Newsletter #52 – “I love this country more than you do”

So says Hyat Liban quoted recently in The Tennessean and the Somalialand Sun paper.  When read in the context of the entire article, the “I love this country more than you do” comment was directed at native-born Americans who she seems to feel don’t appreciate their freedoms, including the right to elect our leadership.


(She couldn’t possibly be referring to the taxpayers that fund the government that made her arrival here possible).

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country more than the Somali woman recently arrested in Nashville for threatening to kill all the “non-believers” that she had to work with.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country enough that she would, if called to, have testified against fellow Somalis in the child sex trafficking case in order to help the prosecution punish the Somalis in Nashville and Minnesota who were responsible.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much that she wants the U.S. government to prosecute and punish Somalis living in the U.S. who sent money to the terrorist organization Al-Shabaab and here recruited other Somalis in the U.S. to travel to Somalia to fight with them.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much and her freedom to vote and have her vote mean something, that she would be concerned about the alleged voter fraud committed by fellow Somalians in Ohio.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much that she would be okay if the government stopped funding the Somali Community Center (now renamed the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee) because its director was charged with and sentenced to 2 years federal probation for grant fraud.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much that she would support shutting down hawalas if they are being used to funnel funds to U.S. designated terrorist organizations or for money laundering.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much that she supports the U.S. government prosecuting and punishing Somalis who have been caught committing food stamp fraud and here.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves this country so much that she wasn’t one of the Somalis at Legislative Plaza protesting against the Tennessee anti-terrorism bill.

Hopefully Ms. Liban loves the freedoms afforded by the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions enough not to insist using the cover of “freedom of religion” to impose the political shariah instead. – please support!

Newsletter #51 – “American Muslims” or “Muslims That Just Live in America”?

An article posted on the Kurdistan National Assembly website quotes MTSU’s Saleh Sbenaty – faculty advisor to the school’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association (MSA), and member of Governor Haslam’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), as saying, “I considered myself an American the moment I placed a foot in this country”.  It seems, however, that his daughter Dimaa feels otherwise, or at the very least, finds living in Syria preferable:























Despite being American born and raised in the U.S Dimaa Sbenaty, self-titled “Dove of Damascus” seems like many Muslims of her generation who identify first as Muslims, then according to a parent’s country of origin (e.g., Palestinian, Kurdish, Syrian,), with the American adjective taking on a connotation more about physical location than identity.

According to both the current and proposed Syrian constitutions, the “religion” and “values” which Dimaa wants to be immersed in by living in Syria are defined in part, by Islam and Shariah law.  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development’s (OECD), 2012 Social Institutions & Gender Index ranks Syria 75th out of 86 countries surveyed, down from 59th in 2009.  The report cites the following factors for this ranking:


  • Discriminatory Family Code – the status of Muslim women in Syria is governed by Shariah law which discriminates against women in matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance, all of which are decided by the religious Shariah courts with no option to be heard in the civil court system.
  • Polygamy is allowed if the husband satisfies the court that he can afford it; no consent from wife #1 needed.
  • Unilateral divorce by the husband is allowed (talaq); women have very narrow circumstances under which they can petition for divorce.
  • A child’s Syrian citizenship only passes through a Muslim father so children born of non-Muslim fathers cannot inherit, or access free healthcare and education.
  • Honor killings occur and “honor” is accepted as a mitigating factor for violent crimes.
  • Married women may only work outside the home if the husband permits.
  • All women are barred from working at night and in certain professions “deemed injurious to their health or morals.”

Dimaa, like her sister Lema from Newsletter #50, also participated in the MTSU Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Students Association.  Given her father’s commitment to that organization and all it stands for, the Sbenaty household seems steeped in the Brotherhood’s credo that “Islam is the solution”.


