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South Dakota: Meet Taneeza Islam, your friendly Muslim (activist) next door!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 11, 2018

I wish I was tech-savvy and knew how to design a Bull S*** meter for stories like this one.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)/Muslim Brotherhood activist to speak in Huron, South Dakota on Sunday (April 15th) to assure all of you that there is nothing to fear from migration of Muslim political activists to the Great Plains!

She believes in meeting those who belong to “vilified” groups, she says.

That is so funny because, by intimidating the speaking venues, she actually shut down events in South Dakota a few months ago where speakers who disagree with her political views were scheduled to speak.  Wasn’t she vilifying them with her actions?

It would serve her right if the tables were turned on her and she was silenced! (But, we don’t do that because we believe in free speech!).

See my Taneeza Islam archive here.

From the Huron Plainsman 

(Sub-headline should read CAIR political activist to speak to ‘Connecting Cultures’)

‘Discussion on Diversity’ focused on Muslims

People are encouraged to attend a free “Discussion on Diversity” featuring Taneeza Islam of Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Top Floor Events.

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A second-generation Muslim who was born in Michigan, Islam will talk about the Islam religion, as well as immigrants and refugees.

An RSVP-only lunch will be served during the event for a small fee (notice luncheon time change). Beverages and brownies will be available for everyone during the event.

Please RSVP lunch reservations to Amy L. Bennett at and provide your name and the number of guests.

“We’re not trying to change beliefs, we’re trying to add value to our own,” said Amy Bennett, a member of Connecting Cultures in Huron, who was instrumental in organizing this program, along with Rhonda Kludt, Kim Rieger and Fern Marie Mattke, who helped secure a Thrivent Action Team Grant.

“Being Muslim in our nation can be very tenuous and painful for some,” said Bennett, who is Jewish. “How can we fulfill their lives without treating them like that? We want to respect someone else’s place or opinion. I’m willing to listen to your story and how it impacts you and understand how you feel that way.”

Bennett said she noticed a site for Taneeza Islam one day when she was looking at Facebook, and explored her further on YouTube.

“Her video was welcoming and approachable — with such a hot topic,” Bennett said. “We shouldn’t be afraid to have hard conversations.

What we should be afraid of is when we don’t have any conversations.”

Tell that to Ms. Islam!

At this point the Huron Plainsman gives a recitation of highlights from Ms. Islam’s bio, but fails to mention that she was CAIR Minnesota’s Civil Rights Director stirring up trouble for a St. Cloud high school in 2010, see here (among other things!).

In Islam’s own words:

“I believe the best way to overcome intolerance and hate is to actually meet a person from the group that is being vilified,” she said.

“I am the norm of what American Muslims are really like.”

LOL! But, that is precisely what we fear the most—that you, Ms. Islam, are the norm!

I’m guessing, but I think CAIR/Muslim Brotherhood wanted an Islamic political activist in South Dakota when they saw the opposition growing to more refugee resettlement there and Taneeza Islam is it.

Maybe someone should contact Ms. Bennett, since she wants to hear different viewpoints, and ask her to hold another luncheon for the opposing view on Muslim migration, CAIR, and sharia law in America! Wouldn’t that be the fair thing to do?

My very large South Dakota archive is here.

11 Responses to “South Dakota: Meet Taneeza Islam, your friendly Muslim (activist) next door!”

  1. michellefromsandiego said

    > “Being Muslim in our nation can be very tenuous and painful for some,” said Bennett, who is Jewish.
    Pain? Try being Jewish without avoiding the issue of having friends who get murdered in an attack targeting Americans in Israel. Ask if one’s religious duty includes what these men say it does:,7340,L-3083757,00.html on the anniversary of the mass murder that included her friend July 31, 2002 – Marla Bennett, 24, of San Diego, California was one of nine people killed killed when a bomb [placed by an employee] exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus. most of the people who would be in the Cafeteria at the Frank Sinatra Building would be members of the international program. As a result, most of the persons present during this time would be Americans.


  2. sixlittlerabbits said

    In her linked in entry, Ms. Islam states she speaks Bengali and she is LUTHERAN!


    • Ann Corcoran said

      That would make her an apostate in the Islamic ‘faith.’ No way! I’m not on linked in, can you cut and paste the line from linked in into a comment here.


      • momodoom said

        FAITH LUTHERAN is an entry under Taneeza’s EDUCATION section, right next to an entry for LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL. I looked it up and there are both in Sioux Falls, SD. So I’m guessing she just didn’t bother finishing the entry to mention “Faith Lutheran” is a grade school.

        Elsewhere google mentions that she was born to immigrant parents, and I would suppose that’s where the Bengali comes in.

        She went to law school in St. Paul, so she seems to have been mostly based in the South Dakota/Minnesota area all her life.

        I signed up years ago to LinkedIn with a fake name. I get notifications regularly of, “Do you know this person?” that I ignore – I always know them, but I want to be as invisible as I can online. (Note: “momodoom” is NOT my real name… : )


        • Ann Corcoran said

          Thanks for checking! And, I figured “momodoom” was a pen name!


        • sixlittlerabbits said

          momodoom, you are right that “Faith Lutheran” is a school Islam attended, not her religious affiliation. Thanks for catching my mistake and giving Ann the correct info.


        • sixlittlerabbits said

          Under “Accomplishments” in Islam’s linked in entry, it shows “1 Language Bengali.”


  3. Just noticed, that there are already bulletins posted on social media “warning about hate speakers coming to the event.” The discussion group already seems to have read RRW. The sad part is that if they really wanted a real discussion, they should encourage RRW readers to participate! Without tolerance of opposing perspectives, the discussion group and Taneeza Islam have no reason to preach about any sort of diversity.


  4. gmcmi said

    Diversity kills. Multiculturalism is insidious. Keep diversity out. Stay in your own, not wanted.


  5. Margaret Montuori said

    For 2018 my Christmas cards are going to say




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    • Do not be deceived South Dakotans…..this is the real islam…..the words from its own book the Quran

      Here’s a way for readers to see how “peaceful” Islam is from the comfort of their own home and learn it’s sinister truth

      The way to use that website is to search for the verse you want, here’s a couple examples of verses I recommend, just copy each set of verse numbers below into the “search” bar at

      7:175 “Recite to them O Muhammad, that which we instructed….so Satan pursued him, and he became of the deviators
      “8:39 “fight til all religion is for allah” IE. until all people are Muslim
      9:5 “when sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists” Islam considers Christianity polytheists
      4:89 “if they turn away (from Islam) kill them”
      2:191 “and kill them wherever you overtake them, such is recompense of disbelievers (non-Muslims)”
      8:67 “it is not for a prophet to have captives of war (slaves) until he inflicts a slaughter upon the land”
      47:4 “when you meet disbeliever (non-Muslim) strike neck” see 8:39 above Islam is at war with all
      5:51. “take no Jew or Christian as an ally”
      8:12 “cast TERROR into hearts of disbelievers, so strike their necks & strike every fingertip”
      8:60 “prepare whatever steeds of war you are able that you may TERRIFY enemies of allah” non-Muslims
      47:35 “do not seek peace while you are superior”


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