Feb 13 2015
And they don’t like it one bit. Because, as we all know, there is no radical Islam. Islam is Islam and they all believe that Islam must dominate and eventually control every country they are in.
The Guardian Muslim leaders say White House conference to ‘counter violent extremism’ is well intentioned but risks stigmatizing and endangering Muslims in America
As Barack HUSSEIN Obama prepares to host a summit on preventing homegrown (Islamic) terrorism, he faces a backlash from those he says he wants to empower: American Muslim community leaders, who warn that the summit risks stigmatizing and even endangering them.
Hanging over the “countering violent extremism” (CVE) summit, to be held Tuesday through Thursday at the White House and State Department, is Wednesday’s brutal murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.
In the wake of the killings, Muslim leaders, some of whom met with Obama recently, say that whatever the summit’s intentions, it will reinforce a message that American Muslims are to be hated and feared (true), a spark in what they consider to be a powder-keg of Islamophobia in the media and online. (It’s about time the media was considered Islamophobic instead of the Islamic panderers they are)
The killing of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, “really underscores how dangerous it is for the US government, including the White House, to focus its countering violent extremism initiatives primarily on American Muslims”, said Farhana Khera, the executive director of civil rights law firm Muslim Advocates. (Let’s see 3 Muslims killed vs how many non-Muslim killed by Muslims?)
“We’ve long said to the administration, to those in government, that directing the bulk of CVE resources to US Muslims undermines the safety of all of us and endangers US Muslims, because it sends the message our community is to be viewed with fear, suspicion and even hate.”
First unveiled by the administration in 2010, CVE has attempted to avoid stating that it singles out Muslim communities, but the emphasis in practice from US attorneys and Department of Homeland Security officials, has disproportionately been on them. (Gee, I wonder why?) Similarly, while the administration talks about CVE meaning “comprehensive” government interlocution, to include greater social services, American Muslims see the face of their government to be police, prosecutors and other elements of the security services. (Yes, how can Muslims focus on becoming homegrown terrorists with the government spying on them?)
In September, the attorney general, Eric Holder, announced new CVE pilot programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis to “develop comprehensive local strategies” – shortly after the Islamic State beheadings of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. The forthcoming summit was delayed last fall without explanation, only to reappear on the White House agenda after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
A US official, speaking on background ahead of the summit, said next week’s CVE summit will also unveil some new initiatives, though the official declined to specify. Obama will speak personally, but the full agenda, including invitees, has yet to be announced.
Foreign delegations will attend at the ministerial level, the official confirmed, which has raised concerns from some in civil-rights circles that the US is “asking other governments to do what is, at the least, constitutionally suspect domestically”, said Hina Shamsi of the ACLU, to include greater intelligence gathering on US Muslims outside the bounds of US law.
“This is not an intelligence gathering summit, this is not an Interpol summit,” the US official said. Last week, several Muslim community leaders gathered at the White House ahead of the summit, meeting with senior aides Valerie Jarrett and Ben Rhodes, as well as Obama himself.
Khera, the director of Muslim Advocates, was in attendance. While ground rules forbade her from discussing what Obama said, she told the Guardian that she called on Obama to address “an uptick in ferocity of anti-Muslim vitriol from everyday Americans”, including “public officials who should know better”, like a state representative in Oklahoma, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who called Islam a “cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”
Muslim leaders fear tensions, accelerating after the release of the film American Sniper and the Paris attacks, have reached a bloody crescendo with the North Carolina shooting.
Though local police have said they believe Craig Steven Hicks killed the three over a parking dispute, the family has rejected that explanation, suspecting an Islamophobic motive. The Muslim Public Affairs Council has launched a campaign for Obama, Holder and congressional leaders to address the killings. The FBI has opened a federal inquiry into the shooting deaths.
In a statement on Friday, Obama welcomed the FBI inquiry into the “brutal and outrageous murders” in North Carolina. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” the president said, offering his condolences to the families of the slain.
Though community leaders have noted that CVE programs do not target white supremacists or call atheist organizations in for dialogue, Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said next week’s summit will not single out Muslims.
“While the summit will address contemporary challenges, it will not focus on any particular religion, ideology, or political movement and will, instead, seek to draw lessons that are applicable to the full spectrum of violent extremists,” Price said.