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(RNS) Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers.

On Thursday (Aug. 14), 75 groups — including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Auburn Seminary and the NAACP — sent a letter to the White House urging an audit of federal law enforcement training material.

“The use of anti-Muslim trainers and materials is not only highly offensive, disparaging the faith of millions of Americans, but leads to biased policing that targets individuals and communities based on religion, not evidence of wrongdoing,” the letter reads.

A National Security Council representative said the letter will be reviewed and a response issued.

“As we said when these news reports first came to light, the use of racial or ethnic stereotypes, slurs or other similar language by employees is both unacceptable and inconsistent with the country’s core values,” said Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council spokeswoman.

The groups point to a reference to “Mohammed Raghead” in a memo and the claim by a former FBI official that the CIA’s director is a “closet Muslim.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment, flagged several years ago, prompted the White House to order an assessment of the intelligence community’s training materials and policies — but that never happened, the letter charges. Instead, the groups wrote, administration officials settled on expanded sensitivity training and other measures that don’t directly address the continued use of anti-Muslim materials.

The letter states that its allegations are based in part on a July 9 article in The Intercept, an online publication created by journalist Glenn Greenwald. According to its website, its immediate goal is “to provide a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden,” the former National Security Agency systems analyst now a fugitive living in Russia.



    • ira has no religion belief. they cooperated with both communist and muslim regimes and terrorists. from communist states (i. e. state religion atheismus) they received weapons and explosives.

      • Talk about the sin of omission! The IRA is a specifically Northern Irish Catholic group. Their targets were specifically British and Northern Irish Protestants who had a rival terrorist group (UVF)

        The IRA were also pragmatists. They took whatever support they could get: Nazi Germany, USSR, Libya, American Irish-Catholics… The ideology of a backer was immaterial to them as long as the guns and explosives flowed to them.

    • You are kidding surely, your quote from “Jesus” in Luke 19:27 was actually Jesus quoting a king in a parable. Get your scripture right, even if you don’t believe in it.

      • John, You may want to read it again. In the parable, Jesus was the king, and when he enters Jerusalem as the king on a colt that had not ever been ridden, which by the way he directed his disciples to steal, he says to the Pharisees that if his disciples don’t praise him out loud the stones would. Unmitigated arrogance.

        Yes, Max has it right. Your king wants those who don’t believe in him to die in the torments of a place only those who revel in the the pornography of torture could contrive, hell.

        • L19:14 “But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us””
          so they stripped the king of his kingdom at first … was this right or not? probably not as we see later.

          by the way the disciples did not steal donkey.

          • @Edgy – You are 100% correct.
            Jesus meant “execute them” and the Parable of Luke 19 puts Jesus as the Nobleman who returns to separate the good and the bad by executing the bad ones.

            @Octomil -– “untie them” ..”bring them to me” (Matt. 21:2-3)
            Jesus STOLE the donkey(s) He said “If anyone asks, tell them it is for me”. If you don’t think that is STEALING, I will send my son to your house and tell him to take your car and when you ask about it he will says this is going to ATHEIST MAX.
            LET’S See if you don’t call that STEALING!

            @John – Jesus is one of the most evil characters ever mythicized – a horrible, cruel jerk. Read the bible with the slightest tinge of skepticism and you will find nothing very few decent things Jesus. He is a monster.

    • That quotation from Jesus was taken from a parable (story) he told about a nobleman in which the nobleman said this as a character in the story Jesus told. Jesus himself said: “”Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous …. (Matthew 5:44-45).

      • @Joyce,

        “execute them” – JESUS
        “It is from a parable he told about a nobleman”

        #1. The Nobleman in the parable IS JESUS.

        #2. The Parable (Luke 19) is about fear and obedience and it is a warning about what JESUS WILL DO to his enemies; no forgiveness or mercy.

        #3. JESUS routinely contradicts himself throughout the gospels.

        #4. The hate of Jesus is much more evident in the Gospels than ‘love’.


        “Any place that does not listen to you,
        as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet
        for a testimony against them.” – JESUS (MARK 6:11)

        “If you deem [them] not worthy,
        take back your blessing of peace” – JESUS (Matthew 10:13)

        :-( JESUS SAYS ‘KILL THEM’

        “bring to me those enemies of mine who
        would not have me for their king – and Execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

        In the most Catholic country in Africa
        Catholics killed 800,000 people.
        Father Anatole Seromba personally killed 2000 people himself.

        Once Christians identify the “enemies of Jesus” they have permission to kill.

        “EXECUTE THEM” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

  1. On this, I concur with the Mohammedans. Instead of targeting devout religious people, the feds should be going after the militant athiests. I hear they are armed to the teeth and will die for their leader Richard Dawkins.

      • If you googgle militant athiests you will get a lot of hits. Even the liberals and some athiests are concerned about the militant athiests. Here is an article from Englad, a country that is very liberal and anti-religious, warning about them and how militant they are:


        They are very militant so they must be armed. They are like a military force.

        Also, I am not a descendent of Edgar Allen Poe like some people here keep saying. I don’t know what they mean but I think it is an insult. It hurts my feelings.

        • Oh no, they are denouncing views in print and in public speaking!

          Watch out some of them have books, blogs or comment online!

          They even join forces with minority religions in lawsuits when Christians try to exercise their privilege to lord over everyone else under color of law, as Jesus promised them.

          So much worse than killing people, breaking stuff, and undermining democratic institutions!

          The horror!

          Get my fainting couch, clutching pearls and smelling salts.

  2. I could see how 1400 years and counting of islamic violence all over the world could make the FBI just a little bit suspicious, but I guess the brainwashed apologists, advocates, and mental slaves don’t see or don’t want to see it. Rather they don’t want you to see it as problem, because hey….what problem?

    • Sick of Ignorance


      From the horse’s mouth.

      Read and learn before you open your mouth about Islamic violence in the last 1400 years.

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