Obama’s Department of Sharia in action again — and note that no one batted an eye over the calls to limit the freedom of speech and to stop telling the truth about Islam and jihad. “Progressives, Islamists huddle at Justice Department,” by Neil Munro at the Daily Caller, October 21:
Top Justice Department officials convened a meeting Wednesday where invited Islamist advocates lobbied them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents” training manuals, additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration that U.S. citizens” criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.
The department’s “civil rights lawyers are top of the line “” I say this with utter honesty “” I know they can come up with a way” to redefine criticism as discrimination, said Sahar Aziz, a female, Egyptian-American lawyer.
“I’d be willing to give a shot at it,” said Aziz, who is a fellow at the Michigan-based Muslim advocacy group, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding.
The audience of Islamist advocates and department officials included Tom Perez, who heads the department’s division of civil rights.
“We must continue to have the open and honest and critical dialogue that you saw in the robust debate,” Perez responded in an enthusiastic closing speech a few minutes after Aziz made her demands at the event….
Progressives ally with the Islamic lobby because “they think it will be a political voting bloc that will be reliably Democratic,” said Robert Spencer, an author and expert on Islam.
None of the Islamist advocates of civil rights officials in attendance, including Perez, objected to Aziz’s call for free-speech restrictions….
The word “Muslim,” she said, “has become racialized. “¦ I don’t accept this formalistic cop-out that this is all about religion.”
Aziz did not offer any evidence for her claim, which she said justifies the use of Title VI anti-discrimination laws against institutions and individuals who argue that Islamic texts spur Islamic violence.
This legal redefinition, she said, would also “take [federal] money away from local police departments and fusion centers who are spying on all of us.”
Aziz also argued against the commonplace police practice of informally talking with people in communities, including Muslim communities. “This has been a real problem with this outreach stuff,” she said. Muslims “are acting in good faith, and then they find their imams, who were going to outreach meetings, were being spied on,” she complained. “Some have been deported. Some have been prosecuted.”…
“People are going in good faith” to talk with police, Aziz said. “They”re being very honest about what their grievances are. They”re telling the government, “˜This what we want you to do “¦ [and] we want you not to spy on our community.–…
Aziz’s advocacy was supported by a second Islamist advocate, [the Hamas-linked] Islamic Society of North America president Mohamed Magid. He argued that “teaching people that all Muslims are a threat to the country”¦ is against the law and the Constitution.”
Magid asked Perez to change the federal government’s rules governing terror investigations, for more private meetings with top justice department officials, for the reeducation of FBI agents, and for more people to oppose criticism of Islam, which he labelled “religious bigotry and hate.”
In 2009 the federal government named Magid’s organization an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful 2009 trial of three Muslims who smuggled $12 million to the Islamist terror group Hamas. Two of the smugglers received life sentences….
Progressives, including Holton and Perez, choose to ignore the Islamists” stated goals, Spencer said. “They assume “” and force us to assume on pain of charges of “˜Islamophobia” “” that all Muslims are moderate, peaceful and have no intentions of bringing Sharia [Islamic law] here,” said Spencer. “No amount of evidence to the contrary, no amount of jihadi plots, and no number of demands for accommodation of Sharia’s provisions, ever disabuses them of this dogma.”
Justice Department officials declined to comment to The Daily Caller.
When the session ended, Perez “” a Maryland resident, a progressive and a former staffer to Sen. Ted Kennedy “” climbed the stage to embrace Imam Magid, who was born in Sudan and trained at a Saudi fundamentalist seminary.