Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Trainer who seeks to convert Muslims to Christianity to present to ICE

Rev. Hicham Chehab
A Muslim group alleges that Rev. Hicham Chehab, head of the Chicagoland Lutheran Muslim Mission Association (CLMMA), will “give a presentation to U.S. immigration officers at the end of July.” Chehab, who claims to be a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has also reportedly given an “anti-terrorism course” to the Army Reserve, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reports. Today CAIR called on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to drop Chehab, who heads an organization that seeks to convert Muslims to Christianity.
 
CAIR further asked ICE to review the use of taxpayer funds for outside trainers who offer stereotypical and inaccurate information about Islam and American Muslims. When contacted by CAIR, Rev. Chehab said he “cannot give details” about the training and claimed he is not being paid for the session.
 
“While Pastor Chehab is free to engage in missionary activities, it would be inappropriate for him to train government officials who will inevitably interact with American Muslims,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter to ICE Director John Morton. “We believe training by a person with such obvious bias against Islam and Muslims would only serve to heighten concerns American Muslims have about allegations of mistreatment at our nation’s borders.”


The Lutheran Church Charities website indicates that it is affiliated with the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church.


Awad added that CAIR’s Michigan chapter recently announced a decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) to launch an investigation into potential civil rights violations and profiling of Muslims by personnel at the United States-Canada border.
 
“There is a growing concern that many of the government and law enforcement officials American Muslims come into contact with in their daily lives have been negatively influenced by inaccurate and agenda-driven portrayals of their community and their faith,” said Awad.


Earlier this week, CAIR called on the CIA not to use one of the Islamophobic counter-terror trainers who were exposed on NPR for allegedly smearing a respected Ohio Muslim.


SourceCAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

For further information (all sources provided by CAIR): 
SEE: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood Member Speaks to Grace Lutheran Church 
SEE: DHS to Probe CAIR-MI Complaints on Border Questioning of Muslims 

Video: Muslims Say They've Been Harassed at Border (CAIR)
Muslim Border Protest: 'We're Asking for Equal Treatment'
CNN recently aired a two-part series exposing an “ex-terrorist” trainer, Walid Shoebat, as an anti-Islam fraud.
Video: CNN Exposes Walid Shoebat's Terror Training Scam (CAIR)

  1. Part 1 –- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJN00dBhZVk
  2. Part 2 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Tzz51VYXg 
CAIR has in the past called on the Obama administration, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and Congress to provide oversight for apparently widespread anti-Muslim bias in the training of law enforcement, security and military personnel nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Asks Sec. Napolitano to Probe Use of Islamophobic Trainers
Video: CAIR Decries Anti-Muslim Police Trainers

Trainers for American military personnel have included Islamophobes such as Robert Spencer, co-founder of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA). SIOA has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is listed on the SPLC's Active Anti-Muslim Groups.
CAIR: Muslim-Basher Trains U.S. Military Personnel in Kentucky


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