Newsletter #155 – The Dark Side of the Interfaith Syndicate: “Our Muslim Neighbor,” CAIR (part 4 of 4)Posted: December 6, 2014
Has Daoud Abudiab invited ACO’s Galloway into his sandbox?
Daoud Abudiab is the former co-chair of AMAC, current board president of the far left TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition) and supporter of the open borders group Clergy for Tolerance. Abudiab also spearheads “Our Muslim Neighbor” (OMN) initiative which is the sole focus of his Faith and Culture Center.
“Our Muslim Neighbor” is a project of Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA). This project is “designed to advance understanding of Islam and Muslims in Middle Tennessee, a region identified by the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Center for American Progress [a Marxist left organization] as arguably one of the most Islamophobic areas in America.”
RFPUSA is tied to to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. making the “Our Muslim Neighbor” a good project for Abudiab. (So, does the Faith and Culture Center take its marching orders from CAIR and the Center for American Progress?)
This may also be about Abudiab returning to his own affinity for CAIR – type projects. Abudiab was mentored early on by Awadh Binhazim, who led a CAIR chapter in Austin before moving to Tennessee. Once settled in Nashville, Binhazim was prolific in his dawa although he may best be known for his admission at Vanderbilt University that Islam mandates capital punishment for gays.
Abudiab chose board members for his Faith and Culture Center carefully. His token far left Jew with whom he visits congregations to sign up for his “Our Muslim Neighbor” campaign is Nashville businessman Bernard Werthan of Werthan Packaging, Inc.
Werthan is a self-described “social justice proponent” who also has a $1 million dollar foundation from which to finance pet projects. He is credited with starting Nashville’s Family of Abraham group.
TCPJ has written extensively about the red-green alliance, the Nashville’s Family of Abraham (FOA) group and its connection to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Werthan is heavily invested in FOA which could explain why he also donated to the New Israel Fund (NIF), which finances several groups that push the BDS campaign against Israel.
A former Muslim tells the truth about Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and interfaith activities
Dr. Mark Christian director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI) is a formerly devout Egyptian Muslim who converted from Islam to Christianity. His great-uncle helped establish the original Muslim Brotherhood and his father is still attached to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Dr. Christian brings a unique insight to the issues of interfaith dialogue and the Muslim Brotherhood:
“Perhaps more importantly though, I would ask [the tri-faith group] how they reconcile the repugnant ideological component groups like CAIR and ISNA carry with them. An organization does not spring forth from the Muslim Brotherhood, funded and established as an operational arm of the MB in America, simply to abandon the Islamist underpinnings of its founders.
I know that the ideology behind CAIR and ISNA is poisonous to a cooperative interfaith project. They cannot operate as merely one among equals. They will always push Islam to the fore, at the expense of the other partners.
My background as a former Muslim, my training to be a Muslim leader and my intimate understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood itself, taught to me from the inside, by my father and my uncle, tells me that when the Brotherhood is involved, Islam will reign, or Islam will fight.
Abudiab’s new Faith and Culture Center lists the ACO among its local partner organizations. Paul “Iesa” Galloway, who leads Tennessee’s ACO, started with Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR and remains connected through his colleagues.
Galloway has the experience and potential to offer Tennessee’s Muslim Brotherhood a centralized base operating under Abudiab’s interfaith umbrella, a space the Muslim Brotherhood is rapidly coopting according to its plan.