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Muslim Reform  Movement Community, National Press Club

Washington, DC, December 4, 2015

In the midst of the swirl of events following the Jihad massacre in San Bernardino, a  "Summit for 20 Western Muslim Voices for Reform against the Islamic State and Islamism,” was organized in Washington, DC.  At the conclusion  a news conference  was held at the National Press Club. The press conference  capped a two day conference the purpose of which was to publish Declaration of Muslim  Reform principles.  At the rostrum was an international contingent of reformers  from Canada, the US,  Europe and Pakistan.   Dr. M.  Zuhdi Jasser of the American Forum for Islam and Democracy was the organizer and moderator of the event.  A list of the organizations  and participants can be found here. The principles of  the reform declaration,  as published in a Gatestone Institute  article,  co-authored by  Jasser  and Raheel  Raza are:

  • We reject interpretations of Islam that call for any violence, social injustice and politicized Islam. We invite our fellow Muslims and neighbors to join us.
  • We reject bigotry, oppression and violence against all people based on any prejudice, including ethnicity, gender, language, belief, religion, sexual orientation and gender expression.
  • We are for secular governance, democracy and liberty.
  • Every individual has the right to publicly express criticism of Islam. Ideas do not have rights. Human beings have rights.
  • We stand for peace, human rights and secular governance. Please stand with us!

 Watch this You Tube video of the Muslim Reform Summit press conference: