Finally, we’re getting some media scrutiny of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
George Bush should have known all about CAIR’s, shall we say, questionable antecedents. Instead, he has had these people in the White House. CAIR joined Bush to promote Islam as the religion of peace. Normally, that would imply a gathering of people who believed it to be true.
Bush, if he bought CAIR’s version, is even more scary than Dennis Kucinich.
CAIR has been hiding in the forgiving interstices of multi-culturalist relativism while maintaining their own ideals for America. And don’t get in the way.
According to CAIR’s board chairman, Mr. Omar M. Ahmad:
“Muslim institutions, schools and economic power should be strengthened in America. Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam.” Mr. Ahmad went on to say, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
These public statements, recorded by Ms. Lisa Gardiner of the San Ramon Valley Herald on July 4th, 1998 are the subject of CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad’s claim of Mr. Omar Ahmad being quoted inaccurately.
There is no report of a request for a retraction and the reporter has stood by the story.
From Kerry a White House invitation would be expected. From Bush it was a disheartening symbolic surrender to relativist PC notionalism.
CAIR can’t name the enemy, and they’ve had almost 4 years. It’s even worse when the President can’t.
Fortunately, others can:
…CAIR should know better than anyone who does fit the terrorist profile. Three of its own officials were recently convicted of terror-related crimes. One even worked for [Ibrahim] Hooper. He’s now in prison for conspiring to kill Americans.
A lawsuit filed against CAIR by the family of former FBI official John P. O’Neill, who was killed on 9-11, charges that the group, which evolved from a known Hamas front, is “a key player in international terrorism.”
Congress is investigating CAIR and has repeatedly invited its executive director to deny the mounting terror charges under oath. But Nihad Awad, a Palestinian American, refuses. If CAIR is not tied to terrorism, why not clear the air at a televised hearing?
Tellingly, CAIR after 9-11 refused to single out al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden for condemnation. After the London bombings, it endorsed an anti-terror edict so broad it was meaningless — and one that was loaded with qualifiers.
This blog had hopes regarding the anti-terrorist “fatwa” issued in late July, and serious doubts about Ibrahim Hooper and CAIR. Sadly, the doubts were more than justified.
The fatwa is a farce.