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VP Biden Meets With MB Linked Leader Of Islamic Society Of North America Mohamed Magid On Gun Violence

May 10, 2013

MIM: The Islamic Society Of North America's goal is in their name.

"...Established in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students' Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) calls itself the largest Muslim organization on the continent. ISNA was created by MSA with the help of one of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's founding students, Sami Al-Arian. Another noteworthy founding member of ISNA was Mahboob Khan.

Today ISNA's annual conventions draw more attendees -- usually over 30,000 -- than any other Muslim gathering in the Western Hemisphere. ISNA's mission is to function as "an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations."

ISNA focuses heavily on providing Wahhabi theological indoctrination materials to a large percentage of the mosques in North America...."

"...According to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, ISNA "is a radical group hiding under a false veneer of moderation"; "convenes annual conferences where Islamist militants have been given a platform to incite violence and promote hatred" (for instance, al Qaeda supporter and PLO official Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi was invited to speak at an ISNA conference); has held fundraisers for terrorists (after Hamas leader Mousa Marzook was arrested and eventually deported in 1997, ISNA raised money for his defense); has condemned the U.S. government's post-9/11 seizure of Hamas' and Palestinian Islamic Jihad's financial assets; and publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Islamic Horizons, that "often champions militant Islamist doctrine..."

Adds Emerson: "I think ISNA has been an umbrella, also a promoter of groups that have been involved in terrorism. I am not going to accuse the ISNA of being directly involved in terrorism. I will say ISNA has sponsored extremists, racists, people who call for Jihad against the United States."

Emerson further reports that "In September 2002, a full year after the 9/11 attacks, speakers at ISNA's annual conference still refused to acknowledge Bin Laden's role in the terrorist attacks."

MIM: ISNA president Mohamed Magid promotes radical Islamism.

President of the Islamic Society of North America

Accused the Bush administration of waging a "war against Islam and Muslims"

Says that media references to jihad as "holy war" constitute a "misuse" of that term

Was named to President Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2011

Persuaded DHS to erase from its "Countering Violent Extremism" curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism draws its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam

"....Ten days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Magid, angered by what he perceived to be a growing anti-Muslim sentiment among the American people, belligerently told journalists: "We cannot be apologetic about being Muslims in this country ... We have a a right to be Muslim."

ISNA President Meets with Vice President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention

Picture (May 7, 2013) Yesterday ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid met with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and other religious leaders for over two hours to discuss the critical issue of gun violence prevention. Religious leaders included Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi David Saperstein, and several others.

Vice President Biden shared progress and setbacks on advancing gun violence prevention legislation and assured the group that he would continue working to advance this issue. There is been a great deal of misinformation about this legislation; for example, some believe that the legislation would create a national registry of gun owners, when in fact such a registry is explicitly banned by the bill. Imam Magid urged the Vice President to create a resource that separates the facts from the fiction on gun violence prevention legislation. "It is critical that community members understand the bill's clear protections of the right to bear arms and how this will help us prevent gun violence," said Imam Magid. "I know many other religious leaders feel the same way that I do -- that we must stand up to protect our communities. The children who lost their lives in Newtown could have easily been our children." The Vice President reiterated his commitment to work on behalf of all those who have lost their lives to gun violence in our nation.

Over the past couple of years, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has continually spoken out after each major tragic shooting. It is time to stop the epidemic of gun violence once and for all. ISNA supports and reaffirms the constitutional right of all citizens to bear arms, and calls for sensible federal policies to ensure that guns stay out of the hands of those who pose a risk to society. As such, ISNA is an active member of both Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

ISNA was among those devastated by the U.S. Senate's failure to move forward critical legislation to prevent gun violence. We applauded Senator Manchin and Senator Toomey's heroic efforts to draft a bipartisan bill that would significantly expand background checks to those who purchase firearms through private sales at "commercial venues" like gun shows and websites. Right now such privates sales are completely unregulated in many states, and this is a major threat to our public safety.

Now, two members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives are sponsoring H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013. This legislation mirrors the Senate's Manchin-Toomey amendment and ISNA urges everyone to call on their members of Congress to pass this bill.

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