By CHERYL GATESWORTH
August 6, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] has once again sought to prevent an expert on Islam from speaking in a public forum.
CAIR was infamously identified as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood in court proceedings during the 2008 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development:"…Federal District Court Judge Jorge Solis in a 2009 post prosecution decision arising out of the Holy Land case, was very clear in associating CAIR with Hamas, "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling.." [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing,CAIR is Hamas in an expensive suit and a pasted on smile...at least for now in the West.
"…Hamas was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy Israel through Islamic jihad..." [source, PipeLineNews.org, CAIR Defeated - Kansas Enacts Historic American Laws For American Courts Legislation]
The program which CAIR is successfully pursuing is enforcing the dictates of Shari’a [Islamic law]. Under the Shari’a criticism of Islam is a major offense, on the same scale as blasphemy, which is punishable by death depending upon the circumstances.
True to the statutory barbarism contained in the Shari’a, CAIR devotes much of its resources to acting as a trip wire for such criticism. Every time this organization or one of its co-religionist brethren succeed in abridging basic American freedoms such as the First Amendment, they are in a de facto manner extending the reach of Islamic law. It’s much less messy than having to bomb people into submission.
The above referenced CAIR action took place in Little Falls, Minnesota where it succeeded in preventing a presentation in Little Falls High School by the well-respected expert on Islamic terrorism, Brigitte Gabriel.
Ms Gabriel, the founder of Act for America [ACT], was scheduled to address a Tea Party event in that venue. Gabriel spent her childhood and youth in Lebanon and was witness to numerous atrocities committed by Islamic jihadists there. She has since dedicated her life to confronting Islam. Attesting to her stellar CV, Ms Gabriel is a frequent guest on radio and television news programs; she has also authored several books. CAIR-MN, through its Executive Director, Lori Saroyo, weighed in and pressured the school to cancel the presentation, suggesting that her appearance would be akin to an endorsement of Islamophobia. Saroyo stated, "By allowing the school to host this event, the perception is that the school is endorsing hate speech and anti-Muslim views."
Stealth jihadist groups such as CAIR are never hesitant to muzzle critics of Islam, knowing that such censorship will prevent any meaningful discussion of the nature of the religion – the dead elephant in the living room. It’s a discussion that is long past due and what CAIR is doing is denying Americans their First Amendment right to express their political viewpoints. One might think that the DOJ would be interested in such clear intimidation, but then you have to remember that "Justice" is run by Eric Holder a member of Covington & Burling which represented "…17 terror suspects held at Gitmo who hail from Yemen, long a safe haven for terrorists…" [source, Michelle Malkin, Eric Holder’s Pro Terrorist Lawyers, the New York Post]
The history of Islam with its expansionist imperative, brutality and total disregard for human rights compels Americans to understand its harmful tenets as being ideological in nature. Even a casual examination of Muslim majority countries showcases nations that are failures by any generally accepted standard of civilization. One has only to look at the increasingly violent behavior of Muslim immigrants and their offspring in Western European nations, as their numbers swell towards a critical mass, to see what the United States can expect in the coming decades.
A few examples of CAIR and its jihadist allies’ efforts to censor Islam’s critics:
In an event that made national headlines, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, was shouted down repeatedly when he spoke at UC Irvine in February 2010 at the invitation of a campus group. In Islamo-Fascist lock-step with the ideological line taken by the campus’ Muslim Student Union [MSU], one heckler would shout out derogatory comments and disruption would follow from many members of the audience. The heckler would then walk to the aisle waiting to be arrested. This pattern continued until 11 persons were arrested. Mr. Oren was finally able to finish his speech.
Regarding this anti-American abridgement of free speech, the Jerusalem Post observed:"…A young man began the outbursts, yelling, "Michael Oren! Propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!" The man’s yelling was followed by both heavy applause and objections. His words echoed a statement released by the university’s Muslim Student Union prior to Oren’s appearance, which said, "As people of conscience, we oppose Michael Oren’s invitation to our campus. Propagating murder is not a responsible expression of free speech." [source, JPost Staff, Oren heckled at US college]The MSU and the MSA are indistinguishable to the point that they apparently share a common website containing msamsu as part of its URL. As The Investigative Project on Terrorism states, it’s one of the original Muslim Brotherhood fronts founded in the United States."…The Muslim Students Association [MSA] of the United States and Canada was incorporated in January 1963, when members of the Muslim Brotherhood came together at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the goal of "spreading Islam as students in North America." On its website, MSA-National describes itself as "a non-profit, 501 (c)(3), tax exempt organization that finances itself mainly by fundraising activities…" [source, MSA’s Roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, Steven Emerson, Investigative Project on Terrorism]Muslim Student Association [MSA] franchises are found on most major colleges and universities throughout North America. Their disruptive and in some cases clearly illegal activities are often protected by campus administrators and an activist, anti-American professoriate.
Another anti-jihadist speaker, Pamela Geller, was prevented from speaking recently in the Los Angeles area when her expected presentation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was cancelled only a few hours before its scheduled start. Ms Geller was due to address the Western Region Zionists of America [ZOA] on the subject of Islamic hostility to Jews as seen through a historical lens."…According to ZOA National Vice Chairman Steven Goldberg, who said he spoke with Los Angeles' Federation President Jay Sanders early on the morning of June 24, the reason for the cancellation was fear that local Muslim groups might protest outside the building..." [source, Jonah Lowenfeld, Anti-Muslim Activist barred from Speaking at Jewish Federation, Jewish Journal]One of the organizations that assisted in pressuring Mr. Sanderson was CAIR LA [Interfaith Coalition Decries Hate Group Leader’s Appearance at L.A. Jewish Federation, CAIR website]
We will let our readers decide who the hate group is, those who merely speak out regarding the threat posed by Islamic ideology or those who murder innocents to enforce their will.
