Congressman Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security and convener of a series of hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, congratulated the speakers who had traveled from all over America and Canada to be here today.
Congressman King “charged the media, particularly the New York Times” with having “allowed themselves to be used by terrorists, by CAIR, who are unindicted co-conspirators. The NYPD must be allowed to carry out effective surveillance. They are protecting a city which has been attacked by terrorists twice, once in 1993, again in 2001.” He challenged criticism about mosque surveillance as well.
Amazingly, and for the first time ever, about 25 television cameras and print media reporters were also there. I hope and pray that the media will do right by this group and will understand the importance of their existence.
In a private interview, Zand-Ervin pointed out that: “American Moslems are as diverse as the American Christians. We come from three different continents and 57 different countries. We are of different races of people, different language, cultures and historical backgrounds. We are from many different sects of Islam and a majority of us have fled Islamist dictatorships to come to the American freedom and democracy. No person or organization can ever claim representation of American Muslims. The petro dollar Islamist organizations, CAIR, ISNA, and others who use the uninformed in the mosques represent foreign governments not American Muslims. We are the silent majority who has had enough of misrepresentation by a few opportunists.”
The AILC gives voice to genuinely moderate Muslims or to the “silent majority.” The coalition defines itself as a “diverse group of U.S. and Canadian Muslim leaders who have joined together to defend our nations’ constitutions, uphold religious pluralism, promote international peace and security, and cherish genuine diversity in the practice of our faith of Islam.” They vehemently oppose the creation of an “Islamic” state or “caliphate,” and defend equality before the law, the separation of state and religion, and moderate Islamic scholarship.