts and ideas which are contrary to Islamic values.

 

·         To protect the Muslims from the worship of other things except Allah.

 

·         To preach Jihad because it was not possible to get freedom from evil force without armed struggle.

 

Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi wanted to eliminate the domination of Sikhs in Punjab and N.W.F.P to revive Islamic values and traditions.

 

[Read essay in Entirety]

 

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Barelvi Islam

 

GlobalSecurity.org

[Excerpts]

 

Deobandis and Barelvis are the two major groups of Muslims in the Subcontinent apart from the Shia. Barelvi Hanafis deem Deobandis to be kaafir. Those hostile to the Barelvis deprecated them as the shrine-worshipping, the grave-worshiping, ignorant Barelvis. …

 

 

The differences between these sects can be difficult to understand. For the Barelvis, (who are mostly from the Pakistan province of Punjab) the holy Prophet is a superhuman figure whose presence is all around us at all times; he is hazir, present; he is not bashar, material or flesh, but nur, light. The Deobandis, who also revere the Prophet, argue he was the insan-i-kamil, the perfect person, but still only a man, a mortal. Barelvis emphasise a love of Muhammad, a semi-divine figure with unique foreknowledge. The Deobandis reject this idea of Muhammad, emphasising Islam as a personal rather than a social religion.

 

 

… The Wahhabi (Arabia), Deobandi (Pakistan and India) and Jamaat-I-Islami all are anti-sufi, and against the over devotion to Muhammad, whereas the Barelvis emphasize Muhammad’s uniqueness. Indeed, nearly 85% of South Asia’s Sunni Muslims are said to follow the Barelvi school, closer to Sufism. The remaining 15% of Sunnis follow the Deobandi school, more closely related to the conservative practice of Islam. Most Shiites in the subcontinent also tend to be influenced by the Sufis. Pakistan’s Muslims, like other Muslims in the region, tend to follow a school of Islam which is less conservative, and hence the support for strongly and overtly religious parties has been minimal.

 

[Read in Entirety]

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Sufi Militants Struggle with Deobandi Jihadists in Pakistan

 

Article from Jamestown Foundation (JF Homepage)

Pub. Date: 24 February 2011

Refworld (affiliated with UNHRC)

 

As Punjab governor Salman Taseer came out of a restaurant in an upscale area of Islamabad, one of his bodyguards uttered the slogan “Allahu Akbar” and fired on the man he was supposed to guard, killing him on the spot. The assassin in the January 4 killing, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, belonged to the Elite Punjab Police, a force specially trained in counterterrorism work and the protection of important individuals (Dawn [Karachi], January 5). Qadri was also believed to be associated with the South Asian Barelvi Sufi movement. The other bodyguards from the elite force did not try to stop him and the smiling Qadri surrendered to his fellow officers after he made sure the governor was dead. He later told the police that he had killed the governor because Taseer had insulted the Prophet of Islam by describing Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws as “black laws.” …

 

 

… the killer belonged to the Dawat-e-Islami, a Barelvi Sufi group which normally shuns violence and has been in the forefront of the struggle against Deobandism (a conservative Sunni religious movement that has become associated with militancy) and the Ahle Hadith jihadi groups. Founded in 1984 as a small group around Pir (spiritual leader) Mohammad Ilyas Attar Qadri, Dawat-e-Islami grew into a formidable organization by the mid-1990s when more than 100,000 persons gathered at its periodic ijtimahs (conventions). [1] Pir Ilyas Attar Qadri had sensed Deobandi extremism would grow as a result of the Afghan jihad and wanted to organize the Ahle Sunnat to face that challenge. However, Pir Ilyas believed in peaceful resistance. [2] Surprisingly, the Dawat-e-Islami is loosely structured on the model of the Deobandi Tablighi Jamaat (an international Islamic reform movement). …

 

 

Formation of the Sunni Tehrik

Pir Ilyas Qadri’s reluctance to adopt violence against Deobandi jihadi groups led to a mini-rebellion among his followers, particularly those who had studied at Barelvi madrassahs. Consequently, a small group led by Saleem Qadri founded the Sunni Tehrik in 1990. Saleem Qadri wanted to meet Deobandi violence with more violence, as Pir Ilyas Qadri’s “non-violence was not taking the Barelvis anywhere.” [4] However, Saleem Qadri did not break his religious allegiance to Pir Ilyas Qadri even after leaving his group, nor did he ask his followers to break links with the Dawat-e-Islami. This approach worked and soon the ranks of the Sunni Tehrik swelled. The membership of the Dawat-e-Islami and the Sunni Tehrik also overlaps at the lower levels with several other Barelvi groups.

The Sunni Tehrik was the first Barelvi group to articulate the demands of the majority Barelvi sect and to use violence to achieve them. Their four basic demands were:

• The protection of Ahle Sunnat beliefs.

• The protection of the rights of the Ahle Sunnat.

• The protection of Ahle Sunnat mosques.

• The protection of the Ahle Sunnat awqaf (religious endowments), such as shrines. [5]

The Sunni Tehrik was ready to use violence to achieve the last two demands in response to Deobandi groups’ use of violence to take over Barelvi mosques and awqaf property.  

 

 

… the most important thing was that the Jamaat Ahle Sunnat had adopted the Sunni Tehrik narrative of a forceful defense of Barelvi interests as its own. The Jamaat Ahle Sunnat emerged much stronger after the convention and began to play a major part in the country’s Islamist politics.

 

 

The assassination of Governor Salman Taseer shows that Sufi Islamism can be a bulwark against or an alternative to Deobandi and Ahle Hadith jihadism but it is in its own way as great a threat to international security as the militancy of the Deobandi and Ahle Hadith movements. [Read in Entirety]

 

Deobandi

 

Deobandi Islam: The Religion of the Taliban

Information provided and used with permission from the Defense Language Institute at: wrc.lingnet.org (Google goes HERE for the link)

 

Posted by GlobalSecurity.org

PDF dated: 2001

 

 

From its inception the school at Deoband made a sharp distinction between ‘revealed’ or sacred knowledge, and ‘human’ or secular knowledge. The school excluded all learning that was not obviously Islamic by firmly rejecting other religious traditions (the Hinduism of India and the Christianity of the British missionaries) and forbidding Western-style education and the study of any subjects not directly related to the study of the Quran.

