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St. Louis Univ shills for Islamists, bans those who question Islam

Posted on February 9, 2010 by creeping

While we are on the topic of campus jihad, UC-Irvine (here) and University of Wisconsin at Madison (here) in just the last week, an update to this previous post regarding sharia’s application at St. Louis University. Thanks to Bob McCarty for alerting us to his post at bobmccarty.com. (image separate)


Double-Standard at Saint Louis University?

This weekend, SLU’s Muslim Students’ Association hosted a three-day conference, “Saving Our Deen: Living a Muslim life in a not-so Muslim world,” at the school’s Busch Student Center. Part of the conference agenda — which included speakers from Chicago, Dallas, Maryland and Canada — was a 45-minute presentation entitled, “Recognizing Our Enemies,” by Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar of Maryland.

Three months ago, SLU officials blocked David Horowitz from coming to their campus to deliver a speech entitled, “An Evening with David Horowitz: Islamo-Fascism Awareness and Civil Rights.” They cited fears that his subject matter might include an attack on the Muslim faith.

Is there a difference between the two?  Without attending each presentation, I cannot say, so I decided to look deeper into the people and organizations behind each presentation.

In researching the background of the MSA, I learned that, according to this article, documents seized by the FBI and entered as evidence in a Texas court revealed that MSA is a legacy project of the Muslim Brotherhood.  In another article, this one by Douglas Farah, I learned the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda includes “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Violence.

In researching Horowitz’s background, I found the organization that bears his name (David Horowitz Freedom Center) was established to institutionalize his campaigns against the Left and its anti-Americanism and that DHFC’s mission is to defend the principles of individual freedom, the rule of law, private property, and limited government.  Non-violence.

Clearly, a double-standard exists at SLU.

Despite the fact that officials at SLU promote “an academic environment that values and promotes free, active and original intellectual inquiry among its faculty and students,” it appears they don’t follow through on everything in their school’s mission statement.  As a result, they’ve created a double-standard based on faith and “tolerance” that is detrimental to freedom of speech as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

To voice your concern(s) about this double-standard, contact the SLU official listed below:

Lawrence Biondi, S.J. (President)
biondi@slu.edu
(314) 977-7777

Also read Horowitz’s own take on being banned again from St. Louis University

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Muslims Planned Riot Against Israeli Ambassador at Stanford University

UPDATE: I am thrilled to report  the Muslim inciters were not successful — here’s the windup from the California Review:

Speaking to a sold-out Price Center Theatre, the Ambassador discussed the importance of the US-Israel relationship and his own personal story. Tritons for Israel and Hillel of San Diego brought the Ambassador to UC San Diego after he chose to speak to both UC San Diego and UC Irvine.

After a brief welcome from the moderator, Dean Peter Cowhey, of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacfic Studies, who set the guidelines for the event, Chancellor Mary Anne Fox graciously opened the lecture by thanking the Tritons for Israel for bringing the Ambassador to speak at UC San Diego.

Sam Spector, the Vice President of Off Campus Outreach for the Tritons for Israel introduced the Ambassador, later saying “It was an honor for us to host a policymaker as influential and a historian as celebrated as Michael Oren. The event could not have been more successful, the event was sold out, and students were respectful and were able to engage in dialogue with the Ambassador. It was a proud day for the pro-Israel movement at UCSD, and a proud day for our University.”

However, as the speech turned towards more controversial issues, such as the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Ambassador took several tough questions from students. However, despite the rude behavior of protestors at UC Irvine, several of whom may soon be facing expulsion and criminal charges, the protest of the Ambassador at UCSD was minor, with no disruptions occurring in the event. Lior Abramson, the Vice President of Culture of Tritons for Israel said “I thought it was really great that the school could allow so much free speech so people could voice their opinion on both sides”

“Allow so much free speech” – wow.

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If you missed the vile display of ugly Jew hatred by muslims at UC Irvine last week, please go here. This is a sign of the rise of an Islamic Reich in America and across the world.

The Israeli ambassador spoke at Stanford. Yet again, the newly empowered jihad in America is galvanizing its soldiers of allah to silence the Jews and criminalize our very existence.

