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Opposition Grows to Religious Freedom Nominee, Zuhdi Jasser

Zuhd Jasser does not belong on the USCIRF, sign the petition:

Muslim opposition grows to religious freedom nominee

By Lauren Markoe| Religion News Service, Published: April 12 (The Washington Post)

More than 50 Muslim and non-Muslim civic and religious groups asked leading senators on Thursday (April 12) to rescind the appointment of an outspoken Muslim activist, Zuhdi Jasser, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Jasser, a Navy-trained physician, is decrying the effort – and others to oust him from the independent watchdog panel – as a “smear tactic.”

A separate online petition that began circulating last week, also asking for his ouster, has garnered more than 2,000 signatures.

“Their letter is patently dishonest, deceptive, and continues their unprofessional unbridled smear campaign against anyone who chooses to take on Islamic reform against Islamist ideologies and groups regardless of whether we are observant traditional Muslims,” Jasser wrote in an email to Religion News Service.

The signatories to the letter, sent to three key senators, argue that Jasser’s rhetoric and activism contribute to a culture that treats Muslims as suspects, and that he would subvert the work of the bipartisan commission, which advises federal officials on the status of religious freedom abroad.

“His consistent support for measures that threaten and diminish religious freedoms within the United States demonstrates his deplorable lack of understanding of and commitment to religious freedom and undermines the USCIRF’s express purpose,” they wrote.

They cite Jasser’s effort to prevent the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, his support for the New York Police Department’s spying on Muslim institutions, and his defense of anti-Shariah laws, which most Muslim civil rights groups say unfairly paint Muslims as anti-American.

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  • Abdul-Rahman

    @Kafir Harby

    I’m sure you support the modern day crusader imperialist wars and your Zionist colonialist usurpers.

  • Kafir Harby

    No, Jasser cannot be a muslim, because he is a peaceful man.

  • Michael Elwood

    @Ayesha Mohammad

    Is that you, Igor? :-)

  • Danios

    @ Ayesa Mohammed:

    There is in fact not a single verse in the Quran about killing the apostates. That’s in the Bible though (see Deuteronomy 13:6-9, 17:3-5, etc.).

  • Ayesha Mohammad

    “”Theoretically, support for freedom of religion flows from the Quran:””

    But there are many verses in Quran about killing the apostates and engage in eternal Jihad until all of mankind accepts Islam.

    Why do you cherry pick these lame verses only ?

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  • Michael Elwood

    @Igor Slamoff

    “The position to which Zuhdi Jasser was appinted has to do with assuring worldwide freedom of religion. How come Zuhdi Jasser must be approved by American Muslims?”

    He doesn’t have to be approved by Muslims (and he won’t), but by the people who appointed him.

    “What do American Muslims know or care about worldwide freedom of religion?”

    Come on, Igor. As someone who minored in Islamic (or Mohammedan, as you like to call it) Studies, you already know the answer to that question. There are both theoretical and practical reasons some Muslims support freedom of religion. Theoretically, support for freedom of religion flows from the Quran:

    109:1-6 Say, “O you disbelievers. I do not worship what you worship. Nor do you worship what I worship. Nor will I ever worship what you worship. Nor will you ever worship what I worship. To you is your religion, and to me is my religion.”

    2:256 There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

    5:48 Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws (shari’ah) and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

    On a practical level, many Sunni and Shia support freedom of religion when they are in the minority, even if they don’t support it (despite what the Quran says) when they are in the majority. It’s kinda like the Baptist. When they were a minority in early America, they were strident supporters of the separation of church and state. But once they became the largest denomination in America, their support for the separation of church and state waned.

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

  • Igor Slamoff

    The position to which Zuhdi Jasser was appinted has to do with assuring worldwide freedom of religion. How come Zuhdi Jasser must be approved by American Muslims? What do American Muslims know or care about worldwide freedom of religion? This is identity politics at its worst.

  • Géji

    Is there a way for people outside the USA to sign the petition?

  • Black Infidel

    NurAlia Says:


    American ‘international tolarance’ of religion and religious freedom is already ruined everywhere Christianity, and thier missionaries have been, and the population has survived thier tacttics.

    There is NOTHING on earth…except the people literally forget thier history, that can repair what Christianity, ‘colonialist politics’, assimilation policies, and total destruction of indiginous populations can repair.

    You got that right! Well said.

  • Young & Free

    He’s married right? How did he get married? In a church or mosque? How can you be anti shariah and call yourself Muslim. Shariah is prayer, marriage, divorce, Islamic culture, everything! How are Muslims supposed to get married if they make it illegal for us to have religious ceremonies? OMFG where the fudge is democracy? JASSER YOU DWEEB!

  • MasterQ

    Anyone seen this page?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Brotherhood_influence_operations

    It was created about 2 weeks ago by only 1 editor (Twells1208) and it reads like Pamela Geller’s blog

  • NurAlia

    Honestly…let him have his posistion, and wish him luck.

    American ‘international tolarance’ of religion and religious freedom is already ruined everywhere Christianity, and thier missionaries have been, and the population has survived thier tacttics.

    There is NOTHING on earth…except the people literally forget thier history, that can repair what Christianity, ‘colonialist politics’, assimilation policies, and total destruction of indiginous populations can repair.

    Wish him luck to an organization that has no credibilty whatsoever.

  • marco

    He can claim he is a muslim until the cows come home. No one believes he is, except in his own delluded little mind. He is the Abdullah Ibn Ubay of our time

  • mjasghar

    so he admits he is a muslim in name only, probably only remembered one when he realised there was a way to make money out of it

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