Raheel Raza vs. Tariq Ramadan

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Two Iranian women spoke after me and challenged him on the fact that Muslims are more persecuted by Muslims than in the West. They gave their example and asked him why he doesn’t clearly condemn atrocities against Muslim women.

FP: And what did he say to them?

Raza: He said that this was not the forum for everything that has to be said and that they should visit his website where he has written about these issues.

FP: What do you think Tariq Ramadan’s agenda is? What exactly is he up to in your mind?

Raza: Tariq Ramadan is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the blue-eyed boy of the Islamists, grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and brother of Hanni Ramadan who advocates stoning for adultery.

Prof. Ramadan is slick and well spoken but his basic message is not against Sharia or stoning – all wrapped up in a mantle of religiosity. I caught him out when he spoke about the “victimization of Muslims in the West” which has become the battle cry of all Islamists. This is why the Qur’an-burning incident will remain alive in their minds for the next four generations – it plays into their idea that all Muslims are suffering from Islamophobia (and I don’t support this concept).

FP: What is your own native land that you refer to? Tell us a bit about where you are from and your journey.

Raza: I was born and raised in Pakistan – not the Pakistan you see today but a different Pakistan. I went to convent school which was choice education and also studied in co-ed schools. My classmates were Christian, Hindu, Zoroastrian and pluralism was rampant because religion was a personal choice. I guess I was born an activist and my father, an army dentist, supported me in activism. Pakistan was a beautiful country to grow up in. We learnt more about the West than they knew about us. Our academic courses and education was based on the British system and we lived a free, happy, life with an interest in music, science, intellectual debate and reading was the norm. Islam was our faith of choice because it allowed us to lead a moral and ethical life but it was not in-your-face.

In the 1970’s, Zia-ul-Haq took power in Pakistan and imposed religiosity down our throats. He laid the foundation for a Taliban-type regime, banning alcohol, forcing head covering in public and suffocated debate and discussion. Supported by Saudi petro-dollars, this ideology spread quickly. My husband and I decided this was not for us so we left. To my shock and dismay, the Saudi based, petro dollar Islam that was being imposed upon Islamic countries, followed us to North America. This led to 9/11 which saddened me but did not shock me as the writing was on the wall. My Jihad (struggle) became a battle to reclaim the spiritual Islam I grew up with which expected and allowed us to co-exist with others in harmony.

FP: What are your future plans? What are your hopes and fears?

Raza: I don’t fear people or opinions. People are free to like or dislike Islam and Muslims, but it should be an informed decision. Unfortunately, Islam portrayed on media or the Islam being practiced by radicals, is not the spiritual message of Islam. My hope is to be able to let North Americans see that a majority of Muslims are balanced and moderate, peace loving people.  However, they are the silent majority and I hope they will see the light and wake up soon enough, so that the damage that is being caused to our faith can be healed.

You see, when the hijackers flew planes into the twin towers, they also hijacked my faith. Today, there are two parallel streams of Islam – political, radical and violent Islamists supported by billions by the Salafis and Wahhabis to brand their own ideology. And the spiritual, soft, beautiful message of a faith that is practiced by the Sufis who are not political activists. This message is the same as those that came before it – in fact true Islam resonates with Christianity and Judaism and can’t be separated from the two senior traditions as it has taken a lot of guidance from those teachings as mentioned in the Qur’an.

I am fortunate to live in a country, Canada, where I have a voice and I spend more time in Churches than most Christians do, because I have a message that we have more in common that differences.  I believe that the initial solution to radical Islam has to come from within the Muslim communities. But we also need support from the mainstream where they need to engage with like-minded moderate Muslims to find solutions to the problem.

I’m concerned about those who hate Islam with a passion and are not willing to open their minds and hearts – for them I have no words. However, I am an eternal optimist and I know that most people are hungry to learn more so my work is reach out – not necessarily wait for results.

Ignorance about the spiritual message of Islam both by Muslims and non-Muslims has harmed us greatly and I know the only solution is to constantly build bridges, do damage control, and have interfaith dialogue — which is why I thank you for allowing my voice to be heard on your pages.

FP: And we thank you here at Frontpage, Raheel Raza, for coming to let your voice be heard. You are always welcome to join us and we wish you all the strength and fortitude you need to fight your battle for freedom — and against radical Islam.

