Self-proclaimed ‘ex-terrorist’ called ‘fraud’ by professor who researched his bizarre and unsubstantiated claims
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. 8/25/17) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), today asked Crossfire Church in Cedar Springs, Mich., not to host an anti-Muslim “charlatan” at a Sunday event.
SEE: Former Islamic terrorist to speak
CAIR-MI says self-proclaimed “former terrorist” Kamal Saleem, whose real name is reportedly Khodor Shami, is also scheduled to speak at “Refuge Youth Network, Michigan” at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex on August 29.
In the past, CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has challenged Saleem’s false and defamatory assertions about Islam and his “ridiculous” claims about his background as an “ex-terrorist” who entered the U.S. illegally.
SEE: I Was a Terrorist. . .Seriously! (Mother Jones)
Saleem has made a number of outlandish and unproven claims about his past as an “ex-terrorist.” He stated: “I came to the United States of America not to love you all. I came to be — exactly — to destroy this country as a terrorist. We crossed the Canadian border. We brought weapon caches right through cities, through Windsor.”
He also claims to have been a member of both the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Muslim Brotherhood when he came to the U.S. in 1979.
Saleem claims that a near-fatal car accident led to his conversion to Christianity but has never identified in what city or state the crash occurred.
His bizarre claim that “in my family was the Grand Wazir of Islam” prompted Calvin College history professor Douglas Howard to investigate Saleem’s background. [NOTE: The title “Grand Wazir of Islam” has never existed.] “I concluded this person is a fraud,” said Howard after his investigation into Saleem’s claims.
Howard says Saleem “preys on people’s lack of information and their worries and their fears and their wanting to find a way to justify their own attitudes toward Islam and Middle East policy.”
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation reported in 2008 that Saleem worked for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network for 16 years and in 2006 launched Koome Ministries with the mission to “expose the true agenda of [Muslims] who would deceive our nation and the free nations of the world.”
SEE: Fake ‘Ex-Terrorist’ Wants Sharia Banned in Missouri (Loonwatch)
CAIR urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Safe Spaces Programming and Outreach Director Asha Noor, 703-474-0929, aNoor@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org