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Mapping Shari’a in America Project, Yes, Just a bunch of nut cases but….

June 15, 2007

Update: The Dar Al Hijrah Mosque was vandalized last night.  Please read Tariq Nelson’s and Umar Lee’s many updates on this matter. 

Earlier this week, I recieved this in my e-mail:

PR Newswire US

June 13, 2007 Wednesday 2:30 PM GMT

Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) Announces Mapping Shari’a in America Project

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WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Society of Americans

for National Existence (SANE) announced today the launch of the Mapping Shari’a in America Project, the world’s first effort to systematically evaluate the threat that a nation faces from efforts to impose Shari’a within its borders.

The project will collect information about America’s 2,300-plus mosques and associated day schools, provide information to both law enforcement officials and the public, and test the proposition that Shari’a amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

Today’s announcement comes after a week-long pilot study of the Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, which uncovered clear and convincing evidence of direct and indirect links to violent Jihad. The project is already making this information available to law enforcement and the public.

“Shari’a is not merely speech, and it is certainly not religion as understood by the West,” SANE’s President, David Yerushalmi, said at a morning press conference. “Rather, it is a political and ideological mandate to destroy the West. We believe that every act to teach, preach, and live according to traditional, historical, and authoritative Shari’a contributes to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow our government.”

Dave Gaubatz, who will direct the project, added, “We will rank the mosques and schools in terms of their adherence to Shari’a and, in turn, the risks they pose in terms of future Jihadist attacks. We hope that our efforts help inform both law enforcement authorities and the public at large.”

Here’s how the project would work:

A team of seasoned intelligence and counter-terrorism experts and Islamic scholars (Arabs, Christians and Jews), many fluent in Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi, will visit America’s 2,300-plus mosques and associated day schools and collect information that includes statements by their leaders, the literature they use, the level of orthodoxy in prayer and discussion.

Through this investigation, which will last about a year, the project will develop two products:

   — First, for law enforcement officials, an interactive, cross-indexed  mapping and ranking of Shari’a (ranked from 1-10) as it is preached, taught, and observed in each of the mosques and Islamic day schools.

    — Second, for the public, an open access portal that provides the ranking of individual mosques and schools.

    The project is designed with two goals in mind.

    — First, to test the thesis that Shari’a amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States by undermining the Constitution. Thus, Jihad or terror (i.e., the murder of innocent Americans), is a tactic, not a goal, of Shari’a.

    — Second, to test the hypothesis that one can identify and interdict much of the early ground work for establishing Jihadist cells and networks by identifying mosques and Islamic day schools that are teaching and preaching traditional and authoritative Shari’a.

If the project establishes the link between Shari’a and the threat to the United States from Jihad, project leaders will then advocate for the criminalization of Shari’a – that is, to treat it as a criminal conspiracy to undermine the Constitution and to commit murder and treason.

About SANE: The Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) is a non-profit 501c3 organization based in Arizona with offices in New York.

SANE is a membership organization with thousands of members from all over the US. SANE is dedicated to preserving and strengthening America’s national existence by probing a new and deeper discussion of the issues

others fear or just avoid.

CONTACT: Cindy Page of The Society of Americans for National Existence, +1-801-760-3901, or +1-262-646-0500,

Web site:

SOURCE The Society of Americans for National Existence

IMHO, this is a JOKE!  A group that wishes to “test the proposition that Shari’a amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.” should not have these goals within their mission:

So at its core, SANE is dedicated to the rejection of democracy and party rule and a return to a constitutional republic, with a vibrant and real federalism at work, providing for an Executive that can execute its mandate to lead the country, a legislature limited to legislating and to its other enumerated powers, and a court system fully reined in to adjudicate facts before the law and not to legislate by judicial fiat.
SANE’s Mission goes well beyond these rudimentary though necessary steps. SANE seeks a return to America’s founding commitment to deserve G-d’s continued blessing by preserving the soul of this great nation. Thus, SANE stands for the following:
Ø A strong commitment to preserve and to protect America’s Judeo-Christian content and moral grounding.
Ø A return to the original U.S. Constitution and the principles of limited government for which it stood.
Ø A return to a vibrant federalism where the state governments are not merely vassals to an overwhelming and over-sized national government.
Ø A limited but strong national government to protect our Homeland against the foreign aggressor, including those foreigners who have penetrated our borders.
Ø A commitment to a real border and immigration policy based on allowing only those immigrants whose culture and commitment to America’s national existence will bring greater prosperity and strength to our country.
SANE’s Mission includes the dismantling of much of the liberal enterprise, including:
Ö A rejection of the Open Society agenda and Multiculturalism that so dominates and permeates our society.
Ö A rejection of the view that Science dictates Certainty in man’s affairs and that Man’s Being is reduced to scientific thinking on matters of life and death, purpose, and values.
Ö A rejection of the culture of death that has resulted in a society more committed to permitting and providing for abortion than in preserving the life of the unborn and the living.

