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Parents of a Catholic high school in Ohio are outraged that the principal has invited a terror-tied Islamist group to an “interfaith” event at the school to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
The “Interfaith Iftar” dinner, to be held Aug. 26 with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Franciscans Network, will be hosted by Mother of Mercy Catholic High School in Cincinnati.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has proven ties to terrorists and has been blackballed from outreach by the FBI.
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Asked about it, the school says it was unaware of any such controversies surrounding the group. Nor did it know that the IRS recently revoked the nonprofit status of CAIR’s national office for failing to disclose its foreign funding sources. Or that the Justice Department named the group an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing trial in U.S. history.
“Wow,” said the school secretary, “I didn’t know that.”
She referred questions to the principal, who did not return phone calls.
Washington-based CAIR remains under active investigation by a federal grand jury for allegedly providing material support to Hamas, a federally designated terrorist group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and Americans.
The FBI, as a result, has cut off outreach to CAIR and all 30 of its branches in the U.S. – including its Cincinnati chapter.
The Iftar is a fast-breaking meal after sundown during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
“Mercy is honored to have been asked to participate and has offered to host the event in Mercy’s cafeteria,” said principal Diane Laake on the school’s website.
She said Muslim and Catholic youths will deliver presentations about the meaning of fasting in both religious traditions.
“They are all about being PC,” complained a Catholic member of the local parish who wished to remain anonymous.
Laake described such events as “vital bridge builders for our students and Mercy families to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of diversity.”
“Part of our mission as Catholic schools is to prepare our young women to live as compassionate, respectful and enlightened global citizens,” she added. “How better to accomplish this than by sharing a meal together as Jesus often did?”
In addition, each year Mother of Mercy seniors in the Comparative Religion class visit and tour the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester.
The administration’s background knowledge about CAIR consists of what CAIR has told it: “CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
But CAIR has documented ties to terrorists, recently exposed in the bestselling “Muslim Brotherhood: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
Earlier this year, the IRS revoked CAIR’s nonprofit status for failing to file three consecutive years of tax records as required by law. The IRS responded to requests for an audit of the group by Senate and House Republicans citing the blockbuster findings revealed in “Muslim Mafia.”
The Justice Department says CAIR is a terrorist front group for Hamas and its parent, the radical Muslim Brotherhood, according to court records in the Holy Land Foundation trial, which ended in convictions on all 108 counts of felony charges against the Hamas front group and its leaders.
“CAIR has been identified by the government at trial as a participant in an ongoing and ultimately unlawful conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization – a conspiracy from which CAIR never withdrew,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Jacks, who recently won an award from Attorney General Eric Holder for convicting the Holy Land terrorists.
“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists,” wrote assistant US attorney Gordon Kromberg in a separate 2007 court filing.
CAIR in 2007 was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s criminal scheme to funnel millions of dollars to Hamas suicide bombers and their families, prompting the FBI to cut off all outreach to the group.
“We do not have a relationship with CAIR. There are individuals in CAIR with whom we had issues with and continue to have issues with,” FBI Director Robert Mueller testified earlier this year before Congress, specifically citing “concerns with regard to the national leadership.”
His assistant Richard Powers earlier identified these individuals as “executives” currently working inside CAIR’s national office in Washington, and the “issues” as the “connection” between the executives and the Hamas terrorist group. Powers confirmed the group and its leaders remain under FBI scrutiny.
“Until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner,” advised Powers in a 2009 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The FBI has suspended all formal outreach activities with CAIR.”
A federal grand jury in Washington is actively investigating CAIR and its ties to Hamas, which is a federally designated terrorist group that has murdered countless Israelis and at least 17 Americans, while injuring more than 100 U.S. citizens.
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