American Freedom Defense Initiative 18 Point Platform for Defending Freedom

ByPamela Geller on April 24, 2013
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“American Freedom Defense Initiative Announces Platform for Defending Freedom In Wake of Boston Jihad,”  Reuters, NEW YORK, April 24, 2013

The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has unveiled an 18-point platform for preserving and defending free societies. The Platform for Defending Freedom is the fruit of the International Freedom Defense Congress of the international group Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), which was held in New York City at the UN Millennium Plaza Hotel on September 11, 2012, and is rendered urgent in the wake of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings.

AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: “After deliberation and consultation with our international SION President’s
Council and our colleagues, we have developed these eighteen points to help freedom fighters focus on solution to the threat at hand. At the International Freedom Defense Congress, which was held across the street from the United Nations in New York City, representatives of European nations, as well as India, Israel, Malaysia, and Egypt’s Coptic community were present. World-renowned authorities in legal strategy and political action addressed the attendees.”

Geller continued: “Now we have formulated this Platform for Defending Freedom as a tool for counter-jihad activists and a set of principles to
unite the counter-jihad movement in the wake of the Boston jihad bombings. We need to press our politicians and parties to accept these goals and pursue political action to make them reality, and we will rate politicians on the basis of these points. We plan now to form an international group of politicians and activists committed to these principles in countries across the globe.”

AFDI calls for the U.S. and other non-Muslim governments to recognize officially that Islam is a political movement and so not solely religious in the strict sense of the U.S. Constitution. AFDI recognizes that Islam in it mainstream theological formulations and its dominant form throughout its history, not “extremist Islam” or “hijacked Islam” or “Islamism,” but Islam in the Qur’an and Sunnah as understood by Islamic jurists and theologians, can and should be regarded as an authoritarian and supremacist political system as well as a religion, and thus that Muslim groups should be subject to all the scrutiny and legal requirements of political organizations, without being able to shield their political activities behind the protection of religious freedom.

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— AFDI denounces the crippling rules of engagement under which our soldiers are forced to labor. They should be given the freedom to defend themselves and protect their comrades.


— AFDI calls for profiling of Muslims at airports and in hiring in professions in which national security and public safety could be
compromised.


— AFDI calls for immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in
the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in
non-Muslim nations illegal.


— AFDI calls for surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.


— AFDI calls for curriculum and Islam-related materials in textbooks and museums to describe the Islamic doctrine and history accurately, including its violent doctrines and 1,400-year war against unbelievers.


— AFDI calls for a halt of foreign aid to Islamic nations with Sharia-based constitutions and/or governments.

— AFDI denounces the use of Sharia law in any Western court or nation.

— AFDI advocates deportation hearings against non-citizens who promote jihad in our nations.

— AFDI calls for an immediate halt of immigration by Muslims into nations that do not currently have a Muslim majority population.


— AFDI calls for laws providing that anyone seeking citizenship in the United States should be asked if he or she supports Sharia law, and investigated for ties to pro-Sharia groups. If so, citizenship should not be granted.

— AFDI calls for the cancellation of citizenship or permanent residency status for anyone who leaves the country of his residence to travel for the purpose of engaging in jihad activity, and for the refusal of reentry into his country of residence after that jihad activity.


— AFDI calls careful investigation of Muslims resident in non-Muslim country who have obtained naturalized citizenship or permanent residency status, to ensure that that status was not obtained under false
pretenses.


— AFDI calls for the designation of the following as grounds for immediate deportation: fomenting, plotting, financing, attempting or carrying out jihad attacks; encouraging or threatening or attempting to carry out the punishments Islamic law mandates for apostasy, adultery, blasphemy, fornication or theft; threatening or attempting or carrying out honor murders, forced marriage, underage marriage, female genital mutilation, or polygamy.


— AFDI calls for the U.S. and other free nations to have jihad, as it is traditionally understood in Islamic jurisprudence to involve warfare
against and subjugation of non-Muslims, declared a crime against humanity at the U.N., or to withdraw from the U.N. and have its headquarters moved to a Muslim nation.

— AFDI calls for legislating making illegal the foreign funding of Islamic Studies departments and faculty positions in our universities.

— AFDI demands the repeal of U.N. resolution 16/18 and any other resolutions that might limit the freedom of speech.

— AFDI calls for all Muslim chaplains in prisons and the military to be thoroughly vetted, and dismissed if they have ties to any Islamic
supremacist group, or if they advocate jihad.

— AFDI calls for the development of energy policies that will free us from dependence upon oil from Muslim countries.

Through SION, AFDI establishes a common American/European coalition of free people determined to stand for freedom and oppose the advance of Islamic law, Sharia. Islamic law is not simply a religious system, but a political system that encompasses every aspect of life; is authoritarian, discriminatory, and repressive; and contradicts Western laws and principles in numerous particulars. SION respects Muslims as
fellow human beings and rejects Islamization as a comprehensive political, religious, cultural and social system of behavior and ideology.

