The Islamist Ties of ‘Religions for Peace USA’

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


religionsforpeace_lgReligions for Peace USA (RFPUSA), which says it is “the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States,” is holding a webinar on July 25 titled, “What You Can Learn from the Fight to End Islamophobia.” The group is yet another coalition of Islamists and their non-Muslim political allies. And, as usual, it is tarring the Islamists’ opponents as “Islamophobes.”

The webinar is being jointly held with the American Center for Outreach, a Tennessee Muslim group that will use the event to highlight its “successful challenge to the nation’s most vehemently anti-Muslim legislation in 2011.”

The seminar is being promoted by the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign, another interfaith bloc allied with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. You’ll notice a lot of cross-pollination if you look at the leadership of RFPUSA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder and ISNA’s declared “interfaith partners.”

Naeem Baig, President of the Islamic Circle of North America, sits on RFPUSA’s Council of Presidents and Executive Council. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo identifies ICNA as one of its fronts as part of its “kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” The memo instructs its members to use “the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”

ICNA’s conferences bring together the rock stars of the Islamist movement. At its 2011 event, radical imam Siraj Wahhaj advised the audience to wait to talk about Sharia because “we are not there yet.” At ICNA’s event over Memorial Day Weekend, radical imam Zaid Shakir told the audience of 32,000 that the U.S. Constitution is inferior to Sharia because Muslims and non-Muslims are equal.

The President of ISNA, Imam Mohamed Magid, is on the Council of Presidents. In 2004, he reacted to U.S. investigations of some Muslim Brotherhood entities by saying the U.S. government is “intent on dismantling Muslim organizations and bringing them down.”

ISNA’s Director of Community Outreach, Mohamed Elsanousi, is on the Executive Council. Last year, he and Magid went to Mauritania for a Muslim Brotherhood-linked conference. It was hosted by the vice chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, an organization led by Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

Another member of RFPUSA’s Executive Council is Sayyid Syeed, the director of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances. He was recorded in 2006 stating, “Our job is to change the constitution of America.”

Ibrahim Ramey represents the Muslim American Society on RFPUSA’s Executive Council. ICNA’s extremist conferences are held jointly with the group. Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that MAS “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

Two officials from the Imam Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation are also on the body. It was one of over 60 Islamic sites in America to receive funding from an Iranian regime front. It received $25,000 from the Alavi Foundation in 2012 and $5,000 in 2009. The Alavi Foundation is part of the Iranian regime’s “propaganda machine,” according to U.S. officials and Iranian dissidents.

Daisy Khan, the wife of Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mosque fame, represents the American Society for Muslim Advancement on the RFPUSA Executive Council. In October 2006, she debated against the position, “Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend.”

To its credit, the RFPUSA Executive Council does include Zainab al-Suwaij of the American-Islamic Congress, a genuine foe of the Islamists. The Council on American-Islamic Relations lashed out at her group, accusing it of being part of the “Islamophobia Network” even though it is Muslim. Her influence is positive, but she is far outnumbered by the CAIR-friendly Islamists and their non-Muslim allies.

The organizations that belong to RFPUSA will ring a bell with readers who have followed our coverage of the Islamists’ interfaith political allies.

On the Christian side, RFPUSA includes representatives from: United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church USA; Episcopal Church; U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; United Church of Christ; National Council of Churches in America; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Armenian Church of America; Orthodox Church of America; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, California.

On the Jewish side, RFPUSA includes representatives from: United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism and the Union of Reform Judaism.

On the non-Abrahamic side, RFPUSA includes representatives from: National Congress of American Indians, Unitarian Universalists Association; World Sikh Council-America Region; Won Buddhist International; Buddhist Churches of America; Buddha’s Light International; Hindu Seva American Charities; Hindu Temple of North America; International Shino Foundation; Krishna Consciousness; Federation of Zoroastrian Associations in North America; and Jain Associations in North America.

