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Muslim Reformers Offer Voice of Reason Regarding King Hearings

Posted on March 8 2011 8:38 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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True or False? All Muslims hate America and support terrorism. If you answered “False,” good for you. If you answered “True,” then it’s important that you meet Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). He is an Arizona physician, U.S. Navy veteran, and Muslim reformer who is committed to the cause of “separation of mosque and state.”

Jasser is one of several witnesses who will give testimony before the Homeland Security Committee’s hearings on the question of radicalization within the American Muslim community.  Jasser is hailed by the Free Muslims Coalition as one who is “taking the lead in the fight against extremism” and rightly so.

Why is the White House supporting Muslim Brotherhood front groups but ignoring true peacemakers like Dr. Jasser as if they don’t exist? Americans deserve the answer to that question.

It is critically important that we listen to and try to work with those voices in the Muslim community who are genuinely patriotic Americans who are trying to address the problem of political Islam. For this reason, we would like to highlight the comments by Free Muslims Coalition (FMC) in regard to the Homeland Security hearings on radicalization led by Representative Peter King:

The Free Muslims Coalition does not know the intention of Representative King but we do know that the response of traditional Muslim organizations, in opposing the hearings, has done a disservice to the Muslim community.

It is a well known fact that American Muslims are perceived as extreme and radical by many Americans. Even if Representative King is insincere and has bad intentions, Muslim leaders should embrace the hearings and take the lead in understanding and eliminating the cause of radicalization, to the extent that it exists among Muslims in America. When Muslims take the lead in the fight against radicalism, extremism and terrorism then it will be difficult for their critics to cast the blame on all Muslims or Islam for the actions of a few deranged lunatics.

For this reason, the Free Muslims Coalition salutes Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and Chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, for taking the lead in the fight against extremism. We can only hope that other Muslim leaders learn from Dr. Jasser’s initiatives.

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