Monday, March 13, 2006

Why we should care about C.A.I.R.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) needs closer scrutiny.

In the Spring issue of Middle East Quarterly, is an very detailed article (with extensive footnotes) elaborating on the activities of CAIR, it's history and it's members. The Power Line blog has listed some of the main points of the article. Consider this:

*Perhaps the most obvious problem with CAIR is the fact that at least five of its employees and board members have been arrested, convicted, deported, or otherwise linked to terrorism-related charges and activities.

*CAIR has a number of links to Hamas.

*CAIR's founding personnel were closely linked to the Islamic Association of Palestine; the Islamic Association of Palestine functions as Hamas's public relations and recruitment arm in the United States.

*CAIR encourages law enforcement in its work -- so long as it does not involve counterterrorism.

*CAIR discourages Americans from improving their counterterrorism skills.

*CAIR has consistently shown itself to be on the wrong side of the war on terrorism, protecting, defending, and supporting both accused and even convicted radical Islamic terrorists.

*CAIR has a key role in the "Wahhabi lobby" -- the network of organizations, usually supported by donations from Saudi Arabia, whose aim is to propagate the especially extreme version of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

*CAIR affiliates regularly speak at events sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, an umbrella organization of the Wahhabi lobby.

*CAIR attempts to close down public debate about itself and Islam in several ways, starting with a string of lawsuits against public and private individuals and several publications.

*CAIR has a long record of unreliability and deceit even in relatively minor matters.

(bold emphasis mine) I find especially disturbing the relationship CAIR has with the Wahhabi Lobby. The Saudi money that they pump into CAIR buys it tremendous power to influence our culture and censure debate and examination of CAIR's activities and agendas. They need to be publicly challenged and discredited, not sucked-up to and promoted, like our government and the MSM have been doing.

Related Links:

CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment
This is the detailed article by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha, in the Middle East Quarterly. A wealth of information, with extensive links to sources, it is a MUST READ.

On the Homefront
This is the article at the Power Line blog, which is a good summary and also has many links to other relevant sources and articles.

An Arab Muslim Challenges CAIR
Here is an "in-your-face" challenge to CAIR by Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Arab Muslim and a Reformer of Islam. We need to be promoting and giving voice to genuinely moderate Muslims like Dr. Hamid, NOT cult funded groups like CAIR.

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