Giving new meaning to “methinks they doth protest too much.” Who is raising their hackles this time? Nonie Darwish, who as this report explains, has characterized Islam as “cruel, anti-women, anti-religious freedom and anti-personal freedom in general.”
They don’t seem to realize — or they are gambling that others won’t realize — that their paranoia makes them look like they have something to hide. And the urgency with which they move to suppress dissent and criticism about Islam makes their faith look weak, as though it cannot stand on its own in the free market of ideas.
“CAIR Comes Out Against Ball’s 9/11 Hearing,” by David Freedlander for The Observer, April 6 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has announced that they are planning a protest tomorrow in advance of State Senator Greg Ball’s hearing on “New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11.”
The hearing has attracted some controversy due to the presence of Nonie Darwish, a human rights activist and writer who has said that Islam is “cruel, anti-women, anti-religious freedom and anti-personal freedom in general” and for including as a topic “The Culture of Jihad and Shariah Law.”
The planned rally will be on the steps of City Hall.
CAIR came out strongly against Rep. Peter King’s congressional hearings on Muslim radicalization, but King brushed aside their attacks by frequently calling them an “unindicted co-conspirators” in a terrorist attack.
They and the ISNA were named as unindicted co-conspirators in a criminal case involving fundraising for Hamas.