[UPDATED with New Anti-Muslim Rally Plans:] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function



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UPDATE, APRIL 14, 1:58 P.M.: Here we go again.

Organizers of February's controversial and much-blasted anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda have issued an ultimatum to the Orange County Human Relations Commission: rescind the Community Leader award it is presenting to Islamic Society of Orange County Imam Muzammil Siddiqi at a May banquet or expect a rowdy protest outside the event at the Grove in Anaheim.

Orange County Register metro columnist Frank Mickadeit couches the alarming disclosure as one would expect from a media outlet that coddles the old, rich, white, conservative and racist: the group making the demand is referred to as "an anti-terror group," even though it was the one terrorizing American citizens Feb. 13 in Yorba Linda. Mickadeit also gives truth to the fantasy that there were two separate protests that day, and that Steve Amundson, who issued the ultimatum, only organized "the peaceful" part of it.

"The peaceful" part included the hate-filled, death-threats-laced rant of Villa Park City Councilwoman and Orange County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Deborah Pauly.

But more curious than the Register's time-worn defense of the indefensible is Amundson's target du jour. Here is what I posted about Siddiqi 12 days before the Yorba Linda hate rally:

Siddiqi has a long and storied interfaith reputation. His Garden Grove-based Islamic Society of Orange County, one of the largest mosques in North America, started a program called Open Mosque, which allows people of all faiths (or none at all) to visit any time. He has spoken at the World Assembly of the World Council of Churches, presided over the Academy of Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies in California, and he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the National Council of Christians and Jews.

He wholeheartedly supported the election of George W. Bush, explaining at the time Muslims are attracted to the Republican Party's stands on social issues. In fact, he was scheduled to meet with Bush on Sept. 11, 2001. That morning's events changed everything. Three days later, Siddiqi spoke at an interfaith service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; gave Bush a copy of the Quran; and accompanied the then-president to face the media. He later split with Bush over the Iraq War.

His Fiqh Council of North America in July 2005 publicly issued a fatwa stating Islam's condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism.

I posted about Siddiqi because he had just released a statement condemning Holocaust denies after he and other Muslim American faith and community leaders visited the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps:

  • Imam Muzammil Siddiqi of Islamic Society of Orange County Condemns Holocaust Deniers

But Amundson claims Siddiqi is a terrorist. Here is the hate rally organizer's reasoning: A 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum lists the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) at the top of a list of "our friends"; A Brotherhood "Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America" includes the line, "work in America is kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within"; ISNA and the Muslim Brotherhood were among the hundreds and hundreds of "co-conspirators" identified by a federal prosecutor but never indicted for a crime before the 2008 conviction of five Holy Land Foundation leaders for sending $12.4 million to Hamas; and Siddiqi was president of ISNA from 1997-2000.

To his credit, Mickadeit reports that he "could find no record of Siddiqi being named an alleged co-conspirator or being involved in any way. Not even the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a private organization that has an online dossier on Siddiqi and questions whether he is an extremist, can link him to any wrongdoing."

The columnist then allows Amundson another out: that Siddiqi "supports the implementation of Sharia, the Islamic law, in the U.S." The harshest Sharia laws condemn homosexuality and some speech, which you'd think would appeal to the types of haters who attend anti-Muslim rallies.

Again, to Mickadeit's credit, he notes that "even Islamic scholars can't all agree on the parameters of Sharia, and Siddiqi is also on the record saying he doesn't support violence against gays."

He's on record for much more than that, Frank. Just check the Register archives. Start with the 2005 piece that had your rag naming Siddiqi one of the 100 most influential people who shaped Orange County in the past 25 years.


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Nyandjim
Nyandjim

Muzzamil Siddiqi is a masterful practitioner of Islamic dawa generously laced with takiyya.

People only need to open their eyes, open their minds and start rubbing brain cells together as they read the Koran, and study Islam's history over the past 1389 years to see how Islamists seduce the unwise and ignorant into believing lies that Islam is all about what Jesus was about.

Then, after Islamists seize control, the unwise and ignorant are subjected to more than a rude awakening because it's too late. Ask yourselves where are the Christians and Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and millions of peaceful people who inhabited Arabia and Islamic controlled countries before Islam? What is happening today, every day to non-Moslems in Pakistan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Bosnia, Chechnia, Dagestan, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, and more? --- They are being murdered, raped, robbed, beaten, abused, all that is called for these non-Moslems in and according to the Koran.

