Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Are you concerned about Muslim bashing in America?

Find out what the newly formed
American Muslim Institution (AMI) is doing about it.

American Muslim Institution is formed to bring about necessary changes in American attitudes towards Muslims, coupled with Muslim activism to achieve that goal. Our mission is to be a credible
, proactive voice for American Muslims and to promote a positive image of Muslims through dialogue and understanding both within the American Muslim community and with other American religious communities, civic and political leaders, and opinion makers. 


Contact: Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
Mike@AmericanMuslimInstitution.org
Site: www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org 

For further information, please contact:


Dr. Aquilur Rahman, Board Chairman  (310) 983-4006
Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, President  (202) 725-7409
Mr. Tufail Ahmad, Board Member          (301)299-3199

Inshallah, when we are seen as contributors to the Unity, peace, prosperity and security of our nation, we will become a positive part of the American story. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Senator Lindsey Graham offered the best response to Dr. Carson's Muslim Comment

Lindsey Graham: 'Ben Carson Should Apologize To All Muslim Americans!'

FULL Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He6NKZaHXLM

It is worth watching, and will go down in the history as Senator John McCain did, and General Colin Powell did.

Mike Ghouse

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mike Ghouse will be on Hannity Radio at 5:00 with Hannity, Jasser and Gabrielle today

HANNITY RADIO WITH GHOUSE , JASSER AND GABRIELLE AT 5:00 PM

Dr. Ghouse will be on Hannity radio at 5:00 with Gabriel and Jasser about Carson, Trump and Ahmed log on to www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org for details. 

The show will be broadcasted in over 250 stations across America, to find your local station go to http://www.hannity.com/pages/find-a-station/

  1. Dr. Ben Carson out- trumps Trump in Discriminatory Attitude. http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/09/dr-ben-carson-out-trumps-trump-in.html

  2. Donald Trump - Muslims have become the latest Punching Bag in the Republican Party Presidential Campaign for 2015 http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/09/donald-trump-muslims-have-become-latest.html

  3. Ahmed Mohamed - Islamophobia Strikes a 14 year old in Texas http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/09/islamophobia-strikes-14-year-old-ahmed.html   

Sean Hannity with Mike Ghouse, Zuhdi Jasser and Brigitte Gabriel at 5:00 PM 

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Dr. Ben Carson out-trumps Trump in Discriminatory Attitude.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mike Ghouse 214-325-1916
Mike@AmericanMuslimInstitution.org
Dr. Ben Carson out- trumps Trump in Discriminatory Attitude.

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2015 – Presidential hopeful Ben Carson stated on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” and.” I absolutely would not agree with that.”


As an American Muslim, I was hoping that other Republican candidates for President would not out-trump, Trump in making inappropriate, ugly remark. Look who did it this time.  It’s Doctor Ben Carson. He is a great neurosurgeon and deserves respect, but he has crossed the line by advocating denying the right to a Muslim American in the future to be the president, a right which is guaranteed under the Constitution to all Americans who were born in the U.S., without regard to their religion.   

He does not get what America is all about – You don’t indict an entire community for the criminal acts of a few.  He should know better as the African Americans have been the subject of discrimination and guilt by association for a long time.  If Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was alive, he would not have been happy with Ben Carson for judging the character of others based on their faith alone.  

Can Dr. Carson answer this question that was recently posed by a man from Dallas, "I am an African American Muslim born and raised in this great country; where am I in your vision of Making America Great Again?”

When Black Americans were enslaved, and did not have any rights, President Lincoln debated between being reelected and doing what is morally right; he chose the higher moral ground and issued the Emancipation Proclamation which began the process of freedom for millions of African-Americans. He will be remembered for eternity for standing up for the rights of all Americans, even a minority who did not have any rights at that time.

Later, the Women’s suffrage bill was passed, giving the usurped rights of women back to them. Now women from both major political parties are running for the Presidency. As we have progressed, we have restored the inalienable rights of all Americans and we cannot go backwards. 
  
