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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Frank Gaffney Falsely Smears Muslim Leader As An Extremist
Topic: Newsmax

Frank Gaffney writes in a March 28 Newsmax column attacking Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez:

One other, particularly worrisome aspect of Perez’s record that should not be implicitly, let alone explicitly, endorsed by the Senate is his enthusiastic embrace of Islamists and their causes. In October 2011, he did so literally with such enthusiasm that he leapt onto a stage at George Washington University in order to hug the leader of the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in the United States: Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

In fact, Magid is no radical. As Media Matters documents:

Magid served on the Department of Justice's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, a task force formed in 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to "work with state and local law enforcement as well as relevant community groups to develop and provide to me recommendations regarding how the Department can better support community-based efforts to combat violent extremism domestically -- focusing in particular on the issues of training, information sharing, and the adoption of community-oriented law enforcement approaches to this issue."

Magid served on the Department of Justice's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, a task force formed in 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to "work with state and local law enforcement as well as relevant community groups to develop and provide to me recommendations regarding how the Department can better support community-based efforts to combat violent extremism domestically -- focusing in particular on the issues of training, information sharing, and the adoption of community-oriented law enforcement approaches to this issue."

Magid has also been an outspoken critic of domestic violence within the Muslim community, and he has also endorsed Project Sakinah, an group that attempts to "achieve lasting change in the attitudes and behaviors of Muslims around the issue of violence within families." 

This is who Gaffney wants you to think is some kind of radical jihadist. In reality, Gaffney is engaging in baseless anti-Muslim fearmongering.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:26 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:30 PM EDT

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