Newsletter #188 – Islamophobia Makes Tennessee Unsafe (part 4 of 4)

The Tennessee September renamed Islamophobia conference

Islamist activist Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center originally planned on holding an Islamophobia conference on September 26, 2015 but renamed it after the Chattanooga jihadist murders. Pushing the idea that the Chattaooga jihadist’s actions had nothing to do with Muslims or Islam, the event is now called “Our Muslim Neighbor: Creating a Community of Inclusion in Middle Tennessee.”

Muslim convert Ingrid Mattson is one of the keynote speakers. She is a professor of Islamic Studies at Huron University College in Ontario Canada. She was the director of the MacDonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut as Director of Islamic Chaplaincy.



Mattson’s resume also includes positions with several major named Muslim Brotherhood organizations named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism prosecution for providing money to HAMAS.

The Faith and Culture Center (FCC) says it pursues “coexistence between people of faith and diverse cultures of the world.” Given the FCC’s use of interfaith activities to achieve its mission and vision, Mattson is at best, a questionable choice for speaker.

Mattson is not a credible interfaith partner

Even though the FCC’s sole focus is to promote “Our Muslim Neighbor,” the board is designed to reflect interfaith support for this mission by including a Jew and Christians. Board member Rev. Montgomery was part of a program at the Hartford Seminary during Mattson’s tenure. Mattson requires her Seminary students to read the works of the jihadists Sayyid Qutb and Syed Abu’l-`Ala Mawdudi.

In 2006 Mattson became the first female and first Muslim convert, to serve as president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America).

ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial for financing the terrorist group HAMAS.

HAMAS is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and is a U.S. designated terrorist organization.

ISNA is not a credible organization for interfaith initiatives. The following Quaranic sura that was posted on ISNA’s website, and eventually deleted (but screen shot saved) says:

O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

Mattson works to create divisiveness between Jews and Christians, particularly Christians who support Israel. In a 2007 speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she warned Jews that “right wing Christians are very risky allies for American Jews” because the “[Christians] are really anti-semitic. They do not like Jews.”

The other conference speakers

  • Reverend Richard Cizik – co-founded the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good after he was removed as the chief lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals presumably for his far left positions on a variety of issues. Predictably, he supports the narrative that groups like the Faith and Culture Center and the Muslim Brotherhood promote, that the “American Muslim” is different than the Muslims “over there.”
  • Major General Douglass Stone (retired) – well known for his work in promoting the rehabilitation of convicted violent extremist terrorists so they can return to their previous life style.He feels strongly that these violent but Islamically “moderate” individuals, many of whom he says only have ties to militants for financial, not ideological reasons, should not be punished, should be separated from the true jihadis, and provided a “program of proper care and custody, family involvement, religious teachings with moderate Islamic clerics…” Under his command, this experimental system was tried at the detention Camp Bucca in Iraq. Now in 2015, “[f]ormer Bucca prisoners are now throughout the IS leadership.”

Will Abudiab use the Tennessee 2014 hate crimes to show Islamophobia in Tennessee?

For the first time in several years, there were more anti-Muslim hate crimes than anti-Jewish hate crimes:

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Hate crimes motivated by ANY bias are deplorable but it is important to assess the nature of the reported hate crime to understand whether and what it implies. For example, the one 2014 anti-Jewish hate crime was for simple assault which in Tennessee is minor bodily injury. Five of the anti-Muslim crimes were for vandalism and one for intimidation.

Muslim fabricated mosque vandalism is trending in Europe and the U.S.. CAIR’s San Francisco radical executive director, Zahra Billoo says Muslims need to report anything they think could be a hate crime or even an “incident.” She says incidents can add up so she can justify her anti- American, anti-non-Muslim and anti-Republican propaganda.

