This video is making waves around the internet today of the protest of a Muslim fundraiser event in Yorba Linda on February 13th 2011.
My wife went there and took some pictures. She left because of what you see in the video. She (as well as I) did not want to be associated with the hate filled yelling/screaming. She honestly felt scared to be there.
Do I agree with the way the protesters acted? NO! Their initial thought of protesting I can understand but there execution of “peaceful protest” failed miserably.
Do I believe the the speakers, Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali are linked to Islamic/Mulim Terrorist groups? Yes. The ICNA is linked to terrorist organizations. The group should NOT be allowed to hold a NON-PROFIT status nor be allowed to organize period. But that does not give Americans the right to be scream/yell/chant some all of the things they said.
My source for some of my views about the ICNA -> Pajamas Media
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has two charities — ICNA Relief and Helping Hand (HH). Both have a non-profit 501(c)3 tax status with the United States government, as does ICNA itself. ICNA Relief also has a Canadian component, which has a separate exempt status.
Due to the nature of the work these groups perform — that of Islamic relief work — much of their activities are based in foreign nations. One of these nations is Pakistan.
Pakistan is important to ICNA, because it is where the group’s parent organization, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), resides.
It’s ironic that ICNA, an American group, would be associated with JI, as JI is rabidly anti-American. The organization is currently involved in its Go America Go campaign, working tirelessly to remove any type of American influence from South Asia. Right on the homepage of JI’s official website is the following:
All Pakistani forces must unite against America.
A recent entry of the blog on JI’s website was written by an individual named Khalid Amayreh. Amayreh is presently a correspondent for the Palestinian Information Center, the official website of Hamas. He is also the author of an infamous piece titled “Why I hate America?” In it, he states:
How can I not hate this “great Satan,” the evil empire? … [In] the final analysis, America offers me one of two choices: Either I submissively accept perpetual enslavement and oppression or become an Osama bin Laden.
Amayreh’s article was originally published in the London-based Palestine Times in November 2001. On September 12, 2006, one day after the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it was republished by Amayreh and the Times, along with a photo of an American flag (with an Israeli flag in place of the stars) superimposed over a plane flying into the World Trade Center.
JI, or the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, is the largest Islamist organization in South Asia. It has student groups; it has media outlets; it has a political apparatus; and it has a militant wing, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, whose leader, Syed Salahudin, is involved in JI’s Go America Go campaign. It also has its own charitable group, the Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF).
On August 17, 2006, JI posted on its official website that AKF had just taken a delegation to the home of the global head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal. The reason for the visit was to deliver six million rupees, the equivalent of $99,000, to Mashaal and to present to him a “special message” from the then-ameer (president) of JI, Qazi Hussain Ahmed. In turn, Mashaal thanked the group and said Hamas will continue to wage jihad (terror) against Israel.
At the time of the handover of the money, ICNA’s two charities, ICNA Relief and HH, were listed as donors to AKF on AKF’s official website. ICNA Relief USA and ICNA Relief Canada were listed as the top two donors.
Congressman Ed Royce had this to say: (from OC Weekly)
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations this week attacked my calling attention to the two individuals keynoting a fund-raiser for a New York-based Muslim group held at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
“I have had many conversations with my Muslim constituents over the years, and I know they reject these two individuals:
“One speaker, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, advocates replacing our democracy with sharia law and refuses to criticize Osama bin Laden. There is nothing peaceful about him.
“Imam Siraj Wahhaj was linked by investigators to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. A few years later, he stood as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abel-Rahman and for three other terrorists convicted in the attack. The “Blind Sheik” is now serving a life sentence for conspiring to bomb a series of New York City landmarks in 1995.
“Wahhaj warns, ‘If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death . . . then you stone them to death because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger–nothing personal.’ This worldview is incompatible with American democracy, to say the least.
“The second speaker, Amir Abdel Malik-Ali, is a vocal supporter of Hezbollah, a terrorist group once called the ‘A-team’ of terrorists by a top U.S. government official.
“Faced with Wahhaj’s ideology, we can go one of two ways. One, ignore expressions of extremism, essentially deem them acceptable, and undermine our values and government.
“Or two, we can speak out about Wahhaj and Malik-Ali’s extremism. For me, looking at the growth of terrorism overseas, and in our country, silence isn’t an option. Silence leads to the tragic mistake of denying that the Fort Hood shooter was a radical, advocating terrorist acts, despite his years of known adherence to such views.
“What’s wrong with the Holocaust survivor we heard speak about not wanting to live under sharia law? I think he had a point when he argued for the lessons of the Enlightenment and his preference for the U.S. Constitution. He knows that bad ideas can have bad consequences.
“We spoke at the park adjacent to the community center. It is regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults at Imam Wahhaj’s supporters. Nothing, though, should deflect from the radicalism of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali.
“As to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, my experience is that it isn’t interested in bringing together Americans. If they were, they would be calling attention to Imam Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali’s radicalism, not advancing their cause.”