Our universities have gone from being centers of learning and the free exchange of ideas to indoctrination centers for the overthrow of democracy and the imposition of statism and collectivist rule.

UPDATE: I thought it was going to be tonight but it took place already — looking for reportage.

Here’s the Muslims’ call to antisemitism:

To: fiat_lux_blog@lists.stanford.edu, review-staff@lists.stanford.edu

Anyone interested in covering / blogging about this, please do.

From: Fadi Quran <fadiqu@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM
Subject: [iraq_coalition] Protesting war criminal 6:15PM Encina Hall
To: SCAI Officers <scai_officers@lists.stanford.edu>, cjme-admin <cjme-admin@lists.stanford.edu>, “msan-admin@lists.Stanford.EDU” <msan-admin@lists.stanford.edu>, ISSU Discussion <issu-discussion@lists.stanford.edu>, iraq_coalition@lists.stanford.edu

We will be protesting in front of Encina Hall beginning at 6:15PM today. The Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, is visiting campus.

Oren participated in the Gaza War, and has been given the duty of covering it up, attacking the Goldstone report, and improving Israel’s image in the US.

We need to show Mr. Oren that truth, crushed to earth, will rise again. We also must make sure that he understands that Stanford students do not accept war criminals.

Please bring signs that say Stanford Says NO to WAR CRIMINALS.

Best regards,
Fadi

UPDATE: CAL. SENATORIAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO MUSLIM HOOLIGANISM

I hereby endorse Senatorial candidate Rabbi Nachum Shifren for the State Senate seat in California.

By Rabbi Nachum Shifren
February 13, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

Orange County, CA — Here is an “Alice in Wonderland” campus reality — in which the characters are deadly serious, and the suckers are us.Let’s be clear: these are not campus “rowdies,” or rude and disrespectful “students.” These “students” are the front line of an army of Muslims that is waiting patiently to take over and subvert our country.

Confrontation and disruption is their job. This is what they’ve been trained for, and they are right on target. As their numbers and influence grow, they will be attempting a political takeover, and if that doesn’t work, they will turn to further intimidation, murder and terrorism — just as they’ve already proved in dozens of countries around the world.

Here are eight Rules that guide muslim “students”:

Rule #1: East is East, and West is West, and the two worlds will forever remain divergent. Witness the throngs of thousands mourning the death of Saddam Hussein. Why? Why was the Muslim world remorseful about the demise of this butcher of at least one million of his own countrymen? Because for the Arab, he represented strength. No matter if he was feared and pushed Iraq 1,000 years into darkness. The rule that we in the West refuse to acknowledge is simply that to the muslim, whoever is perceived as strong, will be feared and will survive; and whoever is seen as weak, irresolute, or wavering, will be despised and will be vanquished.

When Muslim students at UC Irvine see their chancellor pleading, begging, supplicating for “dialog,” and “respect,” they are not only sickened by such weak-kneed exhibitions, they are emboldened to greater acts of anarchy and contempt for everything that we in the West hold dear.Rule #2: Muslims expect total control and iron discipline in their own countries. There are no “student unions.” There, the students would not dare raise their heads in disobedience, because they know what awaits them (no, you will not find an Islamic version of the ACLU). But they can get away with running amok here at UC Irvine, where we stupidly “accommodate” those who advocate our demise.

Rule #3: This will be a hard bullet for America to bite, but we are at war with Islam! Those who deny this are quislings or fifth-columnists — and very often, university professors and chancellors. With strong leadership, there would be no notions of “academic freedom” for those who come here to subvert and destroy

Unfortunately, the last California administrator with courage and real leadership abilities was S.I. Hayakawa. Hayakawa would have donned his tam o’shanter cap and confronted the student disrupters. Instead, at Irvine, the Muslim students will get a slap on the wrist and be released, emboldening them a thousand times more.

