Friday, June 5, 2009
Obama to Relax Scrutiny of Islamic Charities
As the months of the Obama presidency tick away, I find it increasingly difficult not to be cynical about the president's policies regarding the Islamic community and the Muslim world in general. Man, oh man, oh man, is he not looking out for his blood brothers more than any other group on the face of this world? And no, we are not a Muslim country.
Read from Jihad Watch of yet another instance of catering to the Islamists. Only this time, it may endanger us all. What on earth were you smoking, America, when you elected this guy? You can’t say we didn’t warn you.
Obama: I will ease post-9/11 scrutiny of Islamic charities
“The Holy Land Foundation funneled millions of dollars to Hamas, but so what? What could go wrong?
‘President Obama to American Muslims: I will ease the impact of post-9/11 scrutiny of charities,’ by Michael Saul for the New York Daily News, June 5 (thanks to Charles Jacobs):
‘Tucked away in President Obama's historic speech in Cairo Thursday was a promise to American Muslims to ease the impact of post-9/11 scrutiny of their charities.
"Rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat," said Obama, referring to the Muslim obligation to be charitable.
A Treasury Department spokeswoman, Natalie Wyeth, described an increased effort to talk with the groups, to "help them protect against terrorist abuse of charity and to refine the guidance surrounding charitable giving."
Ever since the World Trade Center attacks, fund-raising by American Muslims has come under repeated federal investigations for possible support of terrorism.
Just last week, a federal judge in Dallas sentenced five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development to between 15 and 65 years in prison after they were convicted of providing material support to Hamas.
American Muslims complain legitimate philanthropy has been hampered because the rules are ill-defined.
"The perception that giving to charities is financing terrorism has to be debunked," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "It hurts America."…’
The perception that giving to Islamic charities is financing terrorism doesn't hurt America. The possibility that giving to Islamic charities is financing terrorism hurts America.”
This is lunacy because many Islamic charities have ties to terrorism.
Read more from Director Blueabout how "the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to 'back off' of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts."