Dateline: August 15, 2013
Last night, Sean Hannity on his program on FOX News confronted MD Rabbi Alam, founder of the American Muslims Political Action Committee. Alam is organizing a march this Sept. 11 for Muslims to protest America’s treatment of Muslims since 9-11. He began by recounting an incident the day the Twin Towers were attacked when a friend came to him and told him “your ‘cousins’ blew it up.”
His grievance states;
On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done that day. Muslim and non-Muslim alike were traumatized, but we as Muslims continue, 12 years later, to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti-Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam. Yet our government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA Law.
Hannity asked Alam if he was trying to change 9-11 from a day to remember those who were killed by radical Islamists into a day about anti-Muslim bigotry. Alam replied, “No, not really. We are standing this day to show America that we Muslim we denounce terrorism and we want to understand with the solidarity denouncing that horrific event.”
Brigitte Gabriel, president of Act for America who grew up in Lebanon during the civil war there, excoriated Alam saying that his response to Hannity was not what his march is about but that he is trying to make Islamists the victims. Alam retorted that Muslims became villainized on 9-11. When Alam hesitated to condemn bigotry against Israelis and Christians in the Middle East, Gabriel asked where this million man march was when Nidal Hasan shot his fellow soldiers, or to denounce other terrorist acts by Muslims in the United States. Alam protested that she does not know Muslims like himself, to which Gabriel replied she knows many moderate Muslims, but, like him, they do not stand up and make million man marches against radical terrorists.