Reflected in any number of articles and even one college student’s thesis, Tariq Ramadam, the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, claims a prized status among the West’s Muslim young adults. (see eg. Lema Sbenaty’s “Tariq Ramadannnnnnn omg”{can you link?}). Described in these circles as an “Islamic modernist leader”, others who have thoroughly studied his writings, tapes and interviews, demonstrate that his message to the children of Muslim immigrants living in non-Muslim countries, redefines what assimilation means.  His message is clear and consistent that “Muslims must bring ‘the overall philosophy of the Islamic message’ into Western education, assuming ‘their Islamic frame of reference as a starting point.’”


For this generation of Muslim young adults, Ramadan defines “citizenship” as simply a place to reside and “not a country to which one is bound.”  He says “contribution” is what counts because that is what makes one part of the country in which they reside.  He tells his young audiences to “Islamizie modernity rather than modernize Islam”;  “agree to integration, but it is up to us to determine the contents”, “accept the law, provided it does not force [you] to do something in contradiction with [your] religion”.

The core of what Ramadan professes is political by nature and action.

No different than his Islamist grandfather’s message of rigid insistence that Islam should dominate such that any and all “requested” accommodations are made.  No different than the Islamist message being advanced by Governor Haslam’s “American” Muslim Advisory Council and its lobbying organization the “American” Center for Outreach.





Newsletter #50 – More Muslim Brotherhood & the Governor’s Muslim Advisory Council

This is a recent photo posted on Lema Sbnaty’s facebook page.  Lema, past president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Middle TN State University (MTSU), is now working in Washington, D.C.  She is pictured here with Tariq Ramadan at “Politics and Prose” bookstore on Connecticut Ave.  He seems to have greatly impressed her –


Lema is the daughter of TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) member Saleh Sbenaty.  He is a professor of Electrical Engineering at MTSU where he also serves as the advisor to the school’s MSA.  Dr. Sbenaty, a founding member and spokesman for the Murfreesboro Mosque (who emailed mosque “turncoat” Eric Allen Bell: “The lies you are spreading is a characteristic of a scumbag”), was an active and vocal opponent to Tennessee’s 2011 anti-terrorism bill.

Dr. Sbenaty may also be the reason that his daughter Lema has more in common with Tariq Ramadan than even she realizes.

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan’s maternal grandfather, Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, and his father, Said Ramadan led the Brotherhood throughout the 1950’s.  Then as now, the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto recently repeated by Egypt’s President Morsi, states, “The Quran is our constitution, jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration”.  The only difference now is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is out of hiding.

2006 article in the Weekly Standard, Counterrorism and Foreign Affairs consultant, Olivier Guitta notes that Gamal Nasser expelled Tariq’s father from Egypt because of his Islamist Muslim Brotherhood activity.  Before finally settling in Switzerland, Tariq’s father Said went to Saudi Arabia where he founded the World Islamic League funded by the Saudi government to promote the spread of Wahhabism, a conservative and fundamentalist form of Islam.

“Said Ramadan was one of the most important Islamist thinkers of the 20th century. He is probably the author of “The   Project”, a 14-page document dated 1982 found by the Swiss secret service in 2001.”

“The Project” is a 12 point strategy “that presents a global vision of a worldwide strategy for Islamic policy [“political Islam”].”  In other words, a plan for installing Islamic governments in the West.

In Switzerland, Tariq’s father founded the Geneva Islamic Centre which is reported to be the European headquarters for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tarek Fatah, described as a liberal Muslim writer living in Canada wrote this in advance of Tariq’s 2009 appearance at the American Academy of Religion’s conference held in Montreal that year:

“Brother Tariq, your father Said Ramadan came to my birthplace Pakistan in 1948 as a Muslim Brotherhood emissary and was instrumental in turning a secular Muslim country into a hotbed of Islamic extremism.  I will not let the son of Said Ramadan come to my adopted home Canada and do the same, without a fight.  Your Islamist father ruined my birthplace; I will not let you ruin the place where I will die.”

Third generation Tariq has continued in the family tradition but with a focus on engaging Muslim youth.  After studying all of Tariq Ramadan’s books, interviews and tapes, Arabic-speaking French Islamic fundamentalism expert Caroline Fourest has labeled him “a war leader” and the “political heir of his grandfather.”