Islamists trying to exploit the Islamophobia label rush to assume that every Muslim murder victim was the act of an Islamophobe, even when it isn’t. Even the murder of the three Muslim students has not been proven to be an anti-Muslim hate crime by local law enforcement, nor did prosecutors argue this when asking for the death penalty for the first degree murder crime.


Considering that:

  • the Associated Press has eliminated the term “Islamophobia” from its stylebook, the media “bible” to guide accuracy in reporting, and,
  • the term “Islamophobia” is nothing more than name-calling designed to suppress any criticism of Islam and Muslims, and,
  • the term was invented specifically for this purpose by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) an organization investigated for being the largest monetary donor to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, and,
  • in light of the Texas shooting and the Chattanooga jihadist murders and the recent exhortation in the Islamic State’s English magazine that Muslims in the West should be “inspired” by the shooting,

The Faith and Culture Center should be held responsible for any harm resulting from the inspiration they provide to attendees to further the propaganda of Islamophobia.

Will the Faith and Culture Center and ACO’s use of Islamophobia to silence critics provoke the jihadis just like it did in Garland, Texas and Chattanooga?

As a practical matter, the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security should be required to consider the very real and serious security risk this gratuitous conference poses to Tennesseans and the state’s elected leadership.

Newsletter #187 – Islamophobia Makes Tennessee Unsafe (part 3 of 4)

The ACMCU/ISPU November Targeting Meeting, contd

The November meeting’s moderator was Dalia Mogahed, co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, with ACMCU director Esposito. Like Espositio, she is a defender of Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR. In 2009 Obama appointed Mogahed to his Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships making her the first Muslim woman White House advisor. She said that her role would be to “convey….to the President and other public officials, what it is Muslims want.” In a 2014 interview she said Muslims wanted “to be show[n] greater respect” and to be treated as “equals” and not perceived as needing to be “fixed or managed.”

Mogahed was born in Egypt, immigrated to the U.S. at age 5 with her family and became a naturalized citizen. Her accomplishments educationally and professionally are many and notably, often include legitimating Muslim Brotherhood groups.



Mogahed is a strong and vocal supporter of sharia law. She says the   West’s understanding of sharia is “oversimplified” and that “the majority of women around the world associate it with ‘gender justice.’” Do the Yazidi women and young girls subjected to Islamic State’s sex slavery agree with her?

Mogahed’s White House appointment has successfully helped the radical, Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, ICNA and MAS, become entrenched in the Obama administration.

In 2008, she supported recommendations for the administration to engage with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and work with HAMAS, to improve relations with Muslims worldwide.

In 2011 Mogahed was instrumental in getting a White House meeting between Obama and the spiritual head of the Maronite Christians in Lebanon, cancelled. Reportedly, she received the request from the “higher leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”

In 2009 Mogahed said that “Islamophobia in America is very real” but then in 2013 she said that Islamophobia is “made up,” and unrelated in any way to terrorist acts such as 9/11 or the Boston marathon bombing. She blames Islamophobia on Republican politicians. Mogahed is the ISPU Director for Research.

The November meetings panelists

The ACMCU/ISPU event highlighted self-serving “research” on Islamophobia “and its connection to bigotry targeting other communities.” The panel of “experts” representing these “other communities” included:

  • Saeed Khan – ISPU Fellow and Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship
  • Ajenai Clemmons – Policy Dir. at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Madihha Ahussein – Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates
  • Joe McCartin – Exec. Dir, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Bd. Member, Interfaith Worker Justice

The National Association of Lay Catholics includes Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) in their database of Alinsky inspired socialist community organizations. The IWJ lists several affiliates in Tennessee including the Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) located in Memphis. Not surprisingly, WIN is a member of a group that promotes BDS against Israel. WIN board members are also members of the Socialist Party. WIN’s founder, a Methodist minister from Chicago, authored a study guide about Islam.

The IWJ board predictably includes a Muslim Brotherhood representative. Naeem Baig, is the president of ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), an organization named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo. Baig also serves in a leadership role with Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA), itself tied to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. Tennessee’s Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center partners with RFPUSA and the “Our Muslim Neighbor” project belongs to the RFPUSA.

