We’re always told the vast majority of practicing Muslims in the world are peaceful and utterly reject jihadism and terror.
We’re told that primarily by people who are not Muslim.
The vast chorus of “moderate” Muslims vowing to stamp out the violent militant extremists in their midst is oddly muted, would you not agree?
Either they’re completely blind to the fact that there are indeed violent extremists committing terror in the name of Islam…or what?
Under Barack Obama’s administration a program was created called countering violent extremism (CVE), designed to stop extremists’ efforts to recruit would-be terrorists in the U.S.
A total of $10 million was set aside by Homeland Security for the program and offered to Muslim organizations for a variety of uses such as creating youth programs, producing films and other educational materials.
Now that Donald Trump is in the White House however, a number of organizations are refusing the grant money.
The Sacramento Bee reports a California Islamic school made the decision yesterday to turn down $800,000 in federal funds as a result of Donald Trump’s presidency. The amount would have covered more than half of Bayan Claremont’s annual budget, but many there felt Trump’s rhetoric singling out Islamic extremism and his travel ban affecting predominantly Muslim countries had gone too far.
It also made the school the fourth organization nationwide under the Trump administration to reject the money.
Bayan Claremont had received the second-largest grant, among the first 31 federal grants for CVE awarded to organizations, schools and municipalities in the dwindling days of the Obama administration. The school had hoped to use the money to help create a new generation of Muslim community leaders, with $250,000 earmarked for more than a dozen local nonprofits doing social justice work.
At Unity Productions Foundation of Potomac Falls, Virginia, officials said they would decline a grant of $396,585 to produce educational films challenging narratives supporting extremist ideologies and violent extremism “due to the changes brought by the new administration,” according to a private message to donors reviewed by The Associated Press.
And in Dearborn, Michigan, Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities said last week it was turning down $500,000 for youth-development and public-health programs because of the “current political climate.” Ka Joog, a leading Somali nonprofit organization in Minneapolis, also turned down $500,000 for its youth programs.
All told, more than 20 percent of the roughly $10 million awarded by the Homeland Security Department has been rejected. And other groups have signaled they may follow suit, should the name of the program change from Countering Violent Extremism to Countering Islamic Extremism.
You know the first step towards solving a problem is admitting you have one.
This little chart below showing all Islamic attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 may help in that regard. Or not.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]