 

The school was also highly critical of Islam as it was practiced in the modern world, especially India. They felt the established religious order had made too many compromises with its foreign environment and therefore Islam needed to be purified of these foreign elements. To live out the pure Islamic tradition they embraced Taqlid (acceptance of the old interpretations) and rejected ijitehad or reinterpretation of Islamic precepts to accommodate the changing times. It should also be noted that they are strict adherents to the Hanafi school of thought.xii

 

 

… In the late 19th and early 20th century the Deobandi school was embroiled, and to a great extent preoccupied, in a verbal “fatwa war” with the Bid’ati school. With more than a quarter of a million fatwas (legal opinions) being issued on some of the most ordinary issues of daily life, the fatwa war helped the Deobandi scholars clarify their thinking. It also served to harden their deeply conservative theological and ethical positions. As a result of the fatwa war the Dar-ul-Uloom madressa became much more traditional than it was when first established in 1866. That is, it moved much further to the right than the founding fathers would have ever imagined.

 

As the school grew in years it also grew in size and prestige. xiii Dar-ul-Uloon became ‘the’ place to prepare young men to become educated in the Islamic tradition. …

 

 

Indian independence from British rule in 1947 was met with a bloody partitioning of the subcontinent into two independent nations…India and Pakistan. …

 

Dar-ul-Uloon however, had a strong history as a hotbed for anti-British activities that were fueled by its conservative, uncompromising theological stance. After the creation of the nation of Pakistan in 1947 numerous satellite Deobandi madressas sprung up throughout Pakistan. These madressas carried on not only the strict Deobandi theological tradition but also its political activism, only now the target had changed. It was no longer the English but the Indian oppression of Muslims in the disputed area of Kashmir that inspired resentment. Later, with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 this resentment would expand to include communism. After the Soviets left the U.N. and the U.S. became demonized as the foreign invading and corrupting powers that threatened the pure expression of Islam.

 

 

In the spring of 1994 two teenage girls from the village of Sang Hesar were abducted by the majahedim and repeatedly raped at the local checkpoint. Mohammed Omar, a retired Afghan commander studying at a local madressa, gathered 30 fellow taliban (students) and mounted a successful rescue. The Majahedim commander was hung from a slowly ascending tank-barrel. This was the birth of a movement that came to be known as the Taliban.

 

 

The majahedim were Islamists who carried the banner of Islam and combated secularism and then communism in Afghanistan. Islamists are modernists who seek a contemporary political interpretation of Islam. Educationally they tilt towards Al-Azhor University in Egypt where they have been strongly influence by the political orientation of the fundamentalist group the Muslim Brotherhood. Because they drew from this model other governments were quick to recognize their authority and they were able to form highly organized political parties.

 

The Taliban are traditionalists who have only entered the political stream in Afghanistan since 1994. They view the roll (sic) of government and society very differently from the majahedim. They do not see Islam in political terms but in religious terms. They seek to return to the purity of the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah (the practices of the Prophet). They are products of religious madrassas in Pakistan whose roots go back to the Dar-ul-Uloon seminary in Debond, India. Their history makes the Taliban inclined to organize themselves around regional associations rather than political parties.

 

Religious edicts are believed to have a divine source so they carry more authority in this society than humanitarian law that stress individual freedoms. The purpose of government is to be a reflection of the divine will (as interpreted by the Deobondi scholars), not a guardian of individual rights and liberties as insisted upon by the West. [Read PDF in Entirety]

 

So what the heck, John? Why are you rehashing these theo-political strains of Radical Islam?

 

Well feel lucky, I was going to examine some of the organization – I mean – terrorists that adhere to these Radical Islamic ideologies. You know like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, CAIR, Jamaat ul-Fuqra and so on.

 

The point of this exercise is that American text books are leaving this kind of information out. Since these organizations look back to purist Islam. It is important to tell American students that the Islam that inspires these Islamic terrorists and Radical Muslims is the Islam of Mohammed and the following so-called Rightly Guided Caliphs (i.e. First four Caliphs that were actual buddies with Mo).

 

ACT for America has put together an analysis of text books in America from sixth grade through twelfth grade. Here is the ACT email:

 

Textbook analysis report released today!

A special message from Brigitte Gabriel, President, ACT! for America Education

 

By Brigitte Gabriel

Sent: 3/19/2012 2:04 PM

Sent from ACT for America

 

www.ACTforAmericaEducation.com/

 

It is with great delight that I announce to you that today we released “Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks.”

 

ACT! for America Education Executive Director Guy Rodgers and I began discussing this project nearly four years ago. Today, that project is a reality—and I believe that one year from now you and I will look back on this as a truly historic accomplishment that helped change the course of education in America.

This report shines a bright light on a pattern of errors, omissions and bias in the textbooks reviewed. Our children deserve better. Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not historical revisionism.

To give you just one example of the errors our research uncovered, in discussing the 9/11 attacks, the textbooks typically fail to mention the perpetrators were Muslims or that they acted in the cause of Islamic jihad. In one book the terrorists are portrayed as people fighting for a cause. In just a few years after September 11th, the history of what happened on that tragic day was rewritten in our school textbooks. Omitting this vital information, that jihad was the motivation for the attacks, makes it difficult, if not impossible, for today’s young teens, who don’t remember 9/11, to really understand what happened that day—and why.

Please forward this email to anyone and everyone you know. Help us get the word out far and wide! Over the next few months we hope to wake up America to what this report has uncovered!

To access the report log on to www.ACTforAmericaEducation.com/. Once there you will find the following:

 

·         The Executive Summary of the Report, which was mailed to over 70,000 state and local school board members nationwide;

 

·         The full Report;

 

·         Sub-reports, sorted by each textbook publisher;

 

·         A plan for taking action.

 

 

The few have always made a difference in this crazy, dangerous but wonderful world we live in. This is our time, those of us who “get it” and are concerned about the direction of our future, to come together and work together to make a difference for our country and our future generation.

I am honored to put my hand in yours and work with you to ensure our children receive the best historical education, and America remains the greatest and brightest nation on earth.

Brigitte Gabriel

 

Now here is the link to the Executive Summary to this analysis in which you can also access the full report:

 

http://www.actforamericaeducation.com/textbook-project

 

Below is the welcome message from Brigitte Gabriel to ACT for America Education.

 

JRH 3/20/12

Tennessean supports Radical Islam –


 

John R. Houk

© July 13, 2011

 

There are many States in the USA that have passed recent laws to prevent Islam’s Sharia Law from being a standard in American rule of law as stated in the U.S. Constitution and the State Constitutions in question.

