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Confronting Muslims of the Americas
by Ryan Mauro
On April 16, the United Muslim-Christian Forum (UMCF) held an interfaith event in Owego, New York, featuring Christian and Muslim speakers, including the mayor of the town. Its Web site proudly hosts a photo of Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan holding a UMCF sign. Far from the model of tolerance it casts itself as, the UMCF is a front for an anti-Semitic, Islamic extremist group named Muslims of the Americas (MOA), and the keynote speaker warned that Allah will destroy whoever supports Koran burnings, and possibly the entire country.
The MOA was exposed in the Christian Action Network's (CAN) 2009 film, "Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.," which shows that MOA "villages" (of which the group says there are 22) are used for guerilla warfare training. The Department of Homeland Security says that the MOA is linked to Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group. Both follow Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, a radical cleric in Pakistan. In 1998, the State Department described ul-Fuqra as an "Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence."
Shortly after the film's release, I obtained an MOA videotape showing female members receiving paramilitary instruction at "Islamberg" in Hancock, NY. The group responded with a ridiculous rebuttal video in December 2009, followed by a four-part series in January 2010. Since then, CAN has acquired multiple recordings of gunfire coming from "Holy Islamville" in York County, SC.
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