Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would not be funding several Islamic organizations who frequently advised former President, Barack Obama.
The organizations were set to receive funding. Obama had earmarked over a million dollars in funding for just two groups.
The new list from DHS Secretary, John Kelly, dropped an $800,000 grant for an Islamic seminary in Los Angeles, and a $393,000 grant for the Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation. According to WND, the foundation is linked to the D.C.-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, whose leaders were frequent advisors to Obama and his deputies.
MPAC was notorious for pushing a national strategy of letting somewhat segregated Islamic political communities and groups play the leading role in combating Islamic terrorism. They were also adamantly against any FBI involvement in investigating terrorist activities. MPAC officially acknowledged they do not support law enforcement’s involvement in fighting terrorism.
“Our position on this issue has consistently centered on community-led initiatives that improve mental health resources, access to counseling, and a host of other social services without [MPAC’s emphasis] the involvement or specter of law enforcement.”
In addition to the updated list, Kelly also declined to hold an Iftar dinner marking the end of Ramadan, to prohibit the groups from “politically influencing” representatives from wealthy Islamic countries. At a June 22nd event held in Congress, Kelly explained his new strategy noting that Islamic terrorists were driven by their “sincere religious ideologies.”
A DHS statement released several days ago, made it clear that groups who cooperate with law enforcement will be given priority in terms of funding to combat radical Isalm.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award 26 grants, totaling $10 million for two years of programming, to organizations that will work to improve the security of our communities and prevent terrorism…Grants were approved for local law enforcement agencies, state and local government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations.
Several other organizations were also removed from the list, including Life After Hate, Inc., Ka-Joog, and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Instead, Kelly will be sending the funds to the Global Peace Foundation in New Jersey, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis, and the Heartland Democracy Center in Minneapolis.