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U.S. Muslims Make Civil Rights Top Issue
AP | 8/31/03

Posted on 08/31/2003 11:18:58 AM PDT by kattracks

CHICAGO, Aug 31, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Even before the Sept. 11 attacks and the crackdown that followed, American Muslim leaders generally had come to believe they had made a mistake.

In 2000, they made their first unified endorsement in a presidential race, backing George W. Bush. Many thought he would take a harder line against Israel, and, based on statements he made while campaigning, would protect the rights of immigrants facing deportation.

Muslims say they were disappointed on both counts. Now, feeling the additional sting of being scrutinized in the domestic hunt for terrorists, they are mobilizing to express their anger at the polls in 2004.

At their largest convention of the year, which ends Monday, national Muslim leaders announced plans to register 1 million Muslim voters and make civil rights a top issue in any endorsement of a presidential candidate.

"A defining moment of Islam in America is approaching," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group based in Washington. "We cannot surrender our future and our destiny to hate in this country."

Agha Saeed, head of the Muslim American Congress, led the crowd in a chant. "I am an American, I am a Muslim and I vote," he said, joined by thousands gathered for the Islamic Society of North America meeting.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush won points with American Muslims by visiting a mosque and declaring Islam a peaceful religion.

But since then, the federal government has detained hundreds of immigrants, shut down U.S. Muslim charities suspected of terrorist ties and gained broad new powers to monitor citizens under the USA Patriot Act.

The Bush administration said these moves have been crucial for U.S. security. American Muslims say they are being scapegoated.

A White House spokesman referred questions about the presidential race to the Bush campaign, whose spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment Sunday.

It is unclear what effect Muslims can have in the 2004 elections.

Estimates of the number of U.S. Muslims vary dramatically from 2 million to 6 million. But immigrant Muslims generally are highly educated professionals with the means to make significant campaign donations.

Also, their community has matured dramatically in the last four years.

The assault on Islam that followed the suicide hijackings that killed thousands in New York and Washington compelled Muslims around the country to defend their faith.

National Muslim organizations, including Awad's, reported a dramatic increase in donations and membership. Immigrant Muslims who had taken little interest in U.S. government began inviting their mayors, governors and even FBI agents into local mosques to learn about the community.

Muslims see the recent fight over Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes as another sign of their political progress.

Bush nominated Pipes, an outspoken critic of militant Islam, to a federally funded think tank called the U.S. Institute for Peace, angering Muslims who consider him a bigot - a claim Pipes denies.

After an intensive Muslim-led campaign to block the nomination, Bush appointed Pipes in recess on Aug. 22, bypassing the Senate approval process where his confirmation was in jeopardy. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was among the lawmakers who opposed the nominee.

"For the first time, someone on Capitol Hill was advocating our issues," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council based in Los Angeles.

By focusing on civil rights in 2004, Muslim leaders acknowledge they could end up endorsing a candidate who would disagree with them on foreign policy, particuarly backing the Israeli government over the Palestinians.

Until recently, the plight of the Palestinians dominated political discussion among American Muslims. But Muslim leaders say they must now be pragmatic as they seek greater influence in government. They are pledging to broaden their alliances by working to improve education, fight crime and protect the environment.

Said Awad: "We are not a one-issue community."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: muslimamericans; salamalmarayati

1 posted on 08/31/2003 11:18:58 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Interesting. Given the chance to make their views known, there is not a single statement either condemning violence in the name of Islam, nor any desire expressed to protect the national security of America.

In fact, their list looks like something Osama might draw up:
- anti-deportation of illegal immigrants
- harder line against Israel

Reformation is overdue.
2 posted on 08/31/2003 11:27:01 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Arafat must go!)
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To: kattracks
The assault on Islam

Yeah, right.

What about these Muslims?

http://www.paktoday.com/pipes.htm

Bush Nominates Daniel Pipes To Board Of US Institute Of Peace

Moderate Muslims Welcome the Appointment
By: Fatima Sayyed
PHILADELPHIA: American Muslims welcome the nomination of Daniel Pipes, a scholar of militant Islam and director of the Middle East Forum, by President Bush to serve on the board of the US Institute of Peace. They note in particular his care to distinguish between the minority of Islamists and the majority of normal, patriotic Muslims.

