While the Red-Green Alliance is interfaithing, they are also harboring and legitimatizing individuals and organizations, that are involved with anti-Israel advocacy. The progressive tent, it seems, is considered big enough for everyone even if they are Jew-haters. Progressive interfaithing can ignore these differences because “honest dialogue” only focuses on commonalities while ignoring vast differences of ideology unknown to the ignorant participants.
Nashville Family of Abraham
Nashville’s 2011 Family of Abraham (FOA) inaugural event was hosted by Nashville’s far left and expensive private school University School of Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean welcomed attendees, followed by Rev. Sonnye Dixon, Fr. Joe Breen, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Imam Bahloul and Mark Pelavin from the Jewish Reform Action Center.
Pelavin’s organization established its relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood as early as 2007 when the President of the Union of Reform Judaism, spoke at ISNA’s annual conference which also included BDS supporters Safaa Zarzour and Sayyid Syeed among others.
The next FOA followed quickly at a gathering hosted by West End United Methodist Church (UMC). As discussed in Part 2, the UMC maintains a very close relationship with ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization in the U.S.
The UMC speaker was Sayyid Sayeed, founding board member and former Secretary General of ISNA, who now serves as its interfaith liaison. UMC shares ISNA’s support for BDS against Israel. Shortly after approving an anti-Israel divestment resolution, “Steadfast Support of Christians in the Holy Land”, the Northern Illinois Conference of Methodism received ISNA’s Interfaith Unity Award.
Why didn’t the Northern Conference resolution address instead the recent Pew Study findings of Christian oppression in the Muslim majority countries of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen?
ISNA’s Jew Hatred and Anti-Israel BDS
A look at ISNA’s website, leadership, annual convention speakers and partners shows why ISNA supports the BDS goal of destroying Israel as the Jewish homeland.
ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Many of ISNA’s leaders were active in their respective college MSAs and other Muslim Brotherhood allied organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Strategic Plan for North America (1991 MB memo).
In 2004, when Sayeed was the Secretary General of ISNA, he stated in repeated interviews that ISNA received no funding from Saudi Arabia. He denied this even after 2003 expert testimony during a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee documented that Saudi Arabia was ISNA’s largest source of funding.
Saudi funding also enabled the establishment of ISNA’s subsidiary NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), which “is reported to own between 50 and 79 percent of the mosques on the North American continent. NAIT mosques rank among the most radical in the United States.” Islamic convert Stephen Schwartz, describes ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.”
ISNA, NAIT and Tennessee Mosques
In Memphis, Tennessee, the deeds forMasjid As-Salam mosque, home of the Muslim Society of Memphis, and the Al-Noor Mosque, which also houses the MSA in Memphis, show NAIT as the owner. Deeds to at least 10 other properties including some adjacent to the Muslim Society of Memphis also identify NAIT as the owner.
ISNA shares a street address with the MSA of Memphis and the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis. ISNA is also listed as the owner of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), a mosque that openly promoted the Holy Land Foundation as far back as 1998.
In February 2010, the Islamic Center of Nashville ICN) and the Salahadeen Center, the Kurdish mosque, partnered with ISNA for a two day conference titled “Awakening the Leader Within.” Members of the Salahadeen Center include former Muslim American Society (also Muslim Brotherhood), leader Fadi Ezier, CAIR promoter Remziya Suleyman and BDS advocate Drost Kokoye.
Examples of ISNA Leadership, Conventions, Website and Partner Organizations
ISNA supports Hamas, the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Hamas is a U.S. designated terrorist organization. The Hamas charter, calling out the “Zionist invasion” states:
“For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.”….
“The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
ISNA, NAIT and CAIR were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) terrorism financing prosecution because of their involvement in raising money for Hamas. In 2009 their unindicted co-conspirator status was reaffirmed and the judge held that “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT with the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
Muzammil Siddiqi – served as the president of ISNA (1997-2000),and is now a Board member of ISNA and its subsidiary NAIT. Siddiqi is a pro-jihad, pro-Sharia, anti-American, hard core Islamist. He served as an officer at the Muslim World League (MWL), founded by members of the Saudi government to globalize fundamentalist Islamic sharia law.
Siddiqi advocated for the establishment of an Islamic state, told Muslims living in the U.S. that Islamic sharia law was superior to U.S. laws, and praised Islamic suicide bombers as “those who die on the part of justice” and thus reside “with the Lord.” He believes in “the victory of Islam in Palestine” by means of jihad, which he describes as “the path” and “the way [for Muslims] to receive the honor.”