Make no mistake: these students are the probing squads that are testing the waters to see what they can get away with, positioning themselves to ultimately shut down the entire campus when they please. These are among the first salvos in a war that, until now, has been only academic and ideological — at least in this country.If you want to see where we are headed, if we don’t find the courage to stand up to and defeat these muslim terrorists-in-training, just look to France, Spain, England and other countries where muslims have been allowed to get a toe-hold. Or consider the carnage caused by just one insane muslim terrorist at Fort Hood, then multiply that many times over, as more muslim terrorists consolidate their power base in our country — and our state and their favorite breeding grounds, our campuses!
Rule #4: Jewish guilt uber alles. There is something sad, even sinister about a people that has suffered pogroms, inquisitions, crusades, and now jihad intifadas — and yet, tragically (psychotically?) refuses to understand that they are on the chopping block of these marauders and brigades from Hell.In every campus where there is a Muslim Student Union, there is a Jewish Student Union. When do we ever hear about “in your face” actions against Muslim perfidy on these campuses (mini war zones) by Jewish Students? Where are the rabbis, the Hillels, the Jewish communities raising their voices loudly and stridently against these invaders of the America that has let Jews find refuge and miraculous opportunity, in an otherwise ugly world? How can this lemming-like behavior be explained? Muslim students don’t bother explaining, they just exploit the intellectual dishonesty and cowardice of the Jewish community.

Rule #5: Where there is a vacuum, something will occupy it. Muslims judge that decadent America, so obsessed with excess and titillation, has run its course. And who can refute them? Corruption in our country is the order of the day! Teen drop-ous, gangs and crime, greed and political abandonment of our Constitutional principles all support the muslim’s view of our nation.

Without strength of character in our leaders, and the courage of our people, we are poised to become just another chapter in history — right next to the debauched and pillaged societies of Greece and Rome. The muslim onslaught is at the gates; they are weary of our self-indulgence and they abhor our eroding social mores and valueless culture. They are sharpening the long knives, knowing that their time will come shortly.
Rule #6: Jihadists and Muslim radicals cannot subvert our country by themselves. They need a willing entourage of leftist and communist sympathizers, fellow travelers, progressives and socialist utopians. As the Prophet so clearly stated: “From your haters and destroyers, they shall come forth.”

As school teachers, we witness our students being soft-balled the “religion of peace” so often, that to denounce it for the bloodthirsty, contentious plague that it is, is to be accused of “hate crimes.” So it is we, the teachers, who must bear the burden of dumbing down several generations of Americans, teaching “feel good” lessons, diluting the uniqueness of the American Revolution, diminishing the strength of character that built a strong, free nation, and the altar on which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are sacrificed. No wonder teachers are so despised in nearly every school in the land!

And so, when the media and the rest of the sheeple gawk and are “shocked, simply shocked” over one of our students who is caught in Afghanistan fighting against our soldiers, who among us can still be shocked, let alone surprised? We have seen the enemy on our campuses and universities, and it is us! For if we educators, knowing what we do about the spread of Islam and the subjugation of peoples and continents under its yoke, the lack of freedom for women, the loss of freedom of speech and thought, and the murderous credo of the Koran, do not stand up for truth in teaching, what respect can we deserve? In our vanity, we think of ourselves as the elite of society, serving as mentors to succeeding generations of youth yearning for truth in knowledge — yet we have perverted the truth and accepted a revisionist treatment of the story of man, of the history of the world and of the greatness of the successful American experiment in liberty.

Should we be surprised at the disdain of our students, who know they are not being held to the high standards of their forebears? Shall we be surprised when the great body of Americans shun and punish us for being the primary tool of “progressives” that causes our once great land to fall into the abyss of socialism, and then tyranny — as has been the history of other great nations?

What to do? Is this dark drama irreversible on our campuses? No, not irreversible, but it will take a revolution in thought and action. It must start with we educators who see America as more than just a “job” and a cool vacation. It will take a daily struggle for truth — and the best place to start is with the dictum: those who wish respect, will do well to show self-respect. The Muslim riffraff did not badmouth and malign that which they feared and respected at UC Irvine!

