The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR), is a name you will hear on National Public Radio, they are a sponsor. CAIR funds a “more accepting” viewpoint of Sharia in America; but do you want that for America, as an American? Is this, as some fear, another way for terrorists to chip away at America’s foundations and slowly destroy America?
CAIR claims to represent Islam in North America and to protect “Muslim civil rights” yet their is proof that CAIR is supporting Islamic terrorists, and that CAIR was established in America by those who wish to harm our country while using our constitution for their protection.
A little history of CAIR: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBi) recorded evidence places CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad at a Philadelphia meeting of the radical Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” According to the FBI, “all attendees in the meeting are Hamas members and sympathizers.” An Investigative Project on Terrorism report on the HLF trial reveals that FBI agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR’s Omar Ahmad was “a leader of the Palestinian committee”.
Quotes from Ahmad and Nihad at the Philadelphia Meeting: Omar Ahmad talking with with Shukri Abu Baker:
- Baker: “I swear by Allah that war is deception,”…“We are fighting our enemy with a kind heart … Deceive, camouflage, pretend that you’re leaving while you’re walking that way. Deceive your enemy …”
- Ahmad: “I agree with you. Like they say, politics is a completion of war”
It should be noted that in a 2003 deposition, Omar Ahmad stated that he “can’t recall attending this meeting”. Nihad Awad, also in a 2003 deposition, said he couldn’t remember if he attended the Philadelphia Meeting either, even though he was an active and vocal participant at the event. The FBI revealed that HLF paid the airline tickets and hotel bills for Omar Ahmad’s attendance of the Philadelphia meeting. The Holy Land Foundation also provided CAIR with a “donation” check for $5000 in October of 1994.
FIGHTING FOR SHARIA AGAINST AMERICAN LEGAL VALUES: When 70% of Oklahoma’s citizens voted for a constitutional amendment to prevent what they saw as the destruction of the American Legal system, CAIR filed suit! The enacted Oklahoma amendment in part reads: “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or sharia law.”
Muneer Awad, a Muslim who heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, sued to block the law, saying it violated his First Amendment rights.
Muslim Civil Rights? Is CAIR fighting for Muslim Civil Rights or is it an attempt to overthrow the system that has made America, what it is and what we value? I believe that Muslims have the right to worship in freedom as we all do in America today. After all, they came here for the freedom we offered. I would fight for their freedoms as I would fight for ours. On the other hand, what they came here for IS HERE. What they ran from IS STILL THERE. Why fight to change the system you came here to enjoy and try to make it more like the one you ran from?
When the Spanish come to America, from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, etc. I am at first glance, offended that they do not seek to learn English and seek to cling to newspapers, TV and Radio stations that broadcast in Spanish. I know a little about history and it has been a pattern of Italians, Jews and Germans who came here earlier. It took the next generation to break “free” of the language barriers and the cultural fears. On the other hand, these “foreigners” did not choose to remake the legal system of our country to suit their religious laws. They came here and struggled with combining the best of what they believed with the best of what we had to offer so they could live here in peace and prosperity. We all benefited.
I have no doubt that there is a cultural richness we would lose without the coming contributions from those of Islamic faith who are making America their home. Undoubtedly it will in some way be a contribution of their experience with the best of their cultural heritage and perhaps some of what Sharia has to offer. American’s are open to richness, cultural diversity and the blessings of a multicultural society. American’s however resent having someone use the courts and legal systems to force their values on America. The way to win American’s to your side is
to prove the value of what you have; Americans will adopt it on their own. Americans are sold on things that work, not beaten into submission by a dictatorial system. Similarly, going to court to defeat the will of the people of Oklahoma, because you have the money and the “mouth-pieces” will create the backlash it has and should.
Should we judge CAIR by its founding fathers? It is certainly a concern for most of us. I would rather judge my Islamic neighbors by they contributions to America. I would rather see my countrymen adopting the richness that our new neighbors bring to America because we see its value. At this point in its history, I believe that CAIR is hurting more American Islamic followers than it is helping. Can those of moderate Islamic faith contribute to and become part of America. We shall see. I don’t think it will be because of CAIR when they succeed.