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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 5, 2003 / 10 Kislev, 5764

What the Alliance for Marriage heads and board members either don't know or don't want you to know

By Rod Dreher

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On Tuesday, we ran an expose questioning what we believe is moral irresponsibility by a leading "pro-marriage" group. (The article can be accessed via a link in the sidebar). Before publishing the piece, our offices were contacted by individuals who made thinly-veiled threats. Others, were more diplomatic. We should back-off the Alliance for Marriage because, they assured us, the group certainly did its homework before including Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, the general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America, on its board. Well, apparently not, as detailed below.

We've lost readers because we dared to have the "chutzpah" to speak out. And if doing so makes us "traitors to the cause," as one now ex-reader wrote, then so be it. We'll keep telling the truth. There is an obligation to do so. But will others finally listen and take action?

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky | All I had done was ask a simple question of Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, the general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America, who recently met with The Dallas Morning News' editorial board.

Dr. Syeed's revealing reaction — he said that my query reminded him of "Nazism" and that I would have to "repent" — tells us a great deal about American Islam's extremist problem ... and ours.

ISNA is the largest Islamic organization in the country, serving as an umbrella group for 300 or so mosques, cultural centers and affiliated groups.

The North American Islamic Trust, a sister organization set up for what its Web site calls the "protection and safeguarding" of the finances of ISNA and other groups, owns between 20 percent and 27 percent of this country's mosques.

  • ISNA is heavily funded by Saudi contributions and has been described in congressional testimony by terrorism expert (and Muslim convert) Stephen Schwartz as one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.

  • Though ISNA portrays itself as mainstream, Islamic scholar Ali Asani of Harvard calls it "ultra-orthodox and ultra-conservative."

    Echoing similar reports from across the country, Dr. Khalid Duran, a moderate Muslim, and unnamed others like him told the St. Petersburg Times that extremists try to take over American mosques and hand the titles over to NAIT.

  • Jamaluddin Hoffman, a Sufi and moderate, characterizes what's going on as "a war for the heart and soul of our religion."

  • ISNA's advisory board (see is thick with men who have espoused extremist opinions and have troubling associations.

  • There's Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also testified as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has documented at least two occasions in which Mr. Wahhaj has urged followers to overturn the U.S. system of government and set up an Islamic dictatorship.

  • There's Muzammil Siddiqui, a former ISNA president who spoke at an Oct. 28, 2000, "Jerusalem Day" rally in Washington, an event that degenerated into a hatefest in which the crowd chanted, "Death to the Jews!" Columnist Debbie Schlussel, citing a Pakistani news Web site, quoted Dr. Siddiqui as saying that Islamic rule has to be global and that "all our efforts should lead to that direction."

  • ISNA board member Bassam Osman is the president of NAIT, which owns the Islamic Academy of Florida. That school was described as a criminal enterprise in the federal indictment handed down in February against school founder Sami al-Arian and others alleged to be Palestinian Islamic Jihad fund-raisers.

  • ISNA sponsored a big conference this past summer in Dallas ( Mr. Wahhaj, Dr. Syeed and Dr. Siddiqui spoke there, as did Imam Zaid Shakir, who said in a 1992 educational video that Muslims can't accept the American political system because "it is against the orders and ordainments of Allah."

None of these people has been charged with any criminal wrongdoing. But they all have been affiliated with a brand of Islam that most Americans would, and should, find frightening. We are entitled to ask why.

Given ISNA's leadership, it is no wonder Dr. Syeed wouldn't give a straight answer when a Morning News colleague of mine asked him three times what his organization was doing to fight Islamic extremism.

Were we wrong to have published the expose? Click here to read or re-read it. Comment by clicking here.

When I asked the man how he squared his profession of tolerance and moderation with having radicals on the ISNA board, Dr. Syeed became hostile, sputtering that my question reminded him of Hitlerian persecution. That is blustering nonsense, of course, and an attempt to silence legitimate questions about ISNA's agenda through intimidation and misdirection. They must not get away with it. As benign as they sometimes sound, Dr. Syeed and his ilk are no friends of moderation and tolerance.

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As the late Seif Ashmawi, a moderate Muslim-American newspaper publisher, once put it, "Radical Islamic groups have now taken over leadership of the 'mainstream' Islamic institutions in the United States, and anyone who pretends otherwise is deliberately engaging in self-deception."

Silence and a lack of curiosity, however well meaning or unwitting, are allowing a malignant ideology to grow unchecked in this country.

American Muslims who want no part of Islamofascist ideology are its first victims. They won't be its last.

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Rod Dreher is an editorial writer and occasional columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Comment on this column and e-mail the author by clicking here.

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