 

The State of Tennessee’s The Material Support to Designated Entities Act became law on July 1, 2011. ACT for America was more than likely one of the huge reasons there was a large grassroots support for the law. Undoubtedly a visit by Geert Wilders to a mega-Church in Tennessee also aided the cause to pass the law.

 

The newspaper The Tennessean was in the tank to undermine and derail the law that was aimed at prosecuting donators that gave to further Islamic terrorism. It was probably the influence of The Tennessean that extricated mention of Sharia Law and Jihad from the original legislation.

 

The Tennessean is a Nashville newspaper that does everything in its power to convince their readers that radical Islamic Mosques known to be in the Nashville area are moderate Muslim Mosques that have cleaned up their act from their past. The reality is The Tennessean willfully calls anti-Sharia/anti-Jihad organizations liars by omitting truth often with outright lies. Yet when a fact check is run on The Tennessean, their writers are the ones that omit or manipulate facts or just plain make them up.

 

Now I am singling out The Tennessean because they recently ran a smear piece on Brigitte Gabriel trying to portray her as a racist without credibility. Now I quickly scanned that article written by Bob Smietana (his email) and he did not actually use the term “racist” in writing about ACT for America and Brigitte Gabriel; however the entire tone of the article is that ACT and Brigitte are placing all Muslims in one category of Islam is terrorism when the reality is the national ACT organization goes out of its way to differentiate between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims. The national organization even works with moderate Muslims who condemn the harsher tenets of the Quran and Sharia Law.

 

I have a feeling that some of the ACT Chapters have a “we vs. them” mentality toward Islam in totality; however as I have already written that is not the case with Brigitte Gabriel and ACT for America. Indeed, I am probably in the category of Right Wing Bible thumpers that have a great mistrust of Islam in general whether it is radical or moderate. Let’s face it I am devoted to Jesus Christ the Savior and Son of God who came to save the lost from this world system. All those who condemn Christ Jesus as the Risen Savior that brought Deliverance to those who believe are of an anti-Christ spirit. The Believers in the Risen Savior become a new creation in Christ Jesus the Lord. Thus I have a problem with all faiths that deny Christ as the Son of God co-equal in Divine Attribute with the Father and Holy Spirit.

 

Most religions that are apart from Christianity do not attack the Godhood of Jesus or the Godhead of the Trinity because their theology is not so much based on a personal God as they are in either pleasing their deity (or deities) or escaping a repetitive cycle of life such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Many of those religions might get a little testy with Christianity sharing their Good News of deliverance but their theology does not specifically have an attack the Christians for what they believe mode.

 

Islam on the other hand does have attack holy book instructions to attack Christians and Jews until they convert of submit to the authority of Islam in a demeaning way. That is what is called the moderate stuff folks. In original Islamic writings Christians and Jews are to be revered as “People of the Book;” however that reverence only extends to the point of submission to the superiority of Islam.

 

That is the age old Islam that purists are attempting to reform present day Islam to a return of those glory days. Frankly I am not seeing much of a moderate Islamic condemnation of the early Islamic brutality of forced conversions or dhimmi humiliation. When moderate Muslims are willing to condemn the brutality of their past I might be more willing for a peaceful coexistence.

 

After all, Christian history after Roman Emperor Constantine has its past of brutality in the name of protecting the Universal Holy Church; however the brutality was not based on the Word of God. The Christian brutality of the past was the false interpretation making people pay violently for rejecting or not converting to Christianity. The plan of the Great Commission as instructed by Jesus Christ is to go into the whole world to share the Good News. If the message is rejected kick the dust of that place off your shoes. If the message is accepted then disciple those who believe so that they know how to live a Christian life. Violence in the name of Christianity was and is an aberration to Scripture.

 

The Muslim path of historical brutality on the other hand was to invade, humiliate, convert or kill. That path may not be the practice of those the West would term as moderate Muslims; however neither is it condemned. Indeed the alternative of violence is a Quranic and Hadith command.

 

As this becomes more and more realized I am betting Americans will begin to see the light that revered tenets of Islam are not congruent to the American way of life or the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the rights of humankind.

 

I don’t know about you but I get a little ticked off when any media organization tries to make radical Islam look moderate and those attempting to educate Americans about the full nature of Islam as bigoted racists. THAT is the disgusting written reporting of Knoxville’s newspaper The Tennessean.

 

ACT for America sent out an email correcting writer Bob Smietana about the nature of ACT educating on the precepts of Islam as well as a condemnation of Smietana for exposing Brigitte Gabriel as a pseudonym by publishing her actual name and place of residence. In America that may not sound like a big deal; however those Muslims that follow the purist line of Mohammed-thinking will seek to assassinate her and/or her family for the perceived insult to Islam. Islamic religious tenets call for any insult to Islam to be met with a death sentence.

 

JRH 7/13/11

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Newspaper smears Brigitte Gabriel, ACT! for America

 

Sent by ACT for America

Sent: 7/11/2011 2:48 PM

 

Newspaper’s smear of ACT! for America laced with lies, fabrications, and distortions.

Please take action below!

 

Yesterday, The Tennessean newspaper ran a story by Bob Smietana that is so laced with lies, fabrications and distortions we determined we had no choice but to respond to it.

You can read the “yellow journalism” smear piece for yourself here.

Space does not allow us to respond to every fabrication or distortion in the story, so we will focus on the most egregious. At the end of this email we ask you to take action!

Item #1: Distortion

Smietana opens the story with this:

 

“ACT! for America sums up its mission in four words: “They must be stopped.”

 

“The “they” in question are Muslims…”

 

Smietana takes the name of Brigitte Gabriel’s best-selling book to claim that this means ACT! for America’s mission is to “stop” Muslims, bluntly implying that we believe all Muslims are engaged in a “stealthy jihad” and thus that all Muslims must be stopped.

 

FACT: The subtitle of Brigitte’s book states what “they” is referring to, “Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It.”

FACT: ACT! for America does not believe, nor advocate, that all Muslims are engaged in stealth jihad. ACT! for America does not believe, nor advocate, that all Muslims “must be stopped.”

The truth is that ACT! for America works with and helps promote the efforts of reformist Muslims, such as Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, and others. Dr. Hamid, a guest on the ACT! for America TV show, has praised the work of ACT! for America and provided us a quote for our website. The mission of ACT! for America is to combat the ideology of radical Islam and those who advocate it.

 

Item #2: Lie

Later in the piece Smietana writes:

 

“Critics say ACT distorts the nature of Islam and labels law-abiding Muslims as terrorists.”