Since 1981 he has served as director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and now serves as the Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. The Shura Council includes a heavy dose of Muslim Brotherhood presence. The November 20, 2012 newsletter praised student BDS initiatives:
“Shura Council applauds the Associated Students of UCI [University of California, Irvine], for unanimously passing a resolution calling for UCI to divest from companies who benefit from occupied Palestine. Click here to learn more about UCI divestment and learn what is B D S here.”
Jamal Badawi – The Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution named Badawi individually as an unindicted co-conspirator. He was a founding member of the Muslim American Society, established as the representative organization of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The 2004 Chicago Tribune reportconfirmed the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood over U.S. mosques.
Badawi’s recorded statements characterize Gaza terrorists as martyrs and suicide bombers as freedom fighters, and defending violent jihad in cases of “self-defense against unprovoked aggression . . . “
More recently, Badawi spoke at the 2012 AMP (American Muslims for Palestine) conference. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), describes AMP as “anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination.”
AMP is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support the college hate group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (started by a Hamas leader), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian who was convicted for his activities with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
Joining Badawi were BDS advocates like Friends of Sabeel North American, Donald Wagner (see Part 2) , virulent anti-Semitic Jew haters like Hatem Bazian and openly vocal Hamas supporters like CAIR director Nihad Awad.
ISNA Conventions: Representatives and Speakers
ISNA’s conventions have included representatives from:
- Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC and now renamed to Organization of Islamic Cooperation) The OIC which works cooperatively with the Muslim Brotherhood, represents the 56 Muslim majority countries and is also the largest voting bloc in the United Nations. For years, the OIC pushed the UN to criminalize any criticism of Islam which was accomplished in 2012 with the passage of Resolution 16/18.
- Muslim World League (MWL)- founded in 1962 by members of the Saudi government for the purpose of globalizing fundamentalist Islamic sharia law (Wahhabism). “The MWL has a long history of ties to, and financial support for, Islamic extremists, terrorist operatives, and terrorist organizations including Hamas…and al Qaeda.” MWL has a history of virulent anti-Israel rhetoric and is a member of the OIC.
- WAMY – World Assembly of Muslim Youth – based in Saudi Arabia, it is the world’s largest Muslim youth organization. The U.S. branch, established by Osama bin Laden’s nephew, was raided by the FBI and shut down because of suspected links to terrorism funding. The U.S. WAMY has also provided funding to CAIR.
ISNA’s convention speakers have included:
Anwar al Awlaki – al-Qaeda cleric killed in Obama authorized 2011 drone attack.
Ali Abunimah -co-founder and executive director of Electronic Infitada, a major online media outlet promoting the Palestinian agenda along with BDS against Israel. He is also a founding member of Al Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition that opposes Israel’s right to exist.
Maha ElGenaidi – founder of Islamic Networks Group (ING) which trains and certifies speakers to present canned scripts about Islamic-related topics; helps to establish “affiliates” in different cities including Tennessee’s based AMAC. Acknowledged partnerships with Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA, CAIR, ICNA, and MAS.
Paul Findley – author of “Liberating America From Israel” (“Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society”)
Imam Warith Deen – former head of New York prisons’ Muslim chaplain program who described Jewish conspiracies to control the world.
ISNA Website Posts Quaranic Verses About Jews
Here is a now deleted (but screen shot saved) Quaranic passages posted on ISNA’s website:
“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.”
Soumaya Khalifa, founder of the Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau will be speaking at a Nashville Family of Abraham meeting on February 27, 2014. Woodmont Christian Church is hosting the event, which should surprise no one given the pastoral open support for groups like Clergy for Tolerance, an extreme leftist, religio-political open borders group. The title of her talk is “My Interfaith Journey from Egypt to Atlanta via Texas.”
The Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) is an affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group (ING) as is TN AMAC who announced its ING affiliate status in August 2012. Affiliate status means that ING will come and train Islamic speakers to present canned scripts on a variety of topics.
The Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta ING affiliate websites offer the same listing of ING presentations. The Minnesota affiliate offers the same scripts, although listed in a more elaborate format and with additional offerings, such as form letters for marketing their services to school superintendents, principals, teachers, law enforcement officials, etc.
ING was founded by Maha ElGenaidi who in 2012 documented her organizational collaborations with, and support from, Muslim Brotherhood groups including Hamas-CAIR, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). All of ING Islamist alliances are with either jihad or dawa (proselytizing) organizations.