After attending the University of Geneva, Tariq studied Arabic and Islam at Al Azhar Islamic University in Cairo.  He subsequently returned to Switzerland and started the Movement of Swiss Muslims, the objective of which “was to reach Muslim youth by Islamizing modernity rather than modernizing Islam”.  He then moved on to the same type of activity with French Muslim youth, offering Islam as “the solution”, which “…partly explains the radicalization of this community.” (see the Weekly Standard article).

In 2008 this warning was sounded again with regard to Tariq’s appeal to Muslim youth, “…beneath the urbane liberal lurks a far more sinister ideologue, committed to some of the most backward fundamentalist repressions.  And because he comes over as so contemporary and convincing, he’s feted by a generation of young Muslims looking for a more hip hero.”

Guitta also notes that one of Tariq’s interfaith partners stated that Tariq “wants a total separation between Muslims and other communities”, a perspective consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood’s opposition to secularization for all Muslims regardless of where they reside.

Also in keeping with his Muslim Brotherhood heritage, it has been reported based on Tariq’s writings, tapes and interviews, that he supports eliminating Israel as a state.  The tribute to Tariq’s father posted on the Geneva Islamic Center website, acknowledges his father’s role in 1948 “declar[ing] jihad [to] defend Palestine.”

The attached articles provide plenty of detail about the 2004 revocation of Tariq’s U.S. work visa, barring him from coming to the U.S. to teach at Notre Dame, his subsequent appeal of that denial and the eventual order signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 lifting his ban.  On April 8, 2010 he made his first public appearance in the U.S. since 2004.

Saleh Sbenaty

According to Lema Sbenaty, her father Saleh, immigrated from Syria to the U.S. in 1982, almost 2 years after graduating from Damascus University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

From 1976 to 1982, Sunni Islamists, (the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria), seated in the town of Hama, waged an insurgency against the Assad government because as Lema describes it, the minority Alawit sect to which the Assads belong, were controlling the majority Sunni Muslims – just as it is today.  In 1982, just one month after the Hama massacre began Dr. Sbenaty left Syria for the U.S.

In 1980, two years prior to what is now referred to as “the Hama massacre”, the Syrian government outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, making membership punishable by death.

Lema comments in her interview that while she, her mother and her siblings “typically visit Syria every summer, her father has not been back in 30 years.”  She claims that if her father returns to Syria he would be subject to compulsory military service and that “If he goes back, he gets jailed instantly, even though he’s a citizen here.”

Does she mean that he gets jailed because he skipped out on his military service or that his political commitments are otherwise subject to punishment in Syria?

Dr. Sbenaty is the faculty advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood MSA at MTSU.  His mosque has been reported to provide reading material from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society and Institute of Islamic Information and Education.

And he is a member of Governor Haslam’s TN American Muslim Advisory Council.


Samar Ali and Lema Sbenaty – two Muslim girls born and raised in Tennessee, both connected to Governor Haslam’s administration; one through an appointed position, the other through her father’s position, and both by their own words, attached first to an identity that has nothing to do with having been born and raised in the U.S.

This is precisely what Tariq Ramadan has sought to achieve through his work with this generation of Muslims growing up in the West offering them Islam “…as the solution to all the problems of Muslim youth – in keeping with the slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood, ‘Islam is the solution.’”

“You are known by the company you keep.”  “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Look at the company chosen by Governor Haslam and Commissioner of Safety & Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons.

TCPJ Updates

1. Two new facts have been added to the “Timeline” of events posted above  

September, 2012    James Cotter, the TNDHS Regional Advisor who met with the MRRT in June 2011 and who claims that approval for the AMAC went to the Governor, is promoted to the position of State Training Advisor

September 2012

AMAC co-chairs Daoud Abudiab and Zulfat Suara join the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) Board of Directors

2. If you haven’t seen the actual billboard of a picture of the billboard recently put up by “Keep Tennessee Free” go to their new website –

They are doing their part to address the barn door that the Haslam administration has opened for Islamists in Tennessee.  Please consider helping this effort.

