Newletter #184 – Will Governor Haslam Have to Choose Between Israel and the Ali Family?

On August 29, 2015, Governor Haslam and his delegation traveled to Israel to explore trade opportunities.

In the past Haslam spoke highly of his appointee Samar Ali and her father Subhi Ali. In fact, in response to criticisms regarding the appointment of Samar to the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Governor’s office highlighted her father’s credentials, leaving out all mention of Subhi Ali’s leadership of the anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund.

The Jerusalem Fund, is a pro-Palestinian, organization actively committed to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign designed to end Israel as a Jewish state; to destroy it by any means possible. A review of the Jerusalem Fund, its founders and their connections,activities and current day governing board members, highlights that they remain committed to turning the U.S. away from its support and alliance with Israel.

Subhi Ali from Waverly, Tennessee, joined the Jerusalem Fund Board in 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.

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The founder of the Jerusalem Fund (JF), Hisham Sharabi, endorsed the anti-Israel rhetoric and actions of pro-Palestinian groups like the Muslim Brotherhood HAMAS.  Sharabi was succeeded by Subhi Ali who continues to serve as the Chairman of the JF Board.

Sharabi supported any number of criminal organizations such as WISE (World and Islam Studies Enterprise). WISE was started by Sami al-Arian who was also the head of the Islamic Committee for Palestine in the U.S., “the active arm of Islamic jihad movement in Palestine,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The PIJ is alive and well and so is the Jerusalem Fund

In August 2015, Israel’s security forces thwarted PIJ’s planned bombing and shooting attack on Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb in Samaria. One of the four terrorists is also listed as a HAMAS operative and another, a Palestinian policeman.

Iran is PIJ’s main supporter and supplies the weapons in Gaza, “be they weapons intended for the Hamas movement or for the PIJ.” Iran also sees its goal of destroying Israel consistent with its support of PIJ:

[Iran] also accepts that a base of Iranian missiles be established in the Gaza Strip, and believes that the organizational and military structure of the PIJ is similar to that of Hezbollah…”

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The Jerusalem Fund keeps a copy of the HAMAS charter posted on its website. The charter identifies HAMAS as Muslim Brotherhood and advocates violent jihad as the only solution.

The Jerusalem Fund website also posts information briefs suggesting that there are positive aspects to HAMAS. Is this an effort to help legitimize HAMAS regardless of its terrorist designation?

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What does Chairman of the Board Subhi Ali say about the Jerusalem Fund’s support for HAMAS or the agenda to destroy Israel?

Does Haslam know his friend Subhi Ali supports terrorists who are dedicated to killing the Jews and wiping Israel off the map?

Maybe on his way back from visiting Israel, Haslam will rethink with whom he chooses to be aligned.


Newsletter #183 – Is It Faith or Culture?

Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center says it “…works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Middle Tennessee’s diverse faith traditions and cultures.”

You decide – faith or culture?


Newsletter #182 – Persecution of Christians and Rape of Yazidis Are No Concern to Islamists Living in the U.S….

Except of course to disavow that these atrocities have anything to do with Islam.

Self-styled human rights Islamist activists living in the U.S. are talking about the same Islam that Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi says deems Christians to be spiritually “filthy.” It’s the same Islam that Knoxville’s Islamic Annoor Academy’s textbook teaches about Christians leading “such decadent and immoral lives…” And the same Annoor Academy textbook teaches that the goal of the caliphate is, without exception, to follow the Quran, sharia law and the example of Muhammed:

“Muslims dream of establishing the power of Islam in the world.  Muslims of all types and backgrounds agree that the Islamic system is the best for humanity in this life.”

According to the Quran, the Hadith and sharia law, the “Islamic system” includes slavery and rape of captured non-Muslim women and girls, and persecution of Christians who don’t submit to Islam. (Quran at 9:5, 9:29, sharia law at o9.8).

The torture of Yazidis and persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East is reported daily. Yet, Islamist leaders like Tennessee’s Daoud Abudiab and New York’s Linda Sarsour, who were publicly honored as human rights activists, remain silent.

Daoud Abudiab

Daoud Abudiab

Abudiab is a Palestinian who once lamented to the audience who had watched the anti-Israel film “5 Broken Cameras,” that “he was one of the ones that left.” Instead, he does his jihad in Tennessee by marketing the myth of Islamophobia to apologist Christians who prefer to ignore the very real and deadly persecution of Christians in Muslim majority countries.

