Thursday, July 28, 2005

What the heck is this, CBS?

CBS replaces stars on flag with Islamic crescent!

This evening I received an email from Jeff Epstein of that pointed me to an article about the Fatwa issued today by the Fiqh Council of North America against terrorism.

Before I even get started on the credibility of the Fiqh Council, I have to say a few words about the CBS article.

Jeff Epstein wrote in his email "Would someone like to explain how CBS can explain this? As far as I'm concerned, CBS is desecrating "Old Glory" at a time when American servicemen are dying overseas to protect our liberties. Doesn't CBS have ANY shame?"

Epstein recently had a commercial regarding the upcoming Terrorism Symposium that is being sponsored by the People's Truth Forum cancelled at the last minute by CBS on the grounds that "too many people might be emotionally affected by this subject matter - it's too controversial to be aired at this time".

I have to agree with Epstein. Americans should find the replacement of the stars on Old Glory with an Islamic Crescent unacceptable.

Now, let me say a few words about the Fiqh Council of North America.

According to the chronology of Islam in America, on the American Muslim Perspective website, on March 10, 1998 the ISNA Fiqh Committee was reorganized as the Fiqh Council of North America “to create a larger and more authoritative body of Muslim scholars to effectively confront the many legal issues facing Muslims in North America.”

Fiqh Council member Taha Jabir Alawan (Alawani) was publicly identified in an affidavit by U.S. Customs special agent David Kane as a director of "Safa Group companies including International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), FIQH council of North America, Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences, and Heritage Education Trust." It went on to state "In October 1999, a confidential asset of the FBI, who has provided reliable information in the past, furnished the Washington Field Office of the FBI a copy of a fatwa 36 (declaration) signed by Al-Alwani at some point between December 1988 and November 1989, proclaiming the truth by the powers invested in us by Allah, that Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine; that no person or authority may settle the Jews on the land of Palestine or cede to them any part thereof, or recognize any right therein for them. "

Muzamil Siddiqi, head of the Fiqh Council, is quoted in an interview regarding the fatwa as saying "Suicide bombing is forbidden in Islam. This is not the solution, it is not the right way of doing things. Occupation is wrong, of course, but at the same time this is not the way." But in a 1995 speech he praised suicide bombers. "Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor," he was quoted as saying by the Kansas City Star on Jan. 28, 1995.

One of the better known former members of the Fiqh Council of North America is Abdurahman Alamoudi, currently serving time in federal prison after pleading guilty to terrorism related crimes.



Blogger The Sojourner said...

Hi Laura,
I must have missed this - how/when did CBS display this "flag"?

2:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It was displayed Thursday on the website at

6:57 PM  

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