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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
 
Pipes strikes back

Daniel Pipes, in his latest column, has struck back at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, apologists and supporters of militant Islam, have campaigned furiously to block Pipes' nomination to the US Institute of Peace-- a post that he is probably most qualified to fill. CAIR does not like Pipes because he speaks the truth about fanatical Islam, and he's not intimidated by their scare tactics and smear campaigns. He clearly distinguishes between Islam as a whole and the fanatical Islamists, but CAIR paints him as an "Islamophobe", most likely because CAIR is America's biggest supporter of the fanatics.

This column is right on. CAIR needs to be invalidated, pushed aside. They, like Michael Moore to the left and Michael Savage to the right, do more harm to their cause than good. And they pose a tremendous threat to the balance in this country with their agenda and aspirations of a Muslim United States.

From Pipes' column, Islam's Image Problem:

What explains this increasingly worried attitude? Clearly, much of it follows on the on-going reality of terrorism, hate-filled statements and other problems tied to militant Islam around the globe. But some of it also results from the problems concerning militant Islam's control of the institutions of American Muslim life.

Whether it be the imam at the local mosque, the principal of the Islamic school, the Muslim chaplain in a prison or the armed forces, the editor of an Islamic publishing house or the spokesman for a national group, the American Muslim scene presents an almost uniform picture of apologetics for terrorism, conspiracy theories about Jews and demands for Muslim privilege.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, with 17 offices across North America, has emerged as the powerhouse of Muslim groups and best exemplifies this problem. Consider the sentiments of its leadership:

* Omar M. Ahmad (chairman) says suicide bombers "kill themselves for Islam" and so are not terrorists.

* Nihad Awad (executive director) proclaims his "support" for Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group.

* Ibrahim Hooper (spokesman) declares, "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."

Nor does CAIR just excuse violence. Two of its former employees, Bassem Khafagi and Ismail Royer, have recently been arrested on charges related to terrorism. And a member of CAIR's advisory board, Siraj Wahhaj, was named by the U.S. attorney as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in an attempted terrorist assault.

Despite this ugly record, the U.S. government widely accepts CAIR as representing Islam. The White House invites it to functions, the State Department links to its Web page and Democratic senators rely on its research. In New York City, the mayor appoints its general counsel to the Human Rights Commission and the police department hosts its "sensitivity training" seminar. In Florida, public schools invite it to teach "diversity awareness."

The national media broadcasts its views. Which Muslim, for example, did the Los Angeles Times quote responding to the Pew report? Why, Ibrahim Hooper, of course.

CAIR, in brief, has established itself as the voice of American Islam, thereby battering Islam's noble reputation among Americans.

So Americans, and our government, need to do two things:

1. Support Daniel Pipes' nomination to the US Institute of Peace. Write a letter to your Representative and Senator. He is qualified like no other for this position, and he refuses to sugar-coat the ugly reality of fanatical Islam.

2. Reject CAIR as a legitimate voice in this country. They are terrorist-supporting, apologetic group bent on smearing those who vocally oppose them and the fanatics that they support. They want Muslims to have a superior place in this country, and push an agenda where their religion would be the driving force of our culture.

Pipes speaks the truth, CAIR seeks to suppress it. Americans need to be educated and fight the PC urge, before CAIR's influence becomes too great.




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