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Linda Sarsour

Sarsour, head of the Arab American Association of NY, was born in New York after her parents, both Palestinians from the West Bank, immigrated to the U.S. Identifying herself as a Palestinian-American, Sarsour’s platform of victimhood is two-fold: alleged abuses of Palestinians by Israel and American discrimination and Islamophobia directed at Muslims living here. An “Open Letter to Muslim Feminist Linda Sarsour” asked her to speak out about the real victims, like the girls and women being enslaved and raped by ISIS jihadis.

Even Sarsour’s hometown newspaper, the leftist Jew and Israel hating New York Times, was willing to publish a lengthy expose on the issue – “ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape.”

Instead of discussing the reasons for the persecution of Christians and rape of Yazidis, Islamists in Tennessee try to buy a sympathy card for the Chattanooga jihad.

Islamists in Tennessee try to buy a sympathy card

After the jihadist murders in Chattanooga, Daoud Abudiab created a very public and self-congratulatory event in an effort to purchase goodwill for Tennessee’s Muslims. Twenty-two thousand dollars was raised by an interfaith group and donated to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for the jihadi slain servicemen’s children. Even though the money was raised from an interfaith group, the propaganda was designed to promote Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center and in order to highlight Muslim participation as good neighbors.

The sole agenda of Abudiab’s Center is “Our Muslim Neighbor,” a project “directed at the public for the positive transformation of views about Muslims and Islam.” Religions for Peace USA (RPUSA) is targeting Middle Tennessee with the “Our Muslim Neighbor” project. Ironically, RPUSA, is itself tied to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S., and cites as support for its choice to target Tennessee, CAIR’s pronouncement that Middle Tennessee is “arguably one of the most Islamophobic areas in America.

CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in U.S. history for raising money and sending it to the designated terrorist organization, HAMAS. In fact, CAIR’s national director, Nihad Awad, a frequent visitor to the Murfreesboro mosque, has publicly stated his support for HAMAS.

Are Muslims really the victims instead of the persecuted Christians or raped Yazidis?

The Faith and Culture Center’s website persists in the narrative that Muslims are victims of jihadists just like the infidels. But not being liked, being offended or even having your religion and prophet insulted, doesn’t make you a victim – of anything.

Abudiab and the rest of the self-pitying Muslim “human rights activists” who enjoy the freedom of living in the U.S. should take a lesson from the Canadian businessman who is helping to free Yazidi women and girls enslaved by ISIS, or the American Anti-Slavery group which worked for years freeing slaves in the Sudan.


Newsletter #181 – Tennessee ACLU: The Left’s Biggest Hypocrite (part 5 of 5)

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The Red-Green Alliance goes after the South

Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) understood the value of penetrating the traditionally conservative political South, especially, religious organizations in the Bible Belt’s buckle of Middle Tennessee. Once IAF connected with religious communities in Nashville that were starting to drift left, they were able to access people and money and launch TNT (Tying Nashville Together).

As documented in The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership, [a]t all TNT activities, members pray together and emphasize that their raison d’etre is to fulfill their religious calling.” Meaning, TNT members demand that the government perform the charitable work otherwise demanded by TNT members’ religious doctrines.

TNT was short-lived. After the failure of TNT, remaining members moved on to groups like Gamliel and NOAH in Tennessee.

While the professional left was doing its work to transform religious communities, the Islamists were busy transforming the ACLU.

The ACLU abets the Muslim Brotherhood agenda

A 2012 Investors Business Daily editorial questions the Islamization of the ACLU, a change reflected in the cases and positions advocated (or not) by the ACLU. The change has brought deeper ties with Muslim Brotherhood groups like unindicted co-conspirator organization CAIR.

This may be why in 2010 the ACLU remained silent at the capitulation of the media and law enforcement when cartoonist Molly Norris was forced into hiding after proposing “everybody draw Mohammed day.” Norris received no protection from law enforcement and no objection was made by the ACLU.

In stark contrast, however, the ACLU did file a suit on behalf of the father of al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, objecting to the government issuing a kill order for him.

The ACLU has publicly defended ICNA’s charitable fundraising despite ICNA’s Muslim Brotherhood ties, its questionable donations to organizations connected to HAMAS, and it leadership’s support for other Islamic charities our government has shut down because they fund terrorism.