 

There is no other way to respond to this than to call this a lie.

 

FACT: ACT! for America does not “label law-abiding Muslims as terrorists.” This is a classic smear technique used in yellow journalism, to refer to some unnamed “critics” who make some unsubstantiated accusations, in order to smear the organization without Smietana directly saying it himself.

 

Item #3: Lie

In a lengthy section about Brigitte’s personal life, Smietana writes:

 

“She married a co-worker named Charles Tudor, a former cameraman for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord television show.”

 

This is a lie.

 

FACT: Brigitte’s husband has never worked for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord television show.

 

Item #4: Fabrication

Smietana writes:

 

“Page Brooks, assistant professor of theology and Islamic studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, said ACT! For America confuses radical Islam with the more moderate mainstream version of the faith”

 

This is intended to reinforce the distortion noted in Item #1 and the lie noted in Item #2.

 

FACT: If what Brooks was saying was true, why would ACT! for America work with and promote the efforts of reformist Muslims and repeatedly acknowledge that many Muslims do not support jihad and the imposition of sharia law?

On several occasions over the past 18 months we have emailed articles to our national list by reformist Muslims such as Dr. Hamid and Dr. Jasser. It is clear Smietana closely follows what we do, so surely he knows this—so he would know that the statement by Brooks is a fabrication.

 

As egregious as these lies, fabrications and distortions are, Smietana goes further and exposes Brigitte Gabriel’s real name, names her husband, and identifies the city in which they live. In fact, he uses her actual last name no fewer than six times in the piece, instead of referring to her by her nationally known pseudonym. How was exposing Brigitte like this relevant to this story?

There is a simple reason why Brigitte uses a pseudonym: the board of ACT voted in 2003 to require her to do so in order that she would enjoy some level of protection. This is not a misplaced concern. She has received death threats. We know that al Qaeda has written about Brigitte several different times on its website. Surely Smietana must know that al Qaeda has done this. Surely Smietana must know that Theo van Gogh was killed by a jihadist in the Netherlands.

Today, al Jazeerah picked up a press release posted by CAIR which refers to the story—so now the entire Muslim world that has access to the radical al Jazeerah “media outlet” will know the details about Brigitte’s real name and city of residence.

Surely Smietana must have known something like this would happen. We are thus compelled to ask, is he so driven by an agenda other than journalism that he would expose Brigitte’s name and city deliberately to expose her to danger? Only he knows the answer to that question.

Bob Smietana has written a string of articles over the past many months that have clearly revealed his reporting is, to put it charitably, “factually challenged.” It is difficult not to conclude that Smietana sees his “reporting” on this issue, not as journalism seeking to uncover the truth and report facts, but as a mission to smear, silence and even recklessly endanger those who would dare to speak out against the threat of radical Islam.

 

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Tennessean supports Radical Islam – Condemns Anti-Jihad Organization

John R. Houk

© July 13, 2011

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Newspaper smears Brigitte Gabriel, ACT! for America

 

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

CAIR Lawfare and WND


Correction to: CAIR Lawfare and WND



In the post “CAIR Lawfare and WND” I wrote that CAIR was suing publisher WorldNetDaily and Joseph Farah along with Dave Gaubatz (father) and Chris Gaubatz (son).

In my zeal to make the Islamist American-Muslim organization known as CAIR I failed to do my due diligence about who are the exact defendants in CAIR’s lawfare to bring silence to the information in the book the Muslim Mafia.

Via SlantRight’s comment section Joseph Farah would like me to issue a correction. I have to admit I am taking the email’s identity for granted; however it sounds legit to me.

The correction runs as follows … HERE

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John R. Houk

© July 6, 2011

 

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been visibly running ever since a very public law suit against Anti-CAIR publisher Andrew Whitehead was shut down defeating Legal Jihad/Lawfare. The CAIR intent was to keep Whitehead silent concerning his writings exposing CAIR as being an American-Muslim front to funnel money to Hamas which is also connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

CAIR gave up on Whitehead because he asked for “discovery” as was his right as a defendant. CAIR evidently did not want that information to be made public and so a settlement followed between Whitehead and CAIR. It was one of those settlements in which the terms were sealed to the public; HOWEVER Whitehead was NOT forced to retract anything he had said about CAIR AND Whitehead has continued his Anti-CAIR activities.

 

CAIR has been directly and indirectly involved in Lawfare civil suits to not necessarily win but rather to cost defendants so much money that the defendant could not afford the legal fees.

 

One such prominent lawfare case resulted due to the publication the book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” The authors of the Muslim Mafia are P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. The book was published by WorldNetDaily. Why is CAIR so unhappy about the Muslim Mafia?

 

Dave Gaubatz’s son Chris privately without any law enforcement backing went undercover posing as a Muslim. After Chris gained the trust of CAIR personnel he set about obtaining documents that were primarily supposed to have been destroyed and I believe recorded conversations. Here is a paragraph from a WND promo email that writes the sources used to write the Muslim Mafia:

 

“Muslim Mafia,” published by WND Books, is packed with pages of recently declassified government documents and evidence from the covert operation, including thousands of e-mails, faxes and internal memos that were never meant for public viewing. The first section of this book reveals how the Council on American-Islamic Relations functions as a dangerous front organization. More alarming, however, is that CAIR is part of an organized crime network in America made up of more than 100 other Muslim front groups that collectively make up the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

 

CAIR sued the authors, WND and WND founder Joseph Farah. The last that I had read about the authors are they may be off the civil suit hook. I cannot say for sure though because of the nature of Lawfare to keep suing until the opponents cannot afford the legal bills.

 

WorldNetDaily has discovered this fact about Lawfare because CAIR has continuously sued WND draining funds to pay the legal fees. The last time I touched on the Lawfare being executed on WND was about a year ago with the post entitled, “Islamist front targets book publisher, First Amendment. I have learned from an ACT for America that CAIR is still pursuing Lawfare against WND. Because of this Lawfare from CAIR against WND, requests for donations are coming in to offset the legal fees WND is experiencing.

 

CAIR has to be feeling the squeeze because their image is becoming sufficiently tarnished that only open deception which quite probably will be found to be illegal is becoming one of the remaining options for the lie of claiming to represent moderate Islam.

 

On the other hand CAIR as a Muslim Brotherhood representative in America has quite probably acquired a powerful ally in President Barack Hussein Obama. The Obama Administration is involved with having the Justice Department to stop investigating radical Islamic organizations in America. Couple this with the Obama decision to actually cozy up with an enemy of America in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that CAIR may be feeling pretty haughty again.