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AFDI and SION stand for:

— The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;

— The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;

— The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

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  • KKKK

    my name is Grace and i’m a Christian who supports Geller wholeheartly. she is a true heroine! and not sure if i’m late but Happy 65th Birthday to Israel, the standbearer of resistance to Jihad in our world today!

  • Walter Sieruk

    The AFDI did right in creating tha 18 point platform at a time when the West is unders the dangers from both stealth and militant jihadism. As Thomas Jefferson explained “Foritiude…teaches us to meet and surmount difficulties;not to fly from them.”

  • Debra Anderson

    Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a national security expert, was recently interviewed by the Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas. Gorka, paraphrasing the famous ancient general Sun Tzu, said that to win, knowing the enemy is only half the battle. To assure victory, he continued, one must know who they are and what they are fighting for. Then, he surmised, “We (Americans) don’t know either.”
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/09/leaders-with-ginni-thomas-dr-sebastian-gorka-national-security-expert/
    This Platform not only helps to identify the enemy, but it also helps to define ‘who we are and what we’re fighting for’.
    Thank you General Geller!!!

  • Chris Wolf

    Priceless! Move the U.N. to a muslim nation! Hahahahaha!!!
    And watch the U.N. become a shit-brick, filth-strewn, den of rape, pedophilia, beheading and the ultimate triumph of the lie.

  • Albert Himoe

    “AFDI calls for legislating making illegal the foreign funding of Islamic Studies departments and faculty positions in our universities.”
    Yes, let Esposito (Georgetown U) move to Saudi Arabia to write his whitewashing Islam “textbooks”.

  • Rothschild

    But, it could go back even further in history too understand
    the terrorists….it could stem from the Romans,then
    Nazism (whom most of the terrorist organizations leaders
    worked with)…then to the various Moslem front groups
    of terrorists hiding out in the mosques.

  • joe b

    Excellent but needs proof reading!

  • Larry S.

    Hmmm, I find this platform disturbing …. and I see some real problems with it. Here a few:
    Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.
    In a nation that values liberty, why shouldn’t I be able argue for Sharia Law? It is up to those who value liberty to defend it. So long as they are peacefully arguing that 50% of humanity should be second class citizens in the eyes of the law, the government has no moral authority to stop them. Moreover, this provision simply would not pass the first amendment- isn’t that something AFDI purports to support?
    AFDI calls for legislating making illegal the foreign funding of Islamic Studies departments and faculty positions in our universities.
    I for one do not want the government telling universities- particularly private ones- that they cannot accept foreign money.
    new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in non-Muslim nations illegal.
    This is way too broad a brush. American Christians have funded churches in other nations, and a variety of Jewish organizations solicit money for Israeli causes, including religious ones. If we want to be able to that, Christians cannot deny Muslims the right to do it here.
    People need to think how restrictions like these could come back to haunt causes in which they believe. I think this platform has not been properly vetted.

  • Avi

    Larry – you have to think of Islam as a political ideology and ambition, rather than as a religious one. While your points are reasonable for a legitimate, peaceful group of people, they have different impact when referred to a dangerous group, out to conquer, takeover or destroy. Take Communism – it was deliberately pursuing such an agenda. Or Nazism. Would you say: oh, let them do it? There has to be a red line somewhere. Where would you place it? How would you stop the creeping annexation of democratic Western society that Islam is engaged in? Democracy has to find ways to defend itself against totalitarians.

  • Chris Wolf

    Our brilliant, benevolent, Christian Founding Fathers warned us that our great democratic republic and Bill of Rights can only survive in the auspices of good men. In islam, there are no “good men.”

  • exposing sharia

    Throughout its 1400 year history Islam has been the least tolerant and most violent of all ideologies. In its name Muslims, pursuing their jihad, have slaughtered countless tens of millions of “non-believers.” Its “holy” Koran is their law and will never be rewritten to dispense with jihad. Conquest, whether violent or gradual immigration, is its way. Martyrdom while killing infidels is its highest goal.
    Based on what we know, I find no sane or reason to allow these Sharia-friendly immigrants to set foot on our shores.

  • Max Muller

    “In a nation that values liberty, why shouldn’t I be able argue for Sharia Law?”
    If you are arguing for sharia law you are arguing for liberty to be taken away from others – you are arguing for making totalitarianism against the will of all.
    This is what Hitler and Morisi did – they used democracy ( and cooked the elections) to get in power and abolished democracy.
    If democracy allows anything to oppose democracy – there is no democracy and no liberties left – for everyone and for all future generations.

