Newsletter #78 – How TN Muslims Can Have Successful Community Outreach

Bill Hobbs (rated as a Tennessean newspaper “top commenter), attended the Manchester June 4th TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) program and posted this comment in response to Tennessean reporter Nicole Young’s account:

“AMAC – the American Muslim Advisory Council, which sponsored the event – made a stupid PR mistake by inviting the federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, to be part of their “get to know us muslims” event, since that meant the audience would assume that the muslims agreed with Killian that anti-Islamic speech could be a crime. I spoke with two Muslims afterward – one of the speakers, and one, a young Somali man – and both agreed that it is not a crime to say something offensive to someone of any religion.

Regardless, here are some suggestions for AMAC’s next event to avoid another failed effort:

-Leave American Center for Outreach (ACO) Remziya Suleyman home.  She continues to call anyone that disagrees with her, a “hater” so it’s hard to make friends with her.  Everyone knows that her Kurdish identity is her top priority putting her at odds with mainstream Muslims that don’t seem to care too much about the Kurds.

-Leave Drost Kokoye from TIRRC at home also.  Typically at a loss for objective data on issues, she follows Suleyman’s lead for sophmoric name-calling leaving her no credibility on any issue involving Muslims or illegal immigrants (what she calls the “i” word).

-Forget generalized condemnation about terrorism.  Be prepared to explain why “Soldier of Allah” Nidal Hassan and Tennessean Carlos Bledsoe really didn’t commit jihad.  Maybe consider publicly denouncing Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.

-Rethink showing any part of the propaganda film “Welcome to Shelbyville” and be prepared instead to explain why it’s the receiving communities that have to change.

-Leave your government watchdogs at home, especially ones who want to abuse the Constitution and willingly dumb down those responsible for our national security.

-People understand what the OIC is trying to do with Res. 16/18 so you might consider explaining why you believe saying something offensive to Muslims or insulting to Islam should be a crime under the First Amendment’s protection for free speech.  People also remember what happened to cartoonist Molly Norris when she suggested an “Everybody draw Mohammed Day”

-Understand that your audience understands and/or has watched the following and be prepared to address questions about:

-Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi who calls Christians, among other things, “filthy” and here

 

-Islamic Center of Tennessee Imam Abdullah Al Ansari who said:

“He [Allah] told us to fight the Jews and Christians. Fight them until they give jizya.  They give this protective tax from their hands and they are humiliated and subdued.  If Islam, true Islam and true Muslims do not rule there will never be justice.  Don’t think that Barak Obama can give you justice.  No one can give you justice except a just Muslim ruler”.

-Islamic Center of Nashville Imam Mohammed Ahmed who told attendees at the June 2011 meeting of the Religion Communicators Council that he supported the Egyptian police forced virginity tests performed on female protesters in Tahrir Square.  The imam explained:  “Why? It’s a very interesting fact that the police giving you a heads up, ‘oh, those people are not virgin’.  That’s mean they are not good people”.

-Awadh Binhazim, former vice president of the Islamic Center of Nashville, founding member of the Islamic Center of TN, co-founder of the Olive Tree Foundation, former CAIR chapter president, chaplain of the MSA at Vanderbilt University and proponent of interfaith dialogue with Jews and Christians can be seen in the “Losing Our Sons” video speaking to Muslims behind closed doors asserting that Torah and the Gospel have been twisted by “the corrupt rabbis and priests of the time” who “distorted the word of God.”

-why AMJA, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America says Muslims shouldn’t condone or endorse non-Muslims celebrating non-Muslim holidays such as wishing a celebrating Christian neighbor “Merry Christmas”

-why Islamic leaders bring speakers to radicalize Tennesssee Muslim students, such as Zaid Shakir who tells his audiences that he hopes  “to see the “day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law”, or Siraj Wahhaj who claims that “Islam is the solution” and preaches that the U.S. should and will become an Islamic state because “Islam is better than democracy.” Wahhaj will be speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Center of Tennessee during the first week of Ramadan.

-Muslims rebuke Jews and Christians in their daily prayers.

-you might consider apologizing for spreading untruths about the anti-terrorism material support bill that was intended to protect everyone in the state, including Muslims from the very people you claim are hijacking your religion

In fact, you should consider dropping the victimhood theme or better yet, look Andy Long’s father in the eye and tell him you’re the victim.  No dare you.  Sorry.

Understand that as long as you stay tied to groups like CAIR, ISNA and any other unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood front group, your campaign in Tennessee will be resisted.

The only way to be credible is to be honest.  Try it.


Newsletter #77 – The Hijabi Pecking Order

There are as many different opinions about why Muslim women wear a headscarf, as there are designs and colors.

There are as many different opinions about why Muslim women wear a headscarf, as there are designs and colors.

Some say they wear it out of modesty.

Some say their faith commands it.

Some say they wear it as a symbol of their faith.

Some say they wear it as a political statement.

Some say they are forced by their cultural standards to wear it.

And on and on…

In Tennessee, the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the American Center for Outreach (ACO) tell us that they are the Muslim voice in Tennessee.  They tell non-Muslims that if we have questions about Muslims or Islam, they have the answers.

With regard to the hijab here is what they say:

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Jihan Abdulla, intern ACO:

“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.”

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Remziya Suleyman, Director ACO

“I know, every day, as a Muslim, as a woman, and as an immigrant, people will look at me differently. When I go out wearing my hijab I know there will be stares and comments.”  She is referring to the hijab she says she began wearing in 2008, coincidentally right before she began lobbying Tennessee legislators.