So, more people are becoming aware of Islam's evil designs for America - starting with the destruction of our Constitution and then our civilization, and imposing the most violent, hateful Islam, aka Sharia on all of us.

majii
majii

This is the standard that the politicians involved in this incident should be held to: they all take a solemn vow to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution is very clear about religious freedom and the other rights of all who live in this country. Any politician engaging in any activity that violates his/her oath shouldn't be serving in any office. Furthermore, if all Americans would abide by the laws enshrined in the Constitution, incidents of this type wouldn't happen or would be very rare. This doesn't mean we don't remain vigilant where terrorism is concerned, but it does mean that we don't automatically condemn someone because he/she practices a religion different than the one we practice. IMO, only those who don't believe in the strength of our Constitution engage in the type of behavior seen in this video. And, someone who calls him/herself a Christian has no reason to fear anything/one. If he/she does, his/her faith is not as strong as it should be because the Bible tells us that as Christians, we shouldn't live in fear of anyone/thing.

al
al

Matt coker wrote this article, not Arellano. so why comment? Arellano believes he is the anti-hero, the misunderstood enlightener who only gets mocked not praise for his insights like "Oh, please. You just want a fantasy America where white makes right, and all those colored people stayed in their segregated-by-law communities. Pathetic." Hey gustavo, most people punctuate their sentences with a period or question mark, you punctuate yours by sticking out your tongue.

Avoid the Kool Aid
Avoid the Kool Aid

"as one would expect from a media outlet that coddles the old, rich, white, conservative and racist"

No bias here...

OCR, OCWeekly, LATimes; pick your Kool Aid of choice.

mitchell
mitchell

I think a lot of these problems could be solved with a rational immigration policy that reflected American demographics and the people who, you know, made America. Whatever the pluses or minuses of Islam/Muslims, there is no denying that both were an insignificant presence in the US until around 1970 or so. Sharply curtailing -- though not eliminated entirely -- immigration from predominantly Muslim countries would be a reflection of what America is -- the America that won WWII and put a man on the moon.

junior
junior

Siddiqi, the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County—Adam Gadahn’s former mosque, is an Islamic extremist. Siddiqi taught regular classes and delivered the weekly Friday afternoon sermons at Gadahn’s mosque. And given Siddiqi's views, it’s no surprise that Gadahn is now on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.http://www.fbi.gov/news/storie...

Siddiqi praised jihad and martyrdom, "Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with [Allah], and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor."

Siddiqi wants the United States to become a Muslim country through "gradual change," and that shariah (Islamic law) should become our law. "Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction."

He opposes Muslims serving in the U.S. military or defending the U.S. "Islam will not allow a Muslim to be drafted by non-Muslims to defend concepts, ideologies, and values other than those of Islam . . . . A Muslim shall defend non-Muslim lands not," Siddiqi said in an article entitled, "Basic Principles of Involvement in War in Islam."

"America has to learn," Siddiqi said at an October 2000 protest outside the White House. "If you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please! Please all American, do you remember that, that Allah is watching everyone . . . . If you continue doing injustice, and tolerating injustice, the wrath of God will come."

In 1989, the L.A. Times asked whether he agrees with the death sentence fatwa issued by Iran against author Salman Rushdie. Instead of saying no, he said that it would have to be determined by Islamic law.

ad dude
ad dude

Matt, while I definitely like how you point out the inconsistencies with the OCR's points of views on Siddiqi, as with most people though, opinions can and will change over time. While overall a paper may title someone as "one of the 100 most influential people who shaped Orange County in the past 25 years." , similarly to how the OCW titles businesses "Best of OC..." that doesnt necessarily make it a universally held opinion. Mickadeit has to keep with the slant that the OCR is known for, whether you love it or hate it. Just as you have to keep with the liberal slant/agenda, that the OCW keeps with.

Nyandjim
Nyandjim

The First Amendment guarantees everyone the right to express their views. So, why are people like me who are opposed to a violent, political, militant, bigoted, biased, hateful cult that has murdered hundreds of millions of people as they worked to subjugate everyone to a horrific belief system accused of everything that the Islamists in fact are?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Aw, are you hurt I don't pay as much attention to your stupidities as ol' Mitch? Tough tamales, son!

Rednail64
Rednail64

I'm curious as to what period of American demographics you would choose that best "reflects America"? Would it be in colonial times, with blacks as slaves and Native Americans controlling everything west of the 13 colonies? Would it be before or after the Irish potato famine? I'm guessing it would not include Japanese-Americans immorally interred during WWII.

You sir, are what is wrong with America.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, please. You just want a fantasy America where white makes right, and all those colored people stayed in their segregated-by-law communities. Pathetic.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You need to stop relying on wacko websites for your info.

MariaL
MariaL

Gustavo your panties get bunched up more than mine do...

MariaL
MariaL

What a freaking racist POS you are.

mitchell
mitchell

That's funny, since I never see integrated workforces at Mexican dominated construction sites, or Vietnamese (or Cambodian) owned doughnut shops. As usual , whitey must give everything, while the various 'ethnic' groups get to colonize our country.

junior
junior

I know what you mean Gustavo. When I am in a crowd of white people, I get all nervous and hyper and thinking - are all these people related? I freak out and call out for my brown buddy Gustavo. White people scare the beejeezus out of me.

MariaL
MariaL

Man you are an idiot!!

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