  • Sarah

    Your points very interesting and are worthy of serious consideration. We’re living in a whole new time. How do we protect ourselves and protect our constitution? How do we make sure we do not introduce initiatives that may seem righteous at first blush, but which have underpinnings with much larger consequences beyond the original specific intention.
    I’m very happy to see Pam continuing to move through unchartered waters. And am confident that she and other leading voices will continue to delve into this initial movement to create a platform. It is likely inevitable that the first steps for such an undertaking will be just that – the first steps – and that the vision will continue to hone itself

  • Larry S.

    There has to be a red line somewhere.
    Quite true. I draw the red line at acts of violence or the exhortation thereto. The West- the USA specifically- has not begun to use the arsenal of legal weapons we have now to combat jihad.
    Take Communism – it was deliberately pursuing such an agenda.
    Yes it was trying to takeover or destroy. Obama’s mentor was a case in point. But Americans were always free to advocate for communism. A different generation of Americans withstood their siren song. I wish I felt confident that today’s Americans would resist the lure of Islam.

  • Larry S.

    Thank you, Sarah, for your response. I was rather more than half-expecting to get thoroughly trashed here, but “shruggers” have kept it civil. I appreciate that.

  • Sarah

    My gut is right there with you. But my mind says:
    How do we know who is “Sharia-friendly” and who is not? And, even if they are “Sharia-friendly” is not part of what makes our nation unique in the world our freedom? People can say whatever they like. (As Pam often says, don’t care if you worship a stone, just don’t stone me with it.) I think the sticking point is when personal views get put in motion such that our freedom is threatened. Freedom is hard. It would be so much easier to silence or block those who have views we dislike. And it seems pathetic to have to wait until views morph into threatening action. But I don’t think we, as Americans, have found our voice to speak out. Most Americans have not been educated in the threats before us. Our leadership and the media are complicit in this travesty. But I’d put my money (which ain’t much!) on an informed populous who move to block that which threatens our freedom and our way of life.

  • Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.
    In a nation that values liberty, why shouldn’t I be able argue for Sharia Law? It is up to those who value liberty to defend it. So long as they are peacefully arguing that 50% of humanity should be second class citizens in the eyes of the law, the government has no moral authority to stop them. Moreover, this provision simply would not pass the first amendment- isn’t that something AFDI purports to support?

    That’s very naive on your part. Look at what’s happened to Europe with no-go zones and in the UK where towns are not recognizable to the original population because of the imposition of Sharia law — gays are harassed, girls are harassed, liquor stores are closed down, etc. Or look at the violations of freedom of speech in Dearborn, MI when Christians went to preach on the public sidewalks. All this has happened in the name of multicultural tolerance.
    Further, see proposed legislation which recognizes this threat:
    USC › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2385
    PREVNEXT
    18 USC § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government
    USC-prelim
    US Code
    USCPrelim is a preliminary release and may be subject to further revision before it is released again as a final version.
    Current through Pub. L. 112-283. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State … http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2385

  • Very well outlined. To all who question the legalities and moralities, the bottom line is you have to fight fire with fire! You keep pussy-footing around and the fire will swallow you whole!

  • ed

    I support the AFDI AND IT,S PLATFORM we as Americans can not stand back an let islam an it,s jihad evil! destroy we the people for if we and Congress do nothing our children and there children will pay a very heavy price . America stand with us stand with an say no more islam in America. The time is now for the children sake the love of truth .For the love of life!!!!

  • ed

    Sarah every muslim is Sharia-friendly or they learn how to push up daisies

  • ed

    Sarah your sticking point is your views about freedom . a muslims sticking point is a sword they have one single view of the world . they have no other way the koran will not let them have any other view !!

  • Major point, and Conspiracy to Commit, is a crime as well.

  • John C

    I agree with Geller, yet, our legislators are not theologically trained in Christianity, thus, the same cannot discern good from evil. If this continues, America will be under the quaran.

  • John C

    Islam is culturally different than those of us in the West, there is no separation of mosque and state since Islam is the state, and those in power are absolute in their rule.
    We, in the west have been poisoned by diversity, multiculturalism; no such thing under Islam. Judgment is coming to America due to America’s disbelief in the Triune God, living like we are in the days of Noah, judgment will consume this nation.

  • Free thinker

    Is it freedom of speech if I deny holocost?

  • J.W.Lee

    It would be helpful to correlate these (18) to The Constitution/existing law and show where the failure to enforce (or the need to implement) has resulted in increased security risk(s), individual harm, and/or death. I think much of that has been inferred (and maybe you’ve done that already)…but those responsible in Our government need to be held to account (sooner or later). And, I think it is necessary for “We The People” to let it be universally known…our patience has ended and make an example of the perpetrators and facilitators who’ve aided and abetted (these) criminal acts. It is high-time We cleaned house.

  • terry1956

    Some good points that matches with the best and most superior legal culture the Anglo America common law, while some have a lower standard of the inferior legal culture of Continenal Europe which although is vastly superior to Sharia none the less is vastly inferior to Americanism.
    As far as the UN goes get it out of the US and the US out of the UN.