Someone might want to ask whether these Muslim Brotherhood alliances influence the objectives and information presented by ING affiliates like Khalifa’s Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau.
Hamas-CAIR Promoter Works with Clergy for Tolerance
Like all Saul Alinsky devotees, ACO Director, Remziya Suleyman aligns with anyone and any organization, even one that provided financial support for the terrorist group Hamas. Suleyman’s support for CAIR didn’t stop Clergy for Tolerance from linking their group to her. There has been plenty documented (and easily found on the internet), about Suleyman’s relationship with CAIR – here, here, and here.
An Interfaith Journey That Leaves Out the Islamist Propaganda
Pakistani Julie Aftab also has an interfaith journey story that stops in Texas. Her story is the one that Islamists want to silence. They have tried to silence her by melting away part of her face with acid, by shooting at her, and by keeping her under an announced death threat. Even the Huffington Post and the Houston Chronicle won’t silence her even if they do scrupulously avoid admitting the fact that her attackers are Muslims.
Nonetheless, Julie’s story is instructive. If the Family of Abraham and their enablers like Rev. Stauffer, Flowers and Gung of Woodmont Christian Church want truth over propaganda, Julie will gladly come and share her story with them. It would be an interesting contrast to the story they will hear from Soumaya Khalifa whose mission is wedded to Islamic dawa and “taqiyah;” (also known as lying for the cause of Allah).
“What is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions and Answers” is a recent publication of the Interfaith Alliance and the First Amendment Center’s Religious Freedom Education Project directed by Charles Haynes.
Haynes’ write-up about this publication exposes both the hypocrisy with which he champions First Amendment rights and his own ignorance about political Islam and its objectives to bring Sharia law to our country. Relying on a Soros financed Center for American Progress study to vilify anyone who questions the motives of devotees of political Islam, Haynes says:
“Enough is enough. It’s time for voices of reason to counter dangerous and often vicious propaganda with balanced and accurate information about American Muslims.”
Claims of balance and accuracy can only be credible if all the information is provided. Read the information omitted by the authors of “What is the Truth About American Muslims” at Political Islam, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and then judge for yourself.
Groups endorsing “What is the Truth” publication
This short analysis of 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum provides a good summary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s goals for the United States. Groups listed in “What is the Truth” include some that aggressively and proactively work to advance these Muslim Brotherhood’s goals:
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
United Methodist Church (UMC)
ISNA is listed in the Muslim Brotherhood’s 1991 Memorandum among its 29 “like-minded organizations of our friends”. Newsletter #41 explains ING’s commitment to Muslim Brotherhood objectives. Charles Haynes is an ING Board member so ING’s support of his work should come as no surprise.
What should concern the Freedom Forum though is that Haynes, one of their First Amendment experts and director of their Newseum and Religious Freedom Education Project has teamed up with Islamists committed to advancing the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. agenda.
MPAC likewise cannot dodge its Muslim Brotherhood lineage.
“The United Methodist Church and the Muslim Brotherhood” is explained in Newsletter #55.
Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)
“What is the Truth” quotes the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) to answer question 11 “Have American Muslim leaders spoken out against extremist violence?”
Originally named the “ISNA Fiqh Committee” and listed among the Muslim Brotherhood’s 29 “like-minded organizations of our friends” FCNA members have included Abdurrahman Alamoudi, Taha Jaber Al-Alawani, Sheikh Muhammad al-Hanooti, Muzammil Siddiqui and Jamal Badawi. Any number of FCNA members have been arrested, deported and named as unindicted co-conspirators in connection with terrorist activities. All are connected in some manner to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Jamal Badawi founded the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society. He issued a fatwa detailing the conditions under which a husband may beat his wife and was an individually named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
Taha Jaber Al-Alawani, President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought – IIIT was named in the Muslim Brotherhood memo. Al-Alawani was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism prosecution against Palestinian Islamic Jihad founder, Sami al-Arian. In his role as President of both IIIT and FCNA, Al-Alawani validated the English translation of the “Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Sacred Islamic Law”, stating:
“…this translation is a valuable and important work, whether as a textbook for teaching Islamic
jurisprudence to English-speakers, or as a legal reference for use by scholars, educated laymen, and students in this language.”