 

Because our government under the auspices of Obama’s leadership may be stabbing Americans in the back, it is imperative to support all organizations public and private to fight Stealth Jihad from acquiring a toehold in this nation as it has in the United Kingdom. Because of this I urge you to join ACT for America’s Brigitte Gabriel in supporting the request to send money to WND to have the legal fees to overcome CAIR’s Lawfare!

 

JRH 7/6/11

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World Net Daily needs our help!
CAIR using “lawfare” to silence the truth

 

By Brigitte Gabriel

President, ACT! for America

Sent: Jul 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

 

For years WorldNetDaily (WND), headed by my friend Joseph Farah, has been an important and courageous source of news and commentary, especially on the issue of radical Islam. WND has exposed information that most media wouldn’t even touch out of fear and political correctness.

To illustrate, WorldNetDaily had the courage to publish the blockbuster expose’ about CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, entitled Muslim Mafia.

As a result, CAIR, in a “lawfare” effort likely funded by foreign money, has relentlessly attacked WND in the courts. I say “likely” because there is substantial evidence that CAIR has received millions of dollars from foreign entities (see http://cairunmasked.org/). It is hard to imagine that CAIR could be funding legal challenges against WND out of contributions from its small membership.

CAIR, the American propaganda arm for Hamas and un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism trial ever in the history of the United States where 108 guilty verdict were handed down, will not reveal its funding sources, has not filed the required non-profit tax returns for the past three years (which resulted in the IRS stripping CAIR of its non-profit status), and has never filed as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

CAIR is using relentless legal attacks against WND trying to silence them and suppress the truth. It has become the modus operandi of our enemies to use our legal system, with Middle East oil money, to attempt to silence and intimidate those patriotic Americans who are standing courageously on the front lines fighting to defend our freedoms and expose those who wish America harm. WorldNetDaily needs our help in its legal defense to continue fighting and exposing CAIR.

We at ACT! for America will not stand by idly on the sidelines. We are going to make a contribution to WND’s legal defense fund and are asking you to join us in doing so. 

Simply log on here to make a contribution to the WND legal defense fund and stand with me in supporting such a courageous organization headed by a great patriot, Joseph Farah. Every dollar will be greatly appreciated, and every dollar counts.

At a time when moral clarity is scarce and courage is hard to find, it is our duty to lift and support those who risk so much to expose the truth. I urge you, my friends, to take some action today on behalf of WorldNetDaily in its legal and financial struggle against CAIR.

 

Thank you.

Always devoted,

 

Brigitte Gabriel

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CAIR Lawfare and WND

John R. Houk

© July 6, 2011

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World Net Daily needs our help!

 

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure. 

Islam: Reformation or Transformation


Radical-Moderate Islam

John R. Houk

© March 29, 2011

 

Christopher Logan of Logan’s Warning is very displeased with Brigitte Gabriel’s distinction between Moderate Islam and Radical Islam. Logan is one of those that believe Islam is Islam as is inherent in Islamic holy writings.

 

I have long struggled back and forth internally about the existence of a Moderate Islam. I am fully aware that in America a significant amount of the Muslim community subscribe to America’s concept of constitutional freedom as is guaranteed by the first ten Amendments which are called the Bill of Rights. Of those ten Amendments the First Amendment is the big dog of civil liberty guaranteeing Free Speech, Religious Freedom, Free Press, Free Open Protest, Freedom to petition the government without fear of retribution and no government interference of the practice of religion.

 

I also know that most of the Mosques in America receive their Islamic religious and theological literature from the Saudi Arabian dime. This means that purist Islam of the Wahhabis (and Muslim Brotherhood) niche, which the Western media asserts is a minute minority in Islam, is what American-Muslims read. Also if one ever takes a peek at angry Muslims in Islamic dominated lands it is difficult to believe that those who are supposed to be the Islamic majority subscribe to a moderate interpretation of Islam. When one reads about mass Muslim protests over idiotic cartoons of Mohammed in an unflattering expression, there was not so much a demonstration of a religion of peace and more of a demonstration of  religion threatening violence and calling for murder and revenge on embassies that allowed Mohammed cartoons to be freely published in Western media. Also it is becoming common in Muslim dominated lands for hateful and violent persecution to be executed upon Christians. This violence leads to pogrom-style destruction of Christian Churches and property that often leads to rape and kidnapping of women as well as death to Christians that are in the way of the Islamic pogrom-style madness.

 

Now back to those Muslims that wish us non-Muslims to believe most Muslims are moderate and religion of peace kind of guys, I need to refer to a Muslim that has really become the face of Islamic “reform” in America – Dr. Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser.

 

Dr. Jasser is very anti-Islamist and pro-Moderate Islam. No one disputes his antagonism toward radical Islam and his complaint that the most known Muslim organizations in America have an Islamist and/or Muslim Brotherhood connection. The many that are critical of Dr. Jasser dispute his claim that most Muslims in America are moderate because they don’t actually attend the radicalized Mosques (which seems to be the majority) in America. This criticism goes back to those that believe Islam is Islam as it is recorded in the Quran, Hadith and Sira (combination of Sunna and Hadith). This is the very purist Islam that the Muslims we call radical subscribe to. The actual reform movement in Islam is the call to a return to the Islam established by Mohammed and congealed by the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. This is the very purist Islam that the Muslims we call radical subscribe to. The reform called by Dr. Jasser is the eschewing of the violent concepts in Political Islam which is the majority portion of Sharia Law. Though many of us kafir (non-Muslims) might call this reform, it is actually a transformative call by Dr. Jasser and the few that follow his (what I believe to be) noble call to change Islam into an actual religion of peace.

 

Dr. Jasser’s assertion that most American-Muslims are moderate is because American-Muslims do not follow the radical Islam that permeates most American Mosques. Dr. Jasser’s critics believe that is a deluded fallacy. Ergo, if Dr. Jasser is preaching a fallacy he must be a deceiving liar. Debbie Schlussel who complains about many prominent exposers of radical Islam as being con artists and/or plagiarists of her journalistic pieces says this about Dr. Jasser:

 

You see, the message Mr. Jasser is spreading is contrary to the one he claims in the movie. The movie warns of the homegrown jihad we’ve been warning about for years, since before 9/11. But Jasser’s statements regularly contradict the movie. He’s two-faced, and a liar. And you simply can’t believe a single piece of fertilizer coming out of his mouth. He openly lied to me in an e-mail, claiming he’d never discussed a topic on Detroit radio, which he expressly did discuss on the air for a full half-hour.


