you mean... they lied!?
Read the whole article "Moderate Muslims Speak Out on Capitol Hill" here. There are some excellent short video clips of these Muslims who want Islam to adapt to Western freedoms and end its political aspects. These are the kind of Muslims we should be supporting in order to extinguish "radicalism".
The discussion takes place around the controversy over the "Ground Zero Mosque" and there are several very short video clips embedded in the article. Again, I really do encourage you to read the whole thing.
...these men and women ... emphasized the importance of educating members of Congress about the link between nonviolent political Islam and a totalitarian, violent strain.
Muhammad describes Political Islam as a system of governance in which Muslims are "given superiority over non-Muslims in society" and "that superiority is codified in the laws and its presided over by a ruler with arbitrary and unchecked powers…with a class of clergy who interpret the law and impose that law." [Graeme: that is simply classical Islam - Sharia] In that political system "there's no freedom of speech to combat those interpretations or any type of pluralism in the society, where other religions are suppressed," according to Muhammad.
"Islamophobia" and Terrorists on Capitol Hill
In an effort to silence critics of political Islam, advocates needed to come up with terminology that would enable them to portray themselves as victims. Muhammad said he was present when his then- allies, meeting at the offices of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Northern Virginia years ago, coined the term "Islamophobia."
Muhammad said the Islamists decided to emulate the homosexual activists who used the term "homophobia" to silence critics. He said the group meeting at IIIT saw "Islamophobia" as a way to "beat up their critics."
Muhammad, who is African-American, said he is offended by the charge. He argues that if America were genuinely Islamophobic, Muslims would have been rounded up after 9/11 and put into camps. No such thing occurred. Instead, Muslims complained about increased scrutiny at the airport.
"You had Muslims saying, 'she looked at me at the airport, they looked funny at me. I was oppressed,' Muhammad said. "No, this country just got hit by our people - by Muslims. And they're acting like all of this anxiety over Islams and Muslims is happening in some type of vacuum, like 9/11 didn't happen, like Fort Hood didn't happen, like Abdulmutallab trying to put a bomb on a plane didn't happen – like none of this is happening."
The claim is that wary Americans "are just evil, rotten people that hate Muslims. That's the narrative," he added. The same people who put forward this sort of argument disseminate public service announcements denouncing terrorism in vague, cryptic, abstract ways without mentioning actual terrorist perpetrators like Anwar al-Awlaki, Osama bin Laden or Hamas, Muhammad said.
He emphasized the importance of the U.S. government moving to "stop legitimizing groups" like CAIR, MPAC, and ISNA, which he described as a "fifth column" in the United States. "It's got to get to the point where these groups are seen as pariahs on Capitol Hill," Muhammad said.
But Congress and the executive branch have taken actions that legitimize the Islamist groups that epitomize the problem.
Muhammad observed that shortly after 9/11, the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association invited Anwar al- Awlaki, then an imam at Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, to lead a prayer service on the Hill. A 2002 PBS documentary entitled "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" shows Awlaki (today a senior al-Qaida terrorist operative) [Graeme: actually, today dead after a close encounter with a Hellfire missile in Yemen, 2011] leading the service. Muhammad noted that those praying that day included CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and former CAIR Communications Director Randall Royer, now serving a 20-year prison for participating in a plot to train with the terrorist group Lashkar-e Tayyiba.
Are such Fifth Columns here in New Zealand?
Well, would it be reasonable to assume otherwise?