Well, It's About Time! Islam Campaigning Against ISIS (It's in Indonesia, but it's a start)

I've been vocal about Islam saying nothing / little against Islamic terror. I'm glad to see that a group somewhere is speaking up. What do you think of that CAIR?

An huge group of Indonesian Muslims is campaigning against ISIS

From Huffington Post 12/02/2015

Each time the Islamic State, al Qaeda or another terrorist group commits violence in the name of Islam, a familiar refrain arises: What's the Muslim world doing about it?

In fact, anti-extremism efforts abound in the global Muslim community: Muslim leaders and scholars have denounced the Islamic State group, the U.K.'s Muslim Youth League has declared "ideological holy war" against extremism, and YouTube has even tried to recruit American Muslims to counter extremist content.

And in Indonesia, home of the world's largest Muslim population, a massive anti-extremism movement is underway.

Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, is the largest independent Islamic organization in the world, with 50 million members. Part Sunni religious body, part political party and part charity, it was founded nearly 90 years ago, in 1926, as a response to another Sunni movement, Wahabbism.

Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative reform movement based in Saudi Arabia that advocates for the puritanical Islamic laws of the medieval past. It rejects the modern notion of "religion as a purely private activity" and the separation of church and state,

NU's stated goal is to "to spread messages about a tolerant Islam in their respective countries to curb radicalism, extremism and terrorism," which, it claims, "often spring from a misinterpretation of Islamic teachings."

It launched its global anti-extremism initiative at a three-day conference last week in Malang, Indonesia, with the theme of "Upholding Islam As Rahmatan Lil Alamin," or a "blessing for the universe." The conference took place just days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, which NU Vice President Jusuf Kalla condemned in his closing remarks. "There is nothing religious about such attacks because Islam never justifies them," he said.

The conference was the latest annual meeting of the International Conference of Islamic Scholars, or ICIS, which the Indonesian Foreign Ministry started to in 2002 to combat radicalism in wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

NU is setting its sights globally. It has created an American nonprofit called Bayt ar-Rahmah in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to serve as headquarters for its international activities like conferences and seminars, according to The New York Times. It is also building an Indonesian "prevention center" to train Arabic-speaking students to "engage with jihadist ideology" with the help of NU theologians. Additionally, it's working with the University of Vienna in Austria to generate counter-messages to online Islamic State propaganda.

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Why do you think that Linnster?

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Hmmm, you may have something there.

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I heard that this morning too - on Bill Bennet radio. What do you want to bet those details won't be showing up on ABC, NBS, CBS, CNN?

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