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Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Letter to the US Attorney in Los Angeles



Below is the text of a letter I have sent to Mr Andre Birotte Jr., the US 
Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles concerning
the town hall at the Islamic Center of Orange County on Sunday, in which Mr
Birotte spoke. 
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Dear Mr Birotte,


I appreciate your taking the time to chat with me and listen to my concerns last Sunday at the Islamic Center of Orange County in Garden Grove. As promised, I am sending you the information I talked about regarding Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, his past words, as well as his past and present associations. In preparing this, I found it easier to retrieve the information from my own blog postings, which refer to the appropriate sources. The below links are in chronological order, past to most recent. The final link is my own posting and summary on the Garden Grove event.


http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/muzammil-siddiqi-omar-abdel-rahman.html

http://www.investigativeproject.org/2782/orange-county-misguided-award

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/muzammil-siddiqi-humanitarian.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/friends-of-muzammil-siddiqi.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/abdul-alim-musa-and-muzammil-siddiqi.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/muzammil-siddiqi-more-troubling.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/muzammil-siddiqi-and-more-friends.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/isna-conference-of-1998.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/05/stephen-schwarz-speaks-out-on-phony.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-browsing-at-mosque.html

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/town-hall-at-islamic-center-of-orange.html


The point of these links is to show that Imam Siddiqi is not what he represents himself to be and what our leaders have thought him to be. I have met Mr Siddiqi, and I know he comes across as a soft-spoken gentleman. He speaks of equality, tolerance and peace. The above links, however, show that there is much more to his persona.

One of the themes of the event Sunday was that there is a climate of hate against American Muslims. While there is some truth to that, it does not speak for the people who are sincerely concerned about what is happening all over the world and here in America. It does not speak for those that I work with. I do not hate Muslims. The Muslims I know love this country and appreciate the freedoms they enjoy here-freedoms they didn't enjoy in their countries of origin. I do not wish to  see innocent Muslims labeled as terrorists or extremists and  targeted for  discrimination or attack. With certain exceptions, I think Americans have done well in that regard in not holding all American Muslims responsible for what terrorists and jihadists are doing. In fact, speaking as a Christian, I have come to the belief that the group most vulnerable to hate in this country and the world now is Jews. I have seen it first hand while working the past 14 years as an adjunct teacher at UC Irvine. It is what led me to become an activist. To me, it is not a question of practicing hate and intolerance. It is a question of fighting hate and intolerance. That is the direction from which I come.

Yet, there is a problem that we cannot ignore. Aside from terrorist attacks, non-Muslim minorities are subject to hate and violence in Muslim nations like Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and many others. At the same time, there is a subversive movement afoot among some Muslims in America, including organizations like CAIR who pose as "moderates".  They use the label, "Islamophobia" as a weapon to try and silence their critics. Honest and open discussion of what is happening here and around the world is not "Islamophobia", however one wants to define that tricky term. The issue of Islam can be discussed without resorting to hate against Muslims themselves. At the same time, our freedom of speech to discuss these issues cannot be trampled upon.

As for the much-discussed Sharia law, there is no way that it can be called compatible with the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We must recognize that Islam is more than just a religion; it is also a political ideology-a totalitarian one at that. Its legal tool is Sharia. For Siddiqi to state that Sharia is compatible with the US Constitution is to say the Earth is flat. No code that calls for death to homosexuals or apostates can be compatible with our laws and rights. As you well know, these horrors are actually being committed in many Muslim lands as we speak. Last Sunday, Imam Siddiqi read the statement from the Fiqh Council of North America, of which he is the director. I would encourage you to read the complete  statement-carefully- and note how craftily
it is worded.

I would never begrudge Muslims their right to worship. I believe in freedom of religion for all. Nor am I against immigrants. I am married to one and have myself lived in three other countries. What I do believe in is assimilation, as I am sure you do as well having come from Haiti. This does not mean that one has to leave his or her religion when they come to America. Yet, if there are certain traditions or aspects that are in conflict with our concept of equality and rights for all, then immigrants have to know that there must be an accommodation on their part-not on the part of their adopted country. It also means that American Muslims must have all the protections our Constitution guarantees for all including gays and those wishing to change religions.

