A message from the courageous and clear-thinking Andrew Whitehead of the Anti-Council on American-Islamic Relations (ACAIR) about the recent attacks on me by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):
Since April of 2003, Anti-Council on American-Islamic Relations (ACAIR) has been bringing you the facts about America’s largest Islamic hate group: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is a well funded group that sympathizes with Hamas, a notorious Muslim terrorist group that claims a mandate from God to kill anyone not living up to a radical, repulsive, and perverted brand of Islam: Wahhabism. CAIR has had many senior officials tried, convicted, and sentenced to lengthy prison terms on terrorism and other charges.
Why do I restate what is common, public knowledge?
Several days ago, I received an e-mail from an interested reader calling my attention to comments made by CAIR about the founder of the web site Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer. Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and his latest book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also authored several other books on Islam.
CAIR”s problem with Spencer? Let’s read what CAIR had to say:
[Then follows CAIR’s press release, which you can read at one of the links above]
What’s wrong with CAIR”s anger at Spencer?
First, it’s misdirected. Read CAIR”s complaint carefully and you will not find one single statement attributed to Spencer. Not one. How can Spencer be held reponsible for something he didn’t say? Only CAIR has the temerity to ascribe blame to what doesn’t exist.
Secondly, CAIR faults Spencer for commentary made to the forums on the Jihad Watch web site. Again, how can Spencer be responsible for something he didn’t author? Is CAIR beginning to believe their own propaganda?
Finally, America is a free country — we have what no Muslim country on Earth has ever had, or presently has: a constitution that guarantees the right to free speech. If CAIR doesn’t like what Spencer has to say and believes it to be “hate speech”, why doesn’t CAIR file a complaint with law enforcement?
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush says that CAIR would be glad to suggest the names of “credible Muslim scholars” to speak about Islam.
Before anyone takes CAIR”s offer seriously, let’s read the words of CAIR”s own leadership:
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesperson: “CAIR does not support these groups publicly.” (Comments on CAIR”s record of supporting Hamas, Hezbullah and other Islamic terrorist groups.)
Hooper, again: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future…”
Omar Ahmad, CAIR Co-founder: “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 … 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.”
Ghazi Khankan, CAIR spokesperson: “I bring you salaams and greetings from the Mujahadeen at CAIR”.
There you have it, four very bigoted, hateful, repugnant, and anti-American statements by three of CAIR”s senior officials that are well-documented — yet CAIR attacks Spencer and dares to suggest itself responsible enough to recommend speakers on Islam?
How dare they!
– Supported Christian groups calling for “jihad” against Muslims?
– Demanded that Christianity be the dominent religion in the United States?
– Defended Christians who have committed terrorist acts based on their faith?
No. But we can point to numerous instances where CAIR has lent moral support to Islamic terrorist groups — and yet CAIR largely gets a pass from the American people. Why?
Our country is at war.
In the rush to respect the rights of those who deserve no respect, we have forgotten our obligation to the victims of Islamist terror.
Let us not forget the images of our citizens jumping from the twin towers or burning to death in the Pentagon.
What of the brave example of those who fought back, falling to their deaths in a field in Pennsylvania?
The victims deserve better.
Are we worthy of the legacy they”ve left us?
Mr. Whitehead, I am grateful — and proud to stand with you to defend the freedom and human rights of all people.