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Islamic Institute Calls for Pipes to Apologize or Decline Nomination

PoliticsThe Islamic Institute, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group today called on Daniel Pipes to retract his many offensive and bigoted statements and to apologize for his promotion of racial, religious, and ethnic stereotyping and hatred. Daniel Pipes, the founder of the Middle East Forum, was nominated last week to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute for Peace, a federally-funded think tank created by Congress to promote the prevention and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.

Khaled Saffuri, Executive Director for the Islamic Institute, stated, \"If Pipes fails to do apologize for his many bigoted statements and writings, he should withdraw his nomination from the US Institute for Peace. Daniel Pipes has made it his mission to promote hate and bigotry and to divide people. The US Institute for Peace needs a person who brings the many cultures, religions and ethnicities of our diverse world together, not someone who seeks to divide people based on race or religion.\"

Daniel Pipes has made a series of statements considered offensive by Muslims, African-Americans, and immigrants. In some instances, Pipes has even attempted to \"reeducate\" Muslims about what he believes they should believe as followers of Islam (please se below).

Congress established the US Institute for Peace in 1984. The 15 Board members meet six times a year and are confirmed by the US Senate.


\"Muslims are flourishing and in some cases are privileged,\" said Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum, a critic of U.S. Muslim political advocacy on Middle East issues. \"My impression is that the leadership asks for these privileges, not ordinary Muslims.\"

Privilege, he said, is evident in the easy ability of Muslims to win legal disputes with financial penalties, payments from corporations who offend Islam, retractions from newspapers and favors from government.

\"I don\'t see any Hindu stamps, and I don\'t see Hindus filing so many complaints,\" he said. \"American Muslims a New Force,\" Larry Witham The Washington Times 11/28/2000


\"The Koran is a not \'a product of Muhammad or even of Arabia,\' but a collection of earlier Judeo-Christian liturgical materials stitched together to meet the needs of a later age...A few scholars go even further, doubting even the existence of Muhammad.\" - Daniel Pipes, The Jerusalem Post, 5/12/2000

\"The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem,\" Daniel Pipes Middle East Quarterly, September 2001

\"Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene...All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.\" National Review 11/19/90

\"(The) increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews.\" American Jewish Congress Convention, 10/21/01

\"The Palestinians are miserable people...and they deserve to be.\" Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2001

\"Iranians and Pakistanis, to take two groups of non-Arabs, re at least as widely conspiracy-minded and as anti- Semitic as, say, Tunisians and Kuwaitis.\" Commentary 9/1/99

\"There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military, and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, as do Muslim chaplains in prisons and the armed forces. Muslim visitors and immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, synagogues and temples. Muslim schools require increased oversight to ascertain what is being taught to children.\" - Daniel Pipes, \"The War\'s Most Agonizing Issue,\" Jerusalem Post, 1/22/03

\"...black converts [to Islam] tend to hold vehemently anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic attitudes.\" Commentary, 6/1/2000

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