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American Muslim organization says President Obama is Wrong
http://www.aifdemocracy.org/news.php?id=6131

Posted on 08/17/2010 8:20:54 PM PDT by HushTX

American Muslim organization says President Obama is wrong August 15, 2010 AIFD American Islamic Forum for Democracy

STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHOENIX (August 15, 2010) - Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy issued the following statement regarding remarks from President Obama on the proposed mosque and Islamic Center at Ground Zero:

"As an American Muslim whose family fled persecution in Syria and as someone who has stood in the face of some resistance to the building of many of our houses of worship in the U.S., I fully understand the value of standing for religious freedom in America. But President Obama's statement about the Ground Zero mosque at last night's White House Iftar dinner is the latest example of political correctness gone awry.

The President commented that:

"Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America."

Yes, Mr. President, this is America and you have fundamentally misunderstood the stakes in this discussion and the sentiments of the American people. Instead, you have focused on the very issue that the Islamist propagandists wish you to-- the narrative that Americans somehow need lectures about Islam, Muslims, and religious freedom.

Your message to Americans will be spun on Al Jazeera and by Islamists across the world that President Obama reassured a friendly global Muslim audience at the White House Ramadan dinner that he was going to remind Americans about the principles of religious freedom for Muslims since they seem to be trampling over those principles in the local dispute at Ground Zero in New York.

Mr. President this is not about religious freedom. It is about the importance of the World Trade Center site to the psyche of the American People. It is about a blatant attack on our sovereignty by people whose ideology ultimately demands the elimination of our way of life. While Imam Faisal Rauf may not share their violent tendencies he does seem to share a belief that Islamic structures are a political statement and even Ground Zero should be looked upon through the lens of political Islam and not a solely American one.

As a Muslim desperate to reform his faith, your remarks take us backwards from the day that my faith will come into modernity. I do not stand to eliminate Imam Rauf's religious freedom; I stand to make sure that my children's religious freedom will be determined by the liberty guaranteed in the American Constitution and not by clerics or leaders who are apologists for shar'iah law and will tell me what religious freedom is.

'Park 51', 'The Cordoba House' or whatever they are calling it today should not be built, not because it is not their right to do it - but because it is not right to do it." Mr. President, your involvement in this issue is divisive not uniting. Your follow-up stating that 'you will not speak to the wisdom of the construction of that mosque and center' indicates a passive-aggressive meddling on your part that only marginalizes those Muslim and non-Muslim voices against it while pretending to understand both sides of the debate.

Contact: 602-254-1840 (office), email: info@aifdemocracy.org, web: www.aifdemocracy.org

About the American Islamic Foundation for Democracy

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD's mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: cordobahouse; groundzeromosque; islam; nymosque; obama; obamagroundzero; palin; park51; zerogroundzero
So, Muslims getting something right? I love it.

I don't THINK this has to be excerpted, I didn't see this site on the list. If I missed it, I apologize and ask this to be deleted so I can repost according to the rules.

1 posted on 08/17/2010 8:20:58 PM PDT by HushTX
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To: HushTX

I am sure that “moderate” muslims are merely thos who do not understand their own religion/ideology ,but I have to admit the following is an excellent paragraph:

>>’Park 51’, ‘The Cordoba House’ or whatever they are calling it today should not be built, not because it is not their right to do it - but because it is not right to do it.” Mr. President, your involvement in this issue is divisive not uniting. Your follow-up stating that ‘you will not speak to the wisdom of the construction of that mosque and center’ indicates a passive-aggressive meddling on your part that only marginalizes those Muslim and non-Muslim voices against it while pretending to understand both sides of the debate. <<

Clearly, being self-blinded doesn’t always require one to be stupid (although it helps).


2 posted on 08/17/2010 8:26:21 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Either we have principles or we are just liberals following the winds a bit starboard...)
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To: HushTX

HushTX-Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 08/17/2010 8:26:42 PM PDT by unkus
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To: HushTX

They are not “getting things right” they are just wary of all of the attention it is getting and all of the negative press. If people like the people here on freerepublic and the talk radio never made an issue out of this the moderate Muslims would still be silent about it.


4 posted on 08/17/2010 8:26:57 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: HushTX

I wouldn’t mind having Dr. Jasser as a friend or neighbor. Too bad only about one-third of all Muslims get it like he does.


5 posted on 08/17/2010 8:28:33 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: HushTX
I'm sure Dr. Jasser will be interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CBN over the next couple of days. MM, Maybe not.

The political Muslims have already spoken, so that is the accepted line. No other Muslim positions will be permitted.

6 posted on 08/17/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: HushTX

I couldn’t have said it better myself!


7 posted on 08/17/2010 8:29:47 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: HushTX

Just when I decided that the only good Muslim was a dead Muslim, this has to come up. Don’t blame me for my stated beliefs as I have almost given up on a Muslim group stating something such as this. I have hope now and am willing to admit I was wrong, if only we could see more of this sort of thing in the Main Stream Media, but of course that may never happen. I did see a Muslim woman state such as this on O’Reilly the other night. Let’s hope the ones that hate redicals as much as we do , come forth.