3. The TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) has added a new tab to their website for their newly expanded newly trained Islamic Speakers Bureau that they announced in August will be going into middle and high schools, and universities to speak as well as to government agencies, etc – actually anywhere that will have them.  Having gotten their start compliments of the Governor and Commissioner Bill Gibbons, they are on their way.  You will see pictured under the tab, Ms. Kasar Abdulla (see Newsletters #4 & 5 for more about her), speaking to an audience that included personnel from some sheriff office – remember that the AMAC’s tagline is “Enhancing Security for all Tennesseans”.!speaker’s-bureau

Newsletter #49 – Islamists Transforming Tennessee Schools

While we were asleep, Islamist education activist organizations were busy implementing the Muslim Brotherhood plan for our country.  Part of the “grand jihad” expressed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum uses our school systems, materials and students because they are considered  “fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students.”  In the education context, this means rewriting school textbook content, rewriting curriculum standards, and slowly and incrementally, bringing U.S. students to a narrative that dismisses the what and why of 9-11.

What students are taught and the ideological framework that influences their education will dictate our country’s future.  If for no other reason than this, we should all be gravely concerned.

The Council on Islamic Education – transforming curriculum and textbook content

Critical to state curriculum standards, textbook treatment of Islam and what is taught in public school classrooms about Islam, is the role and influence of the Council on Islamic Education (CIE).  Founded in 1991 by Shabbir Mansuri, the CIE was created specifically for the purpose of influencing K-12 textbook publishers and education on Islam in the public schools.   It has been described as one of the most powerful influences on U.S. textbooks.

CIE influences textbook content by helping to rewrite state curriculum standards.  “Supplementing curriculum with materials and accurate information” is just one rationale used by groups like the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to present topic scripts prepared by the Islamic Speakers Network (ING) to school staff and students.  ING is a Muslim Brotherhood inspired organization working closely with several Muslim Brotherhood organizations. (see Newsletter #41). Charles Haynes, listed as a Senior Scholar of the Vanderbilt University First Amendment Center, is listed as an ING Board member.

As stated on its website, CIE has expanded its objective to reach well beyond the classroom into the wider community.  In an effort perhaps to sound more secular and gain wider acceptance in “faith communities, media and civil society”, CIE changed its name to the Institute on Religion and Civic Values (IRCV), and lists Mansuri as its founding director.

As with virtually all the Islamist organizations, the more that is known about their genesis and relationships, the more their true objectives are revealed.

Background on CIE

As reported on the Saba Trust website, (Saba Trust Education & Welfare Society), founders Saghir and Bushra Aslam, immigrants from Pakistan, helped to establish CIE, the Mulsim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  Mr. Aslam is listed as the CFO on IRCV’s 2008 – 2010 990 Forms.

Sidenote – CAIR was founded by the Hamas linked Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP).  The IAP is listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memo as one of the “organizations of our friends”.  CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing prosecution in the U.S.  In 2009, a federal judge in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator would stand since the government had extensive evidence tying CAIR to Hamas.

In 2000, CIE was given an award by CAIR Southern California for trying to “eliminate Muslim stereotypes.”

CIE and Sound Vision

CIE is often cited on the Sound Vision website.  For additional information about Sound Vision and what it promotes as ways to advance Islam within the public school setting, see Newsletter #41 and the attachments.  In fact, one entry on the Sound Vision website titled “Islam: Getting involved in public school is a religious obligation!” attributes that sentiment to CIE’s founder, Mr. Mansuri.  This is the same Mansuri who described Sound Vision as “a bloodless revolution inside American junior high and high school classes.

Given the orientation of Sound Vision’s advice to Muslim families with regard to seeking religious accommodations in public schools, endorsement and encouragement to engage in dawa in schools, and more, it makes perfect sense that Sound Vision would likewise endorse all of CIE’s endeavors.

CIE’s Tennessee connection completes an “interesting” circle

“Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards” is a widely circulated publication authored by CIE’s Susan Douglass (more on her below), in collaboration with Charles Haynes, a Senior Scholar of the Vanderbilt University First Amendment Center, and an ING Board member.

