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Monitoring Mosques on the Pretext of Keeping
By Abdus Sattar
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 10, 2015
seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at the suggestion
of Republican presidential candidates to putting mosques under surveillance
on the pretext of keeping American safe.
This came during the first
debate of the eight Republican hopefuls in Detroit last Thursday when
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said: "If I have to monitor a mosque
I'll monitor a mosque. If I have to take down a cyber wall I'll take it. If
I have to send more American troops to protect us here I will do it."
Metro Detroit is home to many mosques, especially in the Dearborn area.
The subject was first raised with former New York Gov. George Pataki, who
was asked whether he would potentially put mosques under surveillance to
root out "Islamic" extremists — keeping in mind that “conservatives in this
country are particularly concerned with religious liberty. ...
“Religious liberty doesn’t include encouraging a fellow American to engage
in jihad and killing Americans here. That is not protected free speech. That
is like shouting fire in a crowded theater, and that is illegal,” Pataki
“I would do everything in our power to just go after
those who are here before they can radicalize other Americans to carry out
“Sen. Graham is promoting Neo-McCarthyism with such
rhetoric,” said Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest
advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims.
“Not only is the mass monitoring houses of 7 million American Muslims
unconstitutional, it would also waste tax dollars due to the ineffective
nature of mass racial and religious profiling.”
May last Sen. Graham said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
New England Leadership Dinner that "Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda in the Arab
Peninsula... Everything that starts with 'Al' in the Middle East is bad
news." In Arabic, the word Al means the word "the."
year CAIR sent an open letter to the Republican presidential candidates
urging them to invest similar resources in courting Muslim voters as they do
other minority communities and reject Islamophobia. The American Muslim
community is well positioned to impact election results in key swing states
such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida, the CAIR letter said.
well-known that the majority of the American Muslim vote went to President
George W. Bush in the close 2000 election. However, by the 2012 general
election, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney only received a
single digit percentage of the Muslim vote.
This significant drop
in Muslim support for the Republican Party can be attributed to
unwillingness from Republican candidates to engage with Muslim communities,
increased adoption of Islamophobic rhetoric and support for discriminatory
legislation that targets foreign law, a dog whistle to the conservative base
for “sharia law.”
Abdus Sattar Ghazali is the Chief Editor of the
Journal of America (www.journalofamerica.net)
email: asghazali2011 (@) gmail.com
Lindsey Graham's Debate Statement on 'Monitoring' Mosques is
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Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis were chosen last fall as sites for
the program known as Countering Violent Extremism, which is designed to
reduce the risk of young people being recruited by extremist groups. The
organizations that convened Thursday on City Hall Plaza
� including the
Council on American-Islamic Relations Massachusetts Chapter,
the Muslim Justice League, and other social justice organizations
� said the federal program is pocked with shortcomings.
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"We want to reiterate our calls for a review board that is established
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CAIR Florida Legislative and Government Affairs Director Laila Abdelaziz.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New 'Toxic Hate' Brief Outlines Violent Tone in Recent U.S. Islamophobia
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a new brief,
"Toxic Hate," indicating that the backlash against this nation's Muslim
community since Daesh (also known as ISIS) murdered two Americans in Syria
last August has a "more violent tone" than past spikes in Islamophobic
The CAIR brief outlines incidents of violence and threats
targeting individual Muslims, threats against groups of Muslims and threats
and violence targeting Islamic houses of worship and institutions. It also
includes a section on the recent phenomenon of armed anti-Islam
brief reports in part:
Daesh murdered two Americans in late August 2014, Americans of all
backgrounds, Muslims included, responded with rejection and revulsion.
Despite abundant evidence that Daesh was slaughtering Muslims who disagree
with them in great numbers, some in our country blamed all followers of
Islam for the group's actions.
the Kouachi brothers attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
on January 7, 2015, this effect was magnified.
has in the past observed that Islamophobia in America goes through cycles of
intensity. The 2010 controversy over a planned Islamic cultural center in
lower Manhattan was the last observed peak in anti-Islam activity. It was
characterized by efforts to oppose the construction or expansion of Islamic
places of worship across the nation. This latest cycle has had a more
violent tone. "
Violent incidents outlined in CAIR's brief include the case of
Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha,
who were murdered in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 10, 2015 and the murder of
15-year-old Abdisamad "Adam" Sheikh-Hussein outside a Kansas
City mosque. The teenager's legs were severed when he was intentionally hit
by an SUV which once had writing on the back window that read:
is a virus disease woreste [sic] than Ebola."
Another case outlined in the brief was that of
Doggart, a former candidate for congressional office in
Tennessee, who signed a plea agreement admitting his plot to assault the
Muslim community of Islamberg in New York.
Doggart said, "we're gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition,
light armor piercing. A pistol with 3 extra magazines and a machete. And if
it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds." While Doggart's
preparation for the attack fits the definition for a terrorist act, he was
released to home detention on a $30,000 bond.
CAIR's brief also offers some hopeful notes, including:
"After the armed anti-Islam demonstration in Phoenix, Ariz., more than 200
people gathered at the mosque for a 'love not hate' event. In contrast to
the demonstrator's firearms, the love not hate event organizers asked
attendees to 'bring a FLOWER as a symbol of love and care. We are better
together, and together we are strong.'
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.
Corey Saylor, director, CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia,
(202) 384-8857, email@example.com; CAIR
National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,
firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications
Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171,
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