Islamic Progress Institute
- "It is a troublesome fact that Muslim life in the West is dominated by Islamist ideology. While Muslims in some Muslim-majority countries have demonstrated a commitment to moderate Islam, Muslim communities in the United States, Canada and Western Europe are dominated by a leadership associated with Wahhabism and other radical trends [in Islam]...." 2
- "Through adroit media activity and political efforts, advocates for a supremacist and totalitarian form of Islam in the United States -- such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) -- have effectively established themselves as the spokesmen for all Muslims in the country....
- "This situation is fraught with dangers for moderate Muslims as well as for non-Muslims....Islam in America must be American Islam or it will not be integrated; there can be no place for an Islam in America that functions as a seditious conspiracy aimed at wiping out American values, undermining American inter-faith civility, and, in effect, dictating the form of Islam that will be followed in America". 3
The new organization is intended to be a "progressive Islamic institute that would represent liberal Muslims living in the United States." 4
In an article on his website, Pipes comments on a 2003 survey done for Institute for Social Policy and Understanding by Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky:
- "...[B]efore the study's release, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the leading militant Islamic organization in the United States, trumpeted the results on its website; and its spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, lost no time exploiting the alleged results....One article describes him pointing 'to a new survey of the views of mosque leaders and congregants in Detroit...as an example of the fundamental moderation of U.S. Muslims.'
- "But do the survey results actually say this? Emphatically not; Bagby's results indicate anything but moderation, as some specific numbers suggest:
- By a ratio of 67 to 33, Muslims in the United States think "America is immoral."
- About...90 percent of Muslims favor universal health care.
- Fully 79 percent favor affirmative action for minorities.
- Asked about the job being done as president by George W. Bush, 85 percent of Muslims disapprove and a mere 4 percent approve." 5
Pipes has been an outspoken advocate of "fixing Islam".  But UPI's Iqbal concludes, "...[A]s a moderate Muslim sympathizer of Pipes said, 'Claiming to invent a new version of Islam, an American Islam, is like founding a new sect of Mormon Muslims. How many Muslims would like to be associated with that sect?'" 7
- Jim Lobe, "From Nation-Building to Religion-Building", Inter Press Service, April 7, 2004, viewed April 8, 2004.
- Anwar Iqbal, "Pipes forming Islamic institute ", United Press International, April 7, 2004, viewed April 8, 2004.
- Ihsan Baghby, "The Detroit Mosque Study: Muslim Views on Policy and Religion", Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, viewed March 8, 2004. (Page has links to executive summary and the entire report, both in .pdf format.)
- Daniel Pipes, "Fixing Islam", danielpipes.org, viewed April 8, 2004.
- Daniel Pipes, "The Moderation of American Muslims", danielpipes.org, viewed April 8, 2004.
- Eyal Press, "Neocon Man", The Nation, May 10, 2004.
- Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Daniel Pipes
- Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
- Islamic Circle of North America
- Islamic Society of North America
- Jim Lobe
- Middle East Forum