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The Thought Police at CAIR
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Thursday, January 9, 2003 | By Kathleen Parker

Posted on 01/09/2003 12:10:14 AM PST by JohnHuang2

The Thought Police at CAIR
By Kathleen Parker
Townhall.com | January 9, 2003


Hey, did you hear the one about Muhammad and ??

No? Me neither. And even if I did hear a good Muhammad joke, you can bet I wouldn't tell it. Not in an e-mail, not in a column, not no way, not no how. Why?

Because if you poke fun at the prophet of Islam -or even suggest anything that remotely smacks of irreverence -you will live (maybe) to regret it. Already, I feel the rumbling of thousands of creatively worded hate mails involving the word "donkey" as they thunder along my computer's routers.

Mr. Sulu, activate the insult shields.

So it goes in post-9-11 America, where Muslims have become the new approved victim class. Here's how the knee-jerk drill goes: A journalist writes or otherwise depicts Muslims or their Prophet Muhammad in some way other than soft-focus, peach-toned Hallmark words or images, and thousands of American Muslims become like a battalion of whitewashers unleashed on urban graffiti.

Leading the charge is the special interest group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), which runs a Muslim news Web site and organizes letter-writing and e-mail campaigns. A recent "fatwa" against political cartoonist Doug Marlette produced thousands of e-mails, many of them threatening to varying degrees. At one end of the spectrum were overt threats of death and mutilation; at the other were attached viruses intended to sabotage Marlette's computer and, with any luck, his career.

Marlette's offense? A joke. A cartoon. An image of a man dressed in Middle Eastern garb driving a Ryder truck with a nuke in back with the caption: "What Would Mohammed Drive?" If you don't get it, go back to sleep.

Marlette's home paper, the Tallahassee Democrat, never ran the cartoon in its print edition and, under pressure from CAIR, quickly removed it from the newspaper's Web site. So much for free speech. And so much for desired effect because immediately thereafter Marlette drew another cartoon in response to CAIR's onslaught. This one shows the Statue of Liberty wearing a burqa and balancing a Free Speech tablet on her hip. Asking a cartoonist to be nice is like asking a pit bull to be lap dog.

Marlette also wrote an eloquent non-apology in response to CAIR's demand for one, whereupon a few Muslims have revealed themselves to have a sense of humor after all. In recent days, Marlette says he's heard from several Muslims who congratulated him on the cartoon and apologized on behalf of their fellow humor-challenged, overly sensitive brethren.

Meanwhile, another victim has been added to the CAIR hit list -Tallahassee Democrat political columnist Bill Cotterell, who got trapped in an e-mail exchange with an angry Muslim woman. His offense, for which he has been suspended for a week without pay, was to fire back in his own angry and characteristically colorful language.

Cotterell criticized Arab nations for their failure to adjust to the Israel's existence, saying: "OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or they can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for deliverance; that's their business. And I don't give a damn if Israel kills a few in collateral damage while defending itself."

I'm sure Cotterell would rather those words not get repeated. He has apologized and declined my offer to speak up on his behalf. Too bad, Bill, it's a free world, and I choose to, anyway. Cotterell's remarks were clearly in bad taste, which is of course why some people find them funny. And they were intemperate. Sometimes that happens when people threaten and insult you, as this woman did Cotterell.

But keep in mind, it was also an e-mail exchange. All of us write things in e-mails -or we used to -that we don't intend to share with the world. The Democrat's decision to suspend Cotterell and to withdraw Marlette's cartoon frankly smacks of caving in to special interests at the expense of free speech. Censorship by intimidation.

Meanwhile, CAIR is shooting itself in the foot while accomplishing a reverse job of public relations. First, Marlette's cartoon got many times the exposure it would have had without CAIR's attacks. Second, few traits are more valued or uniquely American than the ability to laugh at oneself. If the self-appointed defenders of Islam would lighten up a bit, they might find themselves less often as the punch line.

Hey did you hear the one about Moses and Jesus? Oh you did? Darn.



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Thursday, January 9, 2003

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1 posted on 01/09/2003 12:10:14 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Seems to me that threatening E-mails from Muslims warrant criminal charges. Perhaps WE "kafir" should learn to overreact to what Muslims say and write.
2 posted on 01/09/2003 2:56:54 AM PST by You Gotta Be Kidding Me
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To: JohnHuang2; All
The man who wrote this "Islamic 20-Year Plan For America" speaks from experience. His predictions are materializing right before our eyes.

Twenty-Year Plan for USA: Islam Targets America

When we immigrated from Jerusalem, Jordan in January, 1967, little did I imagine that Islam would become center-stage in world news. As my sincere interest in the growth of Islam in America intensified, I began to discuss, dialogue, and then debate Muslim leaders throughout the world from an Arab Christian's view of Islam.

So far, I have had the privilege of participating in over 20 debates and discussions on every continent plus T.V. and radio. Islam Revealed was released in 1988 and is now in its 8th printing. The True Furqan is now in its third printing in the three years it has been published. It is the only book which challenges the Quran in substance, style, language and contents.

The True Furqan can be located on www.answers-to-islam.net or www.islam-exposed.org.

The following is my analysis of Islamic invasion of America, the agenda of Islamists and visible methods to take over America by the year 2020! Will Americans continue to sleep through this invasion as they did when we were attacked on 9/11?

