by Joseph Farah
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
The Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is leading a
witchhunt against the nomination of a very good man,
Daniel Pipes, to the board of
the U.S. Institute for Peace.
CAIR is not what it seems – not what it pretends to be.
It is not a group fighting for equal rights for Muslim-Americans. It
is not a group trying to protect the interests of Muslims in America. It
is not a group promoting human rights for anyone.
It is a group whose real mission is changing the very character of
America – remaking it in the image of the Islamo-fascists who fund them
from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.
You will never hear a nice word about America from the Council on
American-Islamic Relations. It's a hate group. It spends all or most
of its time and resources denigrating America, condemning it as a
pariah state that exploits and oppresses Muslims.
According to CAIR, America is a terrible place for Muslims. At the
same time, CAIR boasts Islam is the fastest-growing religion in
America. It makes you wonder: If conditions for Muslims are so bad in
America, why is Islam so popular? Why are Muslims flocking from all
parts of the world to the United States – this hideous concentration
camp for Muslims?
I'll tell you why. Many Muslims have come here and continue to come
here to escape the Islamo-fascism of places like Iran, Iraq and Saudi
Arabia – places about which CAIR never has a bad word to say.
CAIR was late to the party in condemning Osama bin Laden for the
Sept. 11 terror attacks. It finally got around to it three months
after the fact. Don't expect to hear any CAIR officials condemn
suicide bombings by the terrorists in Hamas. The founder of this
organization is on record in support of the goals and tactics of Hamas.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper indicated in a 1993 interview with
the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants the United States to become
a Muslim country.
"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,"
Hooper told the Star Tribune. "But I'm not going to do anything
violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."
Founded in 1994, CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association of
Palestine, identified as a "front group" for the terrorist group Hamas,
according to Steve Pomerantz, former chief of the FBI's
Another ex-FBI counterterrorism chief, Oliver "Buck" Revell, has
called the Islamic Association For Palestine – Hooper's former
employer – "a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda
for Islamic militants."
CAIR advisory board member Siraj Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney
Mary Jo White on Feb. 2, 1995, as one of the "unindicted persons who
may be alleged as co-conspirators in the attempt to blow up New York
City monuments," including the World Trade Center in 1993.
How seriously can we take the charges of a group that called the
conviction of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers "a travesty of
justice"? How seriously can we take a group that called the conviction
of Omar Abdel Rahman, who conspired to blow up New York City
landmarks, a "hate crime"? How seriously should we take a group about
which Steven Pomerantz, former FBI chief of counter-terrorism, says: "CAIR,
its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international
But just don't assume the group has any credibility.
The real goal of this group was made clear by its chairman, Omar M.
Ahmad, who told a rally of California Muslims in 1998: "Islam isn't in
America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The
Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only
accepted religion on earth."
This is the real CAIR. Amazingly, some American people and
institutions have fallen for CAIR's ad hominem attacks on Daniel
Pipes, a scholar among scholars. No less an establishment enterprise
than the Washington Post editorialized last week against Daniel Pipes'
nomination. Despite its extremist history, CAIR is making inroads in
It would be tragic if the Senate failed to confirm Pipes because of
the rantings and ravings of an extremist group like CAIR.
A copy of Gardiner's original article, provided by Waterhouse, said
Omar M. Ahmad, chairman of the board of the Council on
American-Islamic relations, spoke before a packed crowd at the
Flamingo Palace banquet hall urging Muslims not to shirk their duty
of sharing the Islamic faith with those who are "on the wrong side."
"If you choose to live here (in America) ... you have a
responsibility to deliver the message of Islam," he said.
Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to
become dominant, he said. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture,
should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only
accepted religion on Earth, he said.
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