The welcoming message at ICNA’s 1999 annual conference was this: “We have a culture and civilization which once ruled the world and still has the viability to rule the world again,” similar to the written goals in the ICNA member handbook.

Ajenai Clemmons represented the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a “national network and research clearinghouse for approximately 675 African-American state legislators across the country…” The sole “no” vote for this year’s Tennessee resolution condemning the BDS campaign against Israel and the increasing incidence of anti-Semitism, was cast by Memphis black Democrat G.A. Hardaway.

Lead researcher on this mapping project, Saeed Khan regularly speaks at Jew-hater Hatem Bazian’s Islamophobia conferences. In his talks the “non-partisan” ISPU researcher labels conservatives, white Republicans and Tea Party members as Islamophobes.

Madihha Ahussein is a staff lawyer from Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization whose sounds like the ACLU for Muslims.  Their positions on FBI informants and government entrapment, denials of homegrown radicalization, and almost “reflexive criticism of counter-terrorism investigations,” are consistent with CAIR.


The ISPU “non-partisan?” The ISPU says they are “transforming their research approach” moving away from simply being a “think tank” to becoming a tool and asset for Alinsky-styled activists. Their 2015 event was titled “Elections 2016, American Muslims, Organizing People, Power and Change.” The ISPU has analyzed decades of Muslim political participation data.

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The USCMO (U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations) is the self-styled “first national Muslim (Brotherhood) political party.” Founding members of the Council (many with ties to HAMAS), include unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator named Muslim Brotherhood organizations, fellow traveler Muslim Brotherhood organizations, and AMP (American Muslims for Palestine), one of the most vocal Muslim Jew-hating organizations in the U.S.

One initiative of the USCMO is conducting a U.S. Muslim census so they can tell politicians how many votes can be bartered.

The ISPU and the USCMO: working in concert, first for power and then to turn our Judeo-Christian country away from its allies and civilizational foundations.

Newsletter #186 – Islamophobia Makes Tennessee Unsafe (part 2 of 4)

Leftists and Islamists: The Red-Green Alliance Points ISIS Sympathizers To Tennessee Targets

In November 2014, Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), co-hosted a meeting called “Canaries in a Coal Mine: How Islamophobia Threatens Us All.”


Who and what is the ISPU?

The ISPU was founded in Detroit by Muslims shortly after 9-11. It opened a D.C. office in 2010 to have easier access to politicians. ISPU describes itself as a “non-partisan and independent think tank and research organization..” even though Obama appointee, Dalia Mogahed, ISPU Director of Research blames Republicans for Islamophobia. (more on Dalia in Part 3.)

ISPU’s list of “scholars” includes Jew-hater Hatem Bazian, Muqtedar Khan who is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood’s IIIT (International Institute on Islamic Thought), Arsalan Iftikhar CAIR’s former national legal director, and Sherman Jackson whose Muslim Brotherhood ties are well documented.

Recent ISPU “research” targets Republican legislators and this “research” is being used to convince the leftists at the November meeting, to ally with Islamists living in the U.S. Since when is the red-green alliance “non-partisan?”

Very little public information is available about who actually started and funded the ISPU, but its 2002 Form 990 lists Iltefat Hamzavi as a Financial Director who signed the 990. Hamzavi’s Foundation’s 990 shows $6,500 directed to the ISPU in 2012 along with donations to the Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA and Mercy-USA. Hamzavi is listed as the ISPU Board Chairman in its 2013 annual report.

The ACMCU/ ISPU Targeting Meeting

The November meeting’s moderator was Dalia Mogahed, a defender of Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR. She was an Obama appointee to his Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The ACMCU/ISPU event highlighted self-serving “research” on Islamophobia “and its connection to bigotry targeting other communities.” Participants and promoters of this effort are banking on America becoming a minority-majoritycountry by 2050 (fueled by illegal immigration and refugee resettlement?) This meeting was designed to cement the Left (women, gays,illegal immigrants,etc), the Black community, and the Muslim community together in a liaison of victimhood.

