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Our human rights advocacy group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), today unveiled a new advertising campaign designed to point up the uselessness of the distinction between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims, and to call upon law enforcement agencies such as the New York Police Department to drop plans to discontinue controversial programs of surveillance in Muslim communities.
The ad depicts two photos of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a London-based Muslim who pursued a career as a rap artist until he turned to jihad and went to Syria to join the Islamic State. The first photo shows Abdel Bary as a rapper; the second just before he beheaded American journalist James Foley. Abdel Bary’s face is masked in the second photo, but British intelligence has identified him as the murderer of Foley. The ad bears the legend, “Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline.”
AFDI’s President Pamela Geller said in a statement: “The United States and other Western nations have based numerous foreign and domestic policies on the assumption that moderate Muslims all reject and abhor jihad terror and favor secular government, democracy and pluralism. They have paid insufficient attention to the fact that Muslim communities in the West have not made any concerted effort to expel supporters of jihad terror from their midst, and have done nothing at all to teach against the jihadist understanding of Islam, even though they ostensibly reject it. This has the effect that we see illustrated by the trajectory of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary: people taken as ‘moderate’ turn out to be ‘extremist.’”
“As this is happening,” Geller continued, “the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies are winding down surveillance programs in Muslim communities, under pressure from Islamic supremacist groups with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is unconscionable, and endangers Americans.”
AFDI stands for:
- The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;
- The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;
- The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
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