Jasser has consistently appeared on Detroit radio shows and TV and radio shows around the country, saying the usual bullcrap, i.e., that Islam is a peaceful religion, that the majority of Muslims are peaceful because they don’t belong to a mosque, that CAIR and MPAC and ISNA, etc. don’t represent Islam.

 

 

Sorry, but that’s baloney. Islam is not peaceful. Whether or not Muslims belong to a mosque is not the determinant of their radicalism, only an adding factor. I know some extremely secular Muslims who drink alcohol and haven’t been to a mosque in decades. But they love Hezbollah and HAMAS and hate Jews, Christians, America, and Israel. If the majority of Muslims are really peaceful and don’t support terrorist groups, why did I see ten thousand Muslims–during the workday–marching on the streets of Dearborn and Detroit in support of Hezbollah and HAMAS in both 2006 and early 2009? Why do Bin Laden, HAMAS, Hezbollah, Ahmadinejad, and Nasrallah remain the most popular figures and entities in poll after poll of Muslims? Why do a third of young American Muslims support homicide bombings?

 

Dr. Jasser was kicked out of his mosque in Arizona, a pretty good sign that Islam is, in fact, radical, and they don’t want his pretentious claim otherwise. I’m sorry, but CAIR, ISNA, and MPAC do represent Islam more than he does. Far more, despite his claims otherwise. It’s like when Communist fantasists and utopians used to tell me that I can’t judge Communism by its manifestation and practice in the Soviet Union or Cuba or China, because they don’t practice “real” Communism and don’t represent this silent, imaginary majority of Communists worldwide who love peace and don’t throw people in jail for a life of torture for writing a poem. Sorry, Zuhdi, but you know better. And yet, you continue to lie. I asked Jasser how many Muslim members he has in his organization, the “American Islamic Forum for Democracy,” and he didn’t respond. He’s told others it’s about 100. That’s not even negligible. It’s downright embarrassing.

 

Not negligible are the speaking fees and other payments and funding Dr. Jasser is getting from this speaking tour, a good chunk of it courtesy of the Clarion Foundation, which in using him as its two-faced spokesman seems not to heed its own eponymous clarion call. I dream (and will forever dream) of the day we will see a Muslim (which means an ex-Muslim) or an Arab who is actually putting forth a consistent, truthful, truly peaceful message . . . and not some uninformed double-talk, milked as a money-making enterprise. Jasser, Hanan Tudor a/k/a “Brigitte Gabriel,” Walid Shoebat, and other frauds have all made a mint after they opened up shop post-9/11 (and lying about what and who they are). Before then, they were nowhere to be seen. Apparently, the underside of the rock was quite cozy ’til then, but afterward the outside suddenly became far “greener.” (The Sad Truth About Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser–Star, Narrator, & Producer of “The Third Jihad” Mar. 12, 2009 2:45 PM)

 

As you can see Schlussel is not pleased with a lot of people that actually have the same agenda of exposing Islam. Schlussel seems to believe that any defense of the existence of “Moderate Islam” must have an agenda of self-aggrandizement for gain; thus the Gabriels, the Jassers and the Shoebats criticizing Radical Islam deceive to make money because they lie or are plagiarizing the Schlussel journalism. Honestly I believe every one of the people Schlussel castigates has accomplished a great service in exposing the agenda of Islam in America. I have never heard that Brigitte Gabriel’s name is Hanan Tudor (Where did that come from?). If Gabriel had an alternative name, what is the implication?

 

I have kind of taken the middle road about the nature of Islam. According to Islamic holy writings that affect non-Muslims, the religion of Islam is evil. Muslims that declare they practice a moderate path of Islam simply means that Moderate Muslims wittingly or unwittingly disregard the portions of Islam that are doom and gloom in this present physical time for non-Muslims. All Muslims that call for a return to the practices of the early days of Islam are calling for a reformation to the pure days of Islam. The Muslims that call for an updated or a modernized Islam are calling for the elimination of the portions that call for defending the faith with a good physical offence (i.e. with violence) to propagate or to force submission of non-Muslims to the supremacy of Allah and Islam. Frankly my friends if you find a Muslim that denies that all of the examples of the perfect man, their prophet Mohammed, that Muslim person is part of a very miniscule minority in which the Muslim will find their life is endangered.

 

Does this mean that Muslims no matter how few they are, such as Dr. Jasser, should be criticized because they have a vision for an Islam that is actually a religion of peace in more than in mere deceptive propaganda? As long as the desire for a new kind of Islam exists among Muslims, it will be a noble desire.

 

I have to admit I sense it is a bit of dangerous territory for non-Muslims to believe in an Islamic transformation. Multicultural diverse Leftists that are deluded about the validity of all cultures whether evil, good or foreign are understandable. However, for Conservatives and those that wish to expose the nature of Islam by writing about the tenets of radical Islam as distinct from Islam itself is a path with good intentions yet probably doomed to failure. The only way for a transformed Islam is for a charismatic figure within the substructure of the Islamic faith that has the ability to catch the mind of Muslims to abandon the medieval-intolerant-global empire mindset of purist Islam. I am afraid such a person would be a miracle for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It would be a miracle for Muslims in the sense that the Clerics are self-indoctrinated and they indoctrinate their followers that Islam is pure and all else is false; even if the defense of the faith requires a violent action to correct even the least insult to Islam, Mohammed and Allah. Centuries of Islamic programming among Muslims has entrenched intolerance and Islamic Supremacy into their minds. I dare say that non-Muslims living in Muslim dominated lands have also been brainwashed to the point of accepting the supremacy of Islam; i.e. in following the rules of Sharia as it applies to non-Muslims not offending anything to do with Islam. So a Muslim willfully believes a dhimmi or pseudo-dhimmi life is better Islam. The offering of basic human right to religious freedom, free speech and freedom of conscious is anathema to the Islamic Supremacist mind especially in Muslim dominated lands.

 

In this sense Debbie Schlussel’s castigation of Brigitte Gabriel (Christian from Lebanon) and Walid Shoebat (Converted Christian and former Palestinian terrorist) might be a bit justified except for her use of bridge burning words that offends an ally in exposing Islam. It also brings one to an understanding of Christopher Logan’s frustration with Brigitte Gabriel and Dr. Jasser for looking for a Moderate Islam.