RFPUSA claims to be “the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States.” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s directive to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’” is being followed.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • Tan

    Unbelievable! And we all thought that something like this could never happen. Yet, reality comes crashing down on American the hard way. People need to take notice of this. The radical Muslims are trying to divide Americans for their agenda of destroying the US Constitution (Christian against Christian, Jew against Jew, Hindu against Hindu, Sikh against Sikh, etc). Then the next step is to establish Sharia Law, and then betray the very infidels that they aligned with in the first place. The radical Muslims’ infidel allies are selling our enemies the rope that they will hang us with one day. Ecumenism with Islamic zealots is especially the path to our deaths.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The group is yet another coalition of Islamists and their non-Muslim political allies. And, as usual, it is tarring the Islamists’ opponents as “Islamophobes.”

    Sorry, but I have to rain on this moonbat writer’s parade because he pretends to be some sort of expert on jihad, but he is really a loon blinded by political correctness. Nevertheless, there are no such things as “Islamists,” i.e., radical Muslims, just like there are also no such things as so-called “moderate Muslims,” and a simple examination of the tenets of Islam will easily demonstrate this.

    Indeed, the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy. As a matter of fact, the word “Islam” in Arabic means “submission” and the word “Muslim” in Arabic means “one who submits.”

    Additionally, this fundamental requirement of Islam also sets it apart from being a true religion like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, since no true religion compels faith under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy other than Islam alone. Only Islam and Islam alone does this, which in essence makes Islam a cult posing as being a religion in order to dupe its intended victims.

    Furthermore, what is the will of Allah that all Muslims as the first and foremost requirement of Islam must submit to? In essence the will of Allah is Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Thus, Islam is not only a cult posing as a religion; it is also a very totalitarian cult.

    Moreover, the principle of abrogation is a very important principle in Islam and is universally accepted within Islam by all sects and divisions, and what the principle of abrogation says is that when two verses of the Koran come into conflict with one another, the latter issued verses of the Koran, i.e., those verses issued later on in Muhammad’s career, abrogate and replace the earlier issued verses of the Koran. Thus, the infamous sword verses of the Koran that were issued by Muhammad just prior to his death, abrogate and replace all the earlier issued peaceful verses of the Koran they come in conflict with. At the same time, they also have the effect of transforming Islam into what once was a “religion of peace” into what is today a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult with the sole purpose of rendering into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which again is Islamic totalitarian law.

    In addition, jihad, i.e., holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which again is Islamic totalitarian law, is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Thus, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, per their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates in which case they must be executed according to the texts and tenets of Islam.

    Hence, for a person of Islamic persuasion to be a “moderate Muslim” in the true sense of the word, that person would also necessarily have to disavow his or her total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah (which in essence again is Sharia) under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy. That would also mean that such a person would cease being a Muslim the instant he or she disavowed their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah and at the same time it would also make them a blasphemous apostate, which is a capital offense in Islam. Unlike the incredibly naive writer of this article here, I don’t believe that there are very many Muslims that are willing to do that. He may be naive and dumb enough to believe such stupidity, but it is obvious he doesn’t have the first clue about what he is writing about other than the nonsense he has learned through the mass media, and most of that is absolute bogus crap.

    By the same token, since jihad is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another, all Muslims per their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy, are jihadists in one form or another. Thus, since all mainstream orthodox Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, how can they be considered radicals or what this extremely naive writer calls, Islamists? The answer, of course, is they can’t be.

    Hence, if this writer wants to be considered an authority of some kind as he falsely portrays himself to be, then at the very least he should have minimal knowledge of the subject matter he is writing about, but to the contrary it couldn’t be anymore obvious that he doesn’t have the first clue. Indeed, he is a little more than an incompetent fool! Which also explains his lack of comments.

  • Jim28thReg

    You people pack your bags and your lies jump on your camel and get the he77 out of my country . You are not welcome here and you never will be no matter what Monkey Man says or does and I will thank you to take him with you if you can stand him.

  • D_boy

    “United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church USA; Episcopal Church; U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; United Church of Christ; National Council of Churches in America; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Armenian Church of America; Orthodox Church of America; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Roman Catholic Diocese” None of these churches are even considered Christian churches here in America These are the places you go when you want to hide from God, not find Him.

    And since when is being anti-muslim propaganda been a bad thing.
    Truth is not retaliative.