Texas Muslims Voice Concerns After Inflammatory Survey and Forum
AUSTIN, Tex. — Just over a week ago, white envelopes marked “URGENT REPLY ASAP” began arriving in the mailboxes of Texas Muslim leaders. Those who looked inside found an unusual document that turned out to be a highly inflammatory three-question survey investigating their views on elements of Islamic extremism.
And the fuss was about?
Writer conveyed the wrong impression about the origin of the survey? Shock! Horror! So there wasn't anything wrong with the survey itself after all then, evidently.One question asked if the respondent would support a pledge for religious freedom and safety from harm for former Muslims. Another asked if the Muslim Brotherhood should be declared a terrorist organization. The survey also asked if the respondent supported the Muslim Reform Movement, which espouses opposition to “violent jihad” or “violent Islamic extremism.”
Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texas Impact, a statewide religious advocacy network that includes Christians, Jews and Muslims, said the group sent a letter to mosques and Muslim organizations urging them to disregard the survey. “What’s wrong with it is that an elected official in a position of power sent out that letter in a way that would have made someone think the survey was an official piece of business of the State of Texas,” Ms. Moorhead said in an interview. “It was an intimidating and misleading piece of communication on the part of a public servant.”