“It is time for Ben Carson to issue an apology for having trampled upon the constitutional rights of a segment of the U.S. population or quit his quest for Presidency” added Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, President of the American Muslim Institution.

American Muslim Institution is based in Washington, D.C., and is a proactive voice for American Muslims.





Donald Trump - Muslims have become the latest Punching Bag in the Republican Party Presidential Campaign for 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mike Ghouse 214-325-1916
Mike@American Muslim Institution.org
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org

Muslims have become the latest Punching Bag in the Republican Party Presidential Campaign for 2016

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2015 - An unidentified man, who spoke at the Trump town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, asked the mogul at the meeting on Thursday night. "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American" and then he went on spewing hateful tirade against Muslims.”

Donald Trump did not stop him.  He should have corrected the man as he started to insult our President, and then he went on lumping 1.6 billion Muslims with the ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Does he not know that several Muslim countries in the Middle East are a part of the U.S. led coalition currently engaged in military operations to destroy ISIL terrorists?

Can Trump answer this question for a man from Dallas, “I am an African American Muslim born and raised in this great country?” Where am I in your vision of Making America Great Again?

In 2008, a woman at a John McCain Campaign event insisted that Obama was "an Arab." "No ma'am," McCain replied. "He's a decent, family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues."  

We see the signs of desperation, when people resort to such insults; it shows they are operating from a position of weakness.  Americans are not stupid, Trump can try to tear America apart, but we are hopeful that people of goodwill will keep America together.   I hope Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates for President in 2016 call him out and do not out-trump his ugliness.
 
Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, President of AMI said, "As Americans we cannot remain silent, we call upon all the Presidential candidates to be aware that there are over 7.0 million peace-loving and hard-working Americans who happen to be Muslims.”

We hope Americans of all faiths will stand up for each others’ rights, which is the least we can do to build a safe and prosperous America for all.   

American Muslim Institution is based in Washington, D.C., and is a proactive voice for American Muslims.   

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

America wins with the new Muslim Group in Washington, D.C.,

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AMERICA WINS WITH NEW MUSLIM GROUP

Exclusive: Ellen Ratner welcomes pushback against 'Islamophobia and terrorism'


