On October 18, 2014, the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) held a fundraising event in Knoxville.
The PR message was the usual “Muslims-as-victims” whine. Wearing a tightly bound fundamentalist hijab (as contrasted to her more revealing European chic style) director Remziya Suleyman, Tennessee’s self-appointed crusader against “anti-Muslim hate and bigotry,” parroted leftist and Islamic propaganda. It is doubtful that she brought up home-grown Memphis jihadi Carlos Bledsoe, who was radicalized by the imams at the ICN and al-Farooq mosque, and who killed an Army recruiting officer in Little Rock.
ACO’s event speakers included Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director for The Center for New Community. Headquartered in Chicago, this is another group whose mission is open borders, expanding welfare entitlements and turning the U.S. into a socialist country. Abiade slurs these Americans as “nativists.”
Suleyman says Abiade’s work on perceived Islamophobia, is “amazing,” so Tennesseans should expect to see Suleyman add “nativist” to her grab-bag of name calling that for her, substitutes for facts.
Suleyman and her new Executive Director, Paul Galloway also spoke at the fundraiser.
Who is Paul Galloway?
Suleyman is a regular collaborator with and promoter of the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, CAIR-Hamas. So, it makes sense that ACO hired Paul Galloway, who after he converted to Islam and took the name “Iesa,” founded CAIR-Houston and was Executive Director for 4 years.
Galloway has his own PR firm. He claims expertise in “rebranding,” “coaching interviewees for coverage in print media and television” and “crafting messaging.” Does this explain why Islamists all respond to questions with the same propaganda? Is this any different than the D.C. Muslim Caucus directive that Muslims must vote according to the consensus of the larger Muslim community, the ummah.
ACO’s founding and activities rest on unsupported allegations of Islamophobia. These allegations of public “hate against Muslims” are not supported by the annual TBI hate crime statistics or FBI data. Reasonable fact-based questions about Muslim Brotherhood affiliations are simply ignored, despite Suleyman’s open relationship with CAIR-Hamas and AMAC’s public affirmation of documented Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Will new spin doctor Galloway help the ACO? And why does ACO need help? Is it mere coincidence that every one of the 24,274 acts of jihad since 9/11 were committed by Muslims? Are the ISIS beheadings, their mass killing of Christians, or the raping of young girls and women deflecting attention away from ACO’s Islamaphobia campaign? Is increasing public awareness about the high incidence of FGM (female genital mutilation) among Muslim immigrants and the increasing number of Muslim immigrants leaving to fight for the Caliphate, raising questions that Suleyman can’t invent answers to by herself? Has the rhetoric of ISIS raised questions about what Muslim students at Knoxville’s Annoor Academy Islamic school are being taught about the non-Muslims?
Does the ACO care?
Suleyman, Galloway and Mohamed Elibiary – oh my!
Paul Galloway was the coordinator of the Texas Dawah Convention. In 2012, Ms. Suleyman and ACO board member Danish Siddiqui were presenters at the convention, along with former Homeland Security Advisory Committee Obama appointee, Mohamed Elibiary. He left this position under “unusual circumstances.”
Memphis Islamic Center’s Yasir Qadhi, another speaker at the Convention may also know Galloway who is on the Leadership Team for MuslimMatters.org, an on-line publication created by Yasir Qadhi. Elibiary is listed on the website as a contributing writer.
Later in 2012, Suleyman and Elibiary were together again on an IPSU panel discussing among other issues, the spread of mosque building in the U.S.
Elibiary has a long and public relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. He admits having a relationship with an official of the Holy Land Foundation who is now in jail for helping to finance Hamas. Elibiary also served on the Board of Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Forth Worth chapter.
In 2011 Elibiary downloaded, classified Texas Public Safety documents to his personal computer and offered them to a media outlet claiming it was evidence of Islamaphobic activity in Governor Rick Perry’s administration. The media outlet disagreed.
Elibiary has publicly expressed his belief that ISIS will succeed in reestablishing the Caliphate which CAIR-Hamas wants. He identifies himself as a Republican who is now focused on “reforming the conservative movement ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”
Elibiary is the founder of Lone Star Intelligence, LLC and the Freedom and Justice Foundation in his home state of Texas. “The Foundation’s nonprofit status was revoked by the IRS in May 2010 for failure to file the requisite 990 forms that would reveal the entity’s source of income.” Coincidentally, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party in Egypt is also called the Freedom and Justice party.
