Tri-Faith Initiative Uncovered

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What is the Tri-Faith Initiative?

It is an interfaith project that is co-locating a Synagogue, a Church and a Mosque (with Islamic study institute) on the same physical campus.

The involvement in this project of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is deeply disturbing. This organization is known to the FBI as a front group for Muslim Brotherhood operations in America, and remains an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the largest terrorism funding trial in our nations’ history.

Indeed several leaders of the group are currently serving federal sentences for their crimes. Learn more from the article below.

Omaha ‘Tri-Faith’ project has links to Muslim Brotherhood
04/10/2014 | by Joe Herring, Independent Policy Analyst

Hailed as a global first, a Jewish synagogue and an Episcopal church are co-locating their new worship facilities on a plot of land with a Mosque. They call it the Tri-Faith Initiative,” and the project has become the darling of the progressive wings of Christianity and Judaism.

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Who is involved?

1. Jewish Component

Tri-Faith Threat Letter

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The Jewish component is led by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Temple Israel, a Synagogue of the Union of Reform Judaism, and the first of the triad to break ground at the site. Rabbi Azriel has been singularly combative toward questioners, preferring to threaten and intimidate rather than engage and communicate. See threat letter at right and article below.

Tri-Faith Initiative Rabbi Tries To Sabotage Omaha Pro-Israel Event
03/09/2015 | By Joe Herring, Independent Policy AnalystThe Tri-Faith Initiative is an interfaith project in Omaha, Nebraska that intends to co-locate a synagogue, a church and a mosque on the same campus, with a shared-use building at its center. Read more:

2. Christian Component

The original Christian component was to be the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, but after learning of the connections to the Muslim Brotherhood from Dr. Mark Christian of the Global Faith Institute, they subsequently sought to sell their stake to another denomination, a church belonging to the United Church of Christ, by the name of Countryside Community Church. More on that below.

Episcopalians Bail Out Of Omaha Tri-Faith Initiative
05/27/2014 | By Joe Herring, Independent Policy Analyst

The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha may become a “Bi-Faith” Initiative thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mark Christian, the Executive Director of the Omaha-based Global Faith Institute.

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a project that planned to co-locate a Jewish Synagogue, an Episcopal Church and an Islamic Mosque on the same campus, with a common building for the use of all three faiths at its center.

Dr. Christian’s discovery, of links between the Mosque organizers and the Muslim Brotherhood, was detailed in an earlier article published here at the Daily Caller. The article drew some overdue attention to the un-vetted project from the citizens of Omaha, sparking a lively debate on a local radio program that featured Dr. Christian, Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, the Senior Rabbi of the Synagogue at the heart of the project, and a member of that Synagogue, Robert Freeman, who also serves as the President of the Tri-Faith Initiative. 

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A New Thing?

A New Thing? Countryside Community Church

The decision to join the Tri-Faith Initiative deeply divided the congregation of Countryside Community Church, leading to the loss of more than a third of their membership amid allegations of intimidation and impropriety on the part of the church leadership to ensure the vote of the congregation went their way. More on that dynamic below.

God may work in mysterious ways, but Pastors shouldn’t!
June 8, 2014

Countryside Community Church congregation gets selectively-edited info regarding the Tri-Faith Initiative

Ok, I get it. You really, really, really want to be a part of this “new thing,” and you’re willing to push the boundaries a bit to make it happen. Maybe more than a bit. I can understand that Reverend Elnes. Everyone has ambitions, goals and desires and Pastors certainly aren’t any different.

But… shouldn’t truth trump ambition? Perhaps not.

And more here from members inside the congregation…

Countryside Community Church’s Tri-Faith Initiative Discussion
APRIL 11, 2015

What would a Congregational Meeting feel like?

This blog has seen over 800 hits a day with hundreds of different visitors each day in its short 13 day life…

[The other information that has come to me in setting up this blog has been really rather startling. I have been contacted by many outsiders—many people outside the state of Nebraska who seem to have a much broader knowledge of the behind the scenes orchestrating that has gone on for the last few years. It has become very apparent that as Countryside members, we are being asked to vote on something huge which has implications far beyond our modest walls. And, unfortunately, this has left me with even more angst about how our leaders have presented this proposal. Leaving out such huge chunks of information is so dishonest. I feel like a pawn in a huge chess game.]

3. Muslim Component


American Muslim Institute – AMI, Non-Profit Organization

The Muslim leg of the triad is a small Mosque calling themselves the American Muslim Institute (AMI), (formerly known as the American Institute for Islamic Studies and Culture) that appears to have been formed solely for this project. They are led by Syed Mohuidden, a local cardiologist, with a small governing board.

The American Muslim Institute did not exist before the Tri-Faith Initiative. They are a wholly created entity that stems from the “interfaith dialogue” outreach on the part of ISNA. An outreach program that (according to FBI documents) is designed to “mainstream” radical Islamist practices and teaching in the minds of Americans under the rubric of religious tolerance.

See below for more information on the role of “interfaith dialogue.”