In March, ING (Islamic Networks Group of which Tennessee AMAC is an affiliate), leader Maha ElGenaidi and ISPU’s Dalia Mogahed held a private research briefing in San Jose and described the ISPU “research” this way:

The research examines Islamophobia by studying state-level anti-rights legislative efforts and their connection to bigotry targeting other communities and the eventual demographic shift to a “majority-minority” population by the year 2050. (emphasis added)

The ISPU decided that state-level legislation in these subject areas was evidence of bigotry:

  • abortion
  • anti-immigration
  • anti-sharia
  • right to work
  • voter ID

Aping the language of the left, ElGenaidi and Mogahed said the goal was for “change empower and inform collective action.” Tying the global jihadist movement to the Left, whose actual goals are antithetical to Islamic doctrine, just shows how insidious and insincere the Islamists’ intentions really are. CAIR-Michigan’s Director Dawoud Walid said it best:

dawud on gays

This raises legitimate questions about Islamists like Mwafaq Aljabarry whose Democrat voting history didn’t prevent him from running in the Tennessee Republican primary for a State House seat as an alleged conservative. And, there is Mohamed Elibiary who claims that his calling to reform the conservative movement before the 2016 election is the reason he left his position with the Department of Homeland Security.

Lobbyist “voice of Tennessee Muslims” Paul “Iesa” Galloway is also busy promoting himself as a states’ rights conservative 10th Amendment Republican just like his Muslim Brotherhood-supporting mentor Mohamed Elibiary.

ISPU Targets State Legislators

Using radical leftist Alinsky tactics, the ISPU collated its “research” into an interactive map targeting certain elected officials. Did they consider that recent examples of Leftist violence may have put the targeted legislators at serious risk of bodily harm? Do they even care?

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For example, the ACMCU and the ISPU are aided in targeting Islamophobes by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The SPLC (assets of over $250 million), according to their “research,” lists the Family Research Council (FRC) as a “hate group.” In 2012, a SPLC follower said that this report inspired him to shoot the security guard at the FRC offices as part of his plan to “kill as many as possible.” Following the shooting, the SPLC posted “FRC Deserves ‘hate group’ label” which was the SPLC’s justification for targeting the group despite the shooting.

The SPLC has also published a dossier on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In June 2013, a mob of leftist pro-illegal immigration agitators trespassed on his private home property in an effort to intimidate and retaliate against him for enforcing the Kansas’ voter registration law that requires proof of citizenship.


Saul Alinsky made leftist radicalism a profession. He created a school to train radicals and wrote a curriculum called Rules for Radicals. He said there were no hard and fast truths, no moral or ethical considerations that should guide a radical’s demands. Nor were there hard and fast rules about how radicals should go about getting demands met. Alinsky wrote:

“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.

Leftists have a dense history of political violence with the more recent examples of Ferguson and Baltimore’s burning, looting and shootings.

The jihadists and the Left are more natural allies than anyone ever realized.

Newsletter #185 – Islamophobia Makes Tennessee Unsafe (part 1 of 4)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR says “Islamophobia is close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims” and “[a]n Islamophobe is an individual who holds a closed-minded view of Islam and promotes prejudice against or hatred of Muslims.”

CAIR has declared Tennessee to be one of the most Islamophobic states in the U.S.

Founder and former director of the Tennessee American Center for Outreach (ACO), Remziya Suleyman, for years, repeatedly singled out Tennessee and blamed specific Tennessee organizations and specific individuals for bringing Islamophobia to the state.

Paul IesaGalloway who was a Texas CAIR Director from 2002 to 2006, now runs the ACO and has taken over Suleyman’s job of identifying Islamophobia in Tennessee.

