Your State Department at Work: RESOURCES FOR RAMADAN 2009 FOR US EM...


This is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of
the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress
of grievances.

Here is but the latest act of submission to Islam by your State Department. Perhaps this is an initiative of Obama's newly created Office for Outreach to the Ummah at the State Department.

The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts' outreach activities
during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

We act as if we were a slave of the muslim world. This sickness of licking the boots of an ideology that wants to destroy us is incomprehensible. Burt

What is wrong with our leaders? Are they worried that they won’t be invited to those cool Ramadan parties? The Islamists have been actively at war
with us for 30 years and generally at war with western civilization for
well over a thousand years, and still we pay lip service to these
people in a way we never did with Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or the
Soviet Union. Is it because the Muslims commit sadism and murder in the
name of religion and not country? If anything, I would think that would
make their evil acts all the more contemptible.

Seriously, can you imagine every Embassy and consulate putting up a Menorah and having some Rabbis as speakers via a webcast?

Can you imagine if we had the stations of the cross put on the walls of all of our Embassies, Consulates, and other posts, as well as the many DOS
buildings across the country, including C street?

Can you imagine if the Buddha were revered and we had some monks coming to do a meditation session with all of the officers of each Embassy,
consulate, etc.?

Why aren't priests, pastors, etc. invited during Christmas to bless or talk about Christianity in the US?

Can we get printed and distributed Hare Krishna posters for all of our posts and reach massive audiences?

I mean, put it in reverse and see how crazy it is. Absolutely nuts.


Don't forget where the funds come from, your wallet. Here's the cable:


1. This cable contains an action request in paragraph 30.

2. Summary. The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and
traditional tools to support Posts' outreach activities
during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

This cable highlights these tools and requests Posts to report on use of IIP programs and products for Ramadan programming to
Regional Bureau PD offices and IIP Geographic Office
Directors. This year, Ramadan will begin on or about
August 21 and will end with Eid al-Fitr celebrations on or
about September 19. Ramadan and Eid dates differ among
countries. Post should refer to local religious
authorities to confirm dates. Please note that as IIP is
moving to new office space over the next two months, some
phone numbers listed in this cable will change. End


3. INFOCENTRAL has created a Ramadan page, which features the tools and products listed below, as well as other
resources. New content will be added to the page as it
becomes available. . Contact:


4. Multicultural Ramadan Feature: On August 10, will publish a "Multicultural Ramadan"
feature. American Muslims trace their ancestry to more
than 80 countries and the feature will highlight the
richness of these various cultural traditions
through the
lens of Ramadan and Eid. Content will include essays by
young Muslims who are part of Eboo Patel's Interfaith
Youth Core (IYC). Contact: Alexandra Abboud

5. IIP/NEA-SCA will publish three articles for Ramadan 2009 addressing the concept of an Islam in America
advocacy (civic and political) of the Muslim
American community; and community innovation/community
building. The writer will contact Muslim American experts
in each of these fields. These articles will be available
on in English, Arabic, and Persian.


6. BEING MUSLIM IN AMERICA (March 2009): Conceived as IIP's flagship print publication on the rich and varied
experiences of the nation's growing Muslim population,
this lavishly illustrated new book links the
Muslim-American experience to those of other American
Being muslim racial, religious, and immigrant groups as they moved into
the American "mainstream."

7. The title is available online in English at with additional languages on the way. Print versions can be ordered from
(Catalog V0600) for $2.70 each, in English, Arabic, and
French for $2.70 per copy plus shipping.

8. MUSLIM LIFE IN AMERICA (October 2002): explores the extraordinary range and richness of American Muslim life.
This publication remains available in English in PDF
format for Post download at: Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, and Yawee print versions can be ordered from (Catalog Number V0225) for $1.30

9. The PowerPoint version (in English) for Muslim Life in America can be found at 10. ISLAM IN THE U.S.A. POSTER SHOW: Illustrates how
Muslims thrive in the United States as Americans while
maintaining Islamic traditions. It can be previewed at English and French print versions can be ordered from
(Catalog Number T0500) for $28.75 each. For a full
listing of IIP poster shows, go to

11. The PowerPoint version (in English) for the poster show is available at: (NOTE: as this is a large file, it has been saved as a zip file.)

12. MOSQUES OF AMERICA: A 22 x 31 inch poster displaying U.S. mosques is available in English and Arabic for $1.10
from (Catalog Number V0223)

13. BUILDING ON FAITH: This 20-slide PowerPoint presentation offers statistics on Islam and other
religions in the United States, plus a "coast to coast
tour" in photographs of mosques from across the country.
The presentation is available at

14. FREEDOM OF FAITH eJOURNAL (August 2008): highlights the historical roots of U.S. religious freedom and
examines how our nation remains true to these principles
while adjusting to demographic changes that bring great
religious diversity to many communities nationwide.
"Freedom of Faith" is available online in English at

15. Previous issues of eJOURNAL USA include a March 1997 issue (available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish)
on the religious landscape of the U.S. and a November 2001
issue on religious freedom as a human right (available in
Arabic, English, French, Persian, Russian, and Spanish).
The most recent editions of eJOURNAL USA are on the
Internet at Archived issues of eJOURNAL USA can be found on the
Intranet, and are available to Posts but not to the
public, at . For more information on eJOURNALs, please contact Richard Huckaby at (202) 453-8415.

