Free Muslims endorse the March in March
Moderate Muslims in Denmark have formed the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims) organisation to disavow the extremists and to state in public that the hate-mongering imams who stirred up the Danish Cartoon controversy do NOT speak for them.
In taking this step, they are joining the ranks of Muslim organisations who disavow violence and extremism and who seek to place religious activity in the personal, rather than public, domain. One of the first to be established, the Free Muslims Coalition, has been among the first organisations to endorse the March for Free Expression. Kamal Nawash, the President of FMC, was succinct when I read him the statement of principle. "Exactly," he said.
The FMC website includes this statement of purpose:
The Free Muslims was created to eliminate broad base support for Islamic extremism and terrorism and to strengthen secular democratic institutions in the Middle East and the Muslim World by supporting Islamic reformation efforts.All too true in the UK as well as the USA, I'm afraid.
The Free Muslims promotes a modern secular interpretation of Islam which is peace-loving, democracy-loving and compatible with other faiths and beliefs. The Free Muslims' efforts are unique; it is the only mainstream American-Muslim organization willing to attack extremism and terrorism unambiguously. Unfortunately most other Muslim leaders believe that in terrorist organizations, the end justifies the means.
We are very grateful for the support and good wishes of the American branch of FMC. We also we look forward to being joined by the just-opening UK chapter on March 25th. We invite any UK based Muslims visiting this site who want to disavow the extremist "community leaders" who give tacit support to intimidation, violence and terrorism to consider joining the FMC.
And join us on our march in March.