Is Nashville “Music City, USA” or “Little Kurdistan” – you decide.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said the needs of “new Americans” were a top priority, so he established the city’s Office of New Americans:
“The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. And today our city is the proud home of the nation’s largest Kurdish population, as well as growing enclaves of immigrants from Somalia, Sudan and all over the world.”
Mayor Dean refers to the two out of three groups that have brought political Islam and sharia law to Nashville; Kurds and Somalis. They have been brought to Nashville through the federal refugee resettlement program.
Immigrants – turned – advocates talk about “Nashville for all of us” but instead choose to live like the Mayor’s office said, in enclaves. They complain about being treated as “the other,” but through self-segregation, guard against assimilating into and adapting to the American culture.
When they self-segregate its called preserving their culture. When native-born Tennesseans self-segregate, it’s called racism.
Kurdish Islamist agitator Remziya Suleyman whines endlessly about being thought of as “the other.” However, she was quick to appropriate Nashville’s generous spirit for her community’s political purposes, calling it “Little Kurdistan.”
Drost Kokoye, an activist Nashville’s Kurdish activist community, is known for her Jew-hatred and pro-Hamas politics. She worked in Suleyman’s organization, TIRRC, the ACLU and helped establish and is a board member of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). She’s now at UTKnoxville where she agitates with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and has led pro-Ferguson rallies.
Ironically, Drost’s mother is a Parent Ambassador to new immigrant families as part of Mayor Dean’s Office for New Americans, even while her daughter Drost doesn’t want to be called a “new American” or even an “American.”
Enclaves in Tennessee?
Early on, the federal policy for resettling refugees advised scattering them across the country as a way to disperse the impact on receiving communities. In 1981 the federal government reversed this practice and instead started placing refugees of similar ethnic groups in the same area. Today, migration patterns upon arrival in the U.S. either for jobs, welfare benefits or to join an established ethnic community, help fuel the growth of the enclaves described by Mayor Dean.
There are enclaves like the Muslims of American (MoA) compound in Stewart County, Tennessee.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Muslims of America (MoA) is linked to the Jamaat ul-Fuqra Pakistani militant group.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes MoA as “virulently anti-Semitic,” attributed also with anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric and tied to “a terrorist organization that has carried out firebombings and murders in the United States.”
There is also evidence of enclaves in the U.S. governed by sharia law.
Importing sharia law and terrorism into the U.S. via Islamic enclaves
According to a Pew Research survey,, “the estimated share of legal Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. each year has roughly doubled, from about 5 percent of legal immigrants in 1992 to about 10 percent in 2012.” The Obama administration has helped accelerate this increase. Legal immigration in the form of refugee resettlement contributes to this growth.
A 2012 poll found that 40% of Muslims living in the U.S. want to be governed by sharia law and 32% want sharia to govern all Americans. Almost half surveyed said “Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges,” while “one in eight” called instead for the death penalty.
Where will this take our Nation?
Because of the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum program, and Washington’s refusal to stop importing people from terror-sponsoring countries, we have experienced the Boston marathon bombing, the Portland Christmas tree bombing threat, and the New York Times Square bomb threat, to name a few.
How did two Iraqi refugees get to Kentucky when their fingerprints were on an IED that killed five soldiers in Iraq? Because our security screening is lax two jihadis and their radical Islamist ideology, were brought to the U.S. as refugees. Watch the video clip about the case.
In December 2013, liberal California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein spoke about the Islamic terrorist threat to the U.S.. She acknowledged that there is a, “real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist jihadist Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic sharia law and the concept of the caliphate.”
Sen. Feinstein suggests a connection between jihadists and sharia law.
The Tie Between Minneapolis and Nashville – “Little Mogadishu”
The vast majority of Somalis living in the U.S. have been brought by federal contractors paid by the U.S. refugee resettlement program; 9,000 in 2014 and over 2,800 so far in 2015.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is called “Little Mogadishu” because it has the largest concentration of Somali Muslims living in the U.S. In August 2014, mainstream media also referred to it as “fertile ground for Islamic terrorist groups recruiting new fighters.” The report cited at least 40 residents who went to fight with ISIS, a pattern similar to the Minneapolis Somalis who joined al-Shabaab in 2013.
