NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national human rights and advocacy organization has published a list of groups that are the foremost threats to freedom in the United States today.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), one of the nation's leading voices in defense of the freedom of speech and equality of rights for all people, particularly against Islamic supremacism, has begun designating groups arrayed against these freedoms as Threats to Freedom, and compiling a Threats to Freedom Index.
"All Threat to Freedom groups," explained AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller, "have beliefs or practices that attack or malign American Constitutional freedoms and/or lawful initiatives for American self-defense."
The preliminary Threats to Freedom Index lists twenty groups, including Al-Awda; Code Pink; the Cordoba Initiative; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA); If Americans Knew (IAK); International ANSWER; the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT); the International Solidarity Movement; the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); the Muslim American Society (MAS); the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); the Muslim Students Association (MSA); the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT); the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC); the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; the Socialist Workers Party; the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
"This is only a preliminary list," Geller explained. "We will add to it throughout 2011 and publish a comprehensive Threats to Freedom Index for 2011 toward the end of the year. The Threats to Freedom Index will then be updated annually."
AFDI Associate Director Robert Spencer stated that the list "was compiled from records of Threat to Freedom group statements and activities as they appear in their own publications and websites, as well as from reports from concerned citizens and mainstream media reports."
The group issued a statement adding: "Threat to Freedom group activities can include misrepresentation of anti-terror and other law enforcement initiatives, attempts to restrict the freedom of speech regarding Islamic jihad or other threats to freedom, defamation of freedom fighters, disinformation campaigns in the mainstream media regarding attempts by the U.S. and Israel to defend themselves, and more. Listing as a Threat to Freedom group does not in itself imply that a listed group calls for or participates in violence or criminal activities, although it does not rule out their doing so."
The full Threats to Freedom Index can be found on AFDI's website, AtlasShrugs.com, and JihadWatch.org. More details can be found in Pamela Geller's book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books).
Join the Facebook group of AFDI's Stop Islamization of America project.
For more information, contact Pamela Geller at email@example.com.
SOURCE American Freedom Defense Initiative