Provisions in the “Reliance of the Traveller” include:
“the Objectives of Jihad” o9.8 – the caliph wars against Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians if they don’t accept the invitation to Islam or they can pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)
“Giving Zakat to Deserving Recipients” h8.17 (zakat is Islamic charity)- those fighting for Allah who are not employed by the military, ie, “volunteers for jihad” and
h8.24 – zakat cannot be given to a non-Muslim
“Dealing with a rebellious wife” m10.12(4)(c) – a husband may hit his wife to either correct her behavior or to save the family but he may not hit her in such a way as to injure her
“Child Care and Custody” m13.3 – it is unlawful to send Muslim children to Christian schools but not unlawful to sent them to public schools as long as religion isn’t mentioned in a way “that threatens the students’ belief in Islam”
Suggested resources cited by the “What is the Truth” publication
“What is the Truth” names several organizations and suggests that their educational publications and presentations can be used by faith communities, schools, colleges and community groups to learn more about American Muslims. The named resource groups include:
Unity Production Foundation – see Newlsetter, Part
ING – see above
The Islam Project – pushes UPF materials
Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) – ISPU scholars listed on their website many of whom are involved with Muslim Brotherhood organizations include:
-Arsalan Iftikhar – Newsletter #54 details Iftikhar’s personal involvement with Muslim Brotherhood groups
-Muqtedar Khan – named to International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT) council of scholars to supervise IIIT’s academic programs; member of Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) – both organizations named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood plan for North America
-Sherman Jackson aka Abdul Hakeem Jackson – former Board member of FCNA, trustee of North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and Muslim Students Association (MSA), named to IIIT Council of Scholars – all Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
“Muslim Brotherhood” is as much about an ideological plan for the U.S. as it is about individual relationships and the organizations that have come together to work toward these ideological objectives.
Without question Charles Haynes and the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center are doing all they can to help the Muslim Brotherhood in our country achieve its goals – goals that include the negation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The question is why? Is it the money that the Islamists bring? Is Charles Haynes that blinded by politically correct leftist propaganda? Is it his commitment to the communitarian objectives? Does he really detest our country that much?
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The First Amendment Center’s non-profit status has been revoked for failure to file 990s for three years. Could this be the reason why the reference now is the “Freedom Forum First Amendment Center”? Whether due to deliberate or forced reorganization, the First Amendment Center (the Center) and the Religious Freedom Education Project (the Project), have expanded their reach by collaborating with organizations such as Unity Productions Foundation, the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) and the Islamic Networks Group (ING).
The Muslim Brotherhood is as much about an ideological plan for the U.S. as it is about individual relationships and the organizations that have come together to work toward these ideological objectives.
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF)
The Freedom Forum’s Newseum and Religious Freedom Education Project director Charles Haynes recently collaborated with UPF to promote the “What is the truth about Islam and Muslims in America?” initiative. More about this initiative will be discussed in Part IV.
Pakistani IT billionaire Safi Qureshey is the founder and Chairman of the UPF Board. UPF claims that its mission is to “…create peace through the media.”
The public faces of UPF are executive producers and Muslim converts Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe. Kronemer has a “special” connection to Tennessee and Rutherford County; he is married to Lobna Luby Ismail, founder of Connecting Cultures, the organization contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice that trained school personnel from the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro school districts about respecting Islam.
Connecting Culture’s work in Tennessee has been covered extensively by www.dailyrollcall.com.
UPF is part of the U.S. Muslim propaganda campaign and markets its products to mass media such as PBS. And as with all Muslim propaganda disseminating organizations, UPF also targets teachers. UPF also promotes the “20,000 Dialogues” project paired with yet another project titled “Change the Story”, which includes the standard Muslim Brotherhood entourage – ISNA, CAIR and MSA among others. Each one of these initiatives singly and collectively, deceptively revises and whitewashes facts and history. Daniel Greenfield has helped peel the onion in this regard here and here.
The First Amendment Center and the Council on Islamic Education (CIE)
In 2000 Charles Haynes on behalf of the First Amendment Center, collaborated with the CIE to publish “Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards”. Newsletter #49 discusses the CIE, its principal researcher Susan Douglass, and how they are transforming what is taught about Islam in U.S. public schools.
According to a 2008 entry posted on The American Muslim website, Safi Qureshey has been a generous funder of CIE: “Shabbir Mansuri of the Council on Islamic Education, now the Institute on Religion and Public Life, over the course of twenty years, has rewritten the required textbooks on religion for 37 of America’s fifty states, thanks to unlimited funding by America’s first homegrown Muslim billionnaire, Safi Qureshey.”
