Zuhdi Jasser heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and is a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
In December 2014, Jasser claimed that the "majority" of U.S. Muslims "hates America."
Jasser is quoted in the Jewish Exponent saying, "The bigger threat is the quiet majority [of American Muslims] that hates America, that doesn't feel a bond to this country, would be horrified if their kids became military officers, and don't feel an affinity for America."
In fact, there are thousands of Muslims serving in the American military.
A 2011 Gallup survey, titled "Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future," indicated that 69 percent of American Muslims "identify strongly" with the United States.
In summarizing the report, Gallup wrote:
"When examining the variables most closely associated with higher thriving rates for Muslim Americans, the degree to which thriving Muslim Americans demonstrate a sense of ownership and belonging to their country is noticeable. These respondents feel equally American and Muslim, attending religious services regularly while strongly identifying with the U.S. Further, their confidence in the FBI demonstrates that this group does not feel particularly or unfairly suspected by their government. It is also important to note that like other religious groups in the U.S., Muslim Americans' strong identification with those around the world who share their religious identity does not diminish their sense of national identity."
A 2011 Pew Research Center study indicated that despite growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the post-9/11 era, "[American Muslims] are overwhelmingly satisfied with the way things are going in their lives (82%) and continue to rate their communities very positively as places to live (79% excellent or good)."
Under Jasser's leadership, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy is embedded with groups that are dedicated to spreading false information, fear, and distrust of Islam and Muslims.
AIFD accepted $10,000 from Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum in 2010. Pipes believes Islam has “nothing functional to offer.” Tax filings for the New York-based Abstraction Fund reveal that between 2010 and 2012, AIFD accepted $45,000 in grants and contributions from this organization. In 2012, 82 percent of the Fund's total $1,982,930 contributions and grants went to groups known for their active role in spreading anti-Islam prejudice.
In 2008, Jasser accepted a “Defender of the Home Front” award from Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy. Gaffney was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial 2010 lawsuit against a mosque being built in Tennessee, where he promoted the conspiracy theory that mosques want to “destroy western civilization from within.”
Jasser is a member of the Clarion Project’s advisory board. In 2013, his fellow board member Claire Lopez told an audience, “When people in other bona fide religions follow their doctrines they become better people — Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews. When Muslims follow their doctrine, they become jihadists.” Jasser narrated The Third Jihad, a bigoted film created by the Clarion Project that depicts Muslims as inherently violent and seeking world domination. Following revelations that the film was shown as part of training at the New York Police Department, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called the film “wacky” and “objectionable.” Deputy Commissioner Paul Brown said, “[The Third Jihad] was reviewed and found to be inappropriate.”
AIFD “applauded” an amendment to Oklahoma’s state Constitution that would have implemented state-sponsored discrimination against Islam. A federal district court ultimately struck the law down due to its violations of the First Amendment.
Jasser participated in an ACT! for America conference in South Florida in 2011. ACT! leader Brigitte Gabriel claims, “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim” and that a practicing Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America."
In early 2014, Jasser appeared on Fox News to speak out against the Pentagon’s broadening of religious rights for minority faiths. Jasser decried the expanded rights as they applied to American Muslims. He claimed the Obama administration is, “bending over backwards for political correctness,” which will lead to what he called “litigation jihad.”
Dr. Jasser believes that “operationally, Islam is not peaceful.” According to an article in Naples Daily News regarding a presentation in Florida, an audience member said to Jasser, "I've read the Quran several times … I see no path of moderation." Jasser answered, "You're absolutely right ... but I don't think you get your ethics and morals from a book."
Appearing as a key witness supporting Rep. Peter King’s anti-Muslim hearings in March 2011, Jasser criticized Muslim organizations for informing communities of the fundamental constitutional right to have counsel present during interactions with law enforcement.
A broad national collation of 64 organizations and individuals sent a letter to Senators Inouye, McConnell, and Durbin expressing "deep concern" at Jasser’s 2012 appointment to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)." The coalition asserted that Jasser’s consistent support for measures that threaten and diminish religious freedoms within the United States demonstrates his deplorable lack of understanding of and commitment to religious freedom and undermines the USCIRF's express purpose."
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