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This week, a new Muslim group, the American Muslim Institution, or AMI, announced its existence and said it is going to be different than the other groups that are currently in existence, as this group will focus on America. AMI invited journalists, human-rights activists and other Muslims to the opening event at the National Press Club.
This was against the backdrop of American Muslim student, Ahmed Mohamed bringing a homemade clock to his engineering teacher in his Texas school. The talk media wires and websites were burning up this week with this question: Would the teacher have reacted the same way if this were a white student, or if this happened in New Hampshire or New York instead of Texas?
Although many on the far right think President Obama is a Muslim, most Americans believe he is a Christian and that he was taking a very Christian view of Ahmed Mohamed by inviting him and his homemade clock to the White House. President Obama wants to make America strong again, and he is doing this by encouraging young people to be part of an America that invents and values STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math.) Along with first lady Michelle Obama, he has encouraged women and ethnic and racial minorities to study STEM subjects while still in school and before college.
Ahmed Mohamed is a young American doing exactly what this White House has encouraged young Americans to do.
There certainly are other groups that focus on Muslim rights and concerns. The AMI leadership stated on Thursday that all the other groups do a great job, but AMI wants to focus on American issues. Mike Ghouse, AMI executive director, said, “The responses reflect the deep desire of the Muslim Majority for an inclusive Muslim organization that represents their ideals; i.e., to get along with everyone, minding their own business and to live and let others live. An organization that can make an effort to work towards fulfilling the promise of our immortal Declaration of Independence, that all humans are equal.”
The leadership said, to achieve that goal, “we are committed to be engaged with all Americans, regardless of their affiliations, liberal or conservative, Republican, Democrat or independent, religious or not. We are all in this together, and we must have the patience to get to a point where you and I are a part of society with similar aspirations to life, liberty and freedom. When we see each other’s patriotism with an open heart, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.”
AMI leadership said some of challenges concern different Muslim factions, but ultimately there is great patriotism among American Muslims. When addressing what many people think is violence committed by Muslims, AMI said:
“We can and should be doing more to speak out” and that they should reach out to media when these crimes are being committed in the name of Islam. AMI also said there has to be an end to the “appalling silence of good people” (quote from Martin Luther King).
Two Muslim members of Congress also spoke at the launch of AMI, Keith Ellison, D- Minn., and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind. Rep. Ellison addressed issues of concern to many minorities. He said only 12 percent initially voted for local officers in a Ferguson election, and that when voter when participation is low, services will also be low. He said, when the riots took place, African-American churchgoers were serviced by a Muslim physicians clinic and that this led to “trust, friendships, relationships and durable bonds of friendships.” He also said the Muslim community is part and parcel of the American scene, and that “we pay taxes.”
Rep. Carson said, “AMI adds to the diversity we share and that keeping our republic means that we have to push back against Islamophobia and terrorism.”
He added that there are many issues we’re facing, and individuals must speak up on problems such as climate change, protecting the homeland and making America safe for all. “We are monotheistic, but not monolithic,” he concluded.
This is not the first time we have seen such marginalizing of a religious, racial or ethnic group. Catholics at the turn of the 19th century were discriminated against, Jews later and certainly African-Americans. Now we add Muslims. We saw misery and hope this week. It would be good for America if hope wins out.
Media wishing to interview Ellen Ratner, please contact media@wnd.com.
http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/america-wins-with-new-muslim-group/

It was also published at Talk Radio News 

http://www.talkradionews.com/opinion/2015/09/21/american-muslim-group-launched-amid-new-islamophobia-fears.html

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The AMI Launch story tweeted by Congressman Keith Ellison and Special Representative Farah Pandith

AMI Story Tweeted by Farah Pandith and Congressman Ellison
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org


Congressman Keith Ellison is the First-Ever Muslim elected to the US Congress from the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota, and have been reelected since then.

Congressman Andre Carson  is the Second-Muslim elected to the US Congress from the 7th Congressional District of Indiana, and had been reelected.

Former First-Ever Special Rep to Muslim Communities. Served at NSC, State, USAID. Diplomacy Entrepreneur. CVE Firebrand. Strategist.

Both of them have tweeted the event from the Launch.  I would urge you to share this link with your friends as well as go to Farah Pandith's twitter and Re-Circulate it.



Ambassador Siddiqui, President of AMI, put it succinctly when he said, “Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson endorsed AMI in the strongest manner.”  That was precisely my understanding too.

As legislators, they saw a clear need for the AMI’s work in building a cohesive America. They are among the most talented of Congressmen serving in America today to have made it against the odds that Muslims face, and their presence gives us hope that other Muslims can reach similar heights if we emulate their model of inclusiveness and working for the good of every American.  Indeed, they are the Amins*** of America.

Dr. Farah Pandith spoke eloquently about the large, significant role AMI can play in building a harmonious and effectively functioning American society.   She was very positive, upbeat and excited to see the launch of a civic ‘American’ Muslim Institution. This will go a long way  in nurturing our organization.

 Insha Allah, we will share their video recordings of their remarks at the event within a few weeks.  I thought they were very specific and strong.




 

 

 

 

 



 CONGRESSMAN KEITH ELLISON  5TH Congressional District, Minnesota

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota.

Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights. 
Rep. Ellison’s commitment to consumer justice led him to write legislation that was included in the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights of 2009. This law prevents an unfair practice called “universal default,” which allowed lenders to increase their customers’ interest rates if they had late payments with another lender.  In response to the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008, Rep. Ellison also wrote the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days’ notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.  
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. He also serves on the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, which decides committee assignments for Democratic Members and sets the Democratic Caucus' policy agenda.  In the past he served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the 113th Congress that promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all.