Saghir Aslam is another Pakistani philanthropist who helped launch and financially support the CIE. Aslam lays claim to having been instrumental in “helping to launch a number of national American Muslim organizations, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)” and “facilitating the establishment” of CAIR. The Muslim Observer reported that Aslam is close to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), having been authorized at one time to “oversee an ICNA bank account.” Aslam is also one of the founding members of the Islamic Society of Orange County, which in 1981 hired Muzammil Siddiqui to be the Religious Director, a position he still holds.
Saghir Aslam has other things in common with Safi Quereshey.
In addition to both being very wealthy Pakistani philanthropists living in the U.S., both men have supported the growth of Muslim Brotherhood ideology in the U.S. In addition to their involvement with CIE, both men appear acquainted with Muzammil Siddiqui whose resume is replete with Muslim Brotherhood organizational associations including serving as the president of ISNA for several years and chair of NAIT’s board. Siddiqui has plenty of examples to his credit to qualify him as a pro-jihad, pro-Sharia, anti-American, hard core Islamist.
While Siddiqui was still president of ISNA, Quereshey moderated a 2001 ISNA conference panel. This was the same conference that hosted al-Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki and promoted Islamic charities that were shut down due to ties to al-Qaeda. Aslam was a founding member of the Islamic Society of Orange County which hired Siddiqui to be the Religious Director.
Given the close involvement both personally and financially of principals Quereshey and Aslam with some of the main Muslim Brotherhood organizations, it would not be a stretch to suggest that Quereshey and Aslam’s endeavors are in furtherance of the “grand jihad from within” articulated in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum.
Charles Haynes and the Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Added to the First Amendment Center’s collaboration with outside Islamist organizations, Charles Haynes is an ING Board member. Newsletter #41 explains in greater detail the Muslim Brotherhood organizations which ING claims close relationships and working partnerships.
In August 2012, the Tennessee AMAC signed on as the newest ING affiliate.
 ISNA’s founding members included not only members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s MSA, but also Sami al-Arian who was convicted and deported for his leadership of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). See Newsletter #39 regarding the relationship between Sami Al-Arian and Tennessee’s Dr. Ali’s Jerusalem Fund. It was also proven during that Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial that ISNA maintained a fund which raised money for Hamas.
 Organizations promoted during the humanitarian relief session at the 2001 conference included, Benevolence International Foundation (first shut down in 1993 in Saudi Arabia over concerns about its ties to al-Qaeda and subsequently banned worldwide by the UN Security Council), Global Relief Foundation (shut down by U.S. government in 2001 for terrorist funding including al-Qaeda), LIFE for Relief and Development (raided by FBI and IRS in 2006. LIFE lists the Jerusalem Fund as a partner organization).
While we were asleep, Islamist education activist organizations were busy implementing the Muslim Brotherhood plan for our country. Part of the “grand jihad” expressed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum uses our school systems, materials and students because they are considered “fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students.” In the education context, this means rewriting school textbook content, rewriting curriculum standards, and slowly and incrementally, bringing U.S. students to a narrative that dismisses the what and why of 9-11.
What students are taught and the ideological framework that influences their education will dictate our country’s future. If for no other reason than this, we should all be gravely concerned.
The Council on Islamic Education – transforming curriculum and textbook content
Critical to state curriculum standards, textbook treatment of Islam and what is taught in public school classrooms about Islam, is the role and influence of the Council on Islamic Education (CIE). Founded in 1991 by Shabbir Mansuri, the CIE was created specifically for the purpose of influencing K-12 textbook publishers and education on Islam in the public schools. It has been described as one of the most powerful influences on U.S. textbooks.
CIE influences textbook content by helping to rewrite state curriculum standards. “Supplementing curriculum with materials and accurate information” is just one rationale used by groups like the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to present topic scripts prepared by the Islamic Speakers Network (ING) to school staff and students. ING is a Muslim Brotherhood inspired organization working closely with several Muslim Brotherhood organizations. (see Newsletter #41). Charles Haynes, listed as a Senior Scholar of the Vanderbilt University First Amendment Center, is listed as an ING Board member.
As stated on its website, CIE has expanded its objective to reach well beyond the classroom into the wider community. In an effort perhaps to sound more secular and gain wider acceptance in “faith communities, media and civil society”, CIE changed its name to the Institute on Religion and Civic Values (IRCV), and lists Mansuri as its founding director.