 

There was a serious effort in the nineteenth century to transform Islam away from its violent nature. Islamic Supremacism marginalized and persecuted that transformation attempt. The attempt of transformation was initiated by an Iranian by the name of Sayyid ‘Ali Muhammad Shirazi. Shirazi declared himself to be the Bab which translated into English means the gate or gateway or doorway and probably other synonyms I didn’t take time to look for. The Bab imagined himself to be the Hidden Twelfth Imam of the Twelver portion of Shias who are predominantly Iranian (once called Persians). The Bab’s effort to declare himself the Hidden Imam was a transformation movement within Shia Islam. Here is a summary of the Bab’s idea of Islamic transformation:

 

Babism (bä’bizum) [key], system of doctrines proclaimed in Persia in 1844 by Ali Muhammad of Shiraz. Influenced by the Shaykhi Shiite theology that viewed the Twelve Imams as incarnations of the Divine, Ali Muhammad proclaimed himself the Bab, the living door to the twelth Imam and the knowledge of God, and sent missionaries throughout Persia. He also announced a series of revelations, detailing the cosmogonic sequence, abrogating Islamic obligations and replacing them by a new set, structured around esoteric concepts such as the importance of the number 19. The year was hence divided into 19 months of 19 days each; the community was led by a council of 19 members. The movement placed special emphasis on the coming of the Promised One, who would embody all the tenets of the new religion. In 1848 the movement declared its complete secession from Islam and all its rites; upon the accession of a new shah, the Babi (the Bab’s followers) rose in insurrection and were defeated. Many of the leaders were killed, and the Bab was executed at Tabriz in 1850. Two years later, after an attempt on the life of the shah, there followed more persecutions. In 1863 the Babi were removed to Constantinople and later to Adrianople and Cyprus. After 1868 one group had its center in Acre under the leadership of Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri (known as Baha Ullah), the founder of the Baha’i faith, who declared himself the Promised One. (Babism; Fact Monster)

 

 

When the Bab was captured and tried for heresy by the Twelvers and imprisoned, the Babi followers went off on a jihad that turned into a Persian civil war. During this time the Bab was executed by firing squad. The Babi Jihad went on for a couple of years until it was ruthlessly put down resulting in the deaths of most of the leadership and thousands of Babis. One of the survivors of the lost Babi revolution was Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri. Husayn Ali was disturbed by the violence of the Bab, Babism and Islam. After a period of hiding Husayn Ali eventually ended up Acre (Akka and present day Israel) of the Syrian Magistrate of the Ottoman Empire. Husayn Ali was part of a split between the Babis. At that time a greater amount of Babis joined Husayn Ali’s version of a spiritual evolution of the Bab’s teaching. Husayn Ali became Baha’u’llah the founder of the Baha’i faith.

 

Baha’i is a religious movement founded in the 19th century by the Persian Bahaullah. It claims members in practically every country of the world. Objecting to polygamy, slavery of any kind, religious prejudices, and politicized religion, Baha’is call for world peace and harmony. The ideals of a world federalist government and a new world language are also a part of their teachings. Recognition of the common ground of all religions is seen as fostering this move toward global unity; Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Zarathustra, Jesus, and Muhammad are all recognized as divine manifestations, a series of prophets culminating in Bahaullah. Nonresistance, respect for persons, and legal recognition of the equal rights of both sexes constitute additional aspects of Baha’i teaching.

 

Baha’u’llah survived brief imprisonment in Iran/Persia and then was exiled to the Ottoman Empire who basically imprisoned him or placed on virtual house arrest for the rest of his life. Effectively Baha’u’llah was persecuted as a heretic from Islam by both the Shias of his homeland and the Sunnis of the Ottoman Empire.

 

Considering all that had happened in the 48 years beginning with the declaration of the Báb in 1844, Bahá’u’lláh’s passing on May 29, 1892 at about 3:00 A.M. might seem anticlimactic. He died quietly at the age of 75, still marginally a prisoner but permitted to live outside the walls of Akká in a mansion known as Bahjí. The relative tranquility of His final days on Earth stand in marked contrast to the tumult that had surrounded Him for much of His life, yet it proved to be merely the calm before another storm for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, His oldest son and appointed successor. (Read the rest of essay at Reflections on the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh; Dale E. Lehman; Revised: 05/25/2001)

 

From a Christian perspective Baha’i is part of the many paths that are wide and lead to the destruction of the soul in which the human spirit is in danger of experiencing the second and final death. From an Islamic perspective Baha’i is the transformative path that would truly evolve Islam into a religion of peace.

 

Reformation in Islam is a return to Mohammed’s wickedness. A transformation in Islam will lead to the Mecca-Mohammed before the Hegira to Medina in which Mohammed became mad with power. Without that transformation there will be definitely a clash of civilizations between the West and the violent culture that is Islam.

 

JRH 3/29/11

Video: Brigitte Gabriel in Lebanon, 1987


Brigitte Gabriel Thanksgiving_2010_video

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day which means family, food and football. I received an email from ACT for America pertaining to Thanksgiving. Brigitte Gabriel writes about a video she put together in 1987 that was shown at her wedding in 1987 in America. I’ll Brigitte explain about her video.

 

JRH 11/24/10

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Video: Brigitte Gabriel in Lebanon, 1987

 

Brigitte Gabriel

Sent: Nov 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Sent by: ACT for America

 

 

“Thirty-five years ago this month, my home was bombed”

 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in this land of abundance, we reflect back on all the blessings we have in our lives. For me every Thanksgiving has special significance because it was at the end of November, 1975 that my life was changed forever.

 

Recently, I showed some friends a video that my husband, a journalist I met in Israel, made about my life to introduce me during our wedding ceremony in America in 1987. My friends said: “Brigitte you should show this, so people can see what you talk about in your book.”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZF_RAVUbdE 

 

This video was done 23 years ago, before I came to America, well before realizing my mission in life and well before starting ACT! for America. In this video, you will see my home, my parents, and scenes of my life during the war, shot with my mother and my cousin depicting my experience in the very bomb shelter I lived in.

 

When people ask me why I am so passionate about fighting the threat of radical Islam, and why I am so thankful for America, this is why.

 

Always devoted,

Brigitte Gabriel

President, ACT! for America

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ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

It’s All About Sharia


  

On November 2, 2010 the voters of Oklahoma voted into law SQ 755. SQ 755 was aimed at prohibiting rulings of International Law including with specificity that the theopolitical statutes of the religion of Islam as embodied in Sharia Law to be forbidden to the Oklahoma State Courts from making rulings based on those laws. In other words State Courts must only use American Constitutional Law and judicial precedents established via Constitutional Law in making rulings that could be judicial precedents for future adjudication in Oklahoma.