Nor do I begrudge the effort of law enforcement to work within the Muslim community. Surely, there are many who want to cooperate, possibly because they themselves came to America to escape Sharia. It is a valid investigative tool, one I used myself while in DEA. Having said that, I detected a certain skepticism when I attempted to explain my views to the LAPD officers present. In that vein, I would suggest that you and your colleagues explore true Muslim moderates, people like Dr Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Stephen Schwartz of the Center for Islamic Pluralism and another newly created organization, the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. Here you will find the type of Muslims that our government should be working with-but has largely ignored. They will tell you the truth about organizations like CAIR and others. They recognize that there is a radical threat right here at home.

That leads me to my final observation. The three politicians who were present used the event to push their own political agenda against a rival party. Were I a law enforcement officer, I would have been most uncomfortable participating at such an event that featured partisan politics-especially when other law enforcement agencies were being singled out for attack (FBI-NYPD).

At any rate, I appreciate your allowing me to send you this rather voluminous information. My purpose is two-fold: First, our law enforcement agencies and officials need to be aware of the facts (in this case, Siddiqi and his associations). Secondly, those of us who are speaking out are not all a bunch of extremist bigots. On the contrary, I feel that I am fighting against hate and
intolerance.


I thank you for your time.


Gary Fouse
DEA-retired

PS: I will be posting this letter on my blog. Accordingly, I will be happy to post any response you care to give.

5 comments:

Unknown said...

It is disturbing, to say the least, to hear Mr. Siddiqi state at the town hall that Islam (and he) supports freedom of religion. I have personal experience with him that says otherwise.

Two years ago, on March 19, 2010, I was invited to the home of a young woman who had just become a Christian from Islam. Her parents called my church (where the young woman attended) and asked for a pastor to pay them a visit. I was sent. Little did I know the parents had also requested Siddiqi, who made time in his busy schedule to rescue a stray one and bring her back into the fold.

After introductions, he immediately began badgering the young woman, making outrageous claims against Christianity that I refuted. I then challenged him on issues within Islam, particularly on the Quran and Muhammad. We went head to head for four hours. His clear intent was to intimidate the young woman back into the fold of Islam, but he failed. He did not expect someone with a knowledge of Islam to show up and challenge him.

He says with his mouth that he respects freedom of religion. But his actions that night sent a different message; you dare not leave Islam. His words and his actions send contradictory messages. This is Siddiqi.

Unknown said...

Just to expand on my previous comment a bit, it was very clear the intent of the evening with Mr. Siddiqi. I still have emails in my inbox folder to remind me of the date.

A young woman of Pakistani background became a Christian from Islam and attended my church. Her parents called the church office and requested a pastor to pay them a visit, so the church sent me. The parents had also requested Siddiqi, and were very surprised that he actually showed up; they were expecting him to be a no-show because of his busy schedule. But I guess bringing one back into the fold is a high priority which he made time for in his schedule.

It was March 19, 2010. I arrived at the parents home, and shortly thereafter Siddiqi arrived. After introductions, he immediately began belittling the young woman and making a mockery of her new Christian faith. I jumped into the conversation and took control, and for the next four hours, he challenged the young woman with derogatory comments about Christianity and challenged what Christianity taught. I set him straight with his questions and then challenged both Muhammad and the Quran, areas where I am well versed. He was caught off guard because I’m sure he was expecting someone to show up who knew nothing about Islam. He was wrong.

Clearly, he had attempted to badger the young woman back into Islam and his tactic (attempted) was to demonstrate the irrationality of Christianity. He used tired old arguments that I was easily able to refute. At the end of the night, he pulled the parents aside and spoke to them in Urdu (their native language) which I did not understand. Then we parted ways.

I learned the next day that after Siddiqi and I had both left, the young woman’s brother beat her for remaining a Christian. I don’t know if Siddiqi has any influence in that action or not, since I was not privy to the Urdu conversation. She fled the house the next day to a safe place.

Gary Fouse said...

Well so much for Siddiqi's comments that he made on Sunday. I just hope that the panelists who sat at that table with Siddiqi are reading your words. I hope that boob Rusty Kennedy is reading this after giving Siddiqi an award last year.

It is frustrating to try and present documented facts as I have done to our leaders and have them ignore them.

Gary Fouse said...

The commenter who supplied the above information is Joe Carey of Radical Truth.net. He has given me permission to use his name.

Squid said...

Thanks for sharing "Unknown". It takes a brave soul to come forward and speak the truth. In this case, you have exposed Siddiqi's use of "sacred" deception.

Squid