He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus, and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection.

Before being elected to Congress Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment, and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis.  He also was elected to serve two terms in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. 
Keith was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. Keith is the proud father of four children.





CONGRESSMAN ANDRE’ CARSON  7TH Congressional District, Indiana  
Congressman AndrĂ© Carson represents Indiana’s 7th Congressional District.  First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in early 2008 as part of a special election, Congressman AndrĂ© Carson has established himself as an influential leader and respected public servant, fighting for good paying jobs, economic growth, and safer communities for Indiana’s working families. 

In the 114th Congress, Congressman Carson serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.  Additionally, Carson was selected for membership on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence which oversees the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the US Intelligence Community.  This is a fitting appointment given his background in law enforcement, his work at the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, and his past service in the 113th Congress on the Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

Congressman Carson is also a rising member of House leadership.  During the 114th Congress, Carson serves as a Senior Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, sits on the powerful Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Executive Leadership Team.     

Before taking office, Congressman Carson served on the Indianapolis City-County Council, where he worked to improve schools, support local businesses, and promote prosperous neighborhoods for families.  Before his career as an elected official, he served as a Local Board Investigative Officer for the Indiana State Excise Police and was also detailed to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Intelligence Fusion Center, where he worked in anti-terrorism.  Congressman Carson earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a master’s in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.  He is married to Mariama Carson, an award winning professional educator in the Pike Township School District.  They are the proud parents of an eight-year-old daughter, Salimah.


FARAH PANDITH
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign relations
Farah Pandith has been a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government at the end of January 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation. She is writing a book on extremism and driving efforts to counter extremism through new organizations, programs, and initiatives. She was appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, serving under both Secretaries Clinton and John Kerry. The Office of the Special Representative was responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level. She reported directly to the secretary of state. Ms. Pandith traveled to more than eighty countries and launched youth-focused initiatives. She is also the main architect of the Women in Public Service Project. In January 2013, she was awarded the Secretary's Distinguished Honor Award. In May 2015, Ms. Pandith was appointed to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Pandith was senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. This role was created for her in the context of the Danish Cartoon Crisis, and she built new State Department strategies for how U.S. embassies in Europe understood the Muslim demographic, the increase in foreign ideologies present on the ground, and how the United States could build resilience. From December 2004 to February 2007, Ms. Pandith served as the director for Middle East Regional Initiatives for the National Security Council. Prior to joining the NSC, Ms. Pandith was chief of staff of the Bureau for Asia and the Near East for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2004, she spent two months in Afghanistan developing a public outreach strategy. She also served at USAID from 1990–1993 on the administrator’s staff and as the special assistant to the director of policy.From 1997 to 2003, Ms. Pandith was Vice President of International Business for ML Strategies in Boston, Massachusetts, and served as a Commissioner on Governor Paul A. Cellucci’s bi-partisan Asian Advisory Commission.
She has been a consultant in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and has served in leadership positions on several boards with a focus on international affairs. She currently is a strategic advisor and board member to organizations that focus on extremism, women’s empowerment, education and cultural diplomacy.
Ms. Pandith received a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in International Security Studies, Islamic Civilizations and Southwest Asia, and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She received an A.B. in Government and Psychology from Smith College, where she was president of the student body. She is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Smith College President’s Council. She was awarded the Smith College Medal in February 2014 and the Distinguished Achievement Award by Tufts University in 2013.
She was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, and raised in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



DR. AQUILUR RAHMAN CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDDr. Aquilur Rahman is one of the founders of the Montgomery County Muslim Council and the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation in Maryland, and served as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of those organizations for four years. He is deeply involved in various civic, humanitarian and grass roots political activities.  In addition he supports many NGO’s which are engaged in philanthropic work in Pakistan as well as in America. He established a Trust Fund with other friends at the University of Karachi Alumni Association which has now raised over $1 million and distributes at least 250 scholarships per year to students at various academic institutions in Karachi, Pakistan.

