Austin, TX – (01/26/2017) – To better understand the critical threat of radical Islamic terrorism in Texas, State Representative Kyle Biedermann hosted a Homeland Security Forum on Thursday at the Texas State Capitol to enact policies and mechanisms to better protect Texas.
The forum entitled, “Defending Against Radical Islamic Terrorism in Texas,” was hosted by State Representative Kyle Biedermann and focused on the threats of radical Islamic terrorism and what Texas must do to be better prepared to defend against it.
“With the rise of radical Islamic terrorism throughout the world, our homeland security must be our top priority. When I took office, I assembled a Law Enforcement & Homeland Security Advisory Council. The number one priority of the advisory council, and my top priority, has been border security, and keeping Texas strong and secure. In recent years we have seen over 100,000 illegal aliens from countries other than Mexico crossing over our southern border annually. These illegals hailed from countries outside of Central America, from places like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We have a responsibility as Texans to secure our border and to protect against the serious, and growing, threats of terrorism. I’m eager to work with my colleagues in the legislature to take swift actions to ensure Texas is safe and secure for all our residents,” said State Representative Kyle Biedermann.
Throughout the forum, experts from across the nation spoke on the dangers of radical Islamic activity in the state of Texas. More specifically, its effects on Texas citizens and the history underlying radical Islam in the United States and Texas were discussed. The role of Islamic groups with connections to terrorist organizations was also at the forefront in respect to these issues.
The presenters included subject matter experts: Dr. Zuhdi Jasser — President & Founder; American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Nonie Darwish — President & Founder, Former Muslims United; Chris Gaubatz — Vice President, Understanding The Threat; Beth Van Duyne — Mayor, Irving, TX; Karen Lugo — Attorney at Law and Kamal Saleem — Koome Ministries. The presenters provided insight as the 85th Texas Legislature seeks solutions to radical Islam’s negative impact on Texas citizens.
Speaking first was the President & Founder of Former Muslims United, Nonie Darwish. An Egyptian-American human rights activist, Darwish focused on how leaders of the Islamic community in America have refused to repudiate the Islamic laws that punish with execution, physical harm, boycott and public humiliation to those American Muslims who choose to leave Islam.
“According to Sharia law, Islam must control the state (government) and wherever Muslim leaders go they advocate that. And since Islam is not open to criticism, the Islamic state or government must also not be open to criticism unless it deviates from Sharia. Anyone who leaves Islam must be executed in all four schools of Islam and the overwhelming majority of Muslims agree with that. I personally have been threatened even though I am an American citizen I do not feel secure in my rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. These are not the priorities of Islamic law, but jihad is the number one priority for all Muslims especially the Muslim leaders. Accordingly I found it difficult to accommodate my loyalty to the US legal system and my loyalty to Sharia and that was one of the reasons I had to leave Islam. But unfortunately I have ostracized by the Islamic community and leadership,” said Nonie Darwish.
Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, TX also spoke at the Homeland Security Forum focusing on her city’s experience specifically with Sharia. Mayor Beth Van Duyne was honored to be elected Mayor of Irving, TX in 2011, having served as a city council representative from 2004–2010. Former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, she established and chaired Irving’s Communications Committee and has done extensive coalition building among local, state and federal officials and community leaders throughout the country through her activities with the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Texas Municipal League and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Karen Lugo, the former Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, focused on how Texas can work with the Muslim community to aid the differentiation between Muslims who are constitutionally compatible and those that seek to supplant it.
“Islamism provides the smokescreen behind which radicalism develops into terrorism. We must join moderate and reform Muslims to ensure that Islamist efforts to undermine constitutional standards in America are identified, exposed and confronted,” said Karen Lugo.
Joining the Homeland Security Summit via Skype was Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, an American Muslim, 11 year U.S. Navy veteran, a physician, and the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). A lifelong conservative and advocate for individual liberty, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in order to organize American Muslims and their allies against ‘political Islam’ which is the root cause of jihadist terror.
“As an American Muslim dedicated to both national security and to my faith, I look forward to sharing with Texas’ governmental leadership the profound importance of publicly engaging the Muslim Reform Movement in Homeland Security. I look forward to working on what our homeland security should be doing to bridge the deepening gaps that exist in keeping us safe from the global Islamist ideologies that threaten our homeland,” said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.
Focusing specifically on the the jihadi threat, including jihadi networks in Texas, was Chris Gaubatz, Vice President of Understanding the Threat. The majority of his presentation was focused on the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. In 2007, Chris began researching the threat of jihadi organizations in the United States while interning at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Virginia. While working at the CAIR office, Chris uncovered a fraud scheme being perpetrated by CAIR’s “immigration attorney” who was defrauding Muslims in the community and lying about handling their immigration proceedings. In fact, he was not even a licensed attorney. When that office was shut down by CAIR in an effort to conceal this criminal activity, Chris was invited by Hamas/CAIR leaders to work at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. Chris’ entire story is featured in the book Muslim Mafia authored by investigative journalist Paul Sperry and Dave Gaubatz (Chris’ Father).
“Per the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial in US history, the US v. Holy Land Foundation, CAIR has been identified as a Hamas organization. Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization by the US government, and an inherent part of the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR has the same agenda as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda — a global caliphate under Sharia. Much of the war against jihadi groups like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Muslim Brotherhood (CAIR), is taking place in the information battlespace; this is a war of narratives. By posing as a civil rights group, CAIR is advancing their agenda with legislators and the media through information campaigns like Muslim Capitol Day. They must be opposed at every turn,” said Chris Gaubatz.
Also speaking at the Homeland Security Forum was Kamal Saleem. Born into a large Sunni Muslim family in the heart of the Middle East, Saleem was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age, completing his first mission in Israel at the age of seven. Kamal left his family and home in the Middle East as a young man to enter his mission field; the United States. He brought with him a tremendous passion to convert as many Christians and Jews as possible for the glory of Allah. He implemented his plan, and worked effectively in what we now know as “Stealth” cultural Jihad.
In 1985, Kamal’s world turned upside down when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident. A Christian man tended to Kamal at the accident scene, making sure he got the medical treatment he needed. Kamal’s orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist were also Christian men whom over a period of several months ministered the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to him as he recovered. The love and sacrificial giving of these men caused Kamal to cry out to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob acknowledging his need for the Savior. Kamal has since become a man on a new mission, as an Ambassador for Christ.
“I firmly believe radical Islam is the most broadly disguised present danger to Christians, Jews and all non-Muslim people of the world,” said Kamal Saleem, of Koome Ministries.