STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHOENIX (January4, 2013) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith” issued the following statement on behalf of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy on the sale of Al Gore’s Current TV to anti-American Al Jazeera network:
“American cable companies need to seriously reconsider their commitments to Al Gore’s Current TV in the wake of its sale to the Al Jazeera Media Group. Al Jazeera, an often virulently anti-American media organization ideologically dominated by Islamists, has announced its intentions to convert Current TV into Al Jazeera America, its latest endeavor to spread the Islamist agenda in the United States.
To this point, despite years of effort, Al Jazeera has been unsuccessful in America because it could not secure the cable television distribution networks necessary to spread its message across the United States. In one fell swoop, it has secured those networks and access to over 40 million homes with the purchase of Current TV for $500 million.
Al Gore, Chairman of Current has sold his progressive free speech principles for the Qatari petro-dollars, having personally lobbied cable executives and according to the New York Times strong arming them into maintaining their contracts so that the sale could go through. As part of the deal Mr. Al “Jazeera” Gore stands to gain $100 million and will be given an unpaid seat on the Al Jazeera board.
Gore is quoted as saying “[Al Jazeera’s] global reach is unmatched and their coverage of major events like the Arab Spring is thorough, fair and informative.”
Clearly the petro-dollars have blinded him to the dangerous Islamist ideological roots of Al Jazeera. For informed viewers, this is clearly an organization that is a central stomping ground to the Muslim Brotherhood and global Islamist interests. We regularly monitor Al Jazeera Arabic and English, and it is clearly a network which provides its global viewership a steady supply of news and opinion through only one ideological lens—an Islamist lens. Al Jazeera seeks only to give global dominance to the interests of Islamist nations and their tools as seen through the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
For example, Al Jazeera gives Imam Yusuf Al-Qardawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, regularly an outlet to spew his hatred to 60 million viewers worldwide with his program Sharia and Life. In 2009, he stated that the Holocaust was “Divine punishment” for the Jews. He openly advocates for the killing of apostates. The Daily Telegraph reports that in his book “The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam Qardawi”, he insists that it is permissible for a husband to beat his wife as a last resort. Qaradawi has also repeatedly stated that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. He has been refused travel to the West because he has openly advocated for terror against Israeli citizens as well as Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the height of the Iraq War, Al Jazeera was obviously the primary distributor of anti-American sentiment in the region bringing untold harm to our forces and, mysteriously, they also often became a conduit for the release of many Al Qaeda videos.
The Islamists which Al Jazeera promotes hardly fit the progressive or free speech values that Al Gore founded Current TV to spread. Qaradawi is just the most well-known of the many anti-American hosts that call Al Jazeera home.
Direct TV, The Dish Network, Comcast, Time Warner and any cable company that is considering carrying this new network need to take a hard look at the ideological underpinnings of this endeavor and stop it in its tracks. Al Jazeera is not only a purveyor of Islamism which is inherently incompatible with America but the network has been reported to suppress free speech even within its own ranks.
Just because Al Gore has sold his soul does not mean that they have to give this pure anti-American organization airwaves in the U.S. Have the courage to pull the plug.”
About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.
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M. Zuhdi Jasser is also the founder and Chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix Arizona. He is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, a physician in private practice, and a community activist.