In the West and without fail, CAIR and its brethren MB front groups can always rely on the support of a consortium of dull-witted "interfaith" organizations which seem to covet the degrading role of dhimmi.
These "faith sharing," groups provide a veneer of undeserved legitimacy to the CAIRs of the world. The truth is that these "can’t we just get along" types are usually leftist heterodox renegades from whatever faith or sect they presumptuously claim to represent. Too often they succeed in denying American’s their First Amendment right to freely express themselves while at the same time provide aid and comfort to groups officially linked to cowardly jihadist killers.
This reflects a level of cognitive dissonance which is a pathological disorder.Technical Note: Dhimmi is an Arabic term derived from the root dhimma. The defines what is an imposed second class status in Islamic societies and is expected to be subservient to all Muslims. Theologically this arrangement is an implied "contract" between Muslims and the "people of the Book" [Jews and Christians] in which theoretically [and almost never in practice] they are allowed to conduct their lives in somewhat of a normal fashion - upon the proviso that they pay a head tax [the jizya] every year.In another instance, last February Robert Spencer [a Roman Catholic] a published Islamic scholar and the editor of JihadWatch was scheduled to speak at a Catholic Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts. His speech was cancelled due to pressure on the Catholic Diocese of Worcester exerted in no small part by the religion editor of The Boston Globe, Lisa Wangsness. Ms Wangsness wrote biased articles about Mr. Spencer and his work. Mr. Spencer and others had met with her and told her of a troubling situation in the Boston area, one which should be of great interest to a religion reporter.
In practice dhimmis have few legal rights and must always defer to those of the Islamic faith. For example, they are generally not allowed to walk on the crown of roadways used by Muslims, instead having to walk on the margins or in the gutters. Often they are forced to wear religious identifiers, wooden Stars of David or Crosses, a further humiliation. Fundamentalist Islamic theology stresses the point that the jizya must be handed over, head bowed in a supplicating manner in recognition of their lowly social status.
Spencer and his associates shared with Ms Wangsness the story of Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury currently in prison for providing material support to Al Qaeda and planning an attack on a nearby shopping mall. Also detailed was the attempt to pressure the Department of Justice to release Mehanna. Involved in this effort were Imam Abdullah Faaruuq at the time the Muslim Chaplain of Northeastern University and a medical doctor, Abdul Cater Asmal, then the co chair of the Islamic Council of New England. Dr. Asmal was subsequently striped of his license to practice medicine.
No mention of this troubling back-story was ever written about by Ms Wangsness.
After meeting with Mr. Spencer, Ms Wangsness met with Dr. Asmal, both members of the Islamic Center of Worcester and Nabeel Khudari who has reportedly tried to intimidate moderate Muslims. The goal of these radical Muslims, according to leaked e mail correspondence, was to intimidate the diocese of Worcester. They succeeded...and Spencer's invitation was rescinded - though without the courtesy of a notification. Mr. Spencer was left to read about his fate in The Boston Globe."…We shared with Ms. Wangsness interviews with moderate Muslims who reached out to us asking for help in fighting the extremists who had hijacked their community and are brainwashing their children. We showed her a vicious and threatening letter that local extremist leader Nabeel Khudairi sent to a moderate Muslim who dared challenge the extremists in his mosque…" [source, Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs, The Boston Globe vs. Free Speech, The American Thinker]A simple Internet search using key words such as, "anti-Jihadist blogs" or "student conservative groups" will turn up numerous incidents of speakers who had basic disagreements with Islamic ideology who were prevented from finishing their speeches or whose scheduled speeches were cancelled by the sponsor for "security reasons."
Islam, as it is normatively practiced doesn’t seem to be able to live within the confines of the liberal [small "l"] West and it’s marketplace of ideas. When invoking the specter of bigotry and Islamophobia doesn't work, bullying often does. But for every bully who prevails there is one act of moral cowardice on the part of his opponent.
Our enemies long ago declared war on us – though the current administration denies it. In this often violent conflict between civilization and barbarism, any display of weakness…let alone cowardice, only emboldens the enemy for his next encounter. To them appeasement is provocative, it’s a tip-off that they will not be forced to pay for the mayhem they create.
For Further Reference:
Steven Emerson: DOJ: CAIR's Unindicted Co-Conspirator Status Legit
The Investigative Project on Terrorism, March 12, 2010 - MPAC Pursues Islamic Ideology in Guise of Civil Rights Defender
The Investigative Project on Terrorism, February 9, 2010 - ISNA: Islamic Society of North America, an IPT Investigative Report, June 29, 2009,
Investigative Project on Terrorism, ICNA: Handbook Shows ICNA's True Goals, December 6, 2010,
Robert Spencer, Boston Globe Instigates Robert Spencer Speech Cancelation, Front Page Magazine, January13, 2013.
©2013 Cheryl Gatesworth. August Williams contributed to this piece. All rights reserved.