October 20, 2012

Amb Susan Cook: Want To Talk About Civil Society's Role In Promoting Religious Tolerance?

I noticed this tweet when the @StateDept RT'd it:

@IRFAmbassador
Want to talk about civil society's role in promoting #religious tolerance? On 10/22 @USIP[U.S. Institute for Peace...ed] is hosting event w/ me: usip.org/webcast
I wonder if the terror attack on Benghazi had anything to do with this so I checked the link out.

Why yes, it does:

Webcasts at USIP
Religion, Violence, and Coexistence

On October 22, 2012, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) will host a panel discussion about civil society’s role in preventing and addressing provocative statements of religious bias and violent responses to it.

Webcast: This event will be webcast live beginning at 10:00am EDT on October 22, 2012. Submit questions for the panel on Twitter with #IRFatUSIP

The "about this event" link at the above site goes to:
The Internet release of a trailer for the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Muslims" recently sparked protests around the world, some of which turned violent. These events serve as a stark reminder of the relationship between freedom of expression[1st Amendment...ed], religious coexistence, religious freedom, violence and security.

On October 22, 2012, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) will host a panel discussion about civil society’s role in preventing and addressing provocative statements of religious bias and violent responses to it. The panelists will discuss the complementarities and tensions between the freedoms of expression and religion, use of the media in fomenting religious discrimination, and how to work with the media to promote respect for all religious traditions. The conversation will focus on how these issues are playing out in the context of political transitions occurring throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and the way in which civil society and the U.S. government can collaborate constructively to advance peaceful religious coexistence, freedom, and security.

This public discussion is co-sponsored with the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State.
Speakers

Suzan Johnson Cook
Ambassador at Large
Religious Freedom

Haris Tarin
Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
Washington, D.C. Office

Marc Gopin
Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict
George Mason University

Manal Omar
Director of Iraq, Iran and North Africa Programs
U.S. Institute of Peace

Susan Hayward, Moderator
Senior Program Officer
U.S. Institute of Peace

Partners

Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State

I highlighted just one above, MPAC. The group is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and the only religion they believe should not be spoken ill of is Islam, period.

Discover the Networks has an excellent background on them. Be sure and read it all.

This webcast is important considering the use of the Mohammed video, as an excuse, by the Obama Administration following the terror attack on the Benghazi compound. The powers that be would like nothing better than make it a "crime" to speak ill of their moon god. The maker of the film is still in jail, no?

Using shariah loving, Muslim Brotherhood supporting, anti-Semitic MPAC as a speaker instead of bringing in a pro Israel and pro US Constitution Muslims such as Dr Zuhdi Jasser to speak is telling.

Is it any wonder the Muslim Brotherhood and groups that support them, such as MPAC, are constantly smearing Dr Jasser?

If you are on Twitter maybe you can ask some questions of your own by using their hashtag #IRFatUSIP

Related:

Daniel Pipes and the U.S. Institute of Peace
Muslim Brotherhood archives

By Stable Hand at 11:27 AM | Comments |