Take care for now.

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    • Guest

      I do not quite understand that either…what I do not understand is that she seems to STRIP Sharia Law (which is EMBEDDED in Islam itself) from the equation. And Sharia Law is ABSOLUTELY both Totalitarian and Fascist, running totally counter to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. It calls for the death of those who convert to any other religion (currently an Egyptian man and his entire family have been condemned to death by the Courts of Egypt for his having converted to Christianity) and SANCTIONS so-called "clerics" to call for the Murder of Anyone deemed to be "a Threat to Islam." This is an exact copy of the call of a Mafia hit squad. It is, in essence, Islamo-Fascism (i.e. the use of threats, intimidation or murder to promote one's political or other ideology. Given that this aspect of pure Fascism EXISTS in Islam, how can we reasonably "talk" about the "spiritual" components as if they were somehow really loftier?? There is a DAILY body count (of mostly Muslims) every single day on virtually any front page of any newspaper. Some new mass murder Islamic attack in our world. These have added up to more than 16,000 people slaughtered since 9/11. Sorry…I simply cannot see Islam as a "religion" given this mandate of fascism.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Thanks to Ms. Raheel Raza for rebuffing a couple of particularly notorious Moslems in Geneva.

    Beyond that – no thanks. No thanks for confusing readers presenting herself as a "Moslem", while she acknowledges perhaps less than 1% of Koran in her own words and her look.

    No thanks for misrepresenting Islam as though it were exactly that 1% of Koran that she does like. Her logic must be really very fuzzy if she dares to call "her faith" with the same term Islam, whose billion real adherents would cut her throat faster than she says a word "reform".

    No thanks for speaking as though she were a "reformer of Islam" – a statement both oxymoronic and aggrandizing. Oxymoronic – because according to its tenets, Islam is final and cannot be reformed. Self-aggrandizing, because a handful of quasi-Moslems like Ms. Raza has no chance ever to affect the thinking of billion of consistent Moslems and their propaganda empowered by trillions of oil money.


    • HOOAH

      Good catch Alexander. The first portion of her little speech was pretty good, but the last portion exposed her fraudulent credentials.


  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    So her statements only bring confusion in the time of war which Islam wages on the rest of the world.

    She says: "I'm concerned about those who hate Islam with a passion and are not willing to open their minds and hearts".

    Open to what? What is Judeo-Christian America supposed to borrow from Islam that we do not have?

    And what do Moslems seek in a predominantly Christian nation anyway?

    • Paris Claims

      They seek welfare handouts and/or conquest. Or both. 90% of them,anyway

  • towelhead

    Raheel Raza speaks for about 0.19 percent of Canadian Muslims (Muslim Canadian Congress). The remaining 99.81 percent are mainstream Muslims, also known as Islamo-Nazis. source: http://www.muslimcanadiancongress.org/20050729.ht
    (Islamo-Nazis are not only bin Ladens and al Zawahiris. They are also passport forgers, messengers, secretaries, financial supporters, recruiters and propagandists.)

    Muslims immigrants have 3 times as many children as Europeans. If the present trends continue, in 50 years European Muslim population will grow from 52 million to 370 million, while U.S. Muslim population will grow from 8 million to 147 million. Kafirs (non-Muslims) living in Muslims countries have no human rights – they are treated like animals. We have no reason to believe that Muslims will treat us with respect when they become the majority in the West. Muslim invasion of the West does not have politically correct solution. There are 3 options: deport them, sterilize them, or kill them. Geert Wilders and other politicians of his ilk will quickly fade away when Muslim mobs destroy European cities and Iranian nukes destroy American cities. I am not a Nazi, but I believe that future belongs to the Nazis because they, unlike Geert Wilders, have a solution.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      "We have no reason to believe that Muslims will treat us with respect when they become the majority in the West."

      Jens Orback, Democracy Minister in Swedish government expressed exactly that stupidity!!! But which sane nation agrees to became ethnic/religious minority within its own nation?!!

  • proxywar

    Raheel Raza should think about becoming an atheist. She has all the makings to be a very profound one. After all, She's pretty much already there except for the fact she can't admit that there is only one real Islam and it belongs in the 7th century where it came from. Sorry, Raza but we are at war with Muslims. Not, Islamists or radical muslims but Muslims. However, This does not include any so-called muslim who thinks like you do. If anyone is the radical Muslim here it would be you. To us you are like the founding fathers in the time of englightenment surround by archaic christians. This is a important point I think you need to consider. I would love to have you join the atheist-objectivist movement.

