Some Muslim groups concerned about federal terror prevention program

MINNEAPOLIS — About 40 Muslim groups in Minnesota are voicing concern about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting, according to a statement sent out Friday by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The statement, which contains the names of several mosques, student groups and other Muslim organizations, asks the Department of Justice to discontinue the program, saying it unfairly singles out members of the state’s large Somali community for their nationality and religion.

“While we support the right of all Americans to live in democratic communities free of violence, we cannot in good conscience condone or help refine programs that are fundamentally discriminatory and are likely to further subject our community members to additional civil rights abuses,” the statement said.

Minneapolis is one of three cities participating in a pilot program designed to prevent terror recruiting by creating opportunities for youth and those considered at-risk. While the government says it’s a community-led initiative and supporters see it is a way to fight extremism, some activists have expressed concern that it will amount to government surveillance of Muslim communities. Similar concerns have been raised in Boston and Los Angeles, the other cities in the program…

  • Dana Garcia

    Actually, being discriminatory in terms of recognizing enemies in our midst is a way we can preserve representative government.

    It’s too bad that “discrimination” has been turned into a bad word by the thought police when it used to mean having developed tastes.

  • I am sure this program will either be scrubbed or completely done away with.

    Never under-estimate the power of nagging.

  • roccolore

    Muslims don’t want to stop terrorism so they can keep crying about “Islamophobia.”

  • Achmed

    So called anti terrorism laws are racist!

    They are against freedom of religion and show no respect for our culture!

    • k1962

      No respect for whose culture?

      • Surele Surele

        or, rather, what culture?

    • roccolore

      Muslims = racists (especially the Somalis running Minnesota)

  • Martin B

    It’s good to know that Muslim groups are only concerned about terror prevention, and not about terrorism.

  • kkruger71

    According to a quick Google search for stats, it works out that Minnesota has a TOTAL number of non-christian religious population of about 150,000. That is all of them though, Jewish, Bhuddist, Hindu, and Muslim. So even if they are about equal, that is at most maybe 40,000 muslims. So “About 40 Muslim groups” includes all these one with like 6 people in it, and tons of crossovers, How much says there are people that belong to at least half of the “different” groups.

    • Surele Surele

      Why would they need 40 groups? Diversity?

      • Kathy Nelson

        Terrorist cells.

        • Surele Surele

          Diverse terrorist cells, now I see it.

  • k1962

    Close the frickin door already. These people are 1000 times more trouble than they are worth.

  • Allan

    Well, to be fair, I guess they should start fighting terror recruiting among the Buddhists, Lutherans, Mormons, and Taoists too.

    • Surele Surele

      Absolutely. Especially Mormons.

  • Gary

    CAIR Canada and Sheema Khan had the same mind set to cry islamophoibia when muslims and their mosques were being watched .
    gee, so when you’re looking for radicalized muslims in mosques it’s wrong to look in mosques for radicalized muslims.
    CAIR has done more to spread sharia law and cause no-muslims to hate islam for all the demands and whines for special treatment.
    The quran labels every one of the 6,000,000,000 non-msulim on Earth as enemies of islam to be converted of killed. But somehow Muslims are the victims.

  • Kathy Nelson

    No one should believe a word CAIR says. They are islamics and islamics are required to lie to civilized people. CAIR itself is a terrorist organization and should be outlawed.