WFAA TV, Dallas
Thanks for reporting this, I would have appreciated some boldness to it, but as a veteran journalist, you did the right thing; to report and leave the opinion forming to the public.
We met several times, but the last one was at a breakfast meeting I conducted for a Saudi Commerce Minister at Crescent Hotel on interfaith - I brought together 5 each of Muslims, Jews, Christians and others.
We have our own Bin-Ladens amongst us; they are Dorrie O'Brien, Republican Congressman Tancredo, Farmers Branch's Tim O'Hare, Pat Roberston and a few others. But for the laws of our country, these men are potential threat to peace; they are bent on Bombing Mecca, Assasinating Foriegn leaders and so on...
They are committed to divide America into "they" v. "us", the “us” being a few extremists who pay them or applaud their baseless hate mongering speeches. They are and no more than a 1% of the Republicans and shamefully, the party is figuring out where it is going…and these American Versions of Bin Ladens are making leadership claims among Republicans, just as Bin Laden claimed among Muslims. Both the majorities were silent and see what we are getting. We have to bring sense to the public.
Whether they are Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews or whoever, a story about Hate Sermons (http://hatesermons.blogspot.com ) is the calling of the day, in the same manner Christiana Amanpour did the Scream Bloody Murder series. They all preach hate from their pulpits or allow guys to spew hate from a pulpit they are to sermonize peace. We need the public to see how hate can damage our nation, how some of these men are feeding the non-thinkers. The days of Limbaugh’s are over, his support base will be gone as people cannot be duped into believing propaganda.
I can make a documentary on it, or assist you in making it. I can write the script - it will be equal opportunity and pluralistic documentary - As a Muslim, I am committed to mitigating conflicts and nurturing goodwill for peaceful co-existence of societies. My life time work is dedicated to this purpose.
Let me know.
Mike Ghouse is a Dallas based Writer, Blogger, Speaker, Thinker and a Moderator. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television networks offering pluralistic perspectives on issues of the day. His comments, news analysis and op-ed columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal site.
In a message dated 5/14/2009 6:10:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
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From: Sarwat Husain
Date: Wed, May 13, 2009 at 9:47 PM
Subject: Republican-Muslim 'humiliated' by group's message
To: American Muslim Democratic Caucus
Republican-Muslim 'humiliated' by group's message
12:59 AM CDT on Monday, May 11, 2009
By JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA-TV
LINK: Act for America
Many North Texas Muslims and some Republican Party officials have expressed offense towards a program that's drawing crowds at some Republican clubs.
Traveling across the country, the program warns of a stealth Jihad within the United States. While some consider the message prudent, others say it's just about hate.
Muslims packed a mosque in south Arlington for Friday prayers. Inside, the imam switches back and forth from Arabic to English. But, a Republican precinct judge, Dorrie O'Brien, is crisscrossing Tarrant County to spread a message that he believes something more might be more going on than prayer.
At a meeting at a Fort Worth restaurant, O'Brien warned North Texans to beware of stealth Mujahidee manipulating the media, infiltrating the military and running for public office.
Jamal Qaddura, a Republican precinct chair, shot video of O'Brien's speech.
"[The] Quran demands believers wage Jihad against the infidel, again, everybody who isn't Muslim," O'Brien is captured telling the north Tarrant County Republican club. "... A grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the western civilization from within."
O'Brien is a local representative for a Florida-based group called "Act for America," which warns that Muslims want to undermine the United States government.
In his message, he said he believes there is "a stealth Jihad in the United States guided by the Muslim Brotherhood." The Muslim Brotherhood is a large international organization based in Egypt that supports creating Islamic states.
"I'm not aware of anybody in the United States here who is with the Muslim Brotherhood," said Qaddura, who enlisted Tarrant County Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani to give a rebuttal.
"I was humiliated and degraded," he said of O'Brien's message.
Qaddura said he was shocked to hear O'Brien's message, which included warnings that "Islam permits the killing of innocent people."
"And this is what the ultimate goal is is to replace the United States' flag and the United States' government with the half moon and the star," O'Brien said.
Qaddura said the messages prey on fears, which have a way of spreading and doing a lot of harm.
"This is a good community," he said. "We are Texans, and Texans don't put up with that stuff."