Those who will incite and seek to undermine our institutions using our own openness and sense of fair play must be removed from our campuses and our soil. Until we have the courage to do that, we shall not be able to sustain a country where men of good will can dialogue and debate ideas for the good of society.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009


Look who’s teaching
Johnny about Islam
Saudi-funded Islamic activists have final say in shaping public-school lessons on religions


Posted: May 03, 2004
1:00 am Eastern

By Paul Sperry


WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON — A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam, a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals.

The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan ‘s madrassa schools as “proud symbols of learning,” even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Douglass, routinely described as a “scholar” or “historian,” has edited manuscripts of world history textbooks used by middle and high school students across the country. She’s also advised state education boards on curriculum standards dealing with world religion, and has helped train thousands of public school teachers on Islamic instruction.

In effect, she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity.

WorldNetDaily has learned that up until last year Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria , Va. , which teaches Wahhabism through textbooks that condemn Jews and Christians as infidels and enemies of Islam. Her husband, Usama Amer, still teaches at the grades 2-12 school, a spokeswoman there confirmed. Both are practicing Muslims.

Susan L. Douglass, CIE consultant

The Saudi government funds the school, which has a sister campus in Fairfax , Va.

“It is a school that is under the auspices of the Saudi Embassy,” said Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, a leading Saudi opposition group. “So the minister of education appoints the principal of the school, and the teachers are paid by the Saudi government.”

He says many of the academy’s textbooks he has reviewed contain passages promoting hatred of non-Muslims. For example, the eleventh-grade text says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be when Muslims fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him.”

Al-Ahmed, a Shiite Muslim born in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, says the school’s religious curriculum was written by Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, a senior member of the Saudi religious council, who he said has “encouraged war against unbelievers.” Al-Fawzan has authored textbooks used in Saudi schools.

A report released last year by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom found that the Saudi Ministry of Education publishes texts presenting Islam as “the only true religion” and denouncing all other religions as “invalid” and “misguided.”

“Christians and Jews repeatedly are labeled as infidels and enemies of Islam who should not be befriended or emulated, and are referred to in eighth-grade textbooks as ‘apes and pigs,'” the report said. In addition, it found that “some Saudi government-funded textbooks used in North American Islamic schools have been found to encourage incitement to violence again non-Muslims.”

Critics complain that Douglass, who taught at the Saudi academy for at least a decade, has convinced American textbook publishers and educators to gloss over the violent aspects of Islam to make the faith more appealing to non-Muslim children. The units on Islam reviewed by WND appear to give a glowing and largely uncritical view of the faith.

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Asked about it, Douglass referred questions to the Council on Islamic Education, which did not respond. CIE’s website lists her in its staff directory as a “principal researcher and writer.”

CIE is a Los Angeles-based Muslim activist group run by Shabbir Mansuri, who has been quoted in the local press saying he’s waging a “bloodless” revolution to fight what he calls anti-Muslim bias in public schools and promote Islam in a positive light in American classrooms. Mansuri, who consults with Saudi education ministers at his center, claimed in a 2002 op-ed piece that Islam has been on American soil “since before this nation was founded.”

Also, he spoke at a 2001 Islamic conference with several Muslim extremists, including an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to a speakers schedule for the event obtained by WND.

The three major U.S. publishers of world history texts – Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall – have all let Mansuri and Douglass review their books. In fact, Houghton Mifflin’s seventh-grade text, “Across the Centuries,” was republished according to CIE’s suggestions.

In the past, most K-12 texts devoted no more than a few pages to Islam. But thanks to CIE’s efforts since 1990 – including lobbying state education boards – grade-school text units on Islam have flourished. “Across the Centuries,” for one, spends more than 30 pages on Islam and includes colorful prose and graphics.

But it offers a sanitized version of Islam, critics say.

For instance, the text softens the meaning of “jihad” – a concept interpreted in Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s “The Meaning of the Holy Quran” to mean “waging war,” or “fighting in Allah’s cause” – with dying while fighting in the cause being the highest form of jihad..

Holy war is not part of the definition found in the “Across the Centuries” textbook, however.

“An Islamic term that is often misunderstood is jihad,” the text says on page 64. “The term means ‘to struggle,’ to do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil.”