He strongly supports those organizations which are working to raise Muslim-Americans’ awareness and helping them to find their legitimate place in their adopted country. In the political arena, he is highly involved with local Maryland and Federal elected officials.
Dr. Rahman obtained his Ph.D. from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Thereafter he joined the National Institute of Health in Bethedsa, MD, and then moved to Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., as Associate Professor. He has been deeply involved in innovative works in the area of cancer therapeutics. He has been involved in the development of a number of drugs took quite a few drugs in the clinic as new therapies for cancer patients. He holds more than 16 patents covering a wide range of cancer therapeutic.

Dr. Rahman founded a publicly-traded biotech company, NeoPharm Inc., in 1996. He served as Chief Scientific Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as Chief Scientific Officer, he took multiple drugs to the clinic for cancer therapy and contributed greatly to the company’s success.  Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of N&N Pharmaceutical Inc., a company developing novel antiviral agents for infectious diseases.
Dr. Rahman lives in Potomac, MD, with his wife, Rukhsana. They have one daughter and one son and a grandchild.



AMBASSADOR ISLAM A. SIDDIQUI CO-FOUNDER | PRESIDENT OF AMI

Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui left the Obama Administration in February 2014 after serving for four years as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He was responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination regarding agricultural trade, including the TTP, TTIP and WTO negotiations. In this capacity, Dr. Siddiqui played an active role in the successful 2013 WTO Ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Between 1997 and 2001, Dr. Siddiqui served in the Clinton Administration in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture: as undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Senior Trade Advisor to Secretary Dan Glickman; and Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. As a result, he worked closely with the USTR and represented the USDA in bilateral, regional and multilateral agricultural trade negotiations. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Siddiqui spent 28 years with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dr. Siddiqui was the first President and founding member of the United Muslims of America (UMA) in 1982. UMA and its sister organization, UMA Interfaith Initiative, continue to promote political and civic engagement and foster interfaith understanding in the San Francisco Bay Area to this day. In addition, he served as President and Board member of the Sacramento Muslim Mosque Association in the early 1990’s.

Currently, Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui is serving as a Senior Adviser for Global Security at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).  He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology, both from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his B.S. (Hon's) degree in plant protection from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. In 2011, he was awarded the Doctor of Science (Honorary) Degree by his alma mater at Pantnagar. He can be reached by calling 202-725-7409 or by E-Mailing:iasiddiqui1@gmail.com


DR. MIKE MOHAMED GHOUSE CO-FOUNDER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism,IslamIndiaPolitics and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. 

He is a human rights activist and his book “Standing up for others” will be out soon. Mike has published over 3000 articles on the subjects. He is producing a full feature film “Sacred" about changing perceptions about Muslims and Muslims adopting the non-violent principles in dealing with conflicts.  His documentary 
Americans together  is also in the making.

He has appeared in over 100 shows on Fox News with Sean Hannity and on syndicated Talk Radio shows. He writes very frequently for the Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, Op-ed News  and other major news papers around the world.

He believes in active engagement with those who differ to bring about an understanding, and further believes that if we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.    

Mike can be reached at 
Mike@AmericanMuslimInstitution.org  or MikeGhouse@aol.com,  or calling or texting him at (214) 325-1916.  


 Mike Ghouse is an Executive Director of American Muslim Institution, a proactive voice for American Muslims. He is a thinker, writer and a speaker and is committed to offer pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. More about Mike in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net or at Google-https://plus.google.com/108969690090944956820/about


Islamophobia Strikes a 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed in Texas

Thanks to Ian Masters for putting things in perspective. We did an extensive interview on his NPR Radio show which was aired in 150 Radio Stations across America on the 16th evening. Ian is a big supporter of moderation, and he and I have been on his show before.

