Conventional wisdom would dictate if you, your group-organization and/or religion as a whole were viewed with contempt by some, skepticism by many and distrust by nearly all, it would be prudent to try to diffuse ill-will.
But said logic is not part of a reasoned thought process when it comes to the Council on American-Islamic Relations – at least, it doesn’t appear to be part of Ibrahim Hooper’s, their director of communication.
Appearing on my talk show “Straight Talk with Mychal Massie,” Mr. Hooper displayed the character of a petulant child as he feigned indignation so as to cut short the interview that would have forced him to articulate the truth of his position.
In less than five minutes of air time, the person responsible for putting forth a favorable presentation of CAIR hung up, leaving the audience with nothing to warrant a change in opinion of him, his organization or his religion.
I had assured the gentleman prior to his agreeing to appear that I would not seek to embarrass or diminish him, but I also assured him I would ask straightforward questions. His rhetoric almost immediately degenerated into a puerile phonemic tirade, with him accusing me of “advocating genocide” and of saying “every Muslim on the planet is a member of terrorist organization.” He fomented: “You’d kill me, you’d kill my family, you’d kill every member of my mosque …” – none of which had I even remotely suggested. I submit he is in a much better position to know who within his element is a terrorist than I.
CAIR and Mr. Hooper have an obligation to prove senators like Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wrong when he says: “[CAIR is] unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.” And Sen. Chuck Schumer, when he says: “We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism.”
CAIR and Hooper have an obligation to the citizens of America and those who lost loved ones on 9-11 to explain why CAIR refused to endorse a rally against terror sponsored by the Free Muslims and 80 other supporting organizations. If as Hooper and CAIR want people to believe Muslims are a pastoral, homogenic group wishing no one harm, why are they not shouting this at every opportunity?
Hooper played the victim more adroitly than Maxine Waters, D-Calif., or Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. But Americans do not want a “victim,” they want answers to their lingering questions about CAIR. Perhaps WMAL Radio, its owners ABC-Disney and its sponsors may capitulate, roll over and beg “please don’t hurt us,” but the majority of America would not be inclined to fault program host Michael Graham when he postulated Islam was “a terrorist organization” that is “at war with America.”
Hooper took offense when I pointed out that of the 400-plus recognized terrorist groups in the world, over 90 percent were Islamist groups. (Peaceful religion is not spelled I-s-l-a-m). But the fact remains it isn’t the Amish, the Mennonites or the Seventh Day Adventists who are beheading innocent people and murdering innocent women and children – it is Muslims. It was not the Methodists who celebrated the dastardly attacks of 9-11 during candlelight vigils on certain college campuses – it was Muslims.
CAIR may think it fair to accuse anyone who questions, doubts or seeks validation of their integrity of suggesting every Muslim is a terrorist. But in reality, it is fair to raise the question of how a devout Muslim can also be a loyal citizen of an infidel state like America.
CAIR may back a fatwa against terror along with other Muslim leaders, groups and institutions – they may say that Islam condemns violence against innocent lives and civilians. But they don’t say whether or not those innocent lives are Baptist, Buddhist, Pentecostal or other Muslims. That distinction is not made.
America has a right to know why members of CAIR’s leadership have been deported and convicted of pro-terrorist crimes. Is it wrong to question why in America they need a civil-rights organization to funnel money through?
The Black Panthers may have tried to co-opt Dr. King’s non-violent message, but there is a reason Dr. King is celebrated by the overwhelming majority today, while Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale are on police blotters.
Hooper has an obligation to publicly denounce Muslim hatred toward the West. He has an obligation to openly and unambiguously renounce every form of barbaric terrorism. He has an obligation to shed all vestiges of doubt pursuant to where Muslim loyalties lie in America.
Dr. King never acknowledged the Black Panthers and Black Muslims as legitimate. Hooper and CAIR would do well by encouraging Muslims to help the London Police, to share information about bin Laden’s whereabouts and to condemn immediately all who practice anti-Semitism.
But he won’t, because he can’t – the intent of Islam is for the world to be subdued under Islamic rule. And that will only come about by Shariah Law and Sudah 9:5, because a free people will not be ruled by sanguineous zealots who have nothing to offer save hatred, violence and extremism.