Paul Galloway was Elibiary’s Lone Star Intelligence PR director and was on the board of Elibiary’s Freedom and Justice Foundation.
Suleyman, Galloway and Elibiary have more than speaking on panels and CAIR in common. All three hold to the Muslim Brotherhood ideology of spreading Islam and sharia law through aggressive, religiously mandated proselytizing (dawah) with political propaganda and activism.
Galloway’s new position gives him power to remake the ACO organization, coach Ms. Suleyman and keep the CAIR PR propaganda on message.
The ACO does CAIR!
Islamists in Tennessee do not allow their children to participate in Halloween festivities. This is one more way to stay separate from the kaffir and keep the children from assimilating into the American culture of fun.
With the help of Islamist leaders like Remziya Suleyman, MYNT (Muslim Youth Navigating Tennessee), plan events like “Halaloween” and use the opportunity for speakers like Cyrus McGoldrick from CAIR, to remind the younger Muslims that their first allegiance is to the “ummah” and that Muslims in the U.S. are victims who are demonized for following their religion.
CAIR is the political arm of the “shadowy” Muslim Brotherhood that has as its motto:
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Qur’an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Up until 2013, Cyrus McGoldrick headed the New York CAIR chapter. He speaks at anti-Israel rallies and liberally tweeted and posted his Jew-hatred on his Facebook page using the chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” which communicates a desire to eliminate the Jewish homeland.
Suleyman’s Civic Engagement Coordinator Drost Kokoye, who is also a MYNT advisor, organized and led pro-Hamas rallies this past summer where the same death to Israel chant was used.
Who or what is Suleyman pretending to be?
Suleyman isn’t dressed up for Halloween. She says she bought this outfit so she could pretend to be a Kurdish female Peshmerga who are fighting against ISIS. Unlike Suleyman whose organization was founded on and whose identity is fully vested in the “Muslims as victim” narrative, the Peshmergas don’t see themselves as victims.
But unlike Suleyman, the Peshmergas are fighting for less sharia law, not more.
A lawsuit was recently filed against Canadian government policy that anyone being sworn in as a Canadian citizen do so with their faces fully exposed. A Pakistani woman, who covers her face with a niqab where only her eyes show, is challenging this policy.
It has been noted by the government lawyers that the woman “had removed her veil to get a driver’s licence…[and that she also]… declined an offer to take the oath at the front or the back of the citizenship court,” so that no one could see her face.
With regard to women’s coverings, there is a spectrum of styles as well as interpretations about whether it is an Islamic religious mandate. In Tennessee, Islamists that claim the exclusive right to definitively answer questions like this also say there is no single mandate about how women cover themselves, if at all.
Members of the Muslim Canadian Congress say that the “hijab has nothing to do with morality” but has become a tool for both political and religious operatives.
CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says:
Mohammed Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen trying to join ISIS, was arrested two weeks ago at Chicago O’Hare airport. What does his mother’s picture below communicate about the ideology that may have informed Mohammed’s decision?
During a television interview, the lawyer suing over the citizenship ceremony open face policy said that the policy reflects the government not valuing a minority practice. So, which “minority practices” should we value and who and what determines that?
Cultural vs. religious
What some Muslims claim are religious mandates others in Islam say are simply cultural practices. Should cultural practices yield to public policy?
For example, there has been plenty of debate about whether female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice or Islamically sanctioned. The same question has been asked with regard to child marriage, polygamy and treatment of women under Islam.
If FGM is, as some Islamic scholars say, religiously permissible but not obligatory, should that determine whether it can be outlawed? What if religious scholars hold that FGM is obligatory? A Gatestone Institute report notes that:
“[among] the four recognized Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence, we find that FGM is now considered obligatory by adherents of the Shafi’i school of Islamic law, including many Arabs as well as Sunni Kurds…FGM is seen as virtuous but not required by the fundamentalist Hanbali school… as a custom acceptable according to the desire of the husband by the Hanafi school.. an implied but not a specified practice in Maliki religious law…”
Head scarf or fully veiled? Genitally mutilated or not? Cultural or religious? Either way, it represents only one ideology and everything that goes along with it.