  • proxywar

    "Ignorance about the spiritual message of Islam both by Muslims and non-Muslims has harmed us greatly and I know the only solution is to constantly build bridges, do damage control, and have interfaith dialogue"

    I don't think we are ignorant about the message of spiritual islam. We understand that this is just one aspect of many of the word Jihad. We understand you are cherry picking the Quran inorder to reform it into a spiritual form of islam. We understand where you are coming from the problem is we are not ignorant enough to fall for it. An by the looks of it (a point which you conceded already here) nor are the majority of Muslims. I commend what you are doing, but I can not agree with your remark on jahiliyya.

    • HOOAH

      Another good catch by proxywar.

  • logdon

    'And the spiritual, soft, beautiful message of a faith that is practiced by the Sufis who are not political activists. '

    Feisal Abdul Rauf is a Sufi. Here's what he stands for…



    Not quite the spiritual, soft, beautiful messenger, rather a lying, taqiyya spewing slumlord who uses his Islam to both insult America and line his own pockets.

  • logdon

    The link got screwed here's a better one….

  • davarino

    I dont know, I am a little confused. I know what you guys are saying but I have been challenging any muslim to stand up to the Islamists and denounce them and Raheel has done a good job of that. I take Jamie's endorsement of her as something I can use to at least listen to her and support her with a grain of salt. She is better than anyone else I have heard so far.

  • tim heekin

    Tamerlane was also a Sufi……. Sufism has been around for over 1000 years. It has never made a dent in islam misquided sense of supremacy and the hostility that accompanies same. This lady appears to be sincere and not practicing taqiyya but since she is a muslim one can never be sure. She will achieve a public awareness far above her actual influence on islam and therefore render a false sense of security for those who choose to remain ignorant of the cult of islam.

  • stephencuz

    I LOVE what she says. I wish she would back it up. In my limited understanding I thought the Qu'ran was to be believed without question. The Qu'ran which says to not take as friends Jews and Christians or else they are 'one of them,' The Qu'ran which calls for men to beat their wives if they are recalcitrant. The Qu'ran which calls for the death of Apostates and Gays.

    • stephencuz

      Is this the "spiritual, soft, beautiful message" she refers to? Do other Muslims see her as a fellow Muslim or as an Apostate? Why can't there be an open, public questioning of Islam. IT is in complete contradiction and contention with the Constitution and if this is not so ~ prove it! If the tenets I sited are not so ~ prove it! If what I say is true, then Islam is at enmity to our way of life and in fact is an enemy of ours and once and for all ought to be dealt with accordingly. But let us end the talk and speculation. Call them out! Who speaks for Islam? Tell us once and for all where you stand. We will decide from there if you and we can "live side by side" or if we are to war but lets not continue with always half-truths. "Religion of Peace" "Islamophobia" "Moderate" "Extremists" ~ STOP! Answer specifics from the Qu'ran and WE will decide if this is acceptable. .

      • stephencuz

        Though we cherish freedom we do not allow for a free for all. We do not allow murderers or pedophiles to roam free. So far as I can tell, there is no reason to not call Islam itself an enemy of the US and in fact of all mankind. PLEASE ~ prove me wrong

        • towelhead

          Yes, Islam is the enemy of all mankind. There are tons of articles, books, and videos proving this fact, but none of them explains how we should deal with Islam. If we do not conceive and implement realistic plan to deal with Islam, we will cede the leadership on this issue to the Nazis. I believe that Islam cannot be reformed and that Muslim immigrants will have very large families in the foreseeable future. If my opinion is correct, we should debate the best way to reduce Muslim population in our Western homeland.

          • proxywar

            That's not true exactly. Have you read: Defeating Political Islam?

            1.) Use statistical analysis of islamic doctrines to unequivocally show that islam does not preach peace.
            It should be seen less as a religion and more of a ideology of conquest. (61% of the Koran either talks… ill of unbelievers or calls for their violent conquest and subjugation, while only 2.6% talks of the overall good of humanity.)

            2.) Tour countries warning the people that increase exposure to islamic doctrine propels Muslim populations to embrace jihad and sharia fervently.

