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Charen: If CAIR's Attacking, You Must be Good

By Mona Charen

"Where are all the moderate Muslims?" It's a question often posed by Americans who watch with disgust as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other apologists for radical Islam hog all of the attention. CAIR, which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror financing Holy Land Foundation case, and which regularly denounces any effort to combat radical Islam as anti-Muslim prejudice, is routinely described in the press as a Muslim "civil rights" group.

Moderate American Muslims exist though. And it's not that hard to find them. Just see who CAIR and the Muslim Public Affairs Council are denouncing.

This week, they are after Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Sen. Mitch McConnell has appointed Jasser to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and this has sent the most prominent Muslim American organizations to the barricades. A dishonest character assassination campaign has been launched against Jasser, urging Muslims to protest the appointment. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told The Blaze that Jasser "has long been viewed by American Muslims and the colleagues in the civil liberties community as a mere sock puppet for Islam haters and an enabler of Islamophobia."

That gives you the flavor of CAIR's level of discourse.

So who is Jasser? He's the son of immigrants who fled Baathist Syria in the 1960s. Syrians, as we have seen in the streets of Homs and other cities over the past 12 months, are among the bravest and most oppressed people in the world. Zuhdi, a devout Muslim, attended the University of Wisconsin and then joined the U.S. Navy and earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His 11-year service in the Navy included deployments to Somalia and service as the internist on call for the U.S. Congress.

Now a full-time physician and specialist in nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Ariz., Jasser also founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. "AIFD's mission," he explains, "is derived from our love of America and our devotion to Islam. (We) ... believe that Muslims can better practice Islam in a free environment that protects the rights of all individuals to practice or reject faith as they choose."

In contrast to CAIR and some of the more frequently quoted American Muslim groups, Jasser and AIFD do see a problem with radicalization within the Muslim world. They reject the reflexive cry of discrimination in response to fears of Islamist penetration of mosques, prisons, schools, and other institutions. "Our civil rights should be protected and defended," Jasser testified to the House Homeland Security Committee, "but the predominant message to our communities should be attachment, defense and identification with America, not alienation and separation."

Jasser insists upon the centrality of ideas. Most American Muslims are not radical, but the lures are plentiful. He compares himself with Major Nidal Hasan, the military psychiatrist who committed mass murder at Fort Hood. In so many ways, their lives were parallel, but Jasser became a profound American patriot and Hasan became a murderous traitor. The key, Jasser insists, is the poison of Islamism (political Islam) that has infiltrated the American Muslim world just as it has spread throughout the globe in the past 50 years. Supported by petro dollars and disseminated through the North American Islamic Trust and the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, among other organs, Islamism alienates young American Muslims from their country by teaching that their first loyalty is as citizens of the "umma" (the Islamic community).

"(Hasan) did not go to sleep one night a normal, compassionate, patriotic Constitutional American Muslim military psychiatrist and wake up the next day a barbaric radical wanting to viciously murder his fellow soldiers," Jasser testified. His mind and character were distorted by Islamism.

Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has said, "The problem is radical Islam. The solution is moderate Islam." Most nonMuslim Americans are not in a position to affect the ideological struggle that is going in within Islam. The battle must be waged by groups like the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.

But there are things we can do. We can stop enabling the most destructive voices within the American Muslim world by pretending that they speak for American Muslims. We can stop indulging the fiction that concern about Islamic radicalism amounts to anti-Muslim discrimination. And we can do everything possible to support and honor those, such as Zuhdi Jasser, who are manfully battling the forces of darkness.



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  1. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    April 20, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    America must understand that all Muslims are taught from the same Koran regardless if they are considered radical or not. Practice of the teachings of Islam, especially those pertaining to the treatment of other religions and women are not compatible with western civiliazation. Those Muslims that do not practice jihad against the West are not obeying a requirement of Islam. Muslims rarely speak out against Islam because of the threat of a death sentence to them. Islam’s Sharia law is gradually establishing itself in America due to the actions of politically correct and currupt left wing leaders. As the Muslims gain political power, more and more of them will become vocal in an attempt to undermine our laws in favor of theirs. Anyone with doubt about Muslim intent should closely examine what has taken place in France or the United Kingdom. Muslims intend to take over and will be successful if allowed to do so. Those Muslims that do not take part in this jihad will be treated harshly by their own religion. Do not be fooled into believing that Islam is a peaceful religion. Islam has delt death to the infidel for more than 1,400 years.

