November 2011 Church & State | AU Bulletin

The FBI announced in mid September that it will no longer use a training lecture that bashes Islam.

According to an article in Wired, the FBI was using a chart at its training center in Quantico, Va., that said the more devout a Muslim is the more likely he is to be violent. This is a fact that is unalterable because a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah,” trainees were told.

The training materials also characterized the prophet Muhammad as a “cult leader,” according to a Sept. 16 article in The New York Times.

An FBI spokesman said that “as of August 2011, the individual who delivered the presentation no longer provides training on behalf of the FBI,” according to The Times report.

Word of the training program inflamed many, including advocacy groups and members of Congress. Abed Ayoub, legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee called the FBI materials “really troubling,” according to The Times.

Earlier this year, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano due to concern that “some counterterrorism training provided by state and local law enforcement has been inaccurate and even inflammatory.”