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CAIR: Media darling, 1st Amendment enemy
Posted By Joseph Farah On 10/04/2011 @ 4:40 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled
You’ve got to hand it to Muslim Brotherhood front groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations – known as CAIR.
It is conducting, with brilliant success, a media strategy in which it is portrayed as a Muslim civil-rights group earnestly fighting against religious bigotry in the best tradition of the United States of America, while it systematically attacks the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of speech and religious liberty.
And the U.S. media – practically all of it – from CNN to Fox to the New York Times and ABC, NBC and CBS, offer CAIR the red carpet treatment to make its subversive case to the nation and the world.
Let me give you a few compelling and recent examples of the way this works.
CAIR knows the American media has no stomach for the truth. And it also knows the U.S. Justice Department under the leadership of Eric Holder and, ultimately, Barack Obama, has no stomach for that kind of truth either. The FBI is hardly antithetical to groups like CAIR, which portray themselves, their membership, their officers and their leadership as mainstream Americans. The FBI formerly used CAIR to provide sensitivity training to agents regarding the Islamic community – until it discovered the true nature of the organization. CAIR told Muslim-American followers not to “snitch” on members of its community when they suspected illegal activity. CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism fundraising case in American history. And more than a dozen employees, directors and officers of CAIR have themselves been arrested, indicted or convicted of terrorism-related charges since Sept. 11, 2001. In this case, not only is CAIR attacking free speech, it is conducting a direct assault on America’s national security by attempting to force the nation’s top law enforcement organization from using actual facts to educate its agents.
“Such hate-filled views should not be funded by student organizations or endorsed by professors,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Darwish’s genocidal statements are reminiscent of those used to target the Jewish community in Nazi Germany.” But Darwish, who told WND she sees Muslims as victims of Shariah (or Islamic) law, says CAIR is falsely equating criticism of a religion with hatred for a people because “the problem for CAIR is that they cannot debate us about the glaring truth, so they claim we hate Muslims, trying to deflect the attention of the American people from the true worldwide problem of Islamism, jihad, Shariah and tyranny.
“If anyone criticizes the ideology of Islam, jihad and Shariah, CAIR spins it to an attack on the Muslim people, confusing the American people between criticism of an ideology and being a racist against a whole group of people,” Darwish told WND. “I hope that the American people are more intelligent than to fall for this kind of childish spin.”
CAIR also hopes to prevent Pamela Geller, author of the new book “Stop the Islamization Of America,” and Robert Spencer, author of “Stealth Jihad,” from speaking on college and university campuses. Is that activity what one should expect from a “civil-rights organization”?
I have had my own experiences with CAIR over the years. As an Arab-American whose Christian grandparents fled the Middle East because of Islamic domination, I had many opportunities to debate CAIR representatives on television and radio. In every case, CAIR lobbied hard for an opponent who was less able. When Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced me as a guest on her old syndicated radio program to discuss the Middle East, CAIR flooded the network with faxes of howling protest.
As a result of that kind of campaign, I have not been invited on any show to debate CAIR for at least five years.
But to really understand CAIR and its importance as a threat to U.S. national security and our constitutional freedoms, you need to read the book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” – the only book of its kind ever produced. I’m proud to say it was published by WND Books. I’m also proud that WND Books is battling CAIR’s legal assault against one of the authors of that book and his son who infiltrated the organization posing as an intern.
Of course, it’s easier for media institutions to pretend CAIR is simply what it claims to be – a Muslim civil-rights organization
It’s easier for the FBI, especially given the political realities of the day, to pretend CAIR is simply what it claims to be – a Muslim civil-rights organization.
It’s easier for all Americans to avoid getting involved in the fight to preserve America’s heritage of constitutionally guaranteed free speech by simply pretending CAIR is what it claims to be – a Muslim civil-rights organization.
It’s messy to stand up to thugs like this. It’s risky to expose people’s terrorist connections and the threat they pose to national security.
Nevertheless, I don’t have another country to escape to like my grandparents did – at least not one that is supposed to stand for freedom and the rule of law under God. So I choose to make my stand here. I hope you will join me with your support for WND’s legal defense fund and our battle with the Muslim Mafia.
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