            3.) Instead of focusing on democracy to Muslim-majority nations, policies should be geared toward first weakening political islam in these societies in an effort to create conditions that will help to win the war on jihadi terror.

            4.) Muslim religious institutions under the influence of political Islam act as the nodes of the social network that spawns jihad. Therefore, using science, we must question and discredit the theological foundations of political islamic movement, thereby weakening it.

            5.) Sharia law should be protrayed correctly as representing medieval human made and often contradictory custom of cerntain Arab tribes.

          • proxywar

            6.) Using the data of islam-inspired atrocities, we must discredit the grievance basis that is used to mobilize Muslims.

            7.) A long term focus on Al-qaeda, hezbollah, hamas, or the taliban is a wrong way of responding to jihadi terror. Instead, the focus should be on the primary sponsors,
            the Axis-of-jihad, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan.

            8.) We should reconginze leaders who are friendly to America in nations such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are prisoners of the entrenched and dominant forces of political islam, and are therefore largely irrelevent to the war on Jihadi terror.

          • proxywar

            9.) We should also reconginze Saudi Arabia plays a role similar to the former Soviet Union in this emerging new cold war against political Islam. Therefore, It is important to discredit and distance Saudi Arabia and to create a sense of grievance regarding the Wahhabi nation in the eyes of the Ummah around the world.

            10.) We should protray the political islamic movements based in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the regime in Iran as waging jihadi genocidal terror warfare against both developing and advance nations. This should be geared toward building up grievances against the axis of jihad nations in non-muslim victim nations. Such a buildup should lead to anomalous events favorable to America and others.

            11.) We should emphasize Iran's pre-islamic way of life and secularism at the expense of the Arabian influence may be one way of eventually marginalizing ruling Mullahs and getting them to give up the reins of power in a nation that is increasingly tired of them.

            12.) Lastly, we should rapidly help to build India as a counterforce to political islam movements based in Asia and leverage the 850 million cornered Indians to fight the war on Jihadi terror.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    The Pakistan that Raheel grew up in and lionizes was a secular hang-over from the colonial period. This was true of the entire Muslim world (excepting Saudi Arabia) in the first decades after independence. In fact, the "bad old days" of colonialism were actually the apex of religious freedom in the Muslim world, where the colonial authorities liberated dhimmis from their institutional status as second-class citizens.

    The Pakistan of Zia was the re-assertion of Muslim identity and Islamic norm after almost three decades of post-colonial, Western influence. Raheel Reza refuses to connect the dots. She mistakenly sees Zia as the anomaly, but in fact, the anomaly was the enlightened circumstances of her rearing, that brief window of time in post-colonial history when the Muslim world did its best to imitate the West. That window has now closed…and throughout Darul Islam, the Islamic norm of 14 centuries of stultifying conformity has returned.

  • Mike Elmore

    Raheel Raza, a leading Muslim reformer, award winning writer, professional speaker, diversity consultant, documentary film maker and interfaith advocate. A founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress,. This says it all. If Raheel Raza doesn't get what Islam is don't expect any of the 1.3 billion Muslims to get it. She just obfuscates the real issue. I believe Alexander Gofen has it right when he said "real adherents would cut her throat faster than she says a word "reform". One again a moderate Muslim just being disobedient to the doctrine of Islam..elmore

  • USMCSniper

    Muslim men, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, return to their homeland to wed a “child bride” in an arranged marriage in which a dowry is given to the girl’s parents. Canadian officials said some of the brides can be 14 years old or younger and many are forced to marry. The practice occurs in a host of countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Lebanon. In classified documents, Canadian visa officer Steve Bulmer said he refused to allow one Pakistani man to sponsor his 15-year-old bride in August 2009. “I can find no section (of law) that states the marriage is ‘invalid’ or ‘void,’” Bulmer wrote in e-mails obtained by lawyer Richard Kurland under Access of Information. “I am afraid the age does not invalidate the marriage even if it is illegal to marry.” Federal immigration officials say there’s little they can do to stop child brides from being sponsored into Canada by much older husbands who wed them in arranged marriages abroad.

