Designated Terrorist Organization CAIR and other Muslim groups object to counter-terrorism measures designed to stop recruiting of Minnesota Muslims for the Islamic State (ISIS)

terrorists_among_us_-450x337Nearly 50 mosques, Muslim organizations and student groups have signed a statement that highlights concerns with a federal pilot program to combat radicalization and terror recruitment in Minnesota.

FOX News & SC Times  About 40 Muslim groups in Minnesota are voicing concern about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting, according to a statement sent out Friday by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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The statement, which contains the names of several mosques, student groups and other Muslim organizations, asks the Department of Justice to discontinue the program, saying it unfairly singles out members of the state’s large Somali community for their nationality and religion.

“While we support the right of all Americans to live in democratic communities free of violence, we cannot in good conscience condone or help refine programs that are fundamentally discriminatory and are likely to further subject our community members to additional civil rights abuses,” said the statement released by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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The pilot program in Minnesota is focused on the state’s Somali community, which has seen more than two dozen youth leave in recent years to join the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia or militants in Syria. Community members who have long sought help in stopping recruiting initially embraced the pilot program as an opportunity.

The statement lists 44 Muslim organizations as undersigned supporters. “It is our recommendation that the government stop investing in programs that will only stigmatize, divide and marginalize MUSLIM communities further,” the statement said.

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The groups instead suggest the following framework to combat extremism:

Support for a Minnesota Muslim community-based task force, which is currently under development to serve as an outreach resource for law enforcement agencies. (“Outreach” is code for allow us to brainwash law enforcement with the myth that Islam is a religion of peace and terrorism is anti-Islam)

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Funds for anti-radicalization programs should be separated from federal counter-terrorism and law enforcement agencies. Instead, funding should come from foundations, community organizations and state and local government. (That way, we can keep funding our terrorist pals overseas)

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The Department of Justice should protect groups and individuals who intervene with those they believe are vulnerable to recruitment into extremist groups. Those who intervene should not be penalized with prosecution, watch-listing or surveillance because of their association with a potential violent extremist. (Surveillance of Muslims and mosques should be banned)

The statement also calls on Congress to investigate the federal government’s “overbroad surveillance of mosques and American Muslims, absent evidence of criminal activity.” (Just because mosques are breeding grounds for terrorists, the government should not be spying on them)

Members of Minnesota’s Somali community rallied at the Capitol on Monday in support of the families of the men accused of trying to join the Islamic State in Syria. Some wore shirts that said, “Free our boys” and chanted, “We’re not ISIS! We’re not terrorists!” (Even though our sons are)

Members of Minnesota’s Somali community rallied at the Capitol on Monday in support of the families of the men accused of trying to join the Islamic State in Syria. Some wore shirts that said, “Free our boys” and chanted, “We’re not ISIS! We’re not terrorists!” (Even though our sons are)

Instead of counter-terrorism activities, CAIR wants the government to focus on:

– Youth and after school programs for MUSLIMS

– Job fairs and job training programs for MUSLIMS

– Eliminate ethnic profiling at the airport of MUSLIMS

– Get more Somali MUSLIMS into law enforcement careers (AKA fox guarding henhouse)

– Increase engagement between MUSLIM religious leaders and MUSLIM youth (one of the best ways to recruit future terrorists)

Organizations listed on CAIR letter of concern
Read a complete copy of the letter at http://bit.ly/1I3DfD9

Council on American Islamic Relations CAIR MN 
Global Somali Diaspora 
Muslim Youth and Family Services 
Islamic Relief & Social Services 
African Family and Education Center 
Abubakar As-Sidique Islamic Center 
Tawfiq Islamic Center 
Islamic Center of Twin Ports “ICTP” 
mYouth 
Brooklyn Park Islamic Center 
Building Blocks of Islam 
al-Mahmood Foundation 
ICM-Muslim Youth of Minnesota 
Dar Al-Farooq 
Al Farooq Youth & Family Center 
ICCMN/Al-Iman Center 
Masjid Al-Ihsan 
Islamic Center of Owatonna (Masjid Al Rahma) 
Burnsville Mosque (Al Salaam) 
Roshester Islamic Center 
Irshad Islamic Center Eden Prairie 
Masjid Al-Huda (ICCC) 
Masjid Al Tawba/Eden Prairie Islamic Center (ICCC) 
Ummatul Islam Center 
Masjid Ash-Shafi 
Masjid As-Sunnah (St Paul) 
Minnesota Dawah Institute 
Al Farooq Youth & Family Center 
Dar-Alqalam Islamic Center 
Abubakar As-Sidique Islamic Center-Faribault MN 
Masjid Rowdah 
Masjid Ni’mat ul-Islaam 
Muslim student association SCSU 
Mankato Islamic center 
Islamic Center of Minnesota 
Abukhadra Mosque 
Al-Madinah Cultural Center 
University of Minnesota Muslim Student Association 
University of St Thomas Muslim Student Association 
MCTC- Muslim Student Association 
MNIA 
MCC 
Engage Minnesota Muslims 
Global Deaf Muslim the Minnesota chapter