The Somali community complained to the Secretary of Home Land Security that their young men had no jobs, nor training or economic opportunity or “an appropriate place to live.” This is why they became “disillusioned and influenced by terrorist organizations” and then leave to go fight with ISIS.
How does this explain the FBI’s newest “Most Wanted Terrorist” a Somali who became a naturalized U.S. citizen through the refugee resettlement program. He drove a taxi cab in D.C. and Virginia while he was recruiting for terrorists.
So, the Obama administration agreed to spend millions of dollars for job training and after-school activities.
The Somali enclave Mayor Dean admires comes with a Somali gang problem. This also connects Minneapolis and Nashville in ways the Mayor likely never envisioned as the price his city would pay for its Somali enclave. Part of Somali gang activity includes human sex trafficking and prostitution. The largest Somali sex trafficking ring which operated out of Minneapolis, Nashville and few other cities, was prosecuted in the federal courthouse in Nashville.
“Little Kurdistan” – Another Nashville Islamist Enclave
Since 2007, federal contractors have been paid to bring approximately 200,000 Iraqis to the U.S.. Catholic Charities brought the first Kurds to Nashville in 1976. They were joined by some Iranian Kurds and then Kurds fleeing Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Between refugee resettlement and “secondary migration” (resettling in one place and moving to another), Nashville has the largest Kurdish community in the U.S. The number is estimated at about 11,000. Their mosque is the Salahadeen Center.
Programs like Nashville Public Television’s series titled “Next Door Neighbors,” just like the “Welcome to Shelbyville” detailing the arrival of Somalis to the town, go to great lengths to characterize these refugees as “hardworking and grateful” to be in this country.
In 2007, the Kurdish Pride Gang (KPG) which grew out of the Nashville refugee Kurdish enclave, shined a different spotlight on the Kurdish community. Police described gang members as “increasingly vicious and brazen.” Gang experts warn that gangs made up of people that come from war-torn countries pose a “unique problem” because they are desensitized to violence and dismissive of authority.
As of 2012, Metro police used a new tactic to break the KPG gang. A judge ruled the gang a public nuisance and issued an injunction that prevents the gang from gathering together in public places.
What the propaganda pieces don’t disclose is that most of the pro-Islamist activism has been initiated and led by members of the Nashville Kurdish community actively abetted by Nashville’s Somali community.
For example, shortly after launching the American Center for Outreach (ACO), Remziya Suleyman aligned her organization with Muslim Brotherhood CAIR. Suleyman brought CAIR to Nashville to train young Muslims in advocating for political Islam. She mentors them in leading a sharia-adherent lifestyle despite admitting “she never knew the concept of sharia.” She has ceded leadership of ACO to former CAIR-Houston director, Paul “Iesa” Galloway.
ACO’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye, another member from the Kurdish community helped start the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and to organize and lead anti-Israel rallies in Nashville. Kurdish Islamist Jihan Abdullah worked for ACO, while her sister Kasar, serves on the AMAC board.
Can Mayor Karl Dean explain again why we should be excited about these enclaves in Nashville?
Lawfare as used by Muslim Brotherhood groups and the Left, to try and silence speech critical of Islam, doesn’t always work . But that doesn’t stop Islamists, the mainstream media and the Left even if it means eroding the right of protected political speech.
For Tennessee’s AMAC members it was not enough that their June 4th speaker, FBI special agent Ken Moore is an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood and his comments were biased and untrustworthy. Agent Moore helped purge FBI training materials about the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia.
AMAC and the DOJ’s lawyers are committed to subverting everyone’s constitutionally protected free speech rights to insure that Muslims in Tennessee can feel respected, aren’t offended or made to feel uncomfortable. As DOJ lawyer Bill Killian made clear, he intends use hate speech as evidence in a hate crime prosecution – First Amendment be damned!
Whether the lack of fact-based training on political sharia is due to materials being sanitized, political correctness or Islamist obstruction, Killian and his ilk will be hard pressed to figure out what is fact and what is opinion. His only self-serving option will be to label anything perceived to be non-complimentary to Muslims and Islam as “hate speech”.
