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Interfaith Ally or Islamist Front Group?
by Ryan Mauro
On March 14, a group called the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) held a parade in Binghamton, New York, under the banner of its "United Muslim-Christian Forum." The event sought to bring together Muslims and Christians with mutual respect for Jesus Christ to celebrate the birthday of Mohammed. New Yorkers shouldn't be fooled by the group's public relations effort, as the Christian Action Network, where I serve as the national security advisor, has thoroughly documented its extremism.
Last year, the Christian Action Network released "Homegrown Jihad," a documentary about how this group has dozens of isolated communities, including its well-known "Islamberg" headquarters near Hancock, New York that is over 70 acres large. Secret videotape showed the group's radical Pakistan-based leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, training some of his followers in a range of violent jihadist tactics and making a pitch for followers to receive his guerilla warfare training by going to his Muslims of the Americas sites.
I was later provided with two more tapes, one showing the group's female recruits receiving such training at "Islamberg" and the other espousing their propaganda, including a declaration that the U.S. is now a Muslim country. These clips were put together into a YouTube video that has since received over 140,000 hits. The evidence we have presented has failed to stop government officials from embracing this group.
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