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A 2007 op-ed written by leaders of the Muslim Canadian Congress asserts that the “hijab has nothing to do with morality” but has become a tool for both political and religious operatives.

sabina2   Sabina Mohyuddin – AMAC Board member

   In 2011 she said, “A hijab is worn to please God and to maintain modesty.  I wouldn’t take mine off in        public,…I would be the kind of person to put up a fight about that. … I would compare asking a Muslim woman to remove her hijab to asking a woman to take off her blouse. That’s really how Muslim women feel about it.”

On June 4, 2012 during the AMAC event in Manchester, Ms. Mohyuddin added the following to her reasons for why she, as a Muslim woman wears a headscarf:

“to be judged by my intellect and not my looks”

So what does Ms. Mohyuddin have to say to her sister-in-law Sheema, or to her co-AMAC member Dorothy Zwayyed?  Is it their faith or their intellect that she questions?

sheemaSheema Mohyuddin          dorothy Dorothy Zwayyed


Newsletter #76 – “Hey hey DOJ whose rights will you take today?”

In March 2010, a video surfaced of Imam Abdullah Faarooq, from the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), calling on Muslims to support Aafia Siddiqui, a known Al-Qaeda operative sentenced to 86 years in prison for her role in attempted murder on U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan.  At the same time Imam Faarooq exhorted the worshippers, “You must grab on to this rope, grab on to the typewriter, grab on to the shovel, grab on to the gun and the sword, don’t be afraid to step out into this world and do your job.” 

The ISBCC is the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque where Boston bombers Tsarnaev attended.  “What both mosques have in common is an affiliation with the Muslim American Society, an organization founded in 1993 that describes itself as an American Islamic revival movement. It has also been described by federal prosecutors in court as the ‘overt arm’ of the Muslim Brotherhood, which calls for Islamic law and is the parent organization of Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group.” (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/23/boston-mosque-radicals/2101411/).

Despite an earlier “cozy” relationship with Imam Suhaib Webb, Massachusett’s Governor Deval recently disinvited Imam Webb from the interfaith service held after the Boston Marathon bombing.

If only Governor Haslam could also understand the ramifications of having elevated the political status of Islamists in Tennessee when he sanctioned the partnership between the state and the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).

AMAC recently convened a forum in Manchester, Tennessee to educate the public about American Muslims and invited U.S. Attorney Bill Killian and FBI agent Kenneth Moore to remind the public that the victimized and besieged Islamist minority living in Tennessee have rights also.

So what do Governor Haslam, Bill Gibbons (TN Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security), Bill Killian, his boss Tom Perez, and Kenneth Moore (FBI) all have in common?  They are all united in an effort to ensure that Tennesseans respect Islamic political demands even if it means that fundamental American Constitutional freedoms are eroded in the process.

Tennessee seems to have a “special” relationship with the DOJ and its attorneys.  In November 2012, Tom Perez, head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice spoke at the grand opening of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.  Perez was an ideal choice of speaker since he also reflects the alliances in Tennessee between the Latino and Islamist communities.  Both the American Center for Outreach (ACO) and AMAC house their Nashville offices in the new Conexcion Americas building.

Whether it is Perez’s advocacy for illegal aliens, his position as a trustee for the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, his selective enforcement of civil rights or his passion for Islamists peddling victimhood, it lays a path of destruction for this country.

Just witness Perez’s Islamist-influenced approach to First Amendment free speech. In August 2012, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, asked Perez: “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez refused to answer, four separate times.

Following his boss’ marching orders to warn Tennesseans that the federal government is there to protect the Islamist agenda, Tennessee U.S. Attorney Bill Killian recently suggested that he’d use federal civil rights laws to stop legally permissible hate speech directed at Muslims.  It was not until the day after the AMAC event in Manchester, TN, that Killian disclosed how he planned to promote politically correct speech while suppressing First Amendment rights:  “Hateful statements directed at another will be used as evidence in a hate crime,… Our district has a 96 percent conviction rate…and we’ve never had a conviction overturned for violation of First Amendment.” http://news.yahoo.com/doj-attorney-cracks-down-anti-muslim-hate-speech-030200981.html  He goes on to give this hypothetical:

“Imagine if you and I were planning to vandalize a mosque and we conspired over Facebook. We set a time to meet at that mosque through Facebook chat. Those statements would be used as evidence in prosecuting a conspiracy to commit a hate crime. By no means are we prosecuting anyone in violation of the First Amendment.”

But what if neither of you show up to vandalize the mosque because you changed your mind but someone who is friended to you on facebook does?  According to Killian’s powerpoint presentation in Manchester, you can still be prosecuted for the conspiracy because your “hate speech” is all that is needed to prove the crime.

So his warning to everyone is that despite being legally protected by the First Amendment, the federal government will punish hate speech.  Where better for Perez to demonstrate the power of the federal government than in Tennessee?

My question for Mr. Perez is whether he has dispatched his Massachusetts U.S. Attorney to give the same cautionary talk to Imam Faarooq and his congregation.  After all, Mr. Killian reminded the Manchester crowd that Mr. Perez said, that “today’s bullies are tomorrow’s civil rights defendants.”

I’d also suggest they both read “Incitement in the Mosques: Testing the Limits of Free Speech and Religious Liberty”.

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President Obama has nominated Perez for Secretary of Labor so he can do for Labor what he has done for Civil Rights.

Even though Senator Lamar Alexander opposed Perez’s nomination at the committee level it passed out of committee along party lines.  It will now go to the Senate floor for a vote.  Perez is a political appointee; he can and hopefully will at a future date, be replaced.

Tell BOTH Tennessee Senators to vote “NO” on Perez.

Senator Lamar Alexander                Senator Bob Corker

You might also want to ask Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons whether they plan to continue to promote the TN American Muslim Advisory Council as partners with our state government?