Contending it’s America that needs to do the changing, a representative of the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations told Iranian television that violent protesters in the Middle East are reacting to a “war on Islam” waged by the U.S.
Cyrus McGoldrick, civil rights director for CAIR’s New York chapter, previously declared his intent to “Islamicize America.”
He acknowledged in an interview Sunday with the Iranian government-controlled Press TV that the inflamed Muslim protesters likely don’t realize that the U.S government didn’t have anything to do with the film cited as the reason for the violence, “Innocence of Muslims.”
But, he asserted, as the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported, the turmoil is the result of “the lack of dignity, the lack of respect that they’re being shown.”
The onus is on America, declared McGoldrick, to calm things down by changing its policies.
“I don’t think it’s about the film at all, really, I think that people are tired,” said McGoldrick, who is of Iranian and Irish heritage. “People have had enough of what is seen by them, what looks to them like America’s war on Islam. And this is one of the symptoms of that.”
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IPT pointed out that Iranian interviewers Amine El-Khalifi and Adel Daoud clearly believed America was waging war on Islam, and McGoldrick did nothing to refute them.
While he could have pointed out that Muslims in the U.S. have more freedom that in any Islamic nation, he, instead, cast doubt on American freedom of speech.
Americans enjoy “allegedly a freedom of speech, a freedom of expression – political expression and religious expression,” he said. “And of course, that comes with it some rights, but also, of course, some responsibilities.”
McGoldrick said the recent violence, including the attack Sept. 12 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya, might have been regarded as “the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of Muslims’ patience with American and Western intervention.”
That puts the onus on the U.S., he said, “to very critically think about how much more weight will we put on the Muslim world?”
“How many more attacks?” he asked. “How many more drone strikes? How many more coups … until we realize that we need to take a principled stand, and a just stand, to make sure that we respect human rights, sovereignty and dignity all over the world.”
We’re here to take over
McGoldrick is one of a number of CAIR leaders who have acknowledged that the group’s aim is nothing short of helping turn America into an Islamic state, declaring earlier this year his intent to “Islamicize America.”
His comment reinforced Islamic supremacist statements by CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad and chief spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. FBI wiretap evidence from a terror-funding case in which CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator showed the group was formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood to soften Islam’s image in the U.S. as it supported violent jihad abroad and gradually institutionalized Islamic law at home.
At an event in March at the New York Institute of Technology, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association – another group established by the Muslim Brotherhood, McGoldrick said America can be more peaceful and decent if it is more Islamic.
“We should not reinforce this distinction or between Islam and the West, as if they’re mutually exclusive,” he said. “We need to make sure that – oh, the camera’s gonna love this one – we need to Islamicize America. … That’s, but you gotta say it with a smile on. You can’t just be like – I’m here to Islamicize, you have to – I’m here to Islamicize America you know.
“There’s nothing wrong with that,” he continued. “You know and that shouldn’t scare anybody. I’m not forcing any rules on people. Islam is a mercy to us to improve ourselves. You know so if we’re working, an Islamic society is a decent society, you know and you’re not compelling anybody to do anything, just lead by example, that’s all.”
As WND has reported, CAIR co-founder Ahmad reportedly told a group of Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they are in America not to assimilate, but to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a local reporter paraphrased him as saying. “The Quran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Ahmad insists he was misquoted. However, the reporter stands by her story, as WND reported, and an FBI wiretap transcript quotes Ahmad agreeing with terrorist suspects gathered at the secret Philadelphia meeting to “camouflage” their true intentions.
He compared it to the head fake in basketball.
“This is like one who plays basketball: He makes a player believe that he is doing this, while he does something else,” Ahmad said. “I agree with you. Like they say, politics is a completion of war.”
Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, also has expressed a desire to overturn the U.S. system of government in favor of an Islamic state.
“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”
CAIR has sued the co-author of a WND Books expose that presents evidence for the Islamic group’s link to radical jihad, David Gaubatz. “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” co-authored with Paul Sperry, recounts CAIR’s origin as a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into a Saudi-style Islamic state.
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