Christians Increasingly Misled into Interfaith Ties With Islamists
Rev. Devorah Lindsay has become an interfaith video star, but her chief outreach partner is a Muslim Brotherhood-tied mosque.
Thu, April 3, 2014 | By Ryan Mauro

The Clarion Project recently published jaw-dropping excerpts from an ICNA teaching guide for members. It explicitly calls for supporting violent jihad, secret operations, resurrecting the Caliphate and implementing Sharia governance, even in the U.S.

The funding for the Tri-Faith project, the cost of which is expected to approach 100 million dollars, is murky. The American Muslim Institute has long claimed to have a “non-Muslim anonymous donor,” who pledged the money necessary to complete their portion of the project on condition that a Christian component also be included in the final plan.

That donor now appears to be none other than Susie Buffett, the daughter of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. She is also the administrator of her mother’s foundation, the Alice Buffett Foundation as well as leading the starkly progressive Sherwood Foundation. See below for more details below.

Warren Buffett’s daughter empowers terrorist front groups in Omaha.
November 20, 2014 | By Joe Herring

[For more information on the Tri-Faith Initiative’s dirty little secret, contact Dr. Mark Christian at]

Young “Palestinian” men attack people in prayer at a synagogue in Israel. Five are now dead, many more grievously injured. The scene inside the synagogue is horrific and the wounds suffered by the victims, both living and dead, are truly hideous.

HAMAS issued a statement describing the two perpetrators as “heroes.” This is the same HAMAS that benefited from the money laundering activities of CAIR and ISNA in the United States; the same CAIR and ISNA that are prominently listed as “recommended reading” and partners in the Tri-Faith Initiative, right here in Omaha.

More details about funding can be found below.

The Tri-Faith Initiative And Warren Buffett’s Daughter Are Paving The Way For Radical Islamism In Omaha
11/17/2014 | By Joe Herring, Independent Policy Analyst

History determines legacies. It’s always been this way, and so it will be with Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative and its leaders, Susan A. Buffett and Rabbi Ariyeh Azriel.

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Ms. Buffett attends the aforementioned Countryside Community Church, and again, has pledged to essentially cover the cost of the new building for the church at the Tri-Faith campus. Whether she has also given to the Temple Israel building fund is unclear.

The opposition to this project centers around the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups and began as an attempt (unsuccessful!) to warn the Tri-Faith Initiative they were making a potentially dangerous mistake in their choice of partners.

The warning came from Dr. Mark Christian, a former Muslim whose father and uncle are high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood in his native Egypt.

More on Dr. Christian’s battle can be read below.

A Mosque, a Synagogue, and a Church: What Could Go Wrong?
June 8, 2014 | By Joe Herring

The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha is a project that raises questions.  The planned co-location of a synagogue, a mosque, and a church on the same campus is a novel enough idea to stir curiosity.  Add in connections between the proposed mosque and groups that have been named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terror-financing trial in our nation’s history, and it becomes the lack of questions that should make news.

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Why should I be concerned?

The Muslim Brotherhood is an international umbrella group for coordinating terrorism and facilitating the eventual supremacy of Islam over the entire earth, as commanded by Allah through his prophet, Mohammed.

The Holy Land Foundation – a Muslim Brotherhood front, set up to appear to be a charity – was discovered to have been laundering millions of dollars through their accounts directly into the hands of HAMAS and other terrorist operatives.

During the investigation, a document was discovered in the home of one of the ringleaders of the operation that revealed the extent to which the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated American society, government and religious institutions via the use of other front groups, these being The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

CAIR was tasked with infiltrating government agencies and institutions under the guise of a “civil rights” organization for Muslims. ISNA was to enmesh themselves with the churches and synagogues of America through “interfaith dialogue” intended to provide access to the youth of our nation through outreach programs with first religious schools, then public elementary and secondary schools.

MSA’s role was to establish an Islamist presence on our nation’s college campuses, as both recruiting tool and propaganda arm for the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Tri-Faith Initiative plans to play a major role in all of the above areas of influence. The American Muslim Institute intends to sponsor the production of teaching materials for use around the world; to sponsor visiting scholars of Islamic theology, and to endow chairs in Islamic studies at universities both locally and across the region.

The amount of money being poured into this project, as well as the amount of money needed to form endowments (note: plural) sufficient to support university departments indicate that this project is by no means just a “local thing.”

The involvement of ISNA, CAIR and the MSA represents an unacceptable influence from known purveyors of radicalism and Islamic supremacism.

There is an additional concern that must be addressed as well. The Tri-Faith Initiative is a one-of-a-kind project featuring a Mosque that is claiming to be “non-denominational in nature. The fundamental schism in Islam between Sunni and Shia is irreconcilable and has resulted in centuries of strife and violence within Islam.

The idea that a Mosque exists, that is open to both sects equally; in close physical proximity and partnership with Jews and Christians, makes this project a very appealing target for extremists of all stripes who might wish to make a statement using violence.

This campus is located in a densely populated neighborhood, at the intersection of two heavily traveled streets, near commercial offices and a great number of private residences. Any attack would almost certainly result in heavy collateral damage to the innocent citizens in the area.

The likelihood of religious or sectarian violence at the site, as well as the importation into the American heartland of Islamic supremacism by groups known to support terrorism ideologically and financially, stands as a great cause for concern among the residents of Omaha, Nebraska and the nation as a whole.