God bless Obama and Zuckerberg for their leadership. They gave hope to the hopeless and what they did was very American; that is uplifting the spirit of Americans who are at a disadvantage.

As opposed to most Muslims who bluntly blame the “right wingers” we choose not to blame but find solutions, and that is, what causes one to have that fear of Muslims and what does it take to change.

I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of a different point of view, race, faith or nationality. .

We will write an open letter to the Irving School District Superintendent, there is a dire need for education and orientation of the teachers.  I am checking on their system, most ISD's in Dallas area have a Multi-cultural night every other month where kids bring their parents in their native costumes, and bring one dish to share.... Is Irving ISD missing that?

When we know each other, most of the fears vanish into thin air.

There is room of AMI to work on such situations, but it takes a lot of time.

Here is the full Audio:

The show begins thus, “We begin with the arrest of a 14 year old Muslim boy who is a member of the Robotics Club at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. He brought a home-made digital alarm clock to school that a teacher decided was a bomb and young Ahmed Mohamed soon found himself handcuffed and fingerprinted by police who ignored his pleas that he had built an alarm clock, insisting “so you tried to make a bomb?” Mike Ghouse, the Executive Director of the American Muslim Institution in Washington D.C. and the former President of the Together Foundation in Dallas, Texas joins us to discuss this overwrought example of Islamophobia that has provoked outrage with Face books head Mark Zuckerberg tweeting “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Face book, I’d love to meet you. Keep Building.” And has President Obama tweeting, “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”

This is my first appearance as an Executive Director of American Muslim Institution and God willing all I will be representing in the media about issues that affect American Muslims. Foreign affairs, politics, and issues outside the scope of American Muslim Institution will be expressed as President of America Together Foundation.

A few good pieces on the topic:

1. http://act.faithfulamerica.org/sign/muslim_clock?referring_akid=685.303268.XHeIOD&source=facebook


Mike Ghouse is an Executive Director of American Muslim Institution, a proactive voice for American Muslims. He is a thinker, writer and a speaker and is committed to offer pluralistic solutions to issues of the day.

Voice of America - Muslims Must Counter Negative Image in US, Congressmen Say


It is important to push back "against the narrative that Muslims represent terrorism and extremist ideologies," said U.S. Representative Andre Carson, one of only two Muslims in Congress.
 
The Indiana Democrat told VOA Urdu that Muslims need to present a positive image to American society.
 
“A lot of terrorism activities are thwarted because Muslims are working with the law enforcement agencies and they are part of the law enforcement agencies. But you never hear about these stories,” he said. “America is ours, and until we dismiss the negative notions of what it means to be a Muslim, we will still face this kind of discrimination across the country.”
 
Carson was referring to the temporary detention Monday of a Muslim student from suburban Dallas who was pulled from class after he showed a homemade clock to a teacher who mistook it for a bomb. Ahmed Mohamed was questioned by the principal and police, then was handcuffed and taken to a police station.
 
Intent questioned
 
Larry Boyd, chief of police in Irving, Texas, told CNN that after school resource officers determined the device was not a bomb, officers investigated whether Mohamed had brought the device to school with the intent to create alarm. Boyd said it was against the law to make even a phony bomb.
 
Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House, told VOA Urdu that Mohamed was doing what every kid his age should be doing, yet some people treated him like a criminal. 
 
“There are bigoted, unfair people all over the world, not just here in the United States,” Ellison said. “But this is not a static situation. American Muslims and people of other faiths who believe in inclusion are busy, too. And we are reaching out, moving forward, building the bridges to make sure that a young Ahmed Mohamed can build that clock, can be creative and innovative.” 
 
As Ahmed's story spread across social media, Twitter erupted with support for him. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was tweeted more than 1 million times.
 
President Barack Obama invited him to the White House, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted that he wanted to meet him. A NASA scientist asked Ahmed to give him a call in a couple of years for a job opportunity.
 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also weighed in, cautioning that he did not know all the facts but saying that police were wrong to detain the boy.
 