8 posted on 08/17/2010 8:34:12 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: HushTX

Isn’t this CREEPY though? America is being led down the tubes by a certain guy, our very own Prez.


9 posted on 08/17/2010 8:37:29 PM PDT by Deo confidimus
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To: GraceG

One can HOPE they’re getting something right.

Hell, if the ONLY thing they got right was disagreeing with Obama, that’s progress.

And if they’re only doing this because of our responses, so be it. It’s how things like this start.

Not saying I fully trust them, but this was an interesting bit of info.


10 posted on 08/17/2010 8:42:59 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: fish hawk

Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger...


11 posted on 08/17/2010 8:44:29 PM PDT by Ronin (If it werenÂ’t so gruesomely malevolent, Islam would just be silly.)
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To: HushTX

Gee!....I wonder why he’s not on the nightly news?....Oh well, At least I know I can get an unbiased story in the U.K. Telegraph or Daily Mail tomorrow....Thanks again to all the G.B. papers!


12 posted on 08/17/2010 8:45:40 PM PDT by Route395
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To: HushTX

American Muslims get it right, Obongo gets it wrong....

MMMMMMMMM....MMMMMMMMM....MMMMMMMMMM


13 posted on 08/17/2010 8:47:51 PM PDT by Route395
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To: HushTX
Some Muslims are moderate - Islam itself is not.
14 posted on 08/17/2010 8:51:34 PM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is hs fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic "I hope this rebuttal doesn't get distributed to all 57 states."

15 posted on 08/17/2010 8:56:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: HushTX
Well said. This guy understands America better than 0bummer. He also understands 0bummer.

Your follow-up stating that 'you will not speak to the wisdom of the construction of that mosque and center' indicates a passive-aggressive meddling on your part that only marginalizes those Muslim and non-Muslim voices against it while pretending to understand both sides of the debate.

16 posted on 08/17/2010 8:57:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser makes it clear that Obama is not a healer. He is an extremist. The president is irrational. He does not speak with reason. His voice is the shrill screech of violence. This much is clear. A madman has inherited our ultimate seat of power.


17 posted on 08/17/2010 9:00:31 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: fish hawk
Back in the mid seventies I worked in a hospital as an OR ER technician while going to school to be a paramedic. One of the doctors who practiced there was from Turkey and was Muslim. The odd part of the story was his wife was Catholic. He didn't have a mean bone in his body. But I am convinced he was the exception and not the rule.

PS This man became a very good friend of mine.

18 posted on 08/17/2010 9:05:21 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: fish hawk
I agree with you. Makes the enemy harder to identify.

But I've heard this guy on the radio here in AZ many times and his message is clear and consistent. He's AMERICAN first, muslim second and he CONDEMS terror in any fashion. He strongly opposes sharia. He's the real deal. Just wish more of his kind could get some press time. But what do you expect of the state run media.

19 posted on 08/17/2010 9:25:12 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: Vigilanteman

I wouldn’t mind having Dr. Jasser as a friend or neighbor. Too bad only about one-third of all Muslims get it like he does.

Well, meybe he gets it, or not, soon there might be a “FATWA” out on him and then we will see


20 posted on 08/17/2010 9:29:06 PM PDT by munin (Enki did it, George Bush did it)
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To: HushTX

Levin had him on today. He was fabulous. I wouldn’t mind having a country full of people muslim like him. Eloquent, considerate, tolerant, loves america and its constitution.


21 posted on 08/17/2010 10:02:20 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: HushTX

Levin had him on today. He was fabulous. I wouldn’t mind having a country full of people muslim like him. Eloquent, considerate, tolerant, loves america and its constitution.


22 posted on 08/17/2010 10:02:30 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: HushTX

Fear of backlash, nothing more. They remember very well the aftermath of 9/11 and they dont want to face that again. The number of muslims who genuinely oppose this on principle is minuscule — you could count them on two hands.


23 posted on 08/17/2010 10:57:33 PM PDT by libh8er
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My freind married a woman from Iran. I was invited to dinner at her parents house (who were muslims of course). I had not met them before, and was mentally preparing myself to be very respectful, and bring up nothing political, or religious.

I was stunned when I entered the house and upon meeting the father, the first thing he does is offer me a shot of jack daniels. We sat and drank jack daniels, together (he did too). They had a traditional Iranian dinner which was quite excellent. Since everyone was loosened up, we had quite an excellent conversation about politics and religion.

Afterwards, they gave me a practical life time supply of Saffron brought over directly from Iran...I guess the stuff is practically free there. I love my saffron rice!

So the lesson is, there are alot of good muslims, they are just people after all. I used to play chess with another Iranian and have known a few others over the years. It seems that most of the Iranians who fled the country during the revolution are pretty awesome people. The problem is there are enough bad ones to be a huge problem.


24 posted on 08/18/2010 12:12:08 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: fish hawk
I think you have probably heard, or seen, the word “Taqiyya” before?
25 posted on 08/18/2010 3:54:25 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: aquila48

That’s the thing - if there were more American muslims speaking up for America, we wouldn’t have so much division. I don’t care what religion someone is or what country they are from, as long as their allegiance is to America and the Constitution. Obviously Obama doesn’t fall into that category.


26 posted on 08/18/2010 6:19:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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