  • http://www.crusaderknight.blogspot.com James Pawlak

    Dear Ms. Raza:

    This note, with the definition below, is being sent to you in response to your presumed claim to be a “Moderate Muslim” as per your interview published on FrontPageMagazine. If you are indeed such a person, then you will have no problems falling within the definition of “Moderate Muslim” given below.


    1.A person who makes a very public proclamation that s/he is a Muslim along with giving out his/her name, address, occupation and place of employment.
    2.A a person who then makes a very public rejection and condemnation of all of the teachings within the Koran, Hadith, Sharia and other Islamic teachings which allow or encourage, and sometimes command, the use of murder (eg Killing anyone who “insults” Mohammed or the Koran), rape and enslavement, genocide (eg Killing all Jews), perpetual war with “unbelievers” until they submit to Islam, lying to and stealing from such “unbelievers” and the very inferior legal and social status given by Islam to all “unbelievers” and all women.
    3.A person who then demands that all such teachings be stricken and removed from the Islamic texts noted above.
    4.A person who then very publicly inks-out of a copy of the Koran all those verses which support the above noted, inhumane and anti-civilization acts.

    Of course, you would be much more believable, as to your claim of being a “Moderate Muslim” if you would very publicly state the historical truths that Mohammed of Mecca and Medina was a murderer, bandit, liar and treaty-breaker and the sexual abuser of a nine-year-young girl-child.

    Now, are you a “Moderate Muslim” or a standard-and-dangerous follower of the ideology called Islam with all of its differences in teachings from the Faiths of the Jews, Christians, Baha'i and Sikhs?

    Curiously yours,
    Diego Matemoros y Santiago

  • Nick Shaw

    I have to agree with most comments here. Sorry Jamie but, Ms. Raza does not denounce Sharia. She does not denounce the, for lack of space, bad parts of the Koran. I will give her benefit of the doubt in the same way I would give an individual German in 1940 the same if she spoke out about Nazism (and I use this comparison on purpose). The problem is, she, as was the German, is in the minority. I will allow her to call herself "moderate" though many will disagree that it is possible. That only makes her one of a small minority. One merely has to be aware of world events as they pertain to Islam to know that the majority, not the minority as some would have us believe, practice strict, in fact radical Islam. Here's a thought, how about Ms. Raza rename her organization the Muslim (Reformed) Canadian Congress as any other religious group might do if they disagreed with interpretation of their holy scriptures. That certainly would make a statement, no? Let's see how that works out for her.

  • Nick Shaw

    By the way, is there any way to block google ads that pop up on my screen here at FPM that tell me "How to join Islam" or "Meet Barak Obama"? I find both quite distasteful. These always appear embeded at the end of articles. Is it just my server or what?

  • http://www.lifeshaven.net Gary McAleer

    She is little more than chattel to every Muslim man. Women have no voice let alone the peacemakers of Islam. And while there are tens of thousands of Peace Loving Muslims they will never have a voice of authority because in order for them to survive they must join the war against militant Islam and participate to remove the militants. And the scholars of the Koran will never rescind the tenets of the Koran whose sole objective is world domination and destruction to all who stand in their way.

  • Mary

    I hear a lot of what problems exist between the West and Muslims but I hear no coherent way to save the West from future islamisation. It is a fact that in some future near or far the Muslims in the West will outnumber non-Muslims by shere population measures. This has probably been studied by Muslim leaders who may not live to see it but are happy to have initiated the exodus of Muslims to the West and overcome not by the sword (as they may prefer) but by the uterus.

  • Mary

    So what do we do? We cannot resort to killing, sterilising etc. We are from democratic countries so let's find the democratic ways of not allowing the islamisation or the death of freedom in our Western Worlds. Let's take to the streets and march in defense of what we have and the values we wish to keep for our children and their children. But do remember when you openly condemn Muslims they kill you and cause fear so we shut ourselves up in our little worlds hoping it will all go away. We are cowards. Let's not allow Muslim women to have more than 2 children. Indiri Gandhi controlled Indian births and was not considered a Nazi. Let's start by controlling Muslim births in the West. Let's start with some tangible effort and preferably by the left wing as up to now the only persons engaged in seeing the writing on the wall are right wing and will just be considered nazis. The threat is to everyone…..Muslims do not wish to integrate. They do not need to. Half of their villages came with them so they are amongst friends all the time. Stop all this idle voice on integration and let's save ourselves. Charity begins at home!