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    • Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
      April 20, 2012 @ 10:20 am

      The trick here is there are two different Qurans. The Mecca version and the Medina version. One has the convenient peaceful verses, the other is mostly jihad, as in cut the infidels throat and take his wife platitudes.

      Besides this, there are two other books besides the Quran, namely the Hadith and the Sira. With time and research ability, you will find that Islam is mostly a sham as a religion, but mostly a blueprint for controlling a civilization of people. Of course there is a religious component, just as there is a legal code, (Sharia anyone?), but the concept of Islam is intentionally meant to confuse outsiders.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      April 20, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      Jihad against the West is just a misnomer. Jihad involves taking over the whole world north, south, east, and west!

      The following group is not part of CAIR but part of Jihad:

      Translating Jihad

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  2. downdraftComment by downdraft
    April 20, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I respect this article because it tells me something that i and others have not seen….that there just might be some Muslim citizens out there, recent or otherwise immigrated here fort a new life…

    ButI do not hear from the as I do others who love America and who fear for its demise under a progressive-socialist-rule…one that embraces the Muslim Brotherhood as an example…

    I sense too they don’t openly speak out if they do see a need to defend this nation in its poliitcal battles of “ownership”…otherwords, when they see that this country is turning into the chaos and non-American ways from which they fled…i.e., the Constutution, the foundation of our existance….

    They communicate by their “silence” that they don’t have a dog in this fight…

    They communicate by such silence that they really don’t embrace the way of any American…basically us as CHRISTIANS…that their Muslim brothers may attack them if they show allegence to a Christian founded government…

    If this is so…I frankly would never go to battle with them at my side, nor behind me…nor select them as my “wing man”.

    Thus, if they aren’t for us…they are agin’ us!

    Its that simple!

    Or if otherwise…they are simply useless to our need and cause…or they are “suspect”…etc

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  3. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    April 20, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    There is one question to ask of any ‘moderate’ Islamist, “what part of the Quran do you denounce?”. Is there any part?

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  4. Ron AlfordComment by Ron Alford
    April 20, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    This sounds all well and good on the surface and God bless Dr. Jasser if he is indeed for True Democracy, but if he is indeed a devout Muslim, he cannot be for real Democracy.
    Our Forefathers made this the greatest nation on earth because of their faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Holy Son, The Truth. God allowed them to carve out the greatest nation in the history of the world because of their faith in His Son.
    Consequently there is no such thing as Democracy, unless it is a Christian Democracy.
    After 911 a survey was taken of all of the Muslims in America and they were asked if their country was at war with America, which side would would they fight for, and 80% of them said their country.
    There was a time when people immigrated to America that they were required to pledge their allegiance to America, but evidently that is no longer the case.
    Islam and American Democracy cannot coexist, because Islam’s stated goal is World domination. And they have told us right here in our own land, repeatedly, that they will replace our U.S. Constitution with their Sharia Law, and our Bible with their Koran. And now we have a president that does more for Islam, here at home and around the world than any other religion in the world.
    The greatest battle will not be in the air, on land, or on the sea, but in the hearts and minds of men.

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    • jumpoffjoe485Comment by jumpoffjoe485
      April 20, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      “he cannot be for real Democracy.”

      If Dr. Jasser is a devout Muslim he must adhere to the five pillars of Islam. The first pillar is devotion to Allah and to his servant Mohammed. This means total adherence to the Quran, the Haditha, etc. This includes Sharia. Therefore it is impossible to swear allegiance to a Democracy, especially an “infidel” Democracy such as the United States.

      “After 911 a survey was taken of all of the Muslims in America and they were asked if their country was at war with America, which side would would they fight for, and 80% of them said their country.”

      This is not surprising, although it should be alarming to us. These people are indoctrinated from birth in the theocracy and theology of Islam. They are constantly reminded by their imams that they are superior to the infidels, and therefore they would certainly not ever consider serving the infidel nation against the nation of Islam.

      Americans need to really learn about Islam. It’s unabashed goal is world domination, and “moderate” Muslims will be either converted or killed along with the other infidels. This goal is not denied by any real Muslim.

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  5. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    April 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Every previous comment here is pinpoint accurate. Why are these facts mostly an open secret and are never discussed in the MSM?

    I’ll answer my own question. Political correctness, which will destroy this country if allowed to continue, and State-run media, which spews the aforementioned political correctness and smooths the way for all things anti-American and socialist.

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