Two American Muslim leaders on opposite coasts made very different comments last Friday that go to the heart of the Islamist ideology that is behind both the San Bernardino shootings and the threat from ISIS.
Early in the day, Hussam Ayloush, the Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argued that “some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West have fueled that extremism. … We are partly responsible” in Los Angeles on CNN’s “New Day.”
Later that day Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the President and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, struck a starkly different tone. Jasser was in Washington to host a summit of 20 moderate Muslim organizations who had gathered to approve a Islam reform movement statement that rejects Islamist radicalism and ISIS.
In this statement, the signers pledged to:
* Reject interpretations of Islam that call for any violence, social injustice and politicized Islam. They invited their fellow Muslims and neighbors to join them.
* Reject bigotry, oppression and violence against all people based on any prejudice, including ethnicity, gender, language, belief, religion, sexual orientation and gender expression.
* Support secular governance, democracy and liberty.
* Recognize that every individual has the right to publicly express criticism of Islam. Ideas do not have rights. Human beings have rights.
* Stand for peace, human rights and secular governance
People of every faith should make a similar pledge. Click HERE to read this remarkable statement.
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