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US religious freedom rep funded by Islamophobes


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US religious freedom rep funded by Islamophobes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the US’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, repeated its request to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to investigate one of its own members, this time for being funded by the same group that backs a notorious Islamophobe.

Earlier this year, CAIR asked for an investigation of USCIRF Vice Chair Zuhdi Jasser for apparently seeking to deny religious rights to Muslim military personnel.

In a letter sent to USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George, Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, wrote in part:

“We are writing today to expand upon the concerns regarding Dr. Zuhdi Jasser that were expressed on our letter to you dated January 24, 2014. Additional information has come to light regarding the financial dependence of Dr. Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) on groups known for promoting Islamophobia in the United States.

“Tax filings for the New York-based Abstraction Fund reveal that between 2010 and 2012, Jasser’s organization accepted $45,000 in grants and contributions. In 2012, 82 percent of the Fund’s total $1,982,930 contributions and grants went to groups known for their active role in spreading anti-Islam prejudice.”

The Center for Security Policy

Saylor’s letter cited funding of anti-Islam groups such as the Center for Security Policy, the head of which was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit against a mosque being built in Tennessee, where he promoted the notion that mosques want to “destroy western civilization from within.”

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Another group funded by the Abstraction Fund and cited in the letter is Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism, which recently published an Islamophobic article stating: “Europe is still … captivated by the specious charms of the Arabs and Islam” and ” … pitiful Arab, whose inherent culture left him no shred of sincerity, creativity or courage.”

Jihad Watch

Other Abstraction Fund-backed groups include Jihad Watch, an anti-Muslim blog published by Robert Spencer. The Boston Globe has described Spencer as a man who “depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion.” Spencer has referred to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a “con man. Someone who is knowing [sic] that what he is saying is false, but is fooling his followers.”

In June 2013, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento requested that the Kolbe Academy, a Catholic school, rescind a speaking invitation they extended to Spencer. The diocese referred to Spencer as a “key leader in the anti-Islam hate movement in the United States.”

Stop Islamization of America 

Spencer is a co-founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Spencer’s Jihad Watch blog is also designated as a hate group by the SPLC, which named Spencer as part of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”

The Middle East Forum 

The Middle East Forum (MEF), headed by Islamophobe Daniel Pipes, also received funds from the Abstraction Fund. Pipes is infamous for quotes such as: “Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.” [Jasser has accepted donations from Middle East Forum.]

In concluding his letter to USCIRF, Saylor wrote:

“CAIR values, advocates for and has pursued legal action to protect free speech and freedom of expression. Dr. Jasser has every right to advocate for the causes and organizations with which he chooses to align AIFD. At issue here is the reasonable concern that arises regarding Dr. Jasser accepting financial support from anti-Muslim groups while he is serving on a commission advocating for religious freedom.

“Given the expanding evidence of AFID’s financial dependency on groups funding anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States, we do not believe Dr. Jasser can act as an honest voice regarding religious freedom domestically or internationally.”

In 2013, CAIR published a major report, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,” which identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting the type of anti-Islam prejudice that can lead to bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims. The Islamophobia report is available on Kindle.

Jasser was featured in that report as an enabler of anti-Muslim bigotry. The report noted that Jasser heads a group that “applauded” an amendment to Oklahoma’s state Constitution that would have implemented state-sponsored discrimination against Islam.

Jasser also narrated “The Third Jihad,” a propaganda film created by the Clarion Fund, which depicts Muslims as inherently violent and seeking world domination. Following revelations that the film was shown as part of training at the New York Police Department, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called it “wacky” and “objectionable.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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  • The greenmantle

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    Sir David

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  • Tanveer Khan

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  • Tanveer Khan

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    I’ve read some bad fanfiction but yours takes the cake, next time try adding some unicorns or dragons, it would make your story a lot better

  • Lynchpin

    From what I’ve seen I don’t think posters here are uninformed, naive nor gullible – the majority of people seem to have a great understanding of what’s going on, far better than I on most subjects.
    If you’re going to have a pop at the site, it might have been a good idea to get your facts right first – your first sentence was incorrect as has been pointed out by others.
    I’d agree that Loonwatch has little authority, but in that respect surely it’s a little pointless in denouncing the site to its followers?

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    Since the authors of the letter are questioning the qualifications of Mr Jasser to fill the position, representing ‘religious freedom’ on any level, when is reputation is based on advocating AGAINST religious freedom, can you counter their reasons by listing credentials that you believe makes him qualified.
    Try not to attack the questioner, try if you can to counter the questioner’s argument by making a case FOR Mr. Jasser in this position.
    DO NOT to use biased websites, opinion writers, or blogs to do this. I am looking for professional credentials, resumes books, credible referances and other things that an employer might use to consider someone for a job.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    The letter points to why the people who wrote it believe that Mr. Jasser is not qualified to hold the position he is in. Mr. Jasser’s right to advocate for those who pay him is not in question.

    So, can YOU tell us what makes Mr Jasser qualified to represent ANYONE on the an international committee on religious freedom, when his reputation is that he personally benefits for advocating AGAINST religious freedom, and is paid by people who are against religious freedom?

    Answer the question with credentials and referances, and a resume. You don’t need to mention Islam to show how Mr. Jasser is qualified for this job.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Trolls will continue to find their home in the trash bin, Cap’n.

    Fact-CAIR has been indited as co-conspirators in terrorist attacks-this fact is a a matter of public and historical record

    erm…might want to check your facts again Mr.Intellectual. Actually the George W. Bush era Fed prosecutors used the rather nonsensical and Orwellian term “Unindcited co-conspirator” against Muslim American groups they didn’t like or found to be a bit too critical of their regime.

  • Captain_Hunch

    Moderation and censorship is the hallmark of intellectual cowards whose sole focus is to enforce a preconceived, politically oppressive narrative. Fact-CAIR has be indited as co-conspirators is terrorist attacks-this fact is a a matter of public and historical record, but since facts and truth don’t fit your narrative, they’re summarily discarded. Loonwatch is like any other conspiracy webiste-based entirely upon fear and false narratives that cherry pick information to support preconceived conclusions.

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    Two words
    Large wallets, thats how its the only logical explanation

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    It seems to reflect what is churning inside of him…he knows in his heart of hearts that what he’s doing is…wrong?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Damn…What if they were Muslim for realz.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

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  • The greenmantle

    Its often difficult to describe the soulless

    Sir David

  • Solid Snake

    I cant quite put my finger on it, but there’s something wrong with his face..or expression…or something. Its kind of unsettling…maybe its the eyes..I don’t know…

  • mindy1

    Makes me wonder how he got the job to begin with….

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss
  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

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    Where Were They Radicalized?

  • Chameleon_X

    Keep these articles coming, and be relentless against these leaders of Islamophobia. This is a propaganda war that can only be won if we fight against the root causes of Islamophobia without getting lost in the weeds of its symptoms. In a capitalist world, there is always one sure way to find the root cause of any abuse of power: Just follow the money.

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