Jan 25 2013
Hiring a Muslim for any job is risky enough, but hiring one for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is pure insanity. Not to mention, the fastest way to get a lawsuit filed against you after you decide to fire the Muslim upon realizing there is no such thing as religious freedom in Islam. OOPS!
Boston Review The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom which has spent more than a decade advocating the rights of millions of religious minorities from Sudan to Iran is being sued for religious discrimination. Muslim critics argue, “this is not religious freedom…this is a toxic combination of Christian supremacy and flagrant bias against Islam.”
In 2009 Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, an American lawyer from Arkansas, fluent in Urdu and Hindi with a master’s degree in international development, accepted a USCIRF position as a South Asia policy analyst. The Commission hired her to conduct research on South Asia’s human rights and religious freedoms. According to the complaint, four weeks after she’d been offered the job, and after she had already left her previous job at the Muslim Public Affairs Council MPA), the offer was rescinded. Instead, she was given a temporary 90-day position in July 2009.
While at MPAC, Ghori-Ahmad was a frequent critic of the U.S. government’s efforts at outreach with the American-Muslim community, foreign policy, and counter-terrorism programs. In one such exchange, at the Center for American Progress on April 2, 2009 during a panel titled Challenges Facing Muslim Americans in a post 9-11 Nation, Ghori-Ahmad said:
“I think the language that’s being used is extremely problematic. These hearings are called: ‘Violent Islamic Radicalization,’ ‘Violent Islamist Jihadization.’ You are pushing people away from dialogue and discussion by language like that, because you’re equating violence and terrorism with our religion. Just like other religions, there are bad people carrying out acts of violence in the name of their religion…we don’t ascribe to those beliefs, but immediately are linked.” These statements fit in neatly with MPAC’s well-documented argument that U.S. actions aimed at Muslim Americans are part of a broader “war against Islam.”