After Hamas-linked CAIR has enlisted that noted apostle of sensitivity and mutual respect, Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson, in its latest (and most frenzied) smear campaign against me, Roger L. Simon and Andrew C. McCarthy weigh in:
From "Real Blog War: CAIR Goes After Robert Spencer," by Roger L. Simon at Pajamas Media, August 9:
Actually, I apologize for making a joke about something that is far more serious than that. As has been detailed here and on PJTV, our own government has banned the use of the very Islamic terminology whose doctrine and provenance Spencer had the bravery to explain to those FBI agents. He told me on the phone that the agents received him well too. That's good news.
CAIR, not surprisingly, doesn't see it my way. To them, Spencer -- and all of those who are trying to educate us about the dangers of jihadism -- is anathema. They have written FBI Director Robert Mueller to demand an explanation why such a man -- the member of a "hate group" -- had been allowed to speak to FBI agents and to receive the director's assurance that such a horrible thing would never happen again. In keeping with our contemporary fixation, they want Mueller to apologize. CAIR has even enlisted that noted expert on Islamic studies, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, in their cause. (I know. You're shocked.)
From "Director Mueller, Say No to CAIR," by Andrew C. McCarthy in National Review, August 10:
At this point, the question about CAIR should be: Why does anyone care? Care about anything CAIR officials say, that is.
The notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations is back up to its old tricks. CAIR officials figure our ten-minute attention span has lapsed, and that we've probably forgotten by now that, in the 2007-08 prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) -- a case in which several Islamists were convicted in a scheme that poured millions of dollars into the coffers of the terrorist organization Hamas -- CAIR was named as, and shown to be, an unindicted co-conspirator. CAIR reckons that the heat is off, so it's back on the "Islamophobia" soapbox, demanding an apology from FBI director Robert Mueller.
An apology for what? The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces had the temerity to invite Robert Spencer -- one of the nation's leading experts on Islamist ideology -- to lecture federal agents on Islamist ideology.
Spencer's lecture departed from the government's "religion of peace" dogma, which holds that there is no Islamist aggression, that there is no civilizational jihad to destroy the West from within (never mind that CAIR's progenitor, the Muslim Brotherhood, has bragged about its "sabotage" campaign), and that terrorism is not merely unconnected to Islam but, in fact, is anti-Islamic. According to this thinking, Islamist groups like CAIR have a monopoly on what Americans -- including American law-enforcement and intelligence agents -- are permitted to hear about Islam from academic, media, and government sources. No dissenting views are permitted, no matter how steeped the dissenters may be in Islamic doctrine and no matter how much these dissents accord with what your lyin' eyes are seeing. [...]
CAIR's purpose is to further what the Muslim Brotherhood calls its "grand jihad" to destroy America from within. That is why it is consistently a cheerleader for Islamist terrorists and a thorn in the side of American national security, opposing every sensible measure to protect our homeland.
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant," Ahmad is quoted as saying in 1998. "The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
A key tactic in carrying out this supremacist agenda is to suppress its critics. With their media acumen, CAIR operatives know there is nothing more debilitating for a public figure in America than to be portrayed as a racist or a bigot. Islamists have thus coined the phrase "Islamophobe" to stigmatize those who dare speak forthrightly about the extremely troubling aspects of Islamic scripture, particularly of sharia, Islam's legal and political framework.
We are not, it bears emphasizing, speaking about people who lie about Islam or smear all Muslims as terrorists. Islamists are targeting the truth-tellers. If they can intimidate their critics into silence, they have inched yet closer to the goal of supplanting our First Amendment with their sharia, which condemns as "blasphemy" any speech or expression that casts Islam in a poor light. Blasphemy can be savagely punished -- and, in contrast to the Western idea of defamation, truth is no defense.
Thus is CAIR trying to intimidate the FBI into ostracizing Robert Spencer. As he demonstrates daily at Jihad Watch, the invaluable site he founded, he is effective and immune to Islamist scare tactics. Because Spencer won't quiet down, CAIR officials have concluded that it will be necessary to have the U.S. government silence him. They know the government, the FBI in particular, has a history of being overly solicitous toward Islamist apologists. They are banking on getting satisfaction out of Mueller, and they've brought out the big guns to turn up the heat. Their letter has now been signed by Grievance Industry eminence Jesse Jackson (who better to give sensitivity lessons than the guy who labeled New York City "Hymietown"?) and by such groups as the Islamic Society of North America (another unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas case, but one for which Obama-administration majordomo Valerie Jarrett nonetheless gave the keynote address at its 2009 annual convention).
If any party is owed an apology or explanation from our government, it is the American people -- over the government's courtship of CAIR. For years, even though the Justice Department was in possession of information showing the key role CAIR officials played in the Muslim Brotherhood's Hamas-support network, government agencies, including the FBI, continued turning to CAIR for "liaison" duties. Top brass forced our law-enforcement agents to endure CAIR-prescribed sensitivity training, and, in the case of the Department of Homeland Security, even published a CAIR press release on an agency's taxpayer-funded website, enabling CAIR to pass itself off as a civil-rights organization. This went on until finally, following the convictions in the HLF case (to say nothing of the emerging indications that CAIR itself may be under investigation), the FBI cut off ties with the group in 2009, citing its Hamas connections. That was a stand for which Mueller won strong bipartisan praise on Capitol Hill. Here's hoping he sticks to his guns.