Addressing “education activists and several dozen Muslims” in a 2008 symposium, Haynes stated that “The Muslim community is breaking new ground …in how we think about religious freedom….Muslims are at the forefront of the movement to changing our ideas about religious accommodation in public schools….. 9/11 has effected the atmosphere of religious accommodation, Mr. Haynes stated that 9/11 has had a profound effect on this issue for the Muslim Community and that the Muslim community has been suffering the backlash since that event… [Haynes] is hopeful that the work of the Freedom Forum and the knowledge of one’s rights will lead to fair religious accommodation and the proper representation of Islam in the public school system, thus painting a true picture of Islam.”

These are among the very same reasons the ING affiliate, Tennessee AMAC used to get Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons to agree to work with them.  And it is the same reasons the AMAC will use to support why they should be permitted to speak to school staff and students, adding that they have the Haslam administration’s support for speaking out.

CIE’s “accomplishments”

CIE is credited with influencing textbook publishers to omit “anything that would enable students to understand conflicts between Islamic fundamentalism and Western liberalism”. 

In 1992 CIE sponsored an “Islam in textbooks conference” for publishing company representatives and their writers.  The CIE website reported that this “marked the beginning of a sustained relationship between CIE and K-12 publishers.” 

In July 1994, CIE released a “review and analysis” of draft standards for “national standards for world history, grades 5-12” and a third draft of proposed California history and social science textbook standards.  In October 1995, they published the 3rd edition of “Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public Classroom”.

It was also CIE that helped to prepare the California history curriculum manual that had students “pretending” to be Muslims.  A federal judge held that it “is not indoctrinating students about Islam when it requires them to adopt Muslim names and pray to Allah as part of a history and geography class, but rather is just teaching them about the Muslim religion.”

Susan Douglass and CIE

CIE’s “Affiliated Scholar” and principal researcher and writer, Susan Douglass (a convert to Islam), also wrote social studies textbooks published by the International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT).  The IIIT is one of the 29 organizations specifically listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum.  IIIT was raided by federal authorities as part of a terror financing investigation.  Douglass is most noted for drafting standards for teaching about religion in public schools; she and Charles Haynes co-authored the “Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools” which has been adopted and published by the Freedom Forum in Nashville.

Douglass identifies herself as heading the educational outreach program at the Saudi – backed Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center at Georgetown University and taught for many years at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, VA., a school with a troubling history of associations with Hamas and Al Qaeda. (also discussed in Poole’s article).

Douglass also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) publication “Islamic Horizons” and speaks at ISNA conferences alongside none other than Maha ElGanaidi of the Islamic Networks Group (ING).  The ING is now working hand in glove with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).

The Douglass-ElGanaidi duo spoke at the 2006 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center conference on “Islam and Curriculum Reform” (Teaching How to Teach Islam).

And most recently the September 2012 “California 3Rs Bulletin- F2F & 3Rs 9-12, included an invitation to California educators to attend Susan Douglass’ program designed to teach teachers how to teach about Islam.  ING’s Maha ElGanaidi sits on the California Three Rs Advisory Committee.

Marcia Beauchamp, formerly with Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center Freedom Forum, was the lead program coordinator for the California 3Rs project.  The 3Rs project is sponsored by the First Amendment Center and is a project finding its way to other states.  In 2002, Ms. Beauchamp moderated a panel at the First Amendment Center that featured Susan Douglass as the speaker to talk about state education standards and teaching about religion in public schools.  Ms. Beauchamp told the audience:

“I do want to tell you that over the course of the years that I worked with the First Amendment Center and had many opportunities to work directly with Susan, and she is one of the most intellectually precise, committed and caring people I’ve ever worked with on these issues.”

Wonder how long it will be before Tennessee gets a 3Rs program?  After all, Tennessee already has the ING connection, the First Amendment Center connection, and of course, the AMAC.

Given Governor Haslam’s nod of approval to the AMAC, does he understand that this is also going to be part of Tennessee’s education reform?