In light of the UAE’s adoption of Nazi-style policies regarding Jews (something about which CAIR has so far been silent), and CAIR’s action alert defaming Jihad Watch today, I thought you might be interested in this exchange I had with CAIR’s gentle beekeeper, the notorious Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper:
1. “Honest Ibe” Hooper to Robert Spencer:
Do you repudiate this hate-filled statement by “Hugh Fitzgerald”?
“When I see thousands of people in a mosque, I am put in mind not of a gathering at St. Peter’s, but rather, of a Nuremberg Rally, a horizontal collective affair, rather than vertical, with the prostration itself performing, or signifying, blind obedience of the kind that, at the real Nuremberg, is signified by the heil-hitlering salute of thousands, yelling in unison, and saluting, and re-saluting.”
Do you also repudiate the many, many hate-filled reactions prompted by your postings?
2. Robert Spencer to “Honest Ibe” Hooper:
Dear Mr. Hooper:
Thanks for your kind note. At Jihad Watch we support the principle of free speech. Anyone is free to comment, and many Muslims frequently comment here. I invite you to add your comments to the thread objecting to the comments you find offensive or “hate-filled.” Registration is an easy process — let me know if you have any trouble with it and we should be able to iron out any bugs.
In any case, if you are asking if I hold to the views expressed, please note that comments are unmoderated and do not necessarily reflect my views. To determine whether or not a particular comment coincides with my views, please consult my published writings.
Now, since I’ve answered your questions, I hope you will be so kind as to answer mine.
Do you repudiate this hate-filled statement by Omar Ahmad, praising suicide bombers?
“Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam, that is not suicide,” … “They kill themselves for Islam.”
Do you also repudiate the many, many hate-filled statements by your colleagues?
“I am in support of the Hamas movement.” — Nihad Awad
“Catholic priests pose more of a terrorism threat by having sex with young altar boys than those who flew planes into the World Trade Center.” — Ahmed Bedier, former CAIR-FL
Also, do you condemn and repudiate Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups?
I got no satisfactory answer — instead, Hooper wrote in today’s CAIR Action Alert: “The active promotion of hate-filled Islamophobic rhetoric, particularly on the Internet, creates an atmosphere in which a tiny minority of bigoted individuals view the relative silence on this issue as tacit support for their intolerant actions.”
True indeed. Will Hooper then repudiate the tiny minority of bigoted individuals with whom he works at CAIR? Will CAIR denounce the UAE? I wouldn’t be holding my breath if I were you.