    • towelhead

      The best solution of any problem is the cheapest and the least violent solution. I like your idea of forcing Muslim women to have no more than 2 children, but I believe that such policy has to be enforced by sterilization or deportation of the offenders and their children. (In my opinion Muslims should not have more that one child.)

      There are few anti-Islamic organizations in the West. Some are very timid, others are racist. We need a new, centrist, anti-Islamic organization devoted to reducing Muslim population in the West. I believe that we can find supporters of such organization among existing membership of Stop Islamization of America (http://sioaonline.com), ACT (www.actforamerica.org), Stop Islamization of Europe (http://sioe.wordpress.com), and among anti-Islamic website posters (http://frontpagemag.com, http://www.jihadwatch.org, http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com, http://www.amren.com, http://www.wvwnews.net)

      We were in the same predicament before and during WWII. Almost everyone believed that a war against Hitler was absolutely unthinkable and that we had to sacrifice everything, including our freedom to save "peace in our time." (Winston Churchill was virtually blackballed by the BBC and demonized by other major media.)

      "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as SLAVES." – Winston Churchill (source: The Hell Makers, page 310)

  • http://tinyurl.com/24a369v Derrick Rasmussen

    I agree with the lot of you who are asking why in the world this woman is still a muslim. I do commend her for defending Geert Wilders, among others, but I still smell a bit of a rat. She reminds me of the sort of "moderate" muslim who thinks "a little bit of sharia" would be a good thing, just not all of it. Again, she seems to be quite courageous, but I'd still keep her at arm's length until she passed the smell test–watching some of the following videos without calling for blood:

  • CanadConserv

    It may be true that Islam is darkness. But 1.3 billion Muslims aren`t about to disappear or convert. The answer then is not to denigrate the Raheel Razas as naive Muslims, but to support their efforts to reform the Islamic world, to see it democratized, to become westernized. Because the faith tiself will reform in concert. Sure, this would mean mass denial as to the faith. So what? It's the only answer.

    • towelhead

      Islam is not a faith, but a genocidal ideology. Maybe we can de-Nazify 1.3 billion Muslims. If we cannot, we may have to sterilize them or kill them to save our civilization.

  • crypticguise

    Professor Ramadan is an IslamoFascist jihadist and the tactic of victimology is one that is 1,400 years old and part of the Islamic Political tactics to wage jihad against dhimmis and non-Muslim nations.

  • hardroad1999

    I don't know what she thinks she is trying to accomplish. She is trying to sink a ship by throwing a ping pong ball at it. An ACT! for America email alerted me to a report by a group of security experts (they are listed in the beginning of the report). Her efforts are more of a distraction from the real underlying threat in progress in our country today. I am shocked and extremely disappointed in our government for their absolute gullibility and stupidity. The report can be found at:
    <a href="http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18523.xml” target=”_blank”>www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18523.xml

    If you think you were pissed off before, wait til you read it.

    • Nick Shaw

      I think your link is bad Hardroad.

      • hardroad1999

        See my next post where I tried to fix the link.

  • hardroad1999

    Thanks Nick.

    If this still does not work just Google "Center for Security Policy shariah". It should be the top return. The title of the report is "Shariah: The Threat to America"

  • samsgran1948

    I cannot believe the garbage too many of the posters are spouting. You have allowed the perfect to become the enemy of the good, and because Ms.Raza does not denounce and renouce Islam to your satisfation, you tear her to shreds. You want moderate Muslims to stand up against the Islamists, but when Ms. Raza does exactly that you complain that she hasn't gone nearly far enough.

    Evidently, Ms. Raza, like tens of thousands of Muslims around the world, is stripping the 7th century barbarism out of the Qoran and using what's left as her religious guideposts. Jesus Christ did the same thing to the severity of Old Testament Judaism. Remember when he stopped the mob from stoning a woman? Remember the Beatitutes? Today's Jews have also stripped that severity out of their religion even though they do not believe Christ was the Messiah and so disregard the New Testament.

    Instead of attacking Ms. Raza for what she is not, enjoy what she is: a woman who is trying to reconcile her religious beliefs with universal human rights.

  • Omid Irani

    Rezai and those so called reformist Muslims are those genocidal muslims that gave the right to americans to attack muslims countries…

    This so called reformists want obama to attack Iran too and make millions of deaths…