The Purge at CAIR Press Conferences
CAIR kicked a reporter from the Christian Broadcasting Network from the group’s press conference announcing the lawsuit by the six imams who were removed from a flight in Minnesota. One would have thought CAIR would want all the publicity they could get, as evidenced by every single one of the group’s actions and holding the press conference in the first place, but CAIR spokesman explained CBN’s ouster thusly:
“We have long barred the Christian Broadcasting Network from our news conferences because of their long, long history of vicious, anti-Muslism bigotry. And we have no motivation to promote that kind of intolerance. And it’s a private function and we have decided they are not welcome.”
So what exactly has CBN done to display “anti-Muslim bigotry?” Erick Stakelbeck writes:
C’mon, Ibrahim. Blacklisting a network simply because it calls attention to your radical, Wahhabi views is the height of “intolerance,” and a classic totalitarian tactic. For the record, Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson was also escorted from today’s event. Her crime? Calling into question the legitimacy of the six “peace-loving imams’” sob story. Perhaps Hooper thinks America operates like Saudi Arabia–the world capital of Wahhabism–from which CAIR has taken substantial donations (amid repeated denials from Hooper). Or maybe Honest Ibe is loathe to explain how at least three former CAIR employees have been arrested on terrorism-related charges. And Ibe, what about CAIR’s ties to the terrorist group Hamas?
CAIR has the right to remove whomever it wants from a private gathering on private property. That isn’t a question. But it is interesting to note Stakelbeck writes this is hardly the first time something like this has happened with CAIR yet this is the first I have heard of it. Hooper even acknowledges CBN has been “long barred” from CAIR press conferences.
Apparently you cannot be against CAIR without also being against Islam and Muslims, or at least that is what CAIR believes. Coincidentally, or not, Islamist thinkers also share this view that one cannot be against Islamism without being against all of Islam.
Video of Hooper (”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. But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”) at CBN’s site.
Meanwhile the New York Times writes sympathetically to our neighborhood Islamist group including the following paragraph:
Yet a debate rages behind the scenes in Washington about the group, commonly known as CAIR, its financing and its motives. A small band of critics have made a determined but unsuccessful effort to link it to Hamas and Hezbollah, which have been designated as terrorist organizations by the State Department, and have gone so far as calling the group an American front for the two.
Unsuccessful effort? What more does one have to prove when it comes to these links? Quite clearly the founding of isn’t enough, but so too, apparently, it is enough to repeatedly show how CAIR will not denounce either Hezbollah or Hamas.
CAIR though always presents questions regarding the group’s at minimum tacit support for either terrorist group as some sort of litmus test, and that test appears within the Times’ article.
“Traditionally within the government there is only one point of view that is acceptable, which is the pro-Israel line,” said Nihad Awad, a founder of CAIR and its executive director. “Another enlightened perspective on the conflict is not there, and it causes some discomfort.”
Meaning, I presume, the other perspective is not enlightened but based on being anti-Muslim?
We learn something else of note. CAIR has a supporter in the ACLU. Surprise, surprise. While it’s tried and true, I’ll never understand the convergence between Leftists and Islamists.