Moreso, it has come to my attention today that both Umar Lee and Tariq Nelson are both associated with the Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia which sane works accuses of uncovering “clear and convincing evidence of direct and indirect links to violent Jihad”.  Umar Lee and Tariq Nelson both have post up at their sites in regards to the accusation – go here and here.

Some of you may be looking at this and saying – “oh, just another Islamophobic site”  but there is a seriousness to what is going on with these sites.  Just do a typical search on “Islam” and most likely you are going to come up with a million different Islamophobic sites giving false information.  Do a search on the Mapping Shari’a in America Project and you most likely won’t find Tariq’s and Umar’s posts in the future because they will be drown out by the blog frenzy linking to the Mapping Shari’a in America Project.

I’ve seen a Muslim school be accused of the same by a magazine.  The article to that story will be found easily, but what you won’t find is that the school sued the magazine for slander and won.  Suing, winning and getting a retraction is one thing but informing the public of that fact is quite another and getting each and every blogger to take this story down is quite another. 

So how do you fight this?  Do a post in regards to the Sharia Mapping Project and link to both Umar Lee’s rebuttal post and to Tariq Nelson’s rebuttal post and be sure to tag your post.  It’s time to stop getting these rebuttal’s drowned out by Islamophobes.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2007 7:04 pm

    Stepping into the foot prints of Daniel Pipes, Islamophobist and founder of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim forums such as Middle East Forum and Campus Watch, another pro-Israeli Islamophobist, David Yerushalmi, has established an anti-Islam group known with the acronym SANE: the Society of Americans for National Existence. The main objective of the group is banishing Islam from the US by making “adherence to Islam” punishable by 20 years in prison.

    Before divulging on the agenda of the new group let us discuss the background of the founder of the group, David Yerushalmi.

    His official biography at the SANE website states: Yerushalmi was instrumental in establishing the Israel Export Development Co., Ltd., as an entrepreneurial policy tool to initiate radical free market reforms in Israel. Working along side fellow board members and shareholders such as Robert Tishman, Jerry Speyer, Larry Silverstein, Lawrence Tisch, Eugene Grant and Sy Syms, Yerushalmi was appointed the company’s CEO and Chairman.

    What is missing in this bio is that Yerushalmi spent 15 years in Israel. Yerushalmi persuaded six U.S. senators and 13 representatives to send letters to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin backing the zone. He planned to locate Israeli and U.S. high-tech companies in the $2 billion zone project.
    David Yerushalmi is member of the Board of Trustees of the Jerusalem-based think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS) with an affiliated office in Washington D.C. IASPS is dedicated to the defense of Israel. Naturally, SANE was one of the sponsor groups of a pro-Israel Washington DC rally on June 10, 2007.

    David Yerushalmi is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Maccabim Foundation for Iranian Emigrants in Israel.

    With these credentials, there is little doubt that the SANE, just like the Campus Watch, Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch, is another pro-Israeli, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim project exploiting patriotism and the prevailing anti-Muslim hysteria in the nation.

    The anti-Muslim hate group advocates making “adherence to Islam” punishable by 20 years in prison. In February of this year, it released a policy paper that in part stated: “Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People. . .It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.”

    For SANE’s purposes anybody who follows the teaching of the Quran and Prophet Mohammad is adhering Islam. This includes both major Muslim sects, Sunnis and Shias.

    On June 13, SANE unveiled its so-called “Mapping Shari’a in America Project” devoted to spying on 2,300 Islamic institutions in the United States. “The project will collect information about America’s 2,300-plus mosques and associated day schools, provide information to both law enforcement officials and the public, and test the proposition that Shari’a (read Islam) amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government,” the SANE project said.

    While launching its “Mapping Sharia Project,” the SANE claimed that hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity and promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America.

    SANE’s Immigration proposal calls for a ban on Muslim immigration and declaring all non-US citizen Muslims Alien Enemies and deported. In January this year, SANE founder David Yerusalmi issued a paper titled “War Manifesto – The War Against Islam” suggesting that all practicing Muslims, irrespective of their declarations to the contrary, should not be allowed to immigrate to this country.

    The SANE project is being promoted by the Insight, a sister online magazine of the Washington Times which recently launched an attack on CAIR, a major American Muslim civil rights group.

  2. Rory permalink
    February 26, 2008 3:08 pm

    I think the project is well worth it. After seeing the uncovering of the radical mosques in the UK, which are also in the 80% range preaching hatred and jihad, this isn’t about so called Islamophobia (another false term), but rather exposing the radical elements within the Islamic community. Which I might add, the so called moderates do nothing about. Obviously, Muslims would rather deflect than confront the actual problem in there own communities.