Many moderate American Muslims, frustrated by and angry at the extremist policies of militant Islamist organizations in the US and their efforts to portray themselves as the sole voice of Islam, have welcomed the nomination of Daniel Pipes.

Jamal Hasan, a free lance writer and scholar in Washington DC, said that Islamist organizations, in their efforts to recruit more and more innocent Muslims are creating a social atmosphere wherein the mainstream America will look at all Muslims with suspicion. He said that American Muslims must and should distance themselves from such radical and militant Islamist organizations.

Khurshid Ahmad, a student of medicine, added that if Islamists will win American Muslim support for their anti-US agendas, they will alienate Americans and cause American Muslims to suffer.

American Muslims, he says, have been watching with alarm and concern, efforts of Islamists in the US. "Organizations like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations ) and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) have deliberately been trying to poison the hearts and minds of American Muslims against America. By subtly suggesting that American policies are controlled by Zionists, they exploit the anti-Semitism that prevails in Islamist - dominated communities," said Dr. Khalid Duran, a renowned scholar and authority on Islamic history.

Tashbih Sayyed, President of Council for Democracy and Tolerance, condemned the policies of militant Islamists and organizations like CAIR and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) of demonizing American policies. He pointed out that the United States of America has welcomed Muslims with open arms, irrespective of their sect and ethnicity, and it is the duty of all American Muslims to condemn these representatives of Islamist extremism.

Mr. Sayyed said that Daniel Pipes is a true American, and as an American it is his holy obligation to warn the nation of terror and threat posed by militant Islamists and their representative organizations to destroy American peace and solidarity. He said, "President Bush won my heart that he is serious about fighting terror - and fostering a more peaceful world - when he nominated Daniel Pipes to the board of directors at the U.S. Institute of Peace."

Tashbih Sayyed said that Pipes scares the Islamists because he
3 posted on 08/31/2003 11:31:53 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: kattracks
December 18, 1998
"Fifty protest near Wamp's office on Republicans' push to impeach
by Rachel Zoll
Associated Press
CHATTANOOGA-- Vengeance and partisanship motivate U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and other Republicans in their push to impeach President Clinton, protesters say."

So fair and balanced that AP promoted her to the religion desk LOL!

4 posted on 08/31/2003 11:32:25 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: kattracks
CAIR is a bunch of terrorism apologists:


5 posted on 08/31/2003 11:33:13 AM PDT by forty_years ('Nuff Talk, More Action!)
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To: kattracks
Agha Saeed, head of the Muslim American Congress, led the crowd in a chant. "I am an American, I am a Muslim and I vote," he said

Good for you.

However, this American is still waiting to hear who exactly you are rooting for in this war on Islamic terrorists.

How about a couple of "chants" to let your fellow citizens know where you stand?

6 posted on 08/31/2003 11:42:24 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: kattracks
"many thought he would take a harder line against Israel"

He(Bush) as been instrumental in holding back Israel time after time while the Palis murdered and maimed a lot of innocents. I guess what they REALLY wanted was the Presidents' help in pushing the Jews into the sea. Again, a cult of murderers and thieves threatening crap unless we bend to their will.
7 posted on 08/31/2003 11:53:05 AM PDT by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: kattracks
Agha Saeed, head of the Muslim American Congress, led the crowd in a chant. "I am an American, I am a Muslim and I vote," he said...

And we are still compelled to subdue all enemies of this nation, foreign, domestic or registered Democrat. Expect no special treatment.

8 posted on 08/31/2003 11:53:09 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: kattracks
"A defining moment of Islam in America is approaching," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group based in Washington. "We cannot surrender our future and our destiny to hate in this country."

CAIR is a hot bed for terrorism. Leave my country you low-life POS!

9 posted on 08/31/2003 11:59:43 AM PDT by blam
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To: kattracks
"A defining moment of Islam in America is approaching," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group based in Washington. "We cannot surrender our future and our destiny to hate in this country."

Sounds like a threat.

Islam was declared illegal in the United States over 100 years ago by judicial interperetation of the U.S. Constitution.

Even a cursory reading of history shows the devastation that islam brings to a country. It's way past time we either took the law of our land seriously.

There is no historical precedence for living peacefully with moslems in our midst.

10 posted on 08/31/2003 12:09:34 PM PDT by nightdriver
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To: kattracks
"We cannot surrender our future and our destiny to hate in this country."