  

  Predictably the Council on America-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma filed a law suit to prevent the application of SQ 755 on grounds the law meddles in religion. In essence CAIR-OK is upset that Islam and its tenets are portrayed in a negative light encoded in the rule of law. I have explained that SQ 755 is aimed at the political aspects of Sharia Law which are unconstitutional and abusive of American Civil Rights protecting free speech. I used the example of Islam’s allowance of marital rape because of the superiority of the male in that religion.

  

 ACT for America  has sent an email in which Brigitte Gabriel and Guy Rodgers discuss Sharia Law, Oklahoma’s SQ 755, NPR & Juan Williams, the Ground Zero Mosque and its Imam Rauf.

  

 JRH  11/9/10

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 It’s All About Sharia

 NPR & Juan Williams; State Question 755 & CAIR; Imam Rauf & the Ground Zero Mosque—It’s all about sharia

  

 Sent by: ACT for America

 Sent: 11/9/2010 9:04 AM

  

  

Dear John,

 

·       Thanks to the national controversy surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque, this year more Americans became aware of a term many had never heard before—sharia law.

 

·       This past weekend Human Events published a column (see below) co-authored by ACT! for America president Brigitte Gabriel and executive director Guy Rodgers, dealing with the recent sacking of Juan Williams by NPR and what this means regarding sharia law.

 

·       One week ago ACT! for America efforts helped win overwhelming passage of a constitutional amendment in Oklahoma prohibiting its courts from using sharia law when deciding cases.

 

·       Two days later, the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma amendment.

 

These events and more are awakening Americans to the realization that the threat of radical Islam goes beyond the threat of terrorism. Terrorism is but one means to an end, and the ultimate end is the advancement of sharia law around the world, whether through violent jihad or stealth jihad.

 

When you forward our email alerts, encourage others to sign up for those alerts, make a contribution, or start or join a local chapter, you are helping us continue building the grassroots citizen action network that is effectively pushing back against the threat of radical Islam, both violent and stealth jihad, and its objective—the imposition of sharia law.

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 NPR, Juan Williams, and Sharia Law
by Brigitte Gabriel and Guy Rodgers
11/07/2010

NPR’s sacking of Juan Williams was more than the politically correct act du jour. It was the latest in a series of media and political capitulations to Sharia law.

 

A central provision of Sharia law is its prohibition against speech that can be construed as “defaming” Islam or the prophet Mohammed. Where Sharia is practiced and enforced, such “defamation” is a criminal offense that can be punished by death.

 

In other words, what we in America take for granted as free speech is a capital crime in some areas of the Muslim world.

 

Islamists around the world are seeking to impose Sharia’s muzzling of free speech on free societies. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, composed of 56 Islamic states, has won passage of a United Nations resolution calling on countries to criminalize speech that “defames” religion—clearly referring to Islam. After all, does anyone really expect countries like Saudi Arabia to criminalize speech that “defames” Judaism?

 

Criminalizing speech that is deemed “defamation” of Islam is tantamount to a backdoor enactment of Sharia law. The law may have a different name or description, such as prohibiting “hate speech,” but the effect on speech is the same as if Sharia law were in place.

 

The Netherlands and Austria are two countries where such de facto “Sharia-compliant” laws are in effect. Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders is currently on trial for publicly criticizing Islam. Austrian Parliamentarian Susanne Winter was convicted of a similar “crime” in early 2009. And just last week we were informed that Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian who is an ACT! for America member and chapter leader in our expanding international program, will go on trial there for allegedly transgressing the same law.

 

When newspapers around the world, including most in America, refused to publish the satirical Mohammed cartoons, capitulation to de facto Sharia law occurred. The ostensible reason was to avoid “offending” or “inflaming” the Muslim world. The practical effect was a widespread media self-censorship that was every bit as much a compliance with Sharia law as if Sharia law were the actual law of the land.

 

Some Muslims and Islamic organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argue that such self-censorship is necessary because without it “Islamophobia” will continue to rise. But there is more here than meets the eye.

 

Immediately after Juan Williams’ appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, CAIR swung into action and demanded that NPR “address” what Juan Williams said.

 

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesman, appeared on Megyn Kelly’s program on Fox News to defend CAIR’s actions. Tellingly, he failed to reiterate his comment made in a 1993 article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in which he said, “I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”

 

CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad expressed a similar sentiment in 1998 when he was quoted in two California newspapers maintaining that “the Koran should be the highest authority in America.”

 

In other words, he wants Sharia law, not the Constitution, to be the supreme law of the land.

 

Contrast Hooper’s statement with one recently made by moderate and reformist Muslim Dr. Tawfik Hamid:

 

“Organizations like ACT! for America have come into existence because of the very real threat posed to free people everywhere by what some call “radical Islam” or “Islamism.” Sadly, the response I see from too many in the Muslim world is to reflexively label such efforts as “Islamophobic” rather than [to] conduct a serious evaluation of Islam that asks why so many non-Muslims harbor legitimate fears and concerns. I believe [that] the Muslim world needs to provide a peaceful understanding of the religion that unambiguously rejects the current mainstream teachings in Islam that promote hatred, discrimination, and violence. It is the responsibility of Islamic scholars to provide such alternative teaching to Muslims before asking the world to stop engaging in so-called “Islamophobia.”

 

Hamid’s reference to the harboring of “legitimate fears” by non-Muslims speaks directly to what Juan Williams was expressing. Don’t shut down free speech. Instead, we should encourage more speech that candidly addresses the threat of radical Islam and what that threat means to Americans, whether they are Muslim or non-Muslims.

 

It’s clear that NPR decided to make an example of Juan Williams for crossing a line into the Forbidden Zone of political correctness when he spoke out on the “sensitive” issue of Islam. But NPR’s action transcends the boundaries of political correctness. As newspapers did when they self-censored cartoon renderings of the prophet Mohammed, NPR sent an unmistakable message to Islamists worldwide that Sharia law, even when not formally the law of the land, trumps our First Amendment.
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Brigitte Gabriel is a terrorism analyst, a New York Best-selling author of “Because They Hate” and “They Must Be Stopped,” and president and CEO of ACT for America.org. Guy Rodgers is Executive Director of ACT for America.org.
 

 

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