'Environment of fear'
 
Ellison said Muslims have a lot to offer to the United States, and once their contributions are better known, things can change for better.
 
“There are over 30 clinics set up in low-income communities across the United States, founded and run by Muslims, where people of any faith can go and get health care service for free," he said. "A lot of Muslims are running for office, offering free legal advice and starting businesses so that people can get jobs.” 
 
Some Muslim organizations have blamed the “environment of fear” created by anti-Muslim rhetoric for suspicions against the Muslim community. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Ahmed's case was an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion.
 
But Ellison admitted that the number of fair-minded and good people in the country by far exceeds those who try to present Muslims or any other group in a bad light.
 

“This is a great country, and most people are with us," he said. "Most school systems would be honored to have him [Ahmed].  What we cannot do is retreat and heed the bullies, bigots and the haters.”

US Muslim group launched to reflect ‘moderate’ Islam - Amusing Media Report

Here is one of the many reports in the media, and this one is little amusing.  

The report mentions that we served alcohol, and before our Muslim friends worry about this,  we immediately wrote our first comment on 17th evening, and it still shows as pending posting, which I can see, but not the public.  Our response was,   “Dear Drew, we appreciate your report, and as fellow Americans we need all the help and support we can get, to allow moderate Muslim voices to be heard. However, I would like to make a small correction, there were no alcohol or pork products served.”

We appreciate the excitement of Mr. Drew Parker to find "Moderate Muslims" and say Eureka! Indeed we are Moderate Muslims, and an overwhelming majority of Muslims are moderates by nature and by faith. Meaning we want to get along with every one, and live our lives and let others live theirs, we are contributors to the peace, prosperity, safety and security of fellow Americans with all our heart mind and soul.  America is our home, and enriching it is our dream and our efforts. When we are visiting other nations,  the only thing we brag about is America and its freedom besides the achievements and contribution of our kids towards her well being. .

Mike Ghouse



http://www.newsfultoncounty.com/world/news/179335-us-muslim-group-launched-to-reflect-moderate-islam

US Muslim group launched to reflect ‘moderate’ Islam


– American Muslim Institution seeks to change perceptions of Islam, Muslims by advocating a “more secular” Islam
WASHINGTON – A new American Muslim group said Thursday that it wants to change Americans’ perceptions of Islam and Muslims by “proactively engaging” to reflect a “moderate version” of Islam.  
Part of that moderate version was on display during the group’s launch at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where the American Muslim Institution created a decidedly secular environment where some female members gave up their head coverings, and an open buffet complete with available alcoholic drinks.
The group of thinkers and activists will follow an unconventional path for Muslims as they reach out to American political leaders in advocating a “more secular” Islam to fight discrimination against the Muslims.
Executive Director Mike Ghouse, said the organization’s efforts would be directed “towards justice and equality to attain peace for Americans with a firm grounding in commonly held values”.
Ghouse would like to work with other groups in the U.S. to “make America a better and safer place for each”, and he said he believes Islamic and American values are compatible and founded on common principles.  
In order to find solutions to current and emerging problems that stems from misperceptions and misinformation about Islam and Muslims, organization president Islam Siddiqui said American Muslims need to speak up.
Muslims should tell U.S. decision makers, especially through the use of media, that the negative portrayal of Islam that is currently being put forward is not Islam, said Siddiqui. 
Islamophobia and a false perception of Muslims and their faith has been a highly charged issue throughout the U.S. since the 9/11 terror attacks. 
Earlier this week, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after a teacher said she mistook his homemade clock for a bomb.

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    Dear Drew,
    We appreciate your report, and as fellow Americans we need all the help and support we can get, to get the moderate Muslim voices be heard. However, I would like to make a small correction, there were no Alcohol or pork products served.
    Thanks,
    Mike Ghouse