I’ve heard many of his interviews and he has become a Muslim who I’ve come to respect. His name is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and he is a true moderate. He is a frequent guest on Fox, CNN, CBS and MSNBC. He is the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Though he calls himself a devout Muslim, his form of Islam does not exist. Islam is Islam, and Islam encourages violence. If Islam could be reformed to reflect his interpretations, then I think we could all sleep peacefully. I advise all my readers to look him up.
The principles of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy include;
- To be a voice of Muslim American citizenry in strong support of the following:
- The devout practice of Islam and the Islamic concept of consultation and consent (shura) as being wholly compatible with the American form of democracy
- The support of the separation of religion and state as being perfectly non-contradictory with Koranic principles.
- As United States citizens we support our American armed forces.
- As United States citizens we support absolute and literal adherence to our citizenship pledge.
- We support our American interests, domestic and foreign.
- To raise the public consciousness regarding the core principles above and the following additional goals and beliefs:
- We will promote tolerance in Islam as being a fundamental principle of the Holy Koran.
- We recognize the fact that there are no clergy in Islam and we accept the Koran as our main reference for discussions regarding our faith.
- We as a group in recognition of democratic principles believe that each Muslim is equally entitled to their opinion concerning the religion of Islam.
- We will work to educate the public regarding the existence of a special relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- We will work to educate the public regarding the current threat to America of radicals who exploit Islam through militancy.
- We explicitly refuse to acknowledge the justification of any form of terrorism (the targeting of civilians and non-combatants).
- We believe in that religion is a matter for individual beliefs without any role for the direct involvement of religion in government.
- We believe in the equality of the sexes which is well established in the Koran.
- We will work to promote and enhance the understanding of Islam in America.
- We will work to express the consistency of the principles of Islam with economic principles of free markets and capitalism.
- We will work to promote and enhance the education of Muslims in their history and development as it relates to American democracy and freedom.
- We will work to promote the appreciation of the integral role of American patriotism and nationalism in the life of Muslim youth in America.
- We will work to stimulate the principles which bring about increased understanding and involvement of American Muslim citizens in American life
- We will work to formulate expressions of positions on specific areas of American foreign and domestic policy as they relate to American interests and as relevant to the discussion of Islam and democratic principles
- While as Muslims and American citizens we will take stands on many of the diverse foreign policy positions of our government, we feel it is necessary to make a foundational position statement regarding the State of Israel. We stand in support of the existing unqualified recognition of the state of Israel behind internationally recognized borders.
- We also separately stand in recognition of the need for the completion of the formation of an independent Palestinian state on the current “occupied territories” living side by side next to the established State of Israel.
The president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) has some harsh words for opponents of his appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
“You could actually use the list of people protesting us, it’s a pretty good list of some of the leaders of the Islamist movement in America,” Zuhdi Jasser, who has been a vocal opponent of political Islam, told The Daily Caller.
Last week 64 Muslim organizations – including Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) – expressed “deep concern” with Jasser’s appointment in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye and Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin.
“It is imperative that Congress rescind the appointment of Dr. Jasser to serve as a Commissioner. We believe this appointment will undermine the Commission’s credibility and international respect,” they wrote.
According to his opponents, Jasser – a practicing Muslim who professes to “love [his] faith” – is intolerant of Islam and is a supporter of anti-Islam movements. Opponents cite his opposition to the “Ground Zero mosque,” his support for a 2010 Oklahoma ballot initiative barring courts from using Sharia law, his support for law enforcement surveillance of Muslims and his affiliation with groups opponents deem anti-Muslim.
Jasser contends, however, that the real enemy of religious freedom is the coalition of groups opposing him.
“This is a classic way of Islamists of not dealing with the issue and I think it demonstrates that,” Jasser said of the campaign against him.
Despite the complaints, Jasser remains on the commission, spending time this week in Washington, D.C., to fulfill some of the accompanying responsibilities – including meeting with a delegation from Canada about religious freedom.
His first meeting with the commission was last week.
“[My message] is that religious freedom is the canary in the coal mine as far as human rights and the ability of countries to demonstrate whether they truly have democracies and recognize the inalienable rights of their citizens or whether they don’t,” he told The Daily Caller.
“The ability of people to have that religious freedom and express it, is the first freedom that has been known,” he added. “Our work, in pushing back specifically against Islamism, as initially domestically it came as our sense – when we formed AIFD in 2003 – was that terrorism is simply a symptom of an underlying ideology.”
McConnell appointed Jasser to the commission in late March. His office did not respond to request for comment.