The Crescent Report

September 4, 2009

MAHDI BRAY SPEAKS – WRMEA Special Report on Agent Provocateurs and Fusions Centers

Filed under: civil-rights, Islamophobia, Racism — Tags: , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 6:38 am

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2009, pages 14-15, 33

Special Report

FBI Agent Provocateurs and Fusion Centers: Boys Gone Wild

By Delinda C. Hanley

mahdi_bray_cameoWASHINGTON, D.C. (WRMEA) – THE SAME day President Barack Obama reached out to 1.5 billion Muslims around the world in his speech to the Turkish parliament, saying the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam,” Muslim Americans described what looks like a war on their community here at home. The American Muslim Taskforce (AMT) on Civil Rights and Elections, a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, discussed their concerns at a briefing at the National Press Club on April 6.

“This is a very important message to the American people, to the West and to the Muslim world in general,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “We appreciate Obama’s efforts to bring peace and justice to the Muslim world, and American Muslims are not only willing but they are ready to help,” he stated.

Obama needs to improve Washington’s relations with 6 to 7 million American Muslims—relations badly damaged in the previous administration’s “war on terror” and by its invasion of two Muslim countries.

“We support and we do encourage the president to reach out to the Muslim world,” added Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom, “but as my grandmother used to say, charity begins at home.”

During the presidential campaign Obama visited numerous churches and synagogues, but never a mosque or Islamic Center. “We say, ‘yes he can’ visit a mosque here in America,” Bray said. If he did, he’d discover people who support his presidency and who are concerned about issues like health care, jobs, energy and education, Bray noted. In fact, according to post-election polls, 95 percent of eligible Muslims voters turned out to vote in 2008, and nearly 90 percent voted for Obama. (more here)

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