The current issue of ISNA’s bi-monthly magazine Islamic Horizons carries an article about ISNA’s demand for gun control.
Specifically, the article, with the unambiguous title “ISNA Seeks Gun Control,” cites the shooting of Trayvon Martin to explain their opposition to S. 2188, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012,” and S. 2213, the “Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012.”
An April 13th action alert on ISNA’s website directs their supporters to contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to have him stop the legislation from becoming law.
The same action alert states that ISNA is part of the Brady Center’s “Faiths United to Oppose Gun Violence,” and the Islamic group signed onto the Brady Center’s “Faith” group letter to Reid demanding he block the legislation.
This is not the first time that ISNA and the Brady Center have united to oppose the Second Amendment.
As noted by The Truth About Guns in February 2011, ISNA was one of the original founding groups of the “Faiths United to Oppose Gun Violence” when it was rolled out by the Brady Center.
Nor is the Second Amendment the only constitutional freedom under assault by ISNA and its leaders.
As reported by Neil Munro at the Daily Caller back in October, a group of representatives from many of the Obama administration’s favored Islamist groups met with Tom Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
During the meeting, the Muslim leaders, including those from ISNA, called for a redefinition of anti-discrimination laws to punish criticism of Islam:
Aziz’s advocacy was supported by a second Islamist advocate, Islamic Society of North America president Mohamed Magid. He argued that “teaching people that all Muslims are a threat to the country… is against the law and the Constitution.”
Magid asked Perez to change the federal government’s rules governing terror investigations, for more private meetings with top justice department officials, for the reeducation of FBI agents, and for more people to oppose criticism of Islam, which he labelled “religious bigotry and hate.”
According to the Daily Caller, when the meeting was finished Perez jumped on the stage to embrace Magid.
While teaching that all Muslims are a threat to the country would be wildly inaccurate, to say that it is against the law and the Constitution, meaning the First Amendment, and to use the protection of freedom of speech to bludgeon Magid’s perceived enemies demonstrates a profoundly perverse interpretation of the Constitution that should be rejected across the political spectrum.
Then again, there was a time when Magid himself and his organization were rejected.
Back in June 2007, during the first round of the Holy Land Foundation trial, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales cancelled a Justice Department outreach event because of, according to Newsweek, Magid’s planned presence at the meeting as a representative of ISNA.
The federal prosecutors in the Holy Land Foundation case had just weeks before named ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator. In a related court order by the federal judge hearing the case later unsealed, Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there was “ample evidence” that ISNA and other U.S. Islamic groups had acted in support of Hamas.
More recently, the Obama administration came under fire at the time of inaugural in January 2009 because one of the leaders at the National Prayer Service was then-ISNA president Ingrid Mattson.
And yet the Obama administration continues to work with ISNA, granting the organization the highest level of access.
In February, ISNA leaders were included in a closed door meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller where they demanded a purge of the bureau’s counterterrorism training materials of anything or anyone they deemed “Islamophobic.”
One of the pieces of items entered into evidence during the Holy Land Foundation trial was a strategic memo of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America that identified what their goal was in this country:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet.
At the end of that memo is a list of those organizations that the Muslim Brotherhood leadership identified as “ours.” At the very top of the list was ISNA.
The Islamic Society of North America has a vision for America. And yet it isn’t one that treasures the protections on freedom recognized by the Constitution. Taking down the First and Second Amendments won’t be sufficient to realize ISNA’s Islamist vision. But for them, it’s a good start.