Newsletter #40 – AMAC Coming your way

“I’m here to explain to you about us, American Muslims”     Daoud Abudiab, co-chair, TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), February, 2012 speaking to law enforcement and safety personnel in Nashville at the invitation of Commissioner Gibbons.

“I actually feel like I have more rights than American women. I don’t have to live by the standards of beauty.  This is just me.”   Jihan Abdulla, student MTSU, intern American Center for Outreach, commenting after hearing Islamic Network Group (ING) speaker Maha ElGenaidi on women’s rights in Islam

“..this experience [of living in the U.S.] is an experience of shaping a new identity in Islam….It has been a process to question some of the practices that are connected with the Muslim culture.”     Dr. Sayyid Syeed, National Director, Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), speaking at an interfaith event in Nashville, November 2011

“ ING [Islamic Network Groups] affiliates seek individuals who can speak in a variety of public venues to diverse audiences, including middle and high schools, universities, faith-based and community organizations and other venues.  We seek to educate about American Muslims and their faith as a means of promoting religious literacy, mutual respect and understanding….ING provides not only presentation scripts but also guidelines for speaking in a public forum and answers to frequently asked questions.”    TN American Muslim Advisory Council Speaker Training by Islamic Networks Group, August 25, 2012

A few interesting observations about the above quotes (none of which are taken out of context):

They all self-define as American Muslims but Jihan Abdulla says, as a Muslim, she feels she has more rights than American women.  Immigration without assimilation has been cited as one source of the rise of “shariah no-go areas” in parts of Britain.  Is ING’s message about the religious supremacy of Islam and is this the message it intends to have the newly trained AMAC members take into “middle and high schools, universities, faith-based and community organizations and other venues”?  Is this the message of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association at MTSU where Jihan Abdulla serves as V.P.?

Is Dr. Syeed claiming that when American Muslims demand concessions in the public sector to accommodate objectives of political Sharia (eg, segregated swimming in municipal pools, forcing cartoonist Molly Norris into hiding because of death threats over “everybody draw Mohammed Day”, overriding amusement park ride safety rules to allow hijabs, using a miniature guide-horse at a public university, the New Jersey “cultural defense” to spousal rape), that this has somehow redefined Muslim culture rather than the other way around?  How does Dr. Syeed credibly reconcile his statement with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America who issued a statement in 2007 that the only legitimate law according to Islam is the Shariah?

Neither Dr. Syeed, nor the director of ING ever disclose their organizational affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dr. Syeed represents the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and has served on CAIR’s Advisory Board.  Both organizations were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history so far.  In July 2009, Judge Solis ruling on ISNA’s request to be removed from the list of unindicted co-conspirators, ruled that “the Government has produced ample evidence to establish the association of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] with HLF [Holy Land Foundation], the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”

The Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) was co-founded by Sami al-Arian who later founded Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).  See Newsletter #39 for more information about the relationship between the founder of the Jerusalem Fund (which is now chaired by Samar Ali’s father), and the founder of PIJ .

ING’s Board includes any number of members who either served on the board of other Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as NAIT or worked for other Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as ISNA and CAIR.

Now that AMAC will be ING-trained, they can use the ING “presentation scripts” and canned answers to frequently asked questions, to ensure uniformity in messaging.

When Governor Haslam approved the partnership between the TN AMAC and the TN Department of Homeland Security, did he realize that he had sanctioned implementation of the (Muslim Brotherhood) Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) plan “Building Bridges to Strengthen America: Forging an Effective Counterterrorism Enterprise between Muslim Americans and Law Enforcement”.

Nor did he realize, that the AMAC’s agenda perhaps, was to use the state to establish their credibility.

Nor did the Governor realize that by legitimating the AMAC, he was also legitimating Muslim Brotherhood propaganda in Tennessee.  Perhaps the Governor forgot that the organizers of what became AMAC, had invited CAIR to Tennessee to work with them against the anti-terrorism legislation and that some AMAC members have been active in other Muslim Brotherhood organizations.

Nor did the Governor realize that when AMAC said they just wanted to “tell their stories”, they would ultimately double-cross him with their double-speak.