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The CAIR across my butt

Yesterday, I engaged in another cheap shot against the Council on American-Islamic Relations. One commenter challenged me, saying that groups like CAIR that intend to reconcile the differences between Muslims and the West should be encouraged, not slammed.

Steve was right -- at least, in part. We should be pushing for such groups to form and act.

Unfortunately, though, CAIR is not one of them.

CAIR is not a civil rights group, a public interest watchdog, or any of those other things usually considered laudable. They are an advocacy group at best, focused entirely on their own agenda. At worst, they're the propaganda arm, the advance force, of Islamic fascism (the current name) in the United States.

Why don't I like them? Like I said earlier about religions, I look past their words and focus on their deeds. And those deeds speak volumes. This may be an odd thing for a blogger to say, but talk is cheap. And CAIR has a lengthy history of actions that demonstrate their true agenda.

First off, they can be argued as "the fruit of the poisoned tree," to use a legalistic metaphor. Several of their leaders have lengthy, established ties to Islamic terrorism. Ghassan Elashi, the founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, has been convicted of raising money for Hamas under the guise of "charity." Bassem Khafagi, former CAIR Community Affairs Director, pleaded guilty to bank and visa fraud and was deported back to Egypt. Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer, former CAIR spokesman, has pleaded guilty to weapons and explosives charges while trying to help Muslim terrorists trying to drive India out of Kashmir. And that's just three I can find readily.

Secondly, they take on the stupidest causes and cry "discrimination" over the silliest reasons. In Florida, a convicted felon who had converted to Islam sued the state of Alabama because they refused to allow her to pose for her driver's license while wearing the fill hijab, leaving only her eyes exposed -- and CAIR backed her suit. (Thanks, Oyster, for clarifying this. I initially said Florida, but changed it to Alabama when a very cursory check turned up the Alabama case, and I did indeed confuse the two.)

Thirdly, they engage in such petty lies and fraud as to PhotoShop (crudely) a hijab on a woman who dared show up for one of their events bare-headed, releasing the photo to the public.

Fourthly, they have a tendency to take their critics and those who dare to disagree with them to court over the most spurious reasons, in what I can only call a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Protest)-like strategy. They have sued and/or otherwise hassled critics like Robert Spencer, Michael Graham (hounding him out of his DC talk show job, but he ended up with another gig in Boston), the Wiesenthal Center, Daniel Pipes, Lt. General William Boykin, Don Imus, the film "United 93," Jackie Mason, and others. They sued the Anti-CAIR web site for "defamation," then dropped their suit when Anti-CAIR refused to cave and instead threatened to subpoena all sorts of embarassing records that would have proven their allegations that CAIR labeled "defamatory."

To my understanding, CAIR's overall policy is that Muslims -- especially those that practice their approved "brand" of Islam -- have absolute rights to do whatever they want, and those who criticize them have no rights whatsoever. And if those practices should run up against others' rights, others' beliefs, or the laws of our nation, those competing interests must yield to Islam. The essential rightness or wrongness of the positions are irrelevant; the Muslims are always in the right. If they want a driver's license with their face entirely masked save for their eyes, that's fine. If they feel the need to fake a head covering on a woman who didn't wear one at their event, that's all right. And if anyone dares speak against them, using the plain, unvarnished, simple truth as their weapon, then they need to be denounced, protested against, even sued to silence them.

Yes, people and groups that wish to promote peace and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims ought to be encouraged.

It's just a pity that CAIR, one of the most prominent Muslim advocates in the United States, isn't one of those groups.


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"At worst, they're the prop... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

"At worst, they're the propaganda arm, the advance force, of Islamic fascism (the current name) in the United States".
Actually they are a full blown terrorist support organization and should be identified as such. Time for the government to dump the PC and declare them a terrorist organization and lock up 90% of their members, the other 10% will run like the rabid rats they are. Like their hero's Saddam and Osama they probably have their rat holes already dug and waiting. The American people may be a little slow on the uptake sometimes but eventually a majority will figure out they are terrorists. Like some have already said, I don't want any of them as neighbors.

