Myrick Hosts Moderate Muslim Summit

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick

Representing North Carolina’s Ninth District


July 23, 2009

Contact: Taylor Stanford
(202) 225-1976

Myrick Hosts Moderate Muslim Summit

(Washington, DC) – Leaders from eight moderate Muslim organizations met on Monday with US Agency heads, Members of Congress and congressional staff at the US Capitol. These meeting were part of an historic Moderate Muslim Summit organized by US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09). The summit was a first of its kind because it assembled the largest group of diverse Muslims in the US Capitol to discuss issues and policy impacting Muslim communities and societies.

At the summit, Muslim leaders were able to meet with representatives from the State Department, USAID, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense in order to emphasize the importance of having a diverse Muslim voice when addressing Muslim communities and societies. They shared their thoughts and opinions on US foreign policy and aid, and how the US government can do a better job at reaching out and hearing from a more diverse group of Muslims rather than just the largest Muslim organizations who represent a minority opinion in the Muslim community.

“I’ve been working with many of these leaders for several years now,” said Rep. Myrick. “They give us valuable input on policy and provide us with new ideas on how to stamp out extremism in their communities and societies around the word. We set up this summit so we could introduce them to other Members of Congress and US agencies in hopes they will use them as a resource as well. It was very successful and I believe this summit was the first step to empower these leaders so that they will be a strong force in helping our government in combating radical Islamists and extremism”.

Leaders from the following organizations were present at the Summit:

  • Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi- President World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
  • Zeyno Baran- Director for the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute
  • Farid Ghadry- President of the Reform Party of Syria
  • Manda Zand Ervin the founder and director of the Alliance of Iranian Women
  • Dr. Ali H. Alyami- Executive Director, The Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
  • Omran Salman- Arab Reformists Project, ‘Aafaq (Arabic for “horizons”).
  • Dr. Zudi Jasser, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
  • Karim Bromund, Director of Inter-Religious Affairs for the Islamic Supreme Council of America

Dr Walid Phares, Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and academic advisor to the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, moderated the summit.


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