by D. C. Watson
What do Islamic organization representatives have to say? Depends on who's listening. Their statements are ones of convenience. On radio or television, where the American public might be tuned in, they struggle through their lack of personality, attempting to appear harmless, and just wanting to belong. In front of their fellow believers, they take a different tone.
Edina Lekovic, Muslim Public Affairs Council: "Nobody has fought--working harder to fight terrorism and extremism than the Muslim American community. We work with all levels of law enforcement, we work with our communities."
Edina Lekovic, MPAC: From the July 1999 edition of Al-Talib, the Muslim News magazine at UCLA, when Lekovic was one of the managing editors: "When we hear someone refer to the great mujahid Osama bin Laden as a 'terrorist', we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter..."
Salam Al Marayati, Executive Director, MPAC: "Yes we all need to be more vigilant and support our law enforcement in protecting our country..."
Salam Al Marayati, MPAC, while speaking to fellow Muslims in Dallas, TX about Muslim informants being used by the FBI in a California terrorism investigation: "Counter-terrorism and counter-violence should be defined by us."..."So, number one, we reject any effort, notion, suggestion that Muslims should start spying on one another."
Mahdi Bray, Muslim American Society, on the Muhammad cartoons: "As a Muslim, I can understand the emotional intensity of the issue, however, responding through violence does not uphold the dignity of our faith."
Mahdi Bray, MAS: At a Washington, D.C. rally, he played the tambourine while one of the speakers sang "let's all go into jihad, and throw stones at the face of the Jews."
Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American Islamic Relations: "We love the First Amendment ... we uphold it every day."
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR, on a decades-old book entitled "The Life and Religion of Mohammed", which was made available for purchase by National Review, and can still be purchased from various vendors: "The National Review must clarify its position on Islamophobic hate speech and offer a public apology for promoting a book that so viciously attacks the faith of one-fifth of the world's population."
Mazhar Rishi, CAIR: In a column that was authored by Rishi, he recites the First Amendment, pretty much word for word.
Mazhar Rishi, CAIR: During a panel to discuss the Muhammad cartoons, Rishi stated: "The right to free speech is not absolute; it does not give a right to defame Prophet Muhammad or any other religious figure."
None of what this CAIR representative said about free speech is written in the First Amendment, and neither is the name "Prophet Muhammad."
Apparently, Speech Patrolman Rishi agrees to disagree... with himself.
"My CAIR-Inspired Firing," by Michael Graham: "The First Amendment and I have been evicted from ABC Radio in Washington, DC. On July 25th, (2005) the Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded that I be "punished" for my on-air statements regarding Islam and its tragic connections to terrorism..."
CAIR attempted in 2007 to stop a speech by author and Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer from taking place.
These are just two of the many examples of their attempts to ice free speech in the land that made it famous.
Exception: These organizations do seem to find the First Amendment useful, if it can possibly benefit some of their more uncouth co-religionists, such as the ones recently arrested for disturbing a public event, shouting down a discussion at U.C. Irvine by the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren.
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR: "It is well known, particularly in this holiday season, that Christians follow the teachings of Jesus. What is less well understood is that Muslims also love and revere Jesus as one of God's greatest messengers to mankind."
And to prove it, when a Muslim family in Minnesota visited a Long John Silver's restaurant and ordered a children's meal for their three-year-old son, which happened to come with a toy that included a small notepad with the phrase "Build with Jesus" written at the top, CAIR demanded that Yum! Brands, parent company of Long John Silver's:
• Investigate the incident.
• Offer the Muslim family a formal written apology.
• Review the toy distribution policy for all restaurants and ensure that such incidents would not be repeated.
• Participate in CAIR's sensitivity and diversity training.
* So, CAIR officials, which is it? Are you anti-Jesus, or just trying to pick a fight with Fish n' Chips and Chicken Planks?
This organization has also showcased its "love" and "reverence" for Jesus in the Rifqa Bary case:
Here is a statement from Nihad Awad, Council on American Islamic Relations, from his written testimony sent to Senator John Kyl, Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security (dated 9/9/2003). Under the heading "The Truth About CAIR":
Myth: "In a recent congressional hearing, Mr. (Steve) Emerson proclaimed that, "... (CAIR) received some of its initial seed money from the Holy Land Foundation: for Relief and Development (HLFRD)..."
Fact: "This is an outright lie. Our organization did not receive any seed money from HLFRD."
Maybe Jihad Nihad never saw, or just forgot about this.
The Council on American Islamic Relations has provided a section on its website entitled "Dispelling Rumors about CAIR."
In this section, "Top Internet Disinformation #5" addresses Nihad Awad publicly declaring his support for Hamas in 1994.
CAIR's response (excerpt): "This statement was made in March 1994, before CAIR was formed. Hamas did not commit its first suicide bombing until October 1994. The United States subsequently identified Hamas as a specially designated terrorist in January 1995. Thus, Awad's remarks came seven months prior to Hamas' first suicide bombings..."
Wrong answer. According to documented timelines, Awad's remarks came just weeks, not months before Hamas carried out bombings in two Israeli cities... a car bombing that killed eight people in Afula on April 6, 1994, followed by a suicide bombing on April 13, 1994 in Hadera, which killed five.
Regardless of when Hamas perpetrated its first suicide bombing, this gang was murdering Israelis since the late 1980s, and was designated as a terrorist organization by Israel in 1989, five years before Awad's statement.
Moving ahead, these double-dealers should keep a few things in mind...
• If Nihad Awad feels that when he speaks with "the American", he speaks "with someone who doesn't know anything," he and his associates can clear their calendars, and we can all assemble in a public forum, address this "Jekyll and Hyde" routine of theirs, and see who knows what.
• They can stop telling us that not all Muslims are terrorists, or support the Islamic jihad ideology. The Council on American Islamic Relations reportedly losing 90% of its membership is a good indication of this.
• While they've managed to dupe some of the old media as well as certain politicians in this country, outside of moving to a nation governed by Islamic law, the smartest move they could make would be to stop betting against the American people.