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Contradiction in Terms: Zuhdi Jasser Appointed as a US Commissioner on International Religious Freedom

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Sen. Mitch McConnell‘s choice of Zuhdi Jasser for appointment to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) can only be described as a farce. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser has amassed a reputation as a prominent Islamophobia-enabler and ally of anti-Muslim organizations (well known for their attempts to diminish American Muslims’ civil and religious liberties).

The appointment of Jasser undermines the USCIRF’s purported goals of reviewing, “the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.” The appointment of Jasser is a “contradiction in terms” because Jasser has been a useful ally to some of the most virulent forces working against religious and civil liberties in the USA.

There are several key reasons why this is so:

1.) Most problematically, Jasser allies himself with and receives funding from anti-Muslim organizations and personalities who work tirelessly to curb the religious and civil liberties of Muslims in the USA.

Jasser’s organization has received funding, to the tune of $100,000 from a major backer of Rick Santorum, Foster Friess. Friess was featured as one of the major backers of Islamophobic organizations in the Center for American Progress’s groundbreaking report, Fear, Inc.: On the Roots of the Islamophobia Network:

According to the Washington Post, Jasser received a $100,000 donation from Christian conservative financier Foster Friess, who is now bankrolling the super-PAC supporting Rick Santorum’s presidential bid. Jasser declined to elaborate on exactly how much Friess had given AIFD, though he said the financier contributed $70,000 to his organization in 2010 for a Muslim youth retreat hosted by the group. (Friess told MSNBC that he was backing Santorum because he is “incredibly versed in one of the number one issues of our time—and that is violent Islamic extremism.”)

Jasser told Mother Jones that the AIFD had accepted $5,000 from the Center for Security Policy:

The center published a report in 2010 warning that American Muslims are seeking to replace the Constitution with a strict interpretation of Islamic law. The “expert” in Islamic religious law cited in the report, an attorney named David Yerushalmi, is responsible for authoring draft anti-Shariah legislation that has served as a blueprint for anti-Shariah laws across the US. Yerushalmi has suggested that “acting in furtherance of Islam” should be a felony.

Mother Jones also reports that,

Jasser said his group has also received a one-time, unsolicited donation of $10,000 from the Clarion Fund, which is associated with Aish HaTorah, a right-wing Israeli group described by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic as “just about the most fundamentalist movement in Judaism today.”

The Clarion Fund has released several films that warn of Muslim conspiracies to reestablish a global caliphate. Jasser is a Clarion board member and in 2008 narrated a documentary bankrolled by the group called The Third Jihad, which darkly warns that Muslim extremists are attempting to “infiltrate and dominate America,” a conspiracy implicating most prominent American Muslim organizations. The New York Times reported that the film was shown to thousands of NYPD officers as part of their counterterrorism training, which the police department later apologized for.

How can an individual who supports the curbing of Muslim civil and religious liberties at home be trusted as a “commissioner” to review and analyze violations of religious freedoms abroad?

2.) In another blow to the religious liberties and freedoms of American Muslims, Jasser’s organization the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) supports state wide legislative bans on Muslim personal religious practice relating to: marriage, prayer, wills, etc. Jasser’s organization has published press releases “applauding” such legislation, which many, including US Courts have considered unconstitutional infringements on the religious liberties of Muslims.

How can an individual who supports the curbing of Muslim civil and religious liberties at home be trusted as a “commissioner” to review and analyze violations of religious freedoms abroad?

3.) Jasser was outspoken in his opposition to an interfaith and Islamic Center in Manhattan, supporting efforts to block it from being built, remarking that, “This center is trying to change the narrative of 9/11 — to diminish what happened at Ground Zero.”

How can an individual who supports the curbing of Muslim civil and religious liberties at home be trusted as a “commissioner” to review and analyze violations of religious freedoms abroad?

4.) Jasser’s advocacy and support for the NYPD’s illegal profiling and secret surveillance program targeting Muslims for monitoring at their houses of worship, businesses and universities is not only unconscionable but contradicts the USCIRF’s purported goals of reviewing “the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.” 

Once again, how can an individual who supports the curbing of Muslim civil and religious liberties at home be trusted as a “commissioner” to review and analyze violations of religious freedoms abroad?

The above points are only a snippet of why the choice of Zuhdi Jasser as a US Commissioner on  International Religious Freedom makes a mockery of the legitimacy of the USCIRF.

