Skip to comments.CAIR Suggests Tea Party, GOP Are Behind Nationwide Anti-Muslim Campaign
Posted on 09/02/2010 6:07:06 AM PDT by markomalley
(CNSNews.com) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is putting some of the blame on both the Tea Party and the Republican Party for what it sees as a growing tide of anti-Muslim anger. CAIR officials said the rise in Islamophobia stems from the controversy surrounding the Islamic center and mosque that Muslims plan to build a few blocks from Ground Zero.
Weve seen a really strong uptick in Islamophobia recently primarily sparked by the controversy over the Manhattan Islamic center, Ibrahim Hooper, CAIRs chief spokesman, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. Weve seen hate vandalism at mosques in California; in Tennessee, we had an arson attack; at a mosque in Arlington, Texas, we had an arson attack; and something that wasnt even reported nationwide, in May we had a bomb attack at a mosque in Jacksonville, Florida, he said.
Hooper said the attacks could be driven by many factors: The question is, why? Is it tied to the November elections? Is it tied to the rise of the Tea Party movement? Is it tied to the economy? he asked. I think its pretty clear that its been sparked by these hate groups and their opposition to the Islamic community center in Manhattan.
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad was even more direct, saying that the Tea Party and the GOP have given the green light to a nationwide campaign to deny Muslims their civil rights and ultimately expel them from the United States.
[W]e used to deal with individual cases of Islamophobia, harassments, and discrimination against Muslims, Awad said. Today, and in the past few months almost maybe one year, we can say one year -- we have seen an organized effort, we have seen organizations built to fight the presence of Muslims in the United States and to deny Muslims right to freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and even to be an elected official.
Unfortunately, this is done, we believe, for political convenience and reasons. The Pamela Gellers and Robert Spencers, theyre trying to spool religious hatred against Muslims for obvious reasons because they do not want Muslims to be in the United States, Awad said. (Geller, a blogger, is executive director of Stop Islamization of America; Spencer, a columnist, is director of Jihad Watch and has written a number of books critical of Islam.)
Awad named the GOP and the Tea Party movement as the groups responsible for the anti-Muslim campaign.
Secondly, yes it is a mid-term election year, and unfortunately the Tea Party and the Republican Party have given the green light for these people to defame and stereotype Muslims, and unfortunately as weve said, these have led to violence against Muslims.
Awad called on local, state, and federal authorities to provide extra protection for the Muslim community in the next days and weeks based on the kind of hysteria that were seeing.
Hooper said the nationwide anti-Muslim sentiment had drowned out any reasonable discussion of the Ground Zero mosque (the Park51 center).
When CNSNews.com asked whether CAIR agreed with Park51 planner Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf that America was an accessory to the crime of 9/11 and that Osama bin Laden was made in the USA, Hooper said that a reasonable debate was no longer possible.
He also called the Park51 project a test case for religious freedom. Its gone way beyond whether you think the project is wise, is a good project, whether you think the sponsors are the best sponsors or theyre not -- its gone way beyond that, he said.
Its now a litmus test, a test case for religious freedom in America. Whatever questions you would have for the imam, those should be addressed to him but again, its no longer limited to the imam or to the sponsors of the project. Its now a test case.
Asked whether there is any legitimacy to the debate over Park51, Hooper repeated his assertion that anti-Muslim hysteria had turned the project into a test of religious freedom itself.
Awad, however, called it a false assumption that Islam and 9/11 are connected. He said it really doesnt matter where the Islamic center is built.
Weve been asked this question several times, and unfortunately the whole nation has been consumed into this [question] about sensitivities and having a so-called mosque on Ground Zero, he said.
Well, (a) it is not a mosque; it is not on Ground Zero, it is two blocks [away]. There are so many buildings between Ground Zero and that building and second, we totally reject the false assumption that our faith, Islam, has to do anything with 9/11. So submitting to this false assumption is really condemning our own faith in the 9/11 attacks and this is really a collective guilt that we do not submit to.
Ghost of Philip Marlowe suggests CAIR is behind Anti-Christian, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Western, Anti-American, Anti-liberty campaign.
Or Islamophrenia. The inability to distinguish right from wrong.
Don’t you just absolutely hate it when the enemy who has a sworn cult all motivated to invade your country and take over your lives whines like a child when you won’t surrender?
Don't fly planes into our buildings and stop cutting off the heads of our people and then we'll talk. I haven't seen any Muslim condemn these barbarian acts.
Need more bumper sticker blanks...
This is just plain silly.
Oh no. He's figured out our secret.
Think what you want. I believe al-Qaeda, Hezbullah, and Hamas are behind CAIR.
I think you got it -
misislamia. The opposite of “Islamophile”, which is the heading that the left falls under in their attempt to side with any group or movement that opposes traditional American/Christian values in this country.
I simply choose to reject Islam as is my right according to the First Amendment.
I have this right.
It’s as simple as that.
Calling me names won’t change this truth.
I would suggest that if ANYBODY is behind “a nationwide Anti-Muslim campaign” one would need look no further than CAIR and Muslims, themselves.
I have completely had it with these people.
They can all go to hell.
CAIR might be right !
So what ?
What’s their point ?
You are much closer to the truth than they will ever be.
Too true... call it what you want... I believe Islam has a multi pronged strategy. At one extreme, terrorism, the other, “moderate” Islam, and everywhere in-between, Islam’s goal to to rule the earth, by hell or high water. Peace with Islam? HELL NO, HELL NO, HELL NO!
And you would be correct. CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation.
Amen to that... and they will...
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