I'd round 'em up and put 'em on a few dozen C5As (probably a 1,000 sorties) and drop 'em back to Mecca for better butt-sniffing opportunities.

11 posted on 08/31/2003 12:12:12 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Cobra64
Agreed!
12 posted on 08/31/2003 12:15:55 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: kattracks
US muslims is another way of saying the black community--the one that Jesse "Shakedown" Jackson, Al Sharpton and the other blowheart that heads the Nation of Islam, all 3 of these jerks say they speak for black America.
13 posted on 08/31/2003 12:45:13 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: kattracks
I am SO glad that these Moslems are keen on civil rights. Let's send them back to their Moslem homelands so they can promote civil rights there.
14 posted on 08/31/2003 12:45:14 PM PDT by DonQ
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To: DonQ
Exactly. Send them to Arab countries, and they can enjoy the civil rights that are available there.
15 posted on 08/31/2003 12:49:38 PM PDT by abclily
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To: kattracks
Well, they do what they can to help the global jihad...
16 posted on 08/31/2003 1:46:54 PM PDT by eclectic
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To: eclectic
Here are the numbers:

Muslims:
5% - actively engaged in terrorism
20% - actively support terrorism
50% - silently support terrorism
20% - support terrorism by not speaking out against terrorism
5% - opposed to terrorism
17 posted on 08/31/2003 2:12:32 PM PDT by observer5
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To: DonQ
No kidding. Isn't Muslim and civil rights a little oxymoronic. These people are nothing if not duplicitous. their growing influence here and around the world is an ill wind which brings no good.
18 posted on 08/31/2003 2:28:28 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: kattracks
Now, feeling the additional sting of being scrutinized in the domestic hunt for terrorists, they are mobilizing to express their anger at the polls in 2004.

Go ahead! who gives a crap? Bush made TWO visits to Michigan's Muslims and still lost the state. The CAIR number of Muslims in the U.S. is inflated by up to 300%. Muslims have ZERO effect on Presidential elections in this country. And let them vote Democrat...when word gets out there will be an offsetting Jewish vote for every one of them. I already predict a large JEwish shift towards Bush in 2004...it will surprise and shock the Hollyweird left.

19 posted on 08/31/2003 2:34:43 PM PDT by montag813
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To: thoughtomator
"A defining moment of Islam in America is approaching," said Nihad Awad.."

Yes, Mr. Wad. Your "defining moment" happened on 9/11.

20 posted on 08/31/2003 3:27:34 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: kattracks
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was among the lawmakers who opposed the nominee.

"For the first time, someone on Capitol Hill was advocating our issues," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council based in Los Angeles.

Ted? Man, you people are F***ed already and you don't even know it. He's got your interests at heart just like he had
Maryjo Kopechnie's.
21 posted on 08/31/2003 3:32:02 PM PDT by tet68
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Ask a Muslim to hold high an American Flag in support of this country. Most won't do it.
23 posted on 08/31/2003 3:58:20 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: nightdriver
Even a cursory reading of history shows the devastation that islam brings to a country.

There is no historical precedence for living peacefully with moslems in our midst.

You took the words right out of my mouth!

Wherever Islam goes and gains any control, there is blood and persecution of non-Muslims. There are no known exceptions in 1400 years of history. That's a pretty convincing record, and it is as true today as it was in 650 AD.

There is no such person allowed by the Koran whom we would term a "moderate" Muslim. Islam's requirement and ultimate goal is the world being the "House of Islam", i.e. Allah and his faithful are in control of everything and all laws and behaviors are based on the Koran and the other accepted Muslim holy teachings. Period. Any Muslim that thinks otherwise is by definition an "apostate" and subject to righteous execution by another Muslim, as he is worse than an Infidel. Of course, if they are "lying" to promote Islam, that's another story and is allowable.

These people can say whatever they want, but they are either lying outright or somehow duped into thinking otherwise, though unlikely. There is no middle ground in Islam for tolerance of other faiths, governments or law.

24 posted on 08/31/2003 4:02:29 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: kattracks
Until the war against terrorism is concluded...
Non-citizen Muslims should be afforded the same civil rights in America, that is afforded to non-Muslims in Mecca.... ZERO!
They should be expelled from America.... Now!

Semper Fi
25 posted on 09/01/2003 12:29:28 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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