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Americans for Peace and Tolerance Issues Video Criticizing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Embrace of Islamic Radicals

YouTube video shows Governor Patrick embracing the radical leadership of the Muslim American Society (MAS), including an Imam who who told followers they must “pick up the gun and the sword” in the context of the arrests of local Islamic extremist Aafia Siddiqui and terror suspect Tarek Mehanna.

Boston, MA, May 27, 2010 — The Muslim Brotherhood is the source of most of Jihad ideology and related terror throughout the world today. Yet Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is embracing the MAS: a Muslim organization that Federal prosecutors have called “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.” 
Today, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), an organization of Christians, Jews and Islamic reformers, released a 7 minute video showing the close relationship of the Governor to these radicals.
Dr. Charles Jacobs, APT president, said the video highlights Governor Patrick’s visit last Saturday to the Muslim American Society’s (MAS) controversial Saudi-funded Roxbury mega-mosque and cultural center.  
Jacobs said, “The Governor’s embrace of Imam Faarooq is especially egregious, given that the Imam recently urged congregants to “pick up the sword and the gun” in the context of supporting recently arrested local Muslims on terror-related charges.
“And it is especially troubling that the office of the MA Attorney General Martha Coakley,” Dr. Jacobs continued, “accepted a $50K grant from Imam Faarooq and the MAS to fund the training of Massachusetts law enforcement agencies, training which will likely be conceived and conducted by radicals.”  The Governor also agreed to comply with a list of “commitments” that MAS leaders requested of him.  “These requests,” said Jacobs, “which seek to privilege the Muslim community, may open the way for Sharia finance in Massachusetts, and may also encourage the dissemination of radical Islamic propaganda in state agencies and the public schools.” 
“We can not let false accusations of racism and Islamophobia intimidate our leadership into failing to secure our community,” Jacobs said, “We are puzzled as to why the Governor embraces the radicals and their agenda instead of reaching out to truly moderate Muslim leaders in the Boston area.”   
Governor Patrick please consider the concerns of all the citizens of the Commonwealth and:
1. Stop embracing radicals 
2. Give back the questionable money 
3. Reach out to truly moderate Muslims 
4. Don’t let political correctness compromise our security
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