The director of (Hamas) CAIR St. Louis would likely help Killian find any and all anti-Muslim “hate speech” on the internet. CAIR St. Louis wants Muslim youth to monitor social media and report “anti Islamic and anti Muslim content on the internet to appropriate authorities to take action to remove it and go after those who post it online and prosecute and take actions according to the Shariah ruling.”
In Manchester, TN on June 4th, 2013, attendees made it clear that they will not stand silent while the Muslim Brotherhood and federal apologists try to trample protected speech. It’s doubtful that Killian’s threat of prosecution will work either.
When it serves their purpose, the AMAC and ACO’s outreach message is “Muslims are just like everybody else.” Sometimes the message is “Muslim women have more rights under Islam than American women.”
On June 4th at the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) program in Manchester,TN, the outreach message was different still. Zak Mohyuddin’s opening remarks warned that it is a “simple fact of life that nothing stays the same. Change is always happening. American Muslims are part of the changing demographics of this country.”
Some of the issues reported to be associated with this demographic change include the increase in female genital mutilation, honor killings, and jihad motivated attacks. Allahu akbar! Were AMAC members honest enough to acknowledge the Medinan parts of the Quran, they would have to admit that Muhammad’s legacy as a political warrior and the atrocities that he and his followers committed, were considered sacred acts. This history lesson could really shed some light on the Islam the world is experiencing today.
Mohyuddin also said that it “must be unacceptable and unfashionable to lump all American Muslims into a one dimensional, exaggerated stereotype. One that is based on the distorted and self-reinforcing assumptions of who we are.” Since the AMAC and ACO hold themselves out as the Muslim voice in Tennessee does that mean that they are speaking on behalf of all Tennessee’s Muslims?
The audience was then shown an excerpt from the “Welcome to Shelbyville” propaganda film where women found common ground by sharing a meal and music. The message? Given the chance, otherwise bigoted, hateful, mean-spirited and xenophobic small town Tennesseans would realize that “we really are all the same.”
But FBI agent Ken Moore told the audience something different albeit something the audience already understood and didn’t like. Moore told the audience that he believes that a “sound and trusting relationship with the Muslim community and other communities of faith are very important in helping us to keep this nation safe.” Everyone knew that Moore’s comments were biased and untrustworthy because he was one of the key FBI leaders who purged FBI training materials about the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia.
Agent Moore referenced the 2011 national hate crime statistics (2012 haven’t been published yet) and the fact that 20% were identified as motivated by religion-bias. It seems ironic however, that he would use this reference at a Muslim outreach program but fail to mention that of the total 1,480 anti-religious hate crimes in 2011 63.2% were against Jews and only 12.5% were committed against Muslims. Since he was speaking to a Tennessee audience he could also have shared that the 2011 TBI hate crime statistics show 5 anti-Jewish acts, 2 anti-Protestant and 3 anti-Islamic and even more dramatically, the TBI 2012 statistics show 5 anti-Jewish hate crimes and only 1 anti-Islamic.
He closed his segment with this sentiment: “what has always seen us through our difficult times is our unity as Americans, not our religion, not our race, not our gender but our citizenship as Americans.” Would Agent Moore be able to make the same statement as confidently after reading the April 2013 Hudson Institute report “America’s Patriotic Assimilation System is Broken”?
Sabina Mohyuddin followed with a power point presentation titled “Understanding the American Muslim Community” and opened with a resounding “I want to see a show of hands, how many people are native Tennesseans?” And then she emphatically shouted,
“SO AM I! I was born and raised in Nashville, my children were born here and raised here [see, we’re all Tennesseans, right?]
and that makes me a second generation Muslim and my children third generation Muslims and I’m proud to be an American and Tennessean above all.”
AMAC member Sabina Mohyuddin promises to keep on talking.
We say, please do, because the more you talk, the more we understand who you really are and that “American Muslims” whether naturalized citizens or native born, are prevented by their own doctrine from considering themselves Americans first and foremost. Indeed Mohyuddin told us that Muslims living in the U.S stay “true to their Muslim values while still staying uniquely American.”
Talk about a contradiction in terms.
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”.
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.