16. For more information about IIP Publications, please contact Michael Friedman at


17. Speakers from the U.S. Speaker, Strategic Speaker, and Citizen Dialogue programs will be heading to some 12
countries to discuss issues such as tolerance, Islam in
America, and civic responsibility during Ramadan.
Unfortunately, due to programming and funding deadlines,
additional programs requiring speaker travel are not
possible. We encourage Posts to plan early in the year so
that we may accommodate requests.

18. DVCs/WEBCASTS: The U.S. Speaker and Specialist
program office is available to work with Posts to the
degree possible to provide Digital Video Conference (DVC)
programming. Requests for FY-09 DVCs should be submitted
immediately and supported with funds from Posts' GOE.
Since we do not know the deadline for completing all FY-09
Grants, and to ensure that we can meet posts' needs,
please submit your request to your Regional Program
Officer no later than noon, Washington DC time, on Friday,
July 31, 2009. Should any DVCs be arranged, we will, with
the participating posts' and speaker's permission, webcast
the DVC so that other Posts may passively participate. If
Posts are interested in webcasts with Washington-based
speakers, we can try to arrange it so that Posts will be
able to pose questions from anywhere in the world to
Washington guests. Worldwide webcasts will be listed on
the Multimedia page of and at the webcast site
- Stay tuned for a webcast with
the Smithsonian's curators for Islamic art and artifacts.

19. CO.NX WEBCHATS: We are also committed to work with posts to set up English and French language webchats
(different from webcasts) with U.S. based speakers.
Webchats are available on the CO.NX homepage
( and ).

20. Posts can also access archived webchats at

21. For information about how to participate or to request a webchat, please contact IIP CO.NX Mark Betka or
Tim Receveur at


22. "A Son's Sacrifice" Programming Tool: Posts can use a lesson plan and various content in conjunction with the
"Son's Sacrifice" DVDs that were distributed to Posts in
2008. This video, in English and with Arabic or French
subtitles, is still available free of charge to Posts.
For a copy, please contact "A Son's
Sacrifice" is the story of a young American Muslim named
Imran who struggles to take over his father's halal
slaughterhouse in New York City. Filmed on location in
Ozone Park, New York, this award-winning film explores the
powerful traditions of American Muslim communities. (See: Contact: Lynne Scheib

23. Materials to support programming of "A Son's Sacrifice," including a lesson plan, are available on
INFOCENTRAL's Ramadan page:

24. RAMADAN DVD: A DVD containing nine short videos (each no longer than four minutes) will be available free
of cost to Posts. The videos, some of which can also be
seen on, are available in English and with
Arabic subtitles. For copies, please contact Jason Katz
at or 202-453-8747. The nine videos are
listed below:

-- "Three Faiths Building Community" - An interfaith group
builds a home for a Connecticut family.

-- "Arab International Festival" - Festival highlights and the profile of a family involved in its organization.

-- "Welcome to Dearborn" - A celebration of Arab-American life.

-- "Deen Sharif" (earlier called "Ramadan: Waheed Deen Sharif") - a Newark city official discusses Ramadan and
New Jersey's Muslim community.

-- "Liberty Science Center" (called "American Ramadan" on - highlights a New Jersey Eid celebration
that includes an exhibition on Muslim contributions to

-- "Mohammed" - A Sudanese-American van driver talks about
observing Ramadan in the U.S.

-- "Training" (called "Training for a Religious Call" on - Religious diversity in divinity schools.

-- "Walking to End Hunger" - Video highlighting interfaith participation in a charity event.

-- "Young" (called "Young Fashion Designer" on

25. Many of the videos on Ramadan DVD and on can be accessed on the YouTube channel at Users can take videos from the YouTube channel and embed them on other
websites, such as embassy internet sites and any blogs on
which Embassy officers post. For guidance on how to use
the videos, please contact

26. The Bureau of Public Affairs Office of Broadcast Services (PA/OBS) has obtained public screening rights to
several productions, such as the film, "Three Faiths, One
God" discussing religious diversity and Islam/Muslims in
America. PA's Video Catalog is available at To order, please click on the "Video Acquisitions" under the
Outreach Tools tab on INFOCENTRAL
( For further information about the documentary catalog, contact the PA Video
Acquisition's staff at


27. IIP will produce a series of audio podcasts to accompany the PowerPoint presentations listed above for
educational and other uses. An interview with "A Son's
Sacrifice" director Yoni Brook is also available. Podcasts
will be sent to Posts worldwide and posted on
INFOCENTRAL's Ramadan page:

28. The information listed above, as well as other
resources, can be found on INFOCENTRAL's Ramadan page: content will be added to the page as it becomes
available. If you have any questions, please contact:

29. The following regional Policy Officers are also able to assist with Ramadan related materials and

30. Action Request: Posts are requested to report on use of IIP programs and products for Ramadan programming to
Regional Bureau PD offices and IIP Geographic Office

31. Minimize considered. CLINTON



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Comment by Rivkah Cohen on August 19, 2009 at 3:33pm
Yes, who knows what surprises await us. UGH on HR 1388.


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