You spoke of the woman in A... (Below threshold)

You spoke of the woman in Alabama whose suit CAIR backed. It's my understanding that the case in Alabama was over only the head scarf, but not covering the face. You might be referring to the one we had in Florida who was ruled against being allowed to wear the full burka that covered everything but her eyes. We found later she was wanted in another state for child abuse. Think that might be why she was hiding her face?

It's my understanding that CAIR did not become involved in that case any further than to say wearing her burka is not required by Islam, but did in fact support her decision to fight it. The ACLU is the group which reared its ugly head with opinions throughout the ordeal proving again that they are an anti-American organization.

You know, their tactics are... (Below threshold)
Drake Steel:

You know, their tactics are right out of the Scientologist (sorry don't know the spelling) book. Before it became the darling of Hollywood types it was noted similarly for hounding its critics.

Okay, I reread your paragra... (Below threshold)

Okay, I reread your paragraph again and I must've read it wrong the first time. But in the case I'm referring to the woman wasn't from Florida. She was from Ohio or something and was trying to get her license in Florida. The case in Alabama was only in regard to the hair covering scarf.

No, you didn't, Oyster. You... (Below threshold)

No, you didn't, Oyster. You read it right; I wrote it wrong. I was thinking of the Florida case, but mistook it for the Alabama case because I didn't dig deeply enough.

J.

Sorry but when someone iden... (Below threshold)

Sorry but when someone identifies a relevent moderate Muslim advocacy group I will take note. No one has yet. I got into a big ass flamewar over at Bill InDC when Dorkafork published an foolish tribute to supposedly "moderate" Muslims. I took it apart and was banned.

Monumental Naivete coupled with a childlike belief in statements by Mohammed’s followers results….

Well this is a bit late but I simply didn’t have time earlier this week to properly fisk this well intentioned but naive post. The sardonic tone taken by the author is mildly ironic considering the results of looking deeper into his links than a mere cliff notes style looksee. His links didn’t hold up well to closer scrutiny. Oopsy.

A couple of weeks ago a CAI... (Below threshold)

A couple of weeks ago a CAIR spokeshole was interviewed by Laura Ingraham...with the usual statements of "we're against violence but..." with all sorts of excuses, you know, it's those JOOOOS and US support of Israel.

What is most telling is the way there is a kind of veiled threat coming from "moderate" moslems who say that terrorism will "only increase" if the West just doesn't own up to its sins and stop (stop criticizing Islam, stop supporting Israel, stop "exporting" Western culture ..)

Jay, as a gadfly advocate h... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jay, as a gadfly advocate himself, mkes a good case to reveal some of CAIR's flaws or hypocricises that don't meet its own fatwa or condemnation against terrorism. But if CAIR became only a sort of Islam 'Uncle Tom' organization and refused to point out some of what is sees as 'way over the top' anti-Muslim criticism or anti-Muslim legislation, it wouldn't have much credibility among Muslims, and therefore much credibility when it does condemn Muslim terrorists. Of course the mere fact that they feel they ought to make a condemnation of something that is so self evidently unreligious or barbarbic is a strong point in Jay's argument . "Allah save us from (some of) your followers" might get them more attention.

Jay, dunno if you've ever s... (Below threshold)

Jay, dunno if you've ever seen it yet, but there is a website http://www.faithfreedom.org. The fellow who created it was an Iranian Muslim who left Islam because he finally realized it is not a religion a peace. Do you know how he finally figured it out? He read the Quran and the Hadiths that all Muslims are supposed to adhere to.

Check out his website, he backs up everything he says with quotes, has testimonials, and it's not just him on his website, there are quite a few of them keeping it together.

Islamofascist CAIR Doesn't ... (Below threshold)

Islamofascist CAIR Doesn't Like the Term "Islamic Fascist": FNC video, 8/14/6 http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/FN081406.php

CAIR Terrorist Apologist Blames Israel, FNC video, 8/12/6 http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/BG081206-2.php

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