Mona Charen
"Where are all the moderate Muslims?" It's a question often posed by Americans who watch with disgust as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other apologists for radical Islam hog all of the attention. CAIR, which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror financing Holy Land Foundation case, and which regularly denounces any effort to combat radical Islam as anti-Muslim prejudice, is routinely described in the press as a Muslim "civil rights" group.

Moderate American Muslims exist though. And it's not that hard to find them. Just see who CAIR and the Muslim Public Affairs Council are denouncing.

This week, they are after Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Sen. Mitch McConnell has appointed Jasser to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and this has sent the most prominent Muslim American organizations to the barricades. A dishonest character assassination campaign has been launched against Jasser, urging Muslims to protest the appointment. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told The Blaze that Jasser "has long been viewed by American Muslims and the colleagues in the civil liberties community as a mere sock puppet for Islam haters and an enabler of Islamophobia."

That gives you the flavor of CAIR's level of discourse.

So who is Jasser? He's the son of immigrants who fled Baathist Syria in the 1960s. Syrians, as we have seen in the streets of Homs and other cities over the past 12 months, are among the bravest and most oppressed people in the world. Zuhdi, a devout Muslim, attended the University of Wisconsin and then joined the U.S. Navy and earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His 11-year service in the Navy included deployments to Somalia and service as the internist on call for the U.S. Congress.

Now a full-time physician and specialist in nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Ariz., Jasser also founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. "AIFD's mission," he explains, "is derived from our love of America and our devotion to Islam. (We) ... believe that Muslims can better practice Islam in a free environment that protects the rights of all individuals to practice or reject faith as they choose."


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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