A press release from Citizens for Peace and Tolerance, the courageous group fighting the Islamic radicalism that seems to be tied up with the new mosque in Boston:
The recent announcement by the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which acknowledges and confirms some of the significant issues raised by the Citizens for Peace and Tolerance(CPT), is a welcomed first step by the new ISB board. We are encouraged that the ISB board has responded in a more positive manner this time to the issues we raised.
However, it falls significantly short of what is needed to allay our serious concerns. We believe that the ISB must take decisive actions to honestly demonstrate that it has renounced the radical ideology of its founders and leaders. These should include the following:
1. Condemn Fitaihi’s anti-Semitic writings and dismiss him from the ISB board
2. Provide full disclosure of sources of funding for Mosque and related conditions associated with funding. Given the tangled web of financing and multiple layers in which many radical organizations and their associates and founders operate; it is very difficult to determine who really controls certain Muslim institutions.
3. Develop the Mosque Library to be a model for teaching and preaching moderate, tolerant Islam. Radical, hateful literature does not belong in a house of worship.
4. Reject teaching of wife beating.
5. Disavow the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabism ideology.
6. Condemn the teaching and ideology of Alamoudi, Qaradawi
7. Condemn all suicide bombing as being un-Islamic. Suicide bombing ,any where, against anyone, for any reason is un-Islamic
8. Make this mosque a model of moderate and tolerant Islam for the nation and the world.
9. Invite moderate Islamic scholars, as well as Christian and Jews to preach and teach about tolerance. The mosque should be a model of transparency and openness by making its texts, sermons, teaching in both English and Arabic available to the public
By taking the above noted actions, CTP believes that this could be an opportunity for moderate Muslims in the Boston community to assert their voice and influence the ISB. Dr. Mansour, an Islamic scholar, noted ” I hope and pray that the ISB new leadership is sincere in their pronouncements. We know that many radical Islamist practice “Taqieah” which sanctions saying what you have to say, but which you don’t believe, to protect yourself and what you really believe. The ISB has an opportunity to demonstrate its sincerity by properly responding to our concerns in their public statements both locally and globally in both English and Arabic.”
For More Information Contact:
Dennis Hale, Steve Cohen
Citizens for Peace and Tolerance