  3. May 11, 2008 9:50 pm

    Shari’a is not merely speech


    and it is certainly not religion as understood by the West

    Also true.

    Rather, it is a political and ideological mandate

    True again.

    to destroy the West.

    Not quite. lol. It’s actually just the practice of living by the divine law (shari’at Allah) as interpreted by
    Islamic authorities.

    But, however, this “SANE” group is correct that sharia is incompatible (by definition) with the secular governments of the West.

  4. May 14, 2008 10:48 pm

    “Rather, it is a political and ideological mandate”

    for some

    “Not quite. lol. It’s actually just the practice of living by the divine law (shari’at Allah) as interpreted by Islamic authorities.”

    It’s an attempt at living by divine law as Islamic authorities attempt to interpret them. Otherwise – hey! that was good.

    “But, however, this “SANE” group is correct that sharia is incompatible (by definition) with the secular governments of the West.”

    Yeah – well, I’m sure that the kkk occasionally makes some correct statements as well but I don’t go looking for them.

    However, let me ask you exactly what you mean by secular governments of the West? Are you referring to separation of church and state? Are you referring to religion not influencing our voters, our government? Are you referring to legislation that may or may not be passed?

  5. May 19, 2008 1:27 am

    However, let me ask you exactly what you mean by secular governments of the West?

    Who? Me? … umm… okay, I’ll give it a shot. First of all, as an American, I’m really just referring to the American system. Since many came to America to escape religious persecution (including my father’s family who fled from the Ukraine) Freedom of religion has always been an important part of our government. However, this is a two way street, on one hand, as long as one’s religion does not impinge upon the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of others things should be fine, but on the other hand, that is not how it works, in reality the laws of human-kind take precedent over religion. Sure, some of the same tenets are held in religious moral codes and in our code of law (for example, you can’t murder someone), but this just means that some of the values are pretty darn universal.

    My main problem with Sharia is that it derives its authority from theology. Let’s look at the Declaration of Independence:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Here we see that it is not a divine revelation, but it is self-evidence which secures the truths for the founders. It is from their own judgment, in fact, not from faith, that they find evidence of a “Creator.”

    –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

    Again, specifically, the founders place the authority of government as being derived from the governed. This is not divine law.

    –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    This is interesting. For if the general consensus showed that the people wanted a brand of sharia in the US, there is no reason why this should not come to be. But, with the establishment of sharia, the justification for the abolition of the previous government disappears, for it was the will of the people that drove the change, under sharia authority (as I understand it) is not derived from the people, but rather through scholarly interpretations of Islamic codes and laws.

  6. May 19, 2008 8:14 pm

    Well, yes, according to what you have stated – we should be a secular democracy but we do fall shy of that. Ask the gay community if we’re a secular democracy and I think you’ll get quite a different perspective.

    I got $5.00 here that says in God we trust 🙂

    In my opinion, we’re simply a democracy. A democracy that struggles to remain fair and it does struggle – otherwise we’d have gay rights, the ID theory never would have made it into any school system let alone have made it’s way all way to the supreme court and we wouldn’t have the state of Michigan barring the sale of alcohol on Christmas day.

    This whole Muslims want sharia in the United States is ludicrous in my opinion. I would say that it would be safe to assume that SOME Muslims would want to be able to have a sharia option within the United States but I’m willing to bet that is a very small minority. Besides, we’ve seen what has happened in Canada when this idea was introduced – it was Muslims that were against the idea.

    Now, as for sharia – this is from another post of mine:

    “Islam had a rich tradition of jurisprudence which not only included studying the Quran and Sunnah (complicated enough) but through analogies using past precedence and principles which often included public interest, thereby allowing laws to be “responsive to changing times and conditions” (3) Practicing jurisprudence required endless education and research within the field of Islamic jurisprudence having first to receive many ijazas (licenses) from their mentors/teachers before one would be qualified to be known as a jurist.”

    “Instead, it is through these very methodologies that we would be able to see a democratic form of fiqh. One in which key word being “qualified” jurists would reason, research, analyze and form legislation and laws and where we would through our informed opinion be able to pass such laws through voting. Not much different than what we have here in the US. A shari’a based on democracy or a democracy based on shari’a is the only shari’a that I would be able to support. In addition, I have only considered shari’a to be something adaptable in majority Muslim countries and something that Muslims could use as moral reference in matters of conscious outside of Muslim countries.”

    The whole post is here:

    Sharia has different meanings to different people but at one point it was a democratic process much like I had described above. It’s not much different than having lawyers draft up legislation and having the people vote such legislation in.

    I referenced a book in the above post that I think you might enjoy reading.


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