like Dr. Jasser who is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Thank God for sane and intelligent muslim voices like Dr.Jasser's and for our strong-voiced Canadian muslims like Tarek Fatah and others at the MCC also Prof Salim Mansur, of the Univ. of Western Ontario. It's sad that there are muslims families here in North America who deisre to assimilate and integrate with the rest of us, but their mosques and imams hold them back with warnings of eternal fire,etc.etc.etc.etc. The best solution for these muslims would be to keep away from their mosques and to live in neighbourhoods that have the least number of people from their own faith. That's your road to peace and security.... if you truly believe that God is everywhere, perform your prayers at home because the sad fact is plain to see ....your imams and your mosques have become your worst enemies.
You may get a hundred different answers from a hundred American Muslims about what it means to be an American Muslim. The controversial Islamic center near ground zero, while pouring salt in a yet widely open national wound, did begin to awaken us to the yet unfought war of ideas within the "House of Islam." Many of us reform-minded Muslims have been waging that war of ideas for most of our adult life, long before 9/11. But time has shown that we cannot wage this battle alone.
It may not seem to matter much for a faith community that is barely 1 percent of the population, but American Muslims carry an invaluable ability to influence the ideologies of over 1.5 billion Muslims - over a fifth of the world's population. Until middle America realizes how our national security hangs in the balance of that intellectual war within Islam, our security will never improve.
The last 12 months have seen the most arrests and attacks of radical Islamists on Americans since 9/11. This was confirmed to Congress last month by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who also finally acknowledged the growing homegrown threat of radical Muslims.............