As with virtually all the Islamist organizations, the more that is known about their genesis and relationships, the more their true objectives are revealed.
Background on CIE
As reported on the Saba Trust website, (Saba Trust Education & Welfare Society), founders Saghir and Bushra Aslam, immigrants from Pakistan, helped to establish CIE, the Mulsim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Mr. Aslam is listed as the CFO on IRCV’s 2008 – 2010 990 Forms.
Sidenote – CAIR was founded by the Hamas linked Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). The IAP is listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memo as one of the “organizations of our friends”. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing prosecution in the U.S. In 2009, a federal judge in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator would stand since the government had extensive evidence tying CAIR to Hamas.
In 2000, CIE was given an award by CAIR Southern California for trying to “eliminate Muslim stereotypes.”
CIE and Sound Vision
CIE is often cited on the Sound Vision website. For additional information about Sound Vision and what it promotes as ways to advance Islam within the public school setting, see Newsletter #41 and the attachments. In fact, one entry on the Sound Vision website titled “Islam: Getting involved in public school is a religious obligation!” attributes that sentiment to CIE’s founder, Mr. Mansuri. This is the same Mansuri who described Sound Vision as “a bloodless revolution inside American junior high and high school classes.
Given the orientation of Sound Vision’s advice to Muslim families with regard to seeking religious accommodations in public schools, endorsement and encouragement to engage in dawa in schools, and more, it makes perfect sense that Sound Vision would likewise endorse all of CIE’s endeavors.
CIE’s Tennessee connection completes an “interesting” circle
“Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards” is a widely circulated publication authored by CIE’s Susan Douglass (more on her below), in collaboration with Charles Haynes, a Senior Scholar of the Vanderbilt University First Amendment Center, and an ING Board member.
Addressing “education activists and several dozen Muslims” in a 2008 symposium, Haynes stated that “The Muslim community is breaking new ground …in how we think about religious freedom….Muslims are at the forefront of the movement to changing our ideas about religious accommodation in public schools….. 9/11 has effected the atmosphere of religious accommodation, Mr. Haynes stated that 9/11 has had a profound effect on this issue for the Muslim Community and that the Muslim community has been suffering the backlash since that event… [Haynes] is hopeful that the work of the Freedom Forum and the knowledge of one’s rights will lead to fair religious accommodation and the proper representation of Islam in the public school system, thus painting a true picture of Islam.”
These are among the very same reasons the ING affiliate, Tennessee AMAC used to get Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons to agree to work with them. And it is the same reasons the AMAC will use to support why they should be permitted to speak to school staff and students, adding that they have the Haslam administration’s support for speaking out.
CIE is credited with influencing textbook publishers to omit “anything that would enable students to understand conflicts between Islamic fundamentalism and Western liberalism”.
In 1992 CIE sponsored an “Islam in textbooks conference” for publishing company representatives and their writers. The CIE website reported that this “marked the beginning of a sustained relationship between CIE and K-12 publishers.”
In July 1994, CIE released a “review and analysis” of draft standards for “national standards for world history, grades 5-12” and a third draft of proposed California history and social science textbook standards. In October 1995, they published the 3rd edition of “Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public Classroom”.
It was also CIE that helped to prepare the California history curriculum manual that had students “pretending” to be Muslims. A federal judge held that it “is not indoctrinating students about Islam when it requires them to adopt Muslim names and pray to Allah as part of a history and geography class, but rather is just teaching them about the Muslim religion.”
Susan Douglass and CIE
CIE’s “Affiliated Scholar” and principal researcher and writer, Susan Douglass (a convert to Islam), also wrote social studies textbooks published by the International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT). The IIIT is one of the 29 organizations specifically listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum. IIIT was raided by federal authorities as part of a terror financing investigation. Douglass is most noted for drafting standards for teaching about religion in public schools; she and Charles Haynes co-authored the “Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools” which has been adopted and published by the Freedom Forum in Nashville.
Douglass identifies herself as heading the educational outreach program at the Saudi – backed Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center at Georgetown University and taught for many years at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, VA., a school with a troubling history of associations with Hamas and Al Qaeda. (also discussed in Poole’s article).
Douglass also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) publication “Islamic Horizons” and speaks at ISNA conferences alongside none other than Maha ElGanaidi of the Islamic Networks Group (ING). The ING is now working hand in glove with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).
The Douglass-ElGanaidi duo spoke at the 2006 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center conference on “Islam and Curriculum Reform” (Teaching How to Teach Islam).
And most recently the September 2012 “California 3Rs Bulletin- F2F & 3Rs 9-12, included an invitation to California educators to attend Susan Douglass’ program designed to teach teachers how to teach about Islam. ING’s Maha ElGanaidi sits on the California Three Rs Advisory Committee.
Marcia Beauchamp, formerly with Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center Freedom Forum, was the lead program coordinator for the California 3Rs project. The 3Rs project is sponsored by the First Amendment Center and is a project finding its way to other states. In 2002, Ms. Beauchamp moderated a panel at the First Amendment Center that featured Susan Douglass as the speaker to talk about state education standards and teaching about religion in public schools. Ms. Beauchamp told the audience:
“I do want to tell you that over the course of the years that I worked with the First Amendment Center and had many opportunities to work directly with Susan, and she is one of the most intellectually precise, committed and caring people I’ve ever worked with on these issues.”
Wonder how long it will be before Tennessee gets a 3Rs program? After all, Tennessee already has the ING connection, the First Amendment Center connection, and of course, the AMAC.
Given Governor Haslam’s nod of approval to the AMAC, does he understand that this is also going to be part of Tennessee’s education reform?
In the political storm over the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video, the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) has come down on the side of the 1st Amendment’s protection for free speech, posting the following statement on its website (http://www.amactn.com/#!press-release), which says in part:
“AMAC is committed to upholding the right to freedom of expression, and we unconditionally condemn any use of violence as a means to protest offensive or hateful speech. In the United States, this fundamental, inalienable right is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The answer to speech we find deeply offensive is more speech — speech that tells the true story of Islam — not censorship or violence.”
The AMAC finally gets it right – it’s not Islamophobia, it’s free speech.
But where AMAC gets it wrong, is that neither the video nor the 1st Amendment justifies AMAC’s (Muslim Brotherhood inspired) Islamic Speakers Bureau going into publicly funded forums to either promote their religion and/or advance their political agenda.
Nor does the video or the 1st Amendment justify Governor Haslam endorsing the Islamist AMAC as the exclusive voice in Tennessee on matters involving political shariah.
If, as the AMAC states the answer is “more speech”, then why not let the Koran tell the “true story of Islam”? And why limit the “true story” to only the first 13 years in Mecca? The AMAC statement continues:
“Those who responded [to the film violently] in such a manner would do well to instead study the Prophet Muhammad’s example in the face of harm. On a daily basis, Prophet Muhammad was exposed to demeaning abuse for 13 years during the early years of his mission. His response was not to return insult for insult or hurt for hurt but to pray for his persecutors and overlook their insults.”
The “true story of Islam” however, also includes the years in Medina, as summarized at www.politicalislam.com, “In Mohammed’s life, he preached the religion of Islam for 13 years and garnered 150 new followers. When he went to Medina and became a politician and a warlord, when he died every Arab was a Muslim. Jihad violence was what made Islam successful.”
The AMAC’s half-truth with regard to the very subject matter for which it insists it speaks authoritatively, should place AMAC’s credibility in question.
Whether using the rationale of “offensive speech begets more speech”, or “supplementing curriculum”, or “correcting alleged misinformation” or “preventing bullying in schools” or even telling “the true story of Islam”, AMAC is, always has been and always will be a political entity. The AMAC was created as a political response to the anti-terrorism bill. Its new affiliate status with the Islamic Networks Group (a Muslim Brotherhood connected organization discussed in Newsletter #41) establishing the AMAC’s Islamic Speakers Bureau, only further exposes its political objective to influence any and all societal systems. This is precisely the foundation needed to enable the embedding of political shariah.
If the AMAC were to let the Koran tell the “true story of Islam”, then we probably wouldn’t need the AMAC….oh, yeah.
AMAC co-chair Daoud Abudiab wants the law enforcement audience to know that we are Americans, just like you. But AMAC board member Sabina Mohyuddin says something very different. Speaking to the press about a charter school bill from the 2012 legislative session:
“This bill was designed to exclude immigrant parents and teachers from participating in charter schools, frustrating efforts to tailor our kids’ education to meet the needs of our communities.”
