Monday, April 6, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 4/6/09
Obama to Muslim world: No US War with Islam
Declaring the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam," President Barack Obama worked Monday to mend frayed ties with NATO ally Turkey and improve relations with the larger Muslim world.

Obama acknowledged still-raw tensions over the Iraq war, but said Muslims worldwide have little in common with terrorists such as al-Qaida and have much to gain in opposing them. Reaching out, he also spoke of Muslim connections in his own background.

"We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect," Obama said in a speech to Turkey's Parliament.

Most in Poll Back Outreach to Muslims
Most Americans think President Obama's pledge to "seek a new way forward" with the Muslim world is an important goal, even as nearly half hold negative views about Islam and a sizable number say that even mainstream adherents to the religion encourage violence against non-Muslims, . . .

There is still a broad lack of familiarity with the . . . religion – 55% of those polled said they are without a basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam, and most said they do not know anyone who is Muslim. While awareness has increased in recent years, underlying views have not improved. . . .

And do you suppose it’s the ones who are without the basic understanding who are in the top half of the poll who think reaching out is a good idea?
FBI and American Muslims at Odds
Official Hezbollah website pleads CAIR's case against FBI (Al Manar) Hezbollah reprints Christian Science Monitor apology, er, article over CAIR/FBI dispute.
Cleveland CAIR Holds Fundraiser; Guest Speaker Raised $ for Holy Land Foundation; Sings of Death to Jews.
Before the Holy Land Foundation was closed by the US government as a designated global terrorist fundraising entity just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Monzer Taleb (aka Munzir Taleb, Monzer Talib, et al.) was part of the infamous Al-Sakhra Band, which toured the US raising money for HLF and the terrorist group, HAMAS. [UPDATE: It appears that not only was Taleb a fundraiser for HLF, but he was also named unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF terror finance case. See below for more details.] . . .

Cleveland, Ohio, yet.

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