President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Con to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"I am an American Muslim dedicated to defeating the ideology that fuels global Islamist terror -- political Islam. And I don't see such a 'center' actually fighting terrorism or being a very 'positive' addition near Ground Zero, no matter how well intentioned.
To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and "our good side" and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies...
This is not about the building of a mosque or a religious facility. It is not about religious freedom. This is about a deep, soulful understanding of what happened to our country on 9/11.
When Americans are attacked, they come together as one, under one flag, under one law against a common enemy that we are not afraid to identify. Religious freedom is central to our nation - and that is why the location of this project is so misguided. Ground Zero is purely about being American. It can never be about being Muslim.
The World Trade Center site represents Ground Zero in America's war against radical Islamists who seek to destroy the American way of life. It is not ground zero of a cultural exchange."
"What the Muslims in America Can Do," Des Moines Register, Oct. 6, 2010
"Questions for Imam Rauf from an American Muslim," The Wall Street Journal, Sep. 10, 2010
"New York Times and CNN Miss Critical Analysis of Overhyped Muslim Counter-Radicalization Video," The Daily Caller, Aug. 27, 2010
"Divisive Debate on Ground Zero," The Arizona Republic, Aug. 17, 2010
"A Course on Islam," Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, July 30, 2010
"Time to Take Sides," The Daily Caller, July 27, 2010
"A Muslim Soldier," Big Peace, July 22, 2010
"We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident," Big Peace, July 4, 2010
"Mosque Unbecoming," New York Post, May 24, 2010
"American Muslims Disagree," The Washington Times, May 13, 2010
"My Fellow Muslims, We Must Wake Up!," Fox News, May 7, 2010
"How Can We Thwart Future Islamist Attacks?," Family Security Matters, May 5, 2010
"Americanism versus Islamism," The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular, Ed. Zeyno Baran, 2010
"Political Islam, Liberalism, and the Diagnosis of a Problem," Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam, Eds. Richard C. Martin and Abbas Barzegar, 2010
Cowritten with Sid Shahid, "A Struggle for the Soul of a Faith: Spiritual Islam versus Political Islam," The Impact of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy:
The Day that Changed Everything?, Ed. Matthew J. Morgan, 2009
Appeared in the documentary America At Risk: The War With No Name, Citizens United/Gingrich Productions/Peace River Company, 2010
Recipient, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director's Community Leadership Award, Jan. 2008
Narrator, The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America
, PublicScope Films, 2008
Recipient, Defender of the Home Front Award, Oct. 2007
Appeared in the documentary Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center, PBS, 2007