Law center wants AG to probe sale of Farmington school to Muslims

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120619/METRO02/206190423/1361/Law-center-wants-AG-to-probe-sale-of-Farmington-school-to-Muslims

JUNE 19, 2012 AT 5:02 PM

Law center wants AG to probe sale of Farmington school to Muslims

  • By Oralandar Brand-Williams
  • The Detroit News

Detroit—The Thomas More Law Center is urging Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Tuesday to investigate “allegations of corruption” involving the sale of a Farmington Hills elementary school to a Muslim group.

Richard Thompson, the president and chief counsel of Thomas More Law Center, based in Ann Arbor, said Tuesday that he has asked Schuette to investigate the 2011 sale of Eagle Elementary School, located on 14 Mile and Middlebelt Roads, to the Islamic Cultural Association.

Thompson alleges that the Farmington Public School district rebuffed other potential buyers for the school and favored the Islamic Cultural Association instead which, according to Thompson, is connected to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which Thompson alleges has “financial ties” to terrorist groups.

The decision to sell the school to the Islamic Cultural Association drew protests and demonstrations in the area surrounding the sale of the school.

“By agreeing to sell Eagle Elementary to the ICA under these suspicious circumstances, Farmington Schools sacrificed the interest of their children and taxpayers to bring into their community an organization with ties to terrorist organizations,” said Thompson in a press release Tuesday. Efforts to reach the Islamic Cultural Association were not successful. A spokeswoman for the Farmington Public Schools has not commented on the claims.

Joy Yearout, a spokeswoman for Schuette, confirmed his office has received the letter but “we have no further comment at this time.”

Meanwhile the head of the local office of CAIR condemned the allegations by the law center.

“These shenanigans are nothing but a means to intimidate and harass the Muslim community and fellow Americans who accept that we have the right to full participation in civil society,” said Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR-Michigan. “Though CAIR-MI has no formal written contract with ICA, we are proud to stand up for the constitutional rights of this center and others, which has always been our practice.”

Walid added “the McCarthy era tactic of smearing groups through guilt by association to convict people in the court of public opinion is a common tactic used by the Islamophobia network, which the Thomas More Law Center is a part of.”

Anti-Muslim missionaries provoke at Arab-American festival

I was a witness to the return of rowdy Christian missionaries at the Arab-American Festival inn Dearborn this past Friday.  Instead of them being on a mission to save souls, it was evident that they were on a mission to provoke hatred.

One Christian male was holding a stick with a pig’s head (yes, a real pig’s head) on top to taught Muslims.  Another was holding up a sign saying Muhammad is a pervert.  Obviously, these were used not to call people to Jesus (Peace be upon him) but to arouse anger.  No one can call people to any ideology by insulting them.

The vast majority of people simply ignored them.  The provocateurs, however, were able to rile up some teenagers, some who threw water and frisbees while yelling at them.  The behavior of the unsupervised youth is a whole other topic; I’m sure the missionaries were banking on such reactions to record and post on YouTube.

Did those people have the Freedom of Speech to insult as they did?  YES.  Was it in accordance with the teachings of Jesus (Peace be upon him)? NO.  Should Christians rebuke their fellows for un-Christlike behavior?.  YES.

Those protesters exercised their constitutional rights to insult the Muslim community while seeing some Muslim males who were unfortunately intoxicated and seeing Muslim females showing cleavage and wearing tight shorts.  If they had any integrity, they should at least be honest to say that there is ISLAMIC LAW governing Dearborn.

They are liars with an agenda, and those who lack faith use falsehood to project their designs.  Shame on them!

FBI investigating fire, anti-Arab graffiti near Dearborn mosque

http://www.freep.com/article/20120613/NEWS02/120613007/FBI-probing-fire-anti-Arab-graffiti-near-mosque-Dearborn

FBI investigating fire, anti-Arab graffiti near Dearborn mosque

8:14 AM, June 13, 2012

By Tammy Stables Battaglia

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The FBI is investigating a fire and graffiti found Tuesday on an event center associated with a Dearborn mosque.

The fire broke out at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in a storage building at the Dearborn Woods Community Center, Dearborn Police Corporal Mark Gorbe said.

Someone had also spray-painted graffiti on the 20-by-20-foot building, which sits less than 20 feet from the American Muslim Center on Pelham at Outer Drive, Gorbe added.

“That thing was going pretty darn good when we got there,” he said. “It could have easily spread.”

FBI Detroit spokesman Simon Shaykhet today said the FBI is trying to determine whether the fire and graffiti constitute a hate crime.

Local members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the FBI to investigate because the graffiti included a reference to “Arabs,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, who believes the fire was intentionally set.

“If a bias motive is revealed in this case, the FBI should add its
resources to those of local law enforcement authorities to help bring
the perpetrators to justice,” said Walid. He said there have been a number of similar incidents targeting mosques nationwide.

“I think there’s a bigger issue we have to deal with in our country, in relation to anti-Muslim, anti-Arab disccusion that takes place,” Walid said today. “Islamaphobia, in my opinion has become somewhat of an accepted form of bigotry in our country. Even if it was children, they were influenced by that discussion.”

CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Fire, Graffiti at Building Associated with Mich. Mosque

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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Fire, Graffiti at Building Associated with Mich. Mosque

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 6/12/12) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire and hate graffiti targeting a building associated with a Dearborn mosque.

CAIR-MI said obscene graffiti with the word ?Arabs? was discovered along with an apparently intentionally-set fire at the Dearborn Woods Community Center, which is associated with the nearby American Muslim Center.

?If a bias motive is revealed in this case, the FBI should add its resources to those of local law enforcement authorities to help bring the perpetrators to justice,? said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, who informed local FBI officials of the incident.

Walid noted that there have been a number of similar incidents targeting mosques nationwide.

Video: CAIR-MN Says Mosque Vandalism Should Be Taken Seriously
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQghju4JJug
Video: FBI Joins Possible Hate Crime Investigation at Md. Mosque (CAIR)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nem0EVeP6ag
Video: CAIR Seeks Bias Probe of Calif. Mosque Vandalism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIBKOP5p_3I
CAIR: Politics Behind Rise in Muslim Hate Crimes (LA Times)
http://tinyurl.com/8a7pfu7
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Sent to N.C. Mosques
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDveZJJCxd4

CAIR-MI is asking members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”

SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
http://www.cair.com/ActionCenter/CommunityToolKit.aspx

A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.

CAIR: Same Hate, New Target
http://tinyurl.com/66enzm8
Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc.
http://tinyurl.com/7cozjxg
Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam
http://tinyurl.com/3qsv2v8
People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism
http://tinyurl.com/6j9fttw <http://tinyurl.com/6j9fttw%A0>

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: lmasri@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

Refutation to bigots claims against me

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I, Dawud Walid, normally don’t respond to blog posts that paint me in a particular fashion.  Since there are times when a claim left unanswered is implied to be true, I will, however, respond to a post written about me yesterday.  Below is only reiterating my long held positions in light of Islamophobes such as Daniel Pipes, who put forth the notion that I am anti-Jewish.

Though I disagree with some of Judaic theology, I am a proponent of Jewish people’s inalienable right to worship freely as all other human beings and to live in security.  I have lauded those Jewish Americans, who were involved in the civil rights movement to help my people (Blackamericans), and I have consistently denounced the small amount of Arab-Americans, who falsely equate the Star of David with the Nazi symbol.  I’ve done this in public and in the media before the 2006 war in Lebanon to the 2008 siege on Gaza and beyond.  In 2010 and 2011, I was even rebuked by some Muslims in Ann Arbor when I stated that it is against the spirit of Islam to protest worshippers outside of an Ann Arbor Jewish Temple, especially on their holy days.  And I have stated in sermons that it is un-Islamic for any Muslim to attack innocent civilians including Israelis and that suicide bombings are forbidden.

In saying that, I make no apologies for defending Prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him and his family) as well as the Islamic theological tradition.  For instance in January of this year, I gave a talk entitled “Rejecting Claims That Prophet Muhammad Was Anti-Jewish” that addressed two issues in which I was ironically just attacked for and taken out of context.  Hence, let me restate a couple of issues in lieu of the most recent attack against me.

The first relates to the speech of Prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him and his family) that he stated the people, who came before him that incurred G-d’s wrath were “the Jews (hum al-yahud).”  My lecture clearly states that the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him and his family) simply verified the truth of what is in the Bible which states in numerous places “the Lord’s wrath was upon Israel.”     The Arabic version of the Bible uses the word Ghadab, which is related to the same root word of Maghdub used in the Qur’an of those who incurred G-d’s wrath.   Muslims pray not to be of those who incurred G-d’s wrath meaning those who disobeyed their prophet, Moses.  It does not mean, nor do I believe, that all Jewish people are accursed in this life.  I do not break bread with people who I think are invoking G-d’s wrath right now.

The second relates to the incident of when Jewish men of Bani Quraythah were executed for treason during wartime in the era of Prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him and his family.)  In 2006, Detroit imams and Islamic scholars answered this issue that was not related directly to religious identity of those who committed treason.  In fact, the men being Jewish had nothing to do with them being executed.

I’m very clear on this issue because I am the one who drafted the response in which the scholars unanimously agreed, these scholars who studied in Islamic universities in Najaf, Iraq, Cairo, Egypt and Medina, Saudi Arabia.  As a U.S. Navy veteran, who worked in the legal department, I also know for certain that treason during wartime for U.S. military personnel can be punishable by death under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ.)

Furthermore, I make no apologies for mainstream Islamic theology such as the belief that Abraham and Moses were Muslims, not Jews, that the Holy Land is not the exclusive right of modern day Jews and that Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa is a trust of the Muslims, which should not be occupied by Israeli Occupational Forces who restrict Muslims from freely worshiping in the third most holy site in Islam.

Moreover, I make no apologies for praying for people of Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Kashmir, Mali and other places in which Muslims are suffering from violence and calamities.  And yes, I also pray for those who struggle spiritually and physically against self oppression and outward oppression in every land.  To equate my praying for people in those areas as supporting extremism when I repeatedly speak against terrorism and extremism is completely disingenuous.

Mind you, these are the same people, who stated that the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 had “A Middle Eastern trait” and accused the secular American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which has a Christian Arab president, as being part of an Islamic threat to America.