Why this is something to be concerned about and to watch closely:
CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Its operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several of its former officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Several of its other officials have made Islamic supremacist statements. CAIR also was involved in the Flying Imams’ intimidation suit against the passengers who reported their suspicious behavior.
CAIR has trumpeted false “hate crimes” against Muslims in the past. And in the litany of alleged “hate crimes” against Muslims that are listed in this press release, there is one exceedingly fishy detail. It’s in this article: “FBI investigating death of Muslim leader in High Desert,” by Stacia Glenn for the San Bernardino Sun, July 6:
The FBI is investigating the death of a Muslim leader whose body was found inside a burned home in Yermo that had recently been spraypainted with racial epithets and Nazi symbols.
Authorities have deemed the June 27 fire suspicious, but said it could take weeks before they are able to determine how the blaze started….
But the Council on American-Islamic Relations seems sure that Mohammed was killed because of his race or religion. The Muslim leader had established mosques in Yermo, Barstow and Victorville….
Mohammed still owned the Yermo house and went there the day of the fire to paint over the offensive graffiti, which included swastikas, drawings of the American flag and various racial slurs….
CAIR officials said they are unsure why Mohammed did not report that someone had broken into his unoccupied Yermo home and spraypainted racial epithets across the walls.
The imam did photograph them, however, and the pictures are now displayed on CAIR’s Web site….
Let me ask you: if someone broke into your house and spraypainted racial epithets across the walls, would you for any conceivable reason not call the police? It’s extremely strange, and CAIR’s involvement doesn’t make it any less strange.
Any actual victimization of innocent people, Muslim or non-Muslim, is odious and warrants condemnation by every American. But CAIR is playing a political game here, a game of manipulation, of which the end result will be that law enforcement officials will be afraid to investigate allegations of Islamic terror activity (note the last paragraph I’ve quoted below from their press release) and those who dare to explore the motives and goals of jihad terrorists will be silenced as purveying “hate speech.”
Think that couldn’t happen in America? Think again. Pamela has details of HR 1966, section 881, which says, “Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Cause “substantial emotional distress to a person” could get you two years in prison. Now do you understand why Islamic spokesmen so often say that they find it “offensive” when I tell the truth about Islamic texts and teachings? How could the truth be offensive?
It can’t, unless it involves truths that some people don’t want you to know. It also involves an attempt to frame a narrative — that what I am saying is “offensive,” it “causes emotional distress,” and hence must be silenced and criminalized.
“CAIR: U.S. Leaders Asked to Address Growing Islamophobia,” July 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ —-A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today cited recent anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in calling on American leaders to address what it said is a “growing level of anti-Muslim prejudice and stereotyping” in American society.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said opinion leaders, policymakers and law enforcement authorities should speak out against the type of Islamophobic rhetoric on Internet hate sites and on talk radio programs that may lead to bias-motivated attacks.
In making its appeal to local and national leaders, CAIR cited recent incidents targeting American Muslim individuals and institutions, including a bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman and child in Seattle by a self-proclaimed white supremacist, vandalism of mosques in Florida and California, an anti-Islam sign outside a Florida church, racist fireworks sold in Wisconsin, the beating of a Muslim student in New York, and the death of a California Muslim leader in a “suspicious” fire….
The Washington-based council also noted American Muslim concerns that government actions, such as sending agent provocateurs into mosques or targeting Muslims for deportation even after they are acquitted of criminal charges, can add to the growing level of anti-Muslim views by stereotyping Muslims as predisposed to terrorism….