And AMAC’s lobbying arm, the American Center for Outreach (ACO), intern Jihan Abdulla (any relation to AMAC board member and ACO founding board member, Kasar Abdulla?), says that as a Muslim, she believes she has more rights than American women. This was her comment quoted in The Tennessean after listening to ING founder Maha ElGenaidi speak in Nashville about women’s rights under Shariah. Will this be Ms. Abudlla’s message as an ING-certified speaker in Tennessee public schools?
Now when the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) contacts another Tennessee state agency or a middle school to offer their free services, they can say:
-we are a recognized affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group (ING);
-we have been trained by ING and are certified to present the ING’s prepared scripts
-just like ING, our certified speakers can help “supplement the curriculum”
In fact, the Dalls-Fort Worth and Atlanta ING affiliate websites offer the same listing of canned ING presentations. The Minnesota affiliate offers the same scripts although listed in a more elaborate format and with additional offerings such as form letters for marketing their services to school superintendents, principals, teachers, law enforcement officials, etc.
ING tailors its offerings and rationale for its services to each sector it seeks to address. For example, it justifies its efforts in schools under the bullying prevention umbrella and/or as a resource to supplement curriculum standards. For Law Enforcement, the rationale is to supplement cultural diversity training and for media audiences, it is to influence how they report about Islam.
In other words, flood all systems using whatever rationale necessary to gain access. And once accessed, the goal is to influence the system. This is precisely the foundation needed to enable the embedding of political shariah.
The comprehensive – uniform –scripted – messaging of ING’s approach, has the same “aura” as the Muslim Brotherhood’s systemic political plan for North America detailed in the 1991 Memorandum discovered during the Holy Land Foundation trial.
Given the organizational affiliations of ING Board members and it’s founder, Ms. ElGanaidi’s documented appearances with CAIR national leadership and appearances at Muslim Brotherhood ISNA’s conferences, and the written affirmations of standing partnerships between ING and Muslim Brotherhood named organizations, the ING approach makes sense.
The recent May 5, 2012 ING Program in California included a book signing by the former imam of the Ground Zero mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and a detailed report by ING President, Ms. ElGenaidi. Page 5 of her report states (emphasis added):
“[ING has] also received letters of support from national organizations which reflects our partnerships and good relations with these organizations as well as our reach across the country. These include:
• Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
• Muslim American Society (MAS)
• Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
• Council on Islamic Relations – California (CAIR)”
ISNA’s letter of support attached at page 24 of Ms. ElGenaidi’s report states:
“We have seen the positive impact of these projects on our community through our years of work with ING, especially during the Annual ISNA Convention, and training webinars, which we were proud to co-sponsor with ING.”
ICNA and ISNA were specifically named “like-minded” organizations in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. ISNA was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. Similarly, CAIR and Jamal Badawi, founding incorporator of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Board member were also listed as unindicted co-conspirators.
In July 2009, Judge Solis ruling on ISNA’s request to be removed from the list of unindicted co-conspirators ruled that “the Government has produced ample evidence to establish the association of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] with HLF [Holy Land Foundation], the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.” (Interesting note here – Islamic Association for Palestine was another Sami al-Arian organization; see Newsletter #39 & 40 for more about al-Arian’s follow-on organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad).
Recall that Ms. Suleyman, now the Director for AMAC’s organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO), joined with CAIR in a press conference opposing the 2011 anti-terrorism bill.
ICNA shares ING’s pursuit of dawah in U.S. public schools:
ICNA reported in 2005: “Reaching the youth has not always been an area explored by those in the Dawa field. Our representatives visit public schools sharing knowledge of Islam as an attempt to correct the misrepresentations often found in secular reading materials. Alhamdulillah, 877-Why-Islam can provide powerpoint presentations for school children.” To this end, ICNA formed an affiliation with the DawaNet website. DawaNet lists ING among the Dawa organizations.
Sound Vision, listed as an ICNA subsidiary and DawaNet have both posted the attached information about dawa in public schools. All of this is consistent with ICNA’s goals as stated in its 2010 handbook.
Even if ING’s scripts claim to “teach about religion rather than promote it”, shouldn’t we be questioning whether there is a political agenda housed in their “outreach” activities? Shouldn’t ING’s partnerships with organizations committed to the Muslim Brotherhood objective as stated in the plan for North America call into question ING’s motivation? And if these relationships do raise a concern, should ING affiliates like AMAC, using the prepared ING scripts, be ineligible to present in publicly-funded forums?
Shouldn’t Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons be asking these same questions? Given the established Muslim Brotherhood presence in Tennessee, Governor and Commissioner Gibbons should take note.