Mass: Governor to Hold Massive Mosque Meeting With 1000 Muslims

I have stated over and over, that Islam is a two-tier threat. One being violent Muslims, the other is the political aspect of Islam. The political threat of Islam, is an even bigger threat to life as we know it, than potential suicide bombers. Governor Patrick is meeting with them, and they are coming with a list of demands. A list that will be never ending. Lets face it guys, Muslims are here to takeover, and our Constitution is not protecting us from Islam, it is actually enabling it. The rules need to change, or America will continue to change to suit Islam.

Mass. Muslims to meet Gov., seek broader voice

Massachusetts Muslim leaders, moving to transform their often marginalized community into a vibrant civic force, will meet face to face with Gov. Deval Patrick this weekend in what they’re billing as a landmark event.

Organizers say about 1,000 Muslims from groups around the state, including 15 mosques, plan to attend a Saturday forum with the governor at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, in New England’s largest mosque.

Leaders plan to talk to Patrick about what Muslims can contribute, describe bias they face and ask the governor to make specific commitments to raise awareness about their faith.

It’s the first time such a large group of Muslims have had an audience with the state’s highest-ranking elected official, said Yusufi Vali, a community organizer at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

“I think what is happening this night is exactly what needs to happen,” he said. “What people will see that night is Muslims aren’t scary. … They do want to have a stake in this country and make it better.”

Boston College religion professor Alan Wolfe said the meeting could have lasting importance for area Muslims.

“I think there’s still a substantial reluctance on the part of non-Muslim Americans to accept Islam as part of the American religious rainbow. This is an important step to overcoming that,” he said. “It’s a symbolic recognition that Muslims are a political community, and the only way you get accepted in America is through politics, really.”

Estimates of the state’s Muslim population vary widely, from as high as 130,000, to a 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that puts the number at no more than 33,000 out of a population of 6.6 million.

There’s a broad range of incomes, education levels and ethnicities within the group, from newer Somali immigrants, often in working-class jobs such as cab drivers, to established families from India and Pakistan employed as engineers and doctors. But their varied backgrounds mean local Muslim voices have sometimes been fragmented or muffled, event organizers said.

But Vali said Muslims share weariness and anger over being branded dangerous because of terrorism by Islamic extremists, and the accompanying extra attention by law enforcement and airport security. There’s also a conviction the political class prefers to keep them at arm’s length.

Vali noted President Barack Obama has not visited an American mosque since he took office — and did not during the campaign — though the White House cites several initiatives to reach out to Muslims, including briefings with more than 100 Arab-American leaders during the last two years to update them on various domestic and international issues.

Area Muslims came to realize nothing would change until they united and tried to engage elected leaders, said Suzan El-Rayess, a graduate student working with event organizers.

“We felt like now is the time,” El-Rayess said. “We don’t have a seat at the table. We want to be active decision makers.”

Bilal Kaleem, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Boston and the event’s lead organizer, said research shows that getting groups involved in the political process combats extremism within them. Ahmed Salaad, who works with the Boston-area Somali community, added engagement can also ease fears about Muslims.

“If you don’t know me, there is always the fear of the unknown,” he said.

The governor agreed to the meeting about three months ago, and organizers began holding small group meetings throughout the state to learn what Muslims were concerned about and what they’d like to change, Kaleem said.

The result was a list of several commitments Patrick will be asked to make Saturday, including visiting at least two Muslim institutions in the next six months; arranging a meeting with law enforcement agencies to discuss training for interacting with the Muslim community; and convening a meeting with the state education chief to improve awareness of religious requirements of Muslim students and teachers, such as fasting and prayer.

To show their concern for the broader community, they’ll also ask Patrick to fight usury by moving state money out of banks that avoid the state’s interest rate cap, Kaleem said.

The governor hadn’t made promises prior to the meeting. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Patrick, Kimberly Haberlin, said the governor “is committed to listening to the concerns and good ideas of all Massachusetts citizens.” But event organizers said, no matter what, Saturday’s meeting was just a beginning.

“We don’t want to have this event and then rest on our laurels,” El-Rayess said.

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22 comments for “Mass: Governor to Hold Massive Mosque Meeting With 1000 Muslims

  1. teeman
    May 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    if a religious practice violates the civil rights of citizens of massachusetts, will the governor be willing to allow it…


  2. May 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    People like Patrick and Wolfe are fucking traitors!! It's as simple as that.

    • Claudia G.
      May 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      that s right !!!

      • May 22, 2010 at 4:48 am

        I'm european but we have traitors just like them so I can spot them from miles ahead. A fair guess is that our mate from oz, gary can confirm they have twerps like that down under too.

        • May 22, 2010 at 4:56 am

          Indeed, Robin, they infest the whole Western world.

  3. Claudia G.
    May 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I dont know if the Governor is blind or stupid or both… we are Americans and want to keep our freedom and Islam does not accept that – they are liars and deceivers and need to got home to where they came from if they dont like our rules !!!

    • May 22, 2010 at 5:59 am

      Stupid, blind, dumb, deaf , dhimmi ass wipe and a traitor.

  4. May 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Point the Governor to Philadelphia and show him the start of muslim enclaves. See what he has to say about them.

    • May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      He would say, isn't diversity wonderful?

  5. May 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Oh, great! 1,000 arselifters all in the one place. The stench would be unbearable.

    I wonder what would happen if a fire alarm went off? 😉

    • May 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if one of them just happened to have a bomb belt strapped on? But wishing 1000 parasites to go boom in one blow is probably too much to wish for.

      • May 22, 2010 at 4:57 am

        Once can always pray – but not in an arselifter fashion!

  6. May 22, 2010 at 5:57 am

    " “What people will see that night is Muslims aren’t scary. … They do want to have a stake in this country and make it better.”

    No, they don't Their idea of better is an islamic caliphate ruled under
    shariah law. Muslims bring nothing but discontentment and violence
    no matter where they immigrate to. It is islam's way or death or subjugation and persecution. This is a real travesty.

    Robin, A most pleasant thought indeed!

    Excellent post and I may use at PC. Great work CL.

    • May 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

      Thanks, and keep the great work yourself Patriot!

  7. Claudia
    May 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    This would be OK if the gov's intention was to tell Muslims that America expects them to obey our Constitution and our Laws and that their rage and sensitivities are of no consequence when they conflict with our laws or societal norms. If they don't like it they should go to another country, an Islamic country, where they can live according to their perverted beliefs.

    • May 23, 2010 at 1:18 am

      The answer to that can be easily had by finding out if the governor is a Dhimmicrat or a Republican.

  8. May 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Stage 1: Start immigrating – move into a country quietly

    Stage 2: Begin starting churches: “learning centers” community helps: food etc.

    Stage 3: Political activism: demanding rights, denounce derogatory comments/press etc.

    Stage 4: Get elected, pass laws favoring rights etc. move toward political majority

    Stage 5: Political control, Sharia Law

    • May 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      They are already on parts 3 & 4.

      Great post.

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