We live in a day and age in which finding the villain is a lot easier than finding the hero. The reason is simple. Today’s villains are so ruthless and so cruel most decent people are afraid to speak up. By speaking up I don’t just mean opining or attacking one of the bad guys in an Open Letter the way that I do. By speaking up, I mean making sure everyone hears your voice and you take serious actions that go after the very heart and soul of that evil. It takes a special kind of person to have that kind of conviction, wherewithal, but most of all courage to confront those who wish to destroy the very fabric of everything we stand for. M Zuhdi Jasser is one of those people.
Dr. Jasser is an Muslim American activist, former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and co-founder and president of the Muslim Reform Movement. So you may ask yourself, why would I put such staunch support behind the President of the Muslim Reform Movement? Yes it’s a good enough cause, and yes we need to see change, but as a Jew you might say, let me only focus on my own, and let him focus on his. You might also say it’s a useless endeavor so why waste time and effort. Well sometimes an individual takes action that transcends racial and religious divides. Sometimes the actions taken by an individual speak to the needs of everyone and help not only one group, but potentially the entire human race. As a Jew and Zionist, this final paragraph in a recent article by Dr. Jasser, a vocal supporter of Israel, told me everything I need to know in order to feel comfortable in pushing every one of you who is like-minded to do whatever you can to support this brave and important man.
“The Declaration of the Muslim Reform Movement puts the Islamists on the defensive and gives birth to a counter-Islamist offensive based in the ideas of religious liberty and universal human rights. We are ready ideological warriors for the nation. The security of the United States, Israel, and the West hangs in the balance.”
Earlier today I showed a friend some of Dr. Jasser’s writings and what he is doing and my friend’s reaction said it all. He said,”this guy might just save the world”. Although I don’t believe that one person can do it all, I do believe that my friend’s statement helps to underscore the significance and importance of what Dr. Jasser is trying to achieve. Is it an uphill battle? It certainly is. But consider this important fact. As important as it unfortunately is to wage a military war against Islamic extremism, in order to truly defeat it a war of ideology must also be waged. Dr M. Zuhdi Jasser is a leader of that fight from within, and someone I challenge each and every one of you to support any way you can, be it through words of encouragement, spreading his message, or if possible even more. If nothing else at least recognize him for his critical achievements.
We often comment about the disease within parts of Islam that shows little or no respect for human life. When we come across a man who fights for the rights and respect of all human life, a Muslim man who shows more respect for Jewish life than many non-Muslims, it is incumbent on us to stand behind him in support. I challenge each and every one of you to do so.
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