Another Day, Another Unsubstantiated "Death Threat" Against A CAIR Operative

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

October 13, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Item: Los Angeles attorney and political candidate, Todd Gallinger, a Muslim convert, claims that he received a death threat after his opponent told an audience that his legal work for the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] should disqualify him from holding office. Following CAIR's standard accusatory model, Gallinger stated absent any fact that, "It's clear that the person was motivated by the political attacks against me by my opponent." [source, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-threat10-2008oct10,0,6035158.story, Los Angeles Times]

Unfortunately, specious claims of Islamophobia have become an indispensable part of the Council on American Islamic Relations' MO. The group, a Hamas friendly unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest terror funding prosecution spends an inordinate amount of time "documenting" instances of what it claims are bigoted acts taken against innocent Muslim Americans merely because of their religion.

Much of CAIR's case, such as it is, rests upon polling data which consistently demonstrates that some Americans, and Westerners in general view Islam in a negative manner. That this would come as a surprise given numerous claims by the terrorists themselves that they are acting in accord with the Quran - Islam's revealed text - should hardly be surprising.

The CAIR website identifies five "opinions" that the organization feels are evidence of their claims.

"Islam is monolithic and cannot adapt to new realities. Islam does not share common values with other major faiths. Islam as a religion is inferior to the West. It is archaic, barbaric and irrational. Islam is a religion of violence and supports terrorism. Islam is a violent political ideology," [source, http://www.cair.com/Issues/Islamophobia/Islamophobia.aspx]

That some of these are at least in part arguably reasonable suppositions seem to be beyond the grasp of those casting such a wide net. Even assuming that a certain number of Americans harbor such feelings does little to substantiate the canard spread by Islamist groups that American Muslims perpetually must fear violent actions by their fellow citizens.

CAIR is long on accusations and short on solid evidence regarding the alleged wave of anti-Muslim violence and what documentation exists is primarily of an anecdotal nature.

In 2006 they claim that 1,972 reported "civil rights complaints," were made to the organization, yet the majority of these are unsourced, unproven and essentially unprovable. Many of these incidents are on the order of high school level pranks, heavy on rudeness, perhaps making a snide remark to someone they surmise might be Muslim.

Building their case upon such flimsy, lightweight evidence indicates not only a basic lack of honesty in the accusations, it indicates a malicious intent to advance a case for political benefit based upon conjured up factoids of dubious veracity. Accurately analyzed, that such relatively few incidents occur within a nation of 300 million seems to indicate the opposite, that "Islamophobic" incidents are actually both rare and when they do happen, are rather mild in nature. Given the backdrop of a worldwide phenomenon of unquestionably real terrorism - perpetrated by apparently devout Muslims - such a low occurrence of unfocussed negative reaction is surprising, a testament to the West's devotion to tolerance.

Mr. Gallinger's allegations are currently being investigated by the LAPD. Though it is possible that they will come to the determination that his charge is entirely valid, in the past such claims have seldom been proven. One in particular comes to mind involving CAIR Sacramento kingpin Basim Elkarra, who has on two occasions made such claims, none of which have ever panned out.

As these authors wrote nearly a year ago, regarding his legal jihad against radio talk show personality Michael Savage:

"Elkarra is claiming to have been subjected to death threats as a result of his effort to deny Michael Savage his right of free expression.

Now the FBI told Elkarra not to speak about the alleged threats but somehow the story got to the Sacramento Bee.

Elkarra has a history of untruthfulness on such matters.

He made the same claims in late 2006 when Barbara Boxer rescinded an award of achievement that her office had erroneously made to Elkarra, the FBI according to Boxer's office found that claim "not credible." [source, CAIR, The Assault On Michael Savage And The Stealth Jihad, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=cair12.14.07.htm]

Gallinger's grandstanding on this matter is suspicious, doubly so considering his close relationship with the Saudi funded, terror friendly CAIR. Given the group's long standing refusal to specifically and by name condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, it's lack of credibility on all matters sullies anyone connected with the organization and renders meaningless its relentless pontification and political posturing.

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