It’s logical that there are going to be some upset groups with Trump making efforts for shrinking the national budget. The federal government used to give them regular fund infusions, so now it’s hard for them to accept their fate.
Donald Trump is doubtful about the effect of organizations trying to prevent young Muslims from getting radicalized and becoming jihadists.
Administration officials have eliminated 2016 plans to fund Islamic groups allied to former President Barack Obama and declined to schedule a 2017 Islamic ‘Iftar’ dinner where those groups were able to show their political influence to the ambassadors of wealthy Islamic countries.
At that time, the DHS had named 31 organizations that would be granted $10 million in funding under its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.
On that list, Life After Hate was the only group focused solely on far-right violent extremism, though several others include it in their mandates.
The new list contains 26 organizations. An agency spokesperson told the Orange County Register in July that whether an organization partners with law enforcement (Life After Hate doesn’t) was now one of the administration’s key considerations in deciding who got grants.
In the final days of the Obama administration, $10 million in Countering Violent Extremism funding was awarded to 31 different applicants, including several groups dedicated to combating white supremacy and de-radicalizing neo-Nazis.
No doubt, President Trump wants to remove any federal monetary support that potentially violent Islamic groups are receiving under the guise of preventing violence. And we’ve seen plenty of those.
How often do we hear of FBI raids of Muslim mosques that are filled with huge weapons caches?
The legitimacy and credibility of many groups that claim to speak for Muslims in America are unclear.
Many immigrants and Americans who are born into Muslim families ignore the tenets of Islam, and also ignore the well-funded political groups that are described as their representatives by Democrats and the media.
Instead, people deal with government through their elected local, state and federal legislators, and through judges, but not via panels of religious leaders and agency officials.
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