One of CIE’s teachers guides lists quitting smoking as an example of jihad.

“It’s a sugar-coated definition,” said Edward White, associate counsel for the Thomas More Law Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based public-interest law firm which has fought what it sees as Islamic indoctrination in U.S. public education.

Even scholar John L. Esposito, considered by critics to be one of Islam’s leading apologists, has written that “jihad means the struggle to spread and to defend Islam” – through “warfare” if necessary.

Houghton Mifflin’s high school world history textbook, “Patterns of Interaction,” used in Texas and other states, reportedly leaves jihad out altogether.

White argues Houghton Mifflin has published an unrealistic picture of Islam, and has been manipulated by CIE, which clearly has a pro-Muslim bias.

The Boston-based publisher denies it. A spokesman called the assertion “unfounded.”

However, its editorial director for school social studies told a Muslim website in 1999 that it’s also allowed CIE to critique its coverage of Christian history, and to add its view of what the Crusades were like for the Muslims.

The article, posted on Sound Vision.com, a marketer of Muslim educational products, quotes Houghton Mifflin editor Abigail Jungreis as saying, “We’ve had a really good relationship with them (CIE) over the years. Their reviewers are knowledgeable.”

Jungreis singles out Douglass for praise in the article.

Douglass has argued for more in-depth coverage of Islam in classrooms, while at the same time advising that Christian principles, including historic facts such as Christ’s crucifixion, are clearly qualified with attributions such as “Christians believe.”

Houghton Mifflin is not the only major publisher influenced by CIE. Prentice Hall also collaborates with the group. And its “Connections to Today,” which is the most widely used world history book in the country, instructs students that jihad is an “inner struggle to achieve spiritual peace,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Also, CIE has helped write supplemental teachers materials that engage children in entertaining Muslim role-playing activities in the class. Parents say they make the study of Christianity and other religions seem dull by comparison.

A CIE-edited teachers aid used in California schools became the subject of a federal First Amendment case last year, as WorldNetDaily reported. The Thomas More Law Center sued a San Francisco-area school district on behalf of parents of seventh-graders who were required to “become Muslims” for two weeks as part of their world history unit on Islam.

However, U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the lawsuit against the Byron Union School District, arguing the Muslim unit does not promote religion, and therefore does not violate the First Amendment’s clause against religious establishment.

White, the lawyer in the case, says he’s filed an appeal to overturn the ruling.

The controversial role-playing module, which CIE helped write, requires kids to recite Muslim prayers and verses of the Quran in class. Students also are required to give up things like watching TV or eating candy for a day to simulate Islamic fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims,” the Student Guide portion of the Islam module instructs seventh-graders as an introduction to the material.

White notes that the module, titled “Islam: A simulation of Islamic history and culture,” also white-washes the meaning of jihad, calling it a “struggle against oppression.”

According to a copyright statement on page 91 of the module obtained by WorldNetDaily, its California-based publisher, Interaction Publishers Inc., agreed to allow CIE “to revise the original manuscript” after CIE protested “errors of fact and interpretation in Western historians’ presentation of Islam.”

“They had a hand in the revisions to this handbook,” White asserted.

The same page states that the publisher also incorporated suggestions by Yousef Salem, associate director of the Islamic Education and Information Center in San Jose , Calif. Salem , a former Saudi resident, has praised the Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, and called Israelis “terrorists.”

The module mirrors parts of the middle-school religious curriculum at the Islamic Saudi Academy where Douglass taught, and where her husband still teaches.

For instance, the Islamic religion coursework for Grade 7 emphasizes, among other things, the “importance of reciting the Quran,” according to the academy’s website. Eighth-graders, moreover, study “fasting” and “pilgrimage.” (They also study Quranic verses that deal with “the Punishment of the Disbelievers.”)

The California Department of Education, which requires all seventh-grade world history courses to include a unit on Islam, approved the text and module. In 1998, the state overhauled its standards for its Islam unit to include more teaching about the Muslim prophet Muhammad and the Quran. Mansuri made numerous trips to Sacramento to lobby for the changes, and the department invited CIE to review its draft.