Just like Alinsky’s IAF, the Muslim Brotherhood’s ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) also has a Southern strategy. Starting with the Southern Islamic Convention designed to reinforce ideas like global sharia law, using materials that promote hatred of Jews and Christians and dawa (Islamic proselytizing) in U.S. public schools.

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ICNA is well entrenched in Tennessee. Rafiq Mahdi, ICNA Director of Outreach for Southern Region for their charity arm, ICNA Relief USA, lives in Knoxville. He also serves as the “unofficial imam” of the Knoxville Muslim community.

If the ACLU didnt have double standards, theyd have no standards at all

In Tennessee, Hedy Weinberg uses her ACLU office to abet the Islamist agenda.

One stunning example of Weinberg’s support for all things Islamist and her own hypocrisy, is her lawsuit against the Sumner County school district.

In 2011 ACLU-TN filed a suit against the school district because of alleged promotion of Christian beliefs to students by school personnel. A settlement agreement was reached that prohibited school officials from promoting their personal religious beliefs to students, prohibited the display of “religious symbols and items…in a place publicly visible to students,” and “…the schools can no longer take field trips to religious sites.”

Two years later, a high school located in Sumner County, in direct violation of the ACLU settlement agreement, took a group of freshman on a field trip to a mosque where they listened to readings from the Quran and a were given copies.  

There is no public record indicating that the ACLU objected to this Sumner County school violating the settlement agreement. Why?

Are churches waking up?

Real Catholic TV has posted a video “CCHD and Saul Alinsky,” exposing the infiltration by Alinsky’s IAF and the fact that it does not align with Catholic doctrine, despite continued funding from the CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development.)

Albuquerque Interfaith, an IAF affiliate has been exposed for trying to disguise its leftist agenda as being consistent with “decades of Catholic social justice teaching and authentic Catholic action.” For example, the report details:

  • how Alinsky principles are not ethical while “Authentic Catholic Action” (ACA), is always ethical
  • how Albuquerque Interfaith is tied to an IAF group Call to Action which opposes the church’s teachings
  • how Alinsky organizing promotes liberation theology which is not consistent with either ACA or the church’s teachings
  • that Marxist ideas of class warfare are likewise not consistent with ACA which “promotes cooperation and respect among all members of society.”
  • Alinskyian organizing replaces the mandate to serve the poor with government programs that often harm the poor.

Leftist media helps out where they can

This year, leftist media The Los Angeles Times, named Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR director Nihad Awad, one of the nation’s “new civil rights leaders.” Awad has publicly voiced his support for the U.S. designated terrorist organization, HAMAS, the jihadi arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIR, a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution, is also a designated terrorist organization in the UAE.

The Tennessean “reporter” Bob Smietana set the strategy for the newspaper by silencing any criticism of Islam. The newest editor, David Plazas carries water for the Islamists by promoting CAIR director Paul “Iesa” Galloway who now runs the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO).

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What can you do?

  • find out whether your congregation was a TNT member. Do they still profess to the socialist goals? Educate your friends about where this leads
  • if you belong to a Catholic church, share the report about the Albuquerque interfaith group that exposes how Alinsky’s IAF partners don’t adhere to authentic church doctrine
  • all churches want money – your money. But if your church is going to the red-green alliance, consider withholding your tithe to the church and instead, direct your tithe to a more worthy charity
  • work to wake up your fellow congregants and your pastors and explain why leftist organizations undermine personal responsibility for our fellow man
  • spread the word to expose the ACLU for the hypocritical and destructive organization it is.

Newsletter #180 – Tennessee ACLU: The Left’s Biggest Hypocrite (part 4 of 5)

In 1971, Saul Alinsky published Rules for Radicals “for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be,” and teach the Have-Nots how to take the power away from those that have it.

Alinsky described himself as an agnostic; other sources describe him as a nihilist. Either way, for Alinsky, morality and/or ethical behavior was whatever anyone believed. He wrote that “truth is relative,” a convenient way to divorce “truth” from facts.

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ACLU’s Hedy Weinberg serves as an advisor to the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). In 2007, the Highlander School (an ally organization of the ACLU), started its Justice School for TIRRC, providing “nuts and bolts training on organizing and leadership skills.”

