Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force
Contact: James Lafferty
Radical Imam from “9/11” Mosque Will Open Session
Richmond, Virginia – The chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) sent a letter today to every delegate in the Virginia General Assembly urging them to boycott the March 11 session where a radical imam from Northern Virginia is scheduled to open the legislative day in prayer.
VAST Chairman James Lafferty said it was “a grave mistake” for the invitation to imam Johari Abdul-Malik.
“In his public statements, Abdul-Malik demonstrates regularly his contempt for the rule of law and his support for terrorist acts against America. Speaking before the General Assembly is an honor which should be reserved for those who have done something worth honoring. Abdul-Malik praises those who have attacked our country and attempted to kill the President of the United States. No American should honor this man or his disgraceful words and behavior.”
The VAST letter included links to newspaper articles in which Abdul-Malik defended convicted terrorists who had plotted against the United States including the assassination of President George W. Bush.
Abdul-Malik defended Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a Dar Al Hijrah, member who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for nine counts of terrorism including plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush, kill members of Congress and bomb restaurants, nightclubs and other public places across America.
''Our whole community is under siege,'' Abdul-Malik told the New York Times (February 27, 2005) ''They don't see this as a case of criminality. They see it as a civil rights case. As a frontal attack on their community.
''The feeling I get here on a daily basis must be what it was like to be a member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church following the case of Rosa Parks. People always ask, 'What is the latest from the courthouse?'''
Abdul- Malik also defended Ali Al Timimi , a Muslim cleric of Fairfax, Va., who was convicted in April, 2005 and is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for counseling others to wage war against the United States and use firearms and explosives in furtherance of violent crimes.
Abdul-Malik saw it as a free speech issue.
''There is a view many Muslims have when they come to America that you could not be arrested for something you say,'' Abdul- Malik, told the New York Times (April 27, 2005) when asked about the conviction. ''But now they have discovered they are not free to speak their minds. And if our opinions are out of vogue in the current climate, we feel we are all at risk.''
Abdul-Malik was often cited as the spokesman for the Dar Al Hijrah mosque and he used his position there to defend numerous convicted terrorists and question the judicial system in the United States
VAST is the organization which opposed the expansion of the radical Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax, Virginia and it works closely with other groups who believe shariah laws advocated by radical Islamists are counter-Constitutional and a threat to basic freedoms.