Many California parents say the state essentially is allowing Muslim activists to brainwash their kids into accepting Islam, while at the same time marginalizing Christianity.

In contrast to the seventh-grade Muslim unit, where children are first introduced to Islam, the earlier one on Christianity does not involve any role play. Students are not asked to recite Christian prayers or memorize Scripture.

Moreover, parents argue that neither the Islam chapter nor the role-playing module critically discuss the anti-Christian jihads of old, or new ones led by Islamic terrorists like Osama bin Laden. In fact, Byron teachers warned students against saying anything negative about Islam , U.S. court documents show.

And Islam is praised for tolerance and acceptance of other beliefs.

Yet the unit on Christianity is critical of that core American faith, particularly concerning the Crusades (which came on the heels of earlier Islamic invasions of non-Muslim territory).

One local parent, Jen Schroeder, told WND she worries California may be unwittingly producing more John Walker Lindhs. Lindh, who joined the Taliban, was a product of San Francisco public schools.

“John Walker Lindh is the fruit of California ‘s efforts. He was a young impressionable child, just as my son is,” she said. “How many more John Walkers before we stop promoting Islam in public schools?”

She and other critics charge CIE is not just interested in correcting factual or historical errors in textbooks. They say it has a hidden agenda: using public schools to promote Islam. And to do that, they say, it must first make it less threatening to nonbelievers, and more mainstream.

But in an October 2002 white paper, Douglass argued schools should respect the First Amendment and avoid indoctrinating students into religion.

“Teaching about religion should neither promote nor denigrate the ideals of any faith,” she wrote.

At the same time, however, she warned teachers against “presenting non-Western religions as static traditions whose unfamiliarity to students can make them seem irrational.”

And in the same article, “Teaching about Religion,” she defended Pakistan ‘s madrassas, which U.S. officials in the wake of the 9-11 attacks condemned as hatcheries for future bin Ladens.

According to Douglass, the Islamic schools, where young Muslim boys endlessly chant verses from the Quran, are “proud symbols of learning” which “have become confused in the public mind with symbols of ignorance.”

Douglass and other staffers at CIE have trained more than 8,000 public school teachers in America on Islam instruction, according to the SoundVision.com article. The center has sold hundreds of copies of its teachers guide to public schools. Besides holding teacher workshops, CIE staffers also lecture at schools and colleges about Islam.

‘Islam an American religion’

Douglass is associated with another Muslim activist group, one that is under federal investigation.

From 1988 to 1994, she wrote K-6 social studies books for the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, a Saudi-tied charity. Federal authorities in 2002 raided IIIT’s Northern Virginia offices on suspicion of terrorist ties.

Shortly after the raids, Mansuri defended the group’s officials as “law-abiding Muslims” in a column distributed by the State Department’s Office of International Information Programs.

IIIT president Taha Jaber al-Alwani once signed a copy of a fatwa declaring that jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine , according to a federal affidavit for the search warrant. He’s also close to Sami al-Arian, recently arrested on terrorism-related charges.

In the same 2002 column, ” Muslims Due Place at Table,” Mansuri asserted: “Islam is an American religion,” adding that “Islam has been on this soil since before the nation was founded, having come over with African slaves.”

In July 2001, Mansuri spoke at the Islamic Circle of North America’s convention in Cleveland with New York imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and with Sheik Abdur Rahman al-Sudais, the senior imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, who has been quoted vilifying Jews as the “scum of humanity” and “the grandsons of monkeys and pigs.”

The previous year Mansuri also appeared with Wahhaj at a fund-raising banquet hosted by the Saudi-backed Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Mansuri received an award for helping to eliminate Muslim stereotypes.

Some CAIR officials recently have been arrested on terrorism-related charges.

Nonetheless, the Washington-based Muslim-rights group has launched a coast-to-coast drive to stock public libraries with Islamic books as part of its campaign to educate Americans on the “peaceful” attributes of Islam.

One of the books on its recommended reading list: “Beyond a Thousand and One Nights” by Susan L. Douglass.