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Let’s recognize DR. ZUHDI JASSER, president and founder of the AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY (AIFD) for risking his life to defend America and her ideals in opposition to extremist Muslims. From the AIFD statement on the Ground Zero Mosque:
Mr. President this is not about religious freedom. It is about the importance of the World Trade Center site to the psyche of the American People. It is about a blatant attack on our sovereignty by people whose ideology ultimately demands the elimination of our way of life. While Imam Faisal Rauf may not share their violent tendencies he does seem to share a belief that Islamic structures are a political statement and even Ground Zero should be looked upon through the lens of political Islam and not a solely American one.
As a Muslim desperate to reform his faith, your remarks take us backwards from the day that my faith will come into modernity. I do not stand to eliminate Imam Rauf’s religious freedom; I stand to make sure that my children’s religious freedom will be determined by the liberty guaranteed in the American Constitution and not by clerics or leaders who are apologists for shar’iah law and will tell me what religious freedom is.
Dr. Jasser is not the only MUSLIM OPPOSING THE MOSQUE in its proposed location, there are numerous others. But he has taken the type of stand that has COST OTHERS THEIR LIVES, so he gets the September, 2010 Courage Award.