The US cannot legitimately or conscientiously criticize other nations when one of its own commissioner’s is a flagrant violator of religious liberty at home.

Please take the few minutes required to sign this petition calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner and the US Congress to repeal Zuhdi Jasser’s appointment to the USCIRF as flagrant oversight that presents a moral contradiction and a likely source of  international embarrassment to the US.

 

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21 Comments »

  1. He is a self hating Muslim Zionist. And I say that because I know his family personally, even they don’t like him.

  2. that’s stupid

  3. Why not just hire Hitler as a human rights activist.

  4. When Fox news welcomes someone like him with open arms you know something isn’t right about this guy…

  5. I don’t like Zuhdi Jasser, his call for Muslims to actively engage in bidat or his neoconservative worldview. But there’s a bigger problem than Jasser….why is there a “commission on international religious freedoms”, have we gotten to a point where religious matters must be bureaucratized?

  6. Another puppet of the powerful.

  7. where does one find the petition to sign it.

  8. That’s my senator. A petition won’t help. This will help him win votes in this state if he decides to run again.

  9. Does anyone have a link to the petition? 25,000 signatures may help remove him.

  10. Dolores Cox and Abdessalam Diab, the link is in the article and I posted it above.

  11. does anyone know anything about this guy. other then his family disagrees with his political views? so he supports a two state solution? that makes him a self loathing zionist? lol

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuhdi_Jasser

    “I sit before you a proud, devout, American Muslim whose country is polarized on its perceptions of Muslims and the radicalization that occurs within our communities. One camp refuses to believe any Muslim could be radicalized living in blind multiculturalism, apologetics, and denial, and the other camp believes all devout Muslims and the faith of Islam are radicalized. Between these two polarities is a reasoned, pragmatic approach focused on solutions that recognizes the beauty of one of the world’s great religions, while also acknowledging the existence within of a dangerous internal theo-political domestic and global ideology that must be confronted – Islamism. I hope that these hearings are the beginning of a rational national conversation about those solutions.[12]”

    During his testimony, he said that American Muslim organizations had been “circling the wagons” and have too frequently cautioned Muslims against speaking to law enforcement without a lawyer present.[18] He also said that political Islam was based on the idea that the government should be run under Islamic law, which he said violated the American concept of separation of church and state.

    sounds pretty good to me.

  12. so do muslim want sharia in america or not? i’m confused. just in family courts? “supports state wide legislative bans on Muslim personal religious practice relating to: marriage, prayer, wills, etc.” how so? if by that you mean that sharia law will not be allowed in family courts, then i agree with him. is there a counter petition i can sign?

    can any of the muslims here explain what it is exactly that is problematic about banning religious laws from american courts? how are your religious freedoms going to be affected? how is that going to affect your prayer? your marriage? well no pologamy, but we put the kibash on the mormons many years ago. i think pologamy and polyandry should be allowed, but that’s a whole other can of worms.

  13. Sorry. The link mentioned leads to the story and the reasons why he musn’t be chosen.It doesn’t lead to any petition to be signed.

  14. He’s part of my gang. S.H.I.T. Self Hating Islamic Turncoats

  15. The only reason liberal and Muslim fascists hate Zuhdi Jasser is because he isn’t tied to CAIR or any other “civil rights group” with ties to Hamas.

  16. What about liberal and zionist Christians who are tied to Israel the terrorist state? Do they love Zuhdi or hate him?

  17. khusro,

    “What about liberal and zionist Christians who are tied to Israel the terrorist state? Do they love Zuhdi or hate him?” i don’t know. any liberal zionist christians want to field that one?

    khusro not a whole lot of people are willing to answer simple questions here. anon or criley might consider themselves conservitive zionist christians. maybe you should ask them.

    are you a muslim?

  18. […] Guest Editorial by J. Hausner (Islamophobia Today) […]

  19. What an idiotic post

    So because he critisises Jihad, hama, CAIR, MPAC and a few others you fools reckon he’s anti islam

    Pathetic

  20. […] Dr. Zuhdi Jasser has amassed a reputation as a prominent Islamophobia-enabler and ally of anti-Muslim organizations (well known for their attempts to diminish American Muslims’ civil and religious liberties). Read more about this Zionist poodle here. […]

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