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The Center for American Progress, which according to its website "provides progressive ideas for a strong, just and free America", has issued a report titled "Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America". In the report multiple organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping the spread of sharia Islam in America are mentioned. Each is labeled "Islamophobic".
Among the most notable organizations are:
Tom Trento, President of The United West (formerly known as the Florida Security Council) headquarters in Lake Worth, FL;
Frank Gaffney, founder and President of the Center for Security Policy;
Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT! For America, headquarted in Pensacola, FL;
The First Coast TEA Party, located in Jacksonville, FL
The TEA Party of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The report also names Florida politicians and leaders including:
Congresswoman and Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann
Congressman Allen West, representing Florida District 22
Florida Senator Mike Fair from Greenville, FL
What is it each of these organizations and individuals have done? They have dared to speak out peacefully against shariah Islamists in America.
The report says this about Tom Trento, "That $17 million, provided by a single anonymous source (who is alleged to be Chicago businessman Barre Seid, according to the website Salon.com), helped pay for a DVD the Clarion Fund distributed, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” to more than 28 million swing-state voters beforethe 2008 presidential election. And that DVD, says the Florida Security Council’s director Tom Trento, who helped distribute the film in 2008, is “the single most powerful piece of mediaover the past five years in persuading average Americans to the Islamist threat.” In the subsequent chapters of this report, we’ll demonstrate just how accurate Trento’s observation is."
What is so distributing about an award winning documentary, showing shariah Islam for what it really is? Does this classify it as Islamophobic?
May I humbly suggest Fear Inc. needs to look at the words and deeds of shariah Islamists, not only in America, but across the world. To see shariah Islam in daily practice simply look at Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Center for American Progress on its website states, "Sharia, or Muslim religious code, includes practices such as charitable giving, prayer, and honoring one’s parents—precepts virtually identical to those of Christianity and Judaism." In fact, sharia is a geo-political, military, judicial, financial and social system dedicated to spreading its doctrine globally. As the Qur'an states:
[5:33] The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.
[5:34] Exempted are those who repent before you overcome them. You should know that GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
The Center for American Progress is part of the "Shariah Defense Lobby" according to Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy. Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy in 1987.
Mr. Gaffney, in his column "Center for American Progress Defends Shariah, Charges America with ..." states, "The ‘Shariah Defense Lobby' is in a race against time to hide the grim reality of Shariah law as it is actually enforced, as Islamist movements and political parties throughout the Arab world are aggressively seeking to govern by Shariah. Most significantly, the ‘Shariah Defense Lobby' refuses to discuss a simple fact: secular and democratic activists in Egypt and elsewhere in the Muslim world oppose Shariah in their countries, just as Americans oppose it here."
What is concerning is the rubric Islamophobia being used to paint ordinary Americans as something they are not. This is the tactic best used by those who themselves fear the light of scrutiny. Shining the light of truth on shariah Islam is no different than shining the light of truth on Nazism, Fascism, or Communism in America.
Everyone listed in this report that I have contacted agree they are making a real difference. If they were not then this spurious report would not be unnecessary.
As Frank Gaffney observes, "The Center for American Progress-- authors of "Fear, Inc."-- are trying to make Americans afraid of discussing one of the greatest national security threats we face. Thankfully, the American people aren't buying what they're selling: the campaign is having the opposite effect of what the Lobby intends."
Please read Sharia: The Threat to America.