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Nihad Awad who publicly voices his support for HAMAS, is also the head of Galloway’s former organization, CAIR. Awad has been a regular visitor to Tennessee and CAIR has regularly inserted itself into Tennessee’s political activities. CAIR liberally uses accusations of Islamophobia to single out targets.

Galloway now lives in Nashville, runs the ACO Muslim advocacy organization and is a registered lobbyist talking directly to Tennessee’s state legislators. Until recently the ACO was a named local partner organization to Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center. The listing has been changed to ““Local Muslim organizations and centers.”

Islamist activist Daoud Abudiabs Faith and Culture Center had planned to hold an Islamophobia conference on September 26, 2015 but renamed it after the jihadi murder in Chattannooga. Pushing the idea that the Chattaooga jihadist’s actions had nothing to do with Muslims or Islam they renamed the event to “Our Muslim Neighbor: Creating a Community of Inclusion in Middle Tennessee.”

Daoud Abudiab, former co-chair of Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), now serves as board president of the far left TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), a pro-amnesty and open borders organization which supports the lawlessness of illegal immigration calling it “family reunification.” TIRRC received $310,000 of Soros money in 2012 and $469,000 in 2013. Can there be any question about what their REAL agenda is.

TIRRC logo

Abudiab is a supporter of the open borders group Clergy for Tolerance. He also spearheads “Our Muslim Neighbor” (OMN) initiative which is the sole focus of his Faith and Culture Center. Read “The Dark Side of the Interfaith Syndicate: ‘Our Muslim Neighbor,’ CAIR.”

CAIR and the Tennessee Islamist bullies use name-calling like “Islamophobe” to silence and threaten or provoke action against any criticism of Islam or political sharia. CAIR has been prolific in assembling reports and a website labelling individuals, organizations and actions they call the “Islamophobia Network.”

SoundVision, a department of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), instructs that Islamophobia includes acts like, “…depicting the Prophet as a terrorist, disrespecting the Quran, torturing prisoners, bombing civilians or occupying Muslim lands, these are all signs of Islamophobia” and it includes “any kind of hate crime or speech against Islam and Muslims.”

The Islamic State just released its 9th issue of its English magazine called Dabiqwith an introduction promoting the shooting in Garland Texas as inspirationfor Muslims living in the lands of the crusaders.

CAIR and Tennessees Islamist bullies like Abudiab, Galloway and Suleyman are now on notice that Islamic State (IS) sympathizers are encouraged and will be incited to respond to accusations of Islamophobia, with deadly violence. So why are Islamist agitators like CAIR, Suleyman, Galloway and Abudiab knowingly, willfully and recklessly continuing to mark the targets?

Are Islamophobia accusers willing to intimidate people into silence by whatever means? Can they justify the violence used by IS to silence critics of political Islam in Tennessee, once and forever?

After the jihad terrorist murders in Chattanooga, why would Tennessees Department of Homeland Security enable the deliberate inciting to violence?

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.

Linda Sarsour

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.

ICNA Southern convention

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).

ACO and Tennessean

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.

TCPJ Newsletter #179 – If They Believe in Jesus, Why Do They Denigrate Christians?

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When Islamists like former ACO (American Center for Outreach) director Remziya Suleyman tells you how she also reveres Jesus, most apologist Christians (especially those Family of Abraham fanatics) breathe the interfaith “they are just like us” sigh of relief.

The Muslim Brotherhood also “loves Jesus

Last year, the MSA (Muslim Students Association) at East Tennessee State University put on a program called “Jesus in Islam”:

“We did a couple of lectures on campus last year,” Nimer [MSA President], said. “One was ‘Jesus in Islam.’ We talked about the misconceptions people have because a lot of people think we don’t believe in Jesus. We do, we love him, we respect him and we follow his teachings.”

