I urge you to sign the petition against the appointment of Zuhdi Jasser to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Jasser is unfit to serve in a position that will require the ability to provide unbiased support of religious freedom, especially for the American Muslim population.
The official Change.org petition outlines the many grievances American Muslims have with both appointees including:
Jasser’s organization has received funding, to the tune of $100,000 from a major backer of Rick Santorum, Foster Friess. Friess was featured as one of the major backers of Islamophobic organizations in the Center for American Progress‘s groundbreaking report, Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.
Jasser’s organization the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) supports state wide legislative bans on Muslim personal religious practice relating to: marriage, prayer, wills, etc. Jasser’s organization has published press releases “applauding” such legislation, which many, including US Courts have considered unconstitutional infringements on the religious liberties of Muslims.
Jasser’s advocacy and support for the NYPD’s illegal profiling and secret surveillance program targeting Muslims for monitoring at their houses of worship, businesses and universities is not only unconscionable but contradicts the USCIRF’s purported goals of reviewing “the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.”Robert George,sits on the board of the Bradley Foundation. The Bradley Foundation is well known for supporting anti-Muslim organizations run by the likes of David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney.
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