Weinberg was also a founding member of the Nashville For All of Us campaign which started in late 2008 to oppose a Metro Councilman’s “English First” proposal. In 2007, Eric Crafton proposed that with limited exceptions, the city government conduct business only in English. It passed the Metro council but was vetoed by then Mayor Bill Purcell.

Following Alinsky’s rule #10, which says that “the public sympathizes with the underdog,” Weinberg found a community she could market as unjustly marginalized by the government.

Using the Highlander’s training techniques, TIRRC worked against Crafton’s proposal which was defeated in a 2009 special election by a 56 – 44% vote.

Nashville Next is a long-range plan to guide Nashville and Davidson County’s development from 2015 through 2040. The plan was developed through a community-driven process emphasizing the inclusion of groups considered to be under-represented in civic processes. So, advocates from TIRRC representing legal and illegal immigrants, the American Center for Outreach (ACO) representing Islamists, and the political director for the Tennessee Democratic Party heavily influenced the plan.

The 2013 Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville(Partnering Report), written by Hedy’s husband, Dan Cornfield, is the Nashville for All of Us Steering Committee report. Representatives from the civil rights (like the ACLU), disabled, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBT and Muslim communities had an expanded opportunity to influence the long-range plan for Nashville.

This moral highground claimed by the inclusive and “Nashville-for-all-of-us” proponents excludes anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

The Partnering Report describes Nashville as enlightened and focused on inclusion and “creative strides toward equity and inclusivity,” achievements credited to leftist hypocrites like Remziya Suleyman who started the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) which the ACLU promotes. Weinberg’s daughter, Hannah Cornfield, worked for Suleyman’s organization.

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Also, in the Partnering Report, Suleyman describes how Muslims in Tennessee have been victims of Islamophobia. She perpetuates the falsehood that the state tried to restrict Muslims’ right to practice sharia law even while Mayor Dean showcases the flourishing sharia enclaves in Nashville.

What isn’t reported, is that Suleyman revealed before the report was issued, that “she never knew the concept of sharia.” Nor does she admit that the state law she falsely claims to have defeated, only criminalized terrorist’s acts; she was the one who equated the practice of sharia law, to terrorism. The law specifically excluded the “peaceful” practice of religion.

In the “means and ends” rule, Alinsksy wrote “[t]he most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means,” which easily aligns with the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya (permissible lying.) Leftists justify their deceit based on ends and means; Islamists simply use Quaranic doctrine.

The willful hypocrisy in the Partnering Report and the ACLU’s promotion of the Islamist organizations, is simply stunning. The Partnering Report emphasizes inclusivity. It highlights Nashville’s promotion of the LGBT community and cites as an example, that Metro Nashville was the first Tennessee city to prohibit gender or sexual orientation discrimination by the city government.

At the same time, that Weinberg gave Suleyman the ACLU’s “Bill of Rights” award, her friend Suleyman and her allies were publicly mocking the agenda of homosexuals who according to sharia law can be murdered.

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A month after Suleyman tweeted out this picture, her board member, Kasar Abdullah, was invited to speak at Hedy’s high school Student Rights Conference. Kasar’s sister Jihan is pictured above.

Internationally popular Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi who helped Suleyman launch ACO, wrote that a homosexual act is a major sin against Allah. Even worse he says, is to support something like gay marriage, because that would be “kufr” – a sin so grave that you go to hell.

Of course the hypocrisy runs both ways since Islamists support the ACLU even though the ACLU promotes pre-marital sex, abortion, and gay marriage. CAIR-Michigan director sums up the political agenda this way:

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The Partnering Report calls for a “mandate to ensure that all Nashvillians share equally in and have access to the benefits of its growth…” but without any requirement of individual initiative or effort. The report proposes creating a Public-Private Partnership whose mission is to “sustain and elevate Nashville as an exemplary open, just and inclusive community….” The Partnership plans to create internships to indoctrinate the next generation.

Alinsky wanted these same outcomes. His vision included the “People’s Organizations,” groups of radicals, led by one of their own members, but with an Alinsky- trained, professional organizer always controlling the leadership. Together, they would incite class warfare. The mass movement would ultimately transfer power from the “haves” so “the people” construct an ideal society.

In his book Master of Deceit, J.Edgar Hoover said that Alinsky’s use of the front man strategy was like what the Communist Party used as a way to achieve their objectives.

In the red-green alliance, the radical leftists abet Islamists to deconstruct the system of laws that even protects “useful leftist idiots.” It’s hard to know who is really using who.