Did the MSA read where the Quran says we are all supposedly Muslims which is why they refer to converts as “reverts”? According to the Quran, “Esa,” is Jesus’ real name because Jesus was a Muslim, he was not crucified and did not die on the cross but instead, ascended to Allah and anyone claiming otherwise is a liar, so when Jesus returns, he will “be a witness against Jews and Christians for believing in his death.” (4:157-159)

Did the MSA inform attendees that the hadith (traditions and sayings of Muhammad) say that when Jesus comes back, he goes on a pilgrimage to Mecca, he breaks the cross, kills the pig, does away with the “jizyah” (tax on Jews and Christians) and helps destroy Christianity once and for all?

“He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam.”

A Nashville Islamist tells Christians the truth if they will only hear it

In 1999 Awadh Binhazim, former Austin CAIR chapter leader and former board member at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), proselytized Islam in Nashville through his Olive Tree Education project. Among Islamists operating in Tennessee, he was one of the least deceptive. While serving as the Vanderbilt Muslim chaplain, he admitted that Islam commands death for homosexuality, that Islam is not a matter of personal opinion but whatever Allah (as delivered by Mohammed) decreed. He lectured Islam’s supremacist belief regarding what Muslims believe about the Gospel:

“When Muslims say they believe in the Ingil, the Gospel and they believe in the Torah, and they believe in the Psalms, they qualify. They believe that there has been a change in the text of the Torah and the Gospel. Therefore, originality was lost…Authenticity was lost. And Muslis regard this to be a deliberate change by corrupt priests of the time. They distorted the word of God and eliminated the original Hebrew and Aramaic versions of their scriptures.”

Binhazim also publicized the writings by al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and terrorism financing unindicted co-conspirator Jamal Badawi through his Olive Tree Education website:

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Daoud Abudiab, founder of the Tennessee Faith and Culture Center which will be hosting an Islamophobia conference in September, partnered in dawa (proselytizing) with Binhazim.

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Knoxville’s Anoor Academy textbook also teaches about Christians

Binhazim’s belief in the supremacy of Islam is also reflected in the textbook “What Islam Is All About” used at the private Islamic school in Knoxville. The textbook teaches the students this about Christians:

p.187 – “So, although the Christians and Jews may make a big noise about following Prophet Ibrahim, in fact, neither of them do.  Prophet Ibrahim fulfilled Allah’s commands, the Jews don’t even follow half of what their corrupted books say.  The Christians don’t follow anything except what their philosophers and priests make up from time to time.”

p.188 – “Prophet Ibrahim told people to do good and he forbade the wrong.  Many ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ Jews and Christians lead such decadent and immoral lives that lying, alcohol, nudity, pronography, racism, foul language, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and everything else are accepted in their society, churches and synagogues.  Just turn on the television in any Jewish or Christian community and see what’s ‘normal.’”

Quoting passages from the Quran, page 282 mocks Christians saying, “[w]hat does Allah say about all this nonsense that the Christian religion teaches?” and claims that Paul’s doctrines are false.

Other pages in the textbook are devoted to convincing the students that it’s not a good idea to have Christian friends but if for some reason they do only become friends to fulfill the duty to convert them to Islam.


ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), another Muslim Brotherhood organization, uses “we love Jesus” for their dawa but conceals that the Quran says Muhammad revealed the Ingil (Gospel) to “Esa” (Jesus) because he was a Muslim. Exactly what these kids are being taught:

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On Friday, July 24, 2015, when police in Chattanooga were escorting the funeral procession for Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt to the Chattanooga National Cemetery, some Baptists and their children attended prayers at the the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, the jihad murderer’s mosque, to “…show them that we love them.”

The Christian women, who attended and brought their daughters, all wore headscarves. They “…asked that their church not be identified because not everyone was in agreement with them visiting, said they were struck by how similar the service was to the Christian messages they are used to hearing.”

The imam didn’t talk about the murders but for the benefit of a dawa opportunity did talk about the basics of Islam. This guy knows ignorant dhimmi Christians when he sees them.


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