1. Terminate America's freedom of speech by replacing it with hate crime bills state-wide and nation-wide.

2. Wage a war of words using black leaders like Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other visible religious personalities to promote Islam as the original African-American's religion while Christianity is for the whites! Strange enough, no one tells the African-Americans that it was the Arab Muslims who captured them and sold them as slaves, neither the fact that in Arabic the word for black and slave is the same, "Abed."

3. Engage the American public in dialogues, discussions, debates in colleges, universities, public libraries, radio, TV, churches and mosques on the virtues of Islam. Proclaim how it is historically another religion like Judaism and Christianity with the same monotheistic faith.

4. Nominate Muslim sympathizers to political office for favorable legislation to Islam and support potential sympathizers by block voting.

5. Take control of as much of Hollywood, the press, TV, radio and the internet by buying the corporations or a controlling stock.

6. Yield to the fear of imminent shut-off of the lifeblood of America - the black gold. America's economy depends on oil,1000 products are derived from oil), so does its personal and industrial transportation and manufacturing -41% comes from the Middle East.

7. Yell, "foul, out-of-context, personal interpretation, hate crime, Zionist, un-American, inaccurate interpretation of the Quran" time Islam is criticized or the Quran is analyzed in the public arena.

8. Encourage Muslims to penetrate the White House, specifically with Islamists who can articulate a marvelous and peaceful picture of Islam. Acquire government positions, get membership in local school boards. Train Muslims as medical doctors to dominate the medical field, research and pharmaceutical companies. Take over the computer industry. Establish Middle Eastern restaurants throughout the U.S. to connect planners of Islamization in a discreet way.

Ever notice how numerous Muslim doctors in America are, when their countries need them more desperately than America?

9. Accelerate Islamic demographic growth via:

a. Massive immigration (100,000 annually since 1961)

b. No birth control whatsoever - every baby of Muslim parents is automatically a Muslim and cannot choose another religion later.

c. Muslim men must marry American women and Islamize them (10,000 annually). Then divorce them and remarry every five years - since one cannot have the Muslim legal permission to marry four at one time. This is a legal solution in America.

d. Convert angry, alienated black inmates and turn them into militants (so far 2000 released inmates have joined Al Qaida world-wide). Only a few have been captured in Afghanistan and on American soil. So far - sleeping cells!

10. Reading, writing, arithmetic and research through the American educational system, mosques and student centers (now 1500) should be sprinkled with dislike of Jews, evangelical Christians and democracy. There are 300 exclusively Muslim schools with loyalty to the Quran, not the U.S. Constitution.

11. Provide very sizeable monetary Muslim grants to colleges and universities in America to establish "Centers for Islamic studies" with Muslim directors to promote Islam in higher education institutions. 12. Let the entire world know through propaganda, speeches, seminars, local and national media that terrorists have hijacked Islam, not the truth, which is Islam hijacked the terrorists. Furthermore in January of 2002, Saudi Arabia's Embassy in Washington mailed 4500 packets of the Quran, videos, promoting Islam to America's high schools--free. They would never allow us to reciprocate.

13. Appeal to the historically compassionate and sensitive Americans for sympathy and tolerance towards the Muslims in America who are portrayed as mainly immigrants from oppressed countries.

14. Nullify America's sense of security by manipulating the intelligence community with misinformation. Periodically terrorize Americans of impending attacks on bridges, tunnels, water supplies, airports, apartment buildings and malls. (We have experienced this too often since 9-11.) 15. Form riots and demonstrations in the prison system demanding Islamic Sharia as the way of life, not American's justice system.

16. Open numerous charities throughout the U.S. but use the funds to support Islamic terrorism with American dollars.

17. Raise interest in Islam on America's campuses by insisting that freshman take at least one course on Islam. Be sure that the writer is a bonafide American, Christian, scholarly and able to cover up the violence in the Quran and express the peaceful, spiritual and religious aspect only.

18. Unify the numerous Muslim lobbies in Washington, mosques, Islamic student centers, educational organizations, magazines and papers by internet and an annual convention to coordinate plans, propagate the faith and engender news in the media of their visibility.

19. Send intimidating messages and messengers to the outspoken individuals who are critical of Islam and seek to eliminate them by hook or crook.

20. Applaud Muslims as loyal citizens of the US by spotlighting their voting record as the highest percentage of all minority and ethic groups in America.

Dr. Anis Shorrosh, D.Min, D.Phil, a member of Oxford Society of Scholars, has traveled in 76 countries, is a Palestinian Arab Christian American who is an author, lecturer and producer of TV documentaries. Islam Revealed is a best seller which has been printed eight times already. His forthcoming tenth book will be available spring 2003 entitled Islam: A Threat or a Challenge.

3 posted on 01/09/2003 4:21:43 AM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: JohnHuang2
CAIR= Comfort and Aid to Islamic Radicals.
4 posted on 01/09/2003 6:32:14 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Let's call a spade a spade.)
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To: JohnHuang2
CAIR= Comfort and Aid to Islamic Radicals.
5 posted on 01/09/2003 6:32:15 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Let's call a spade a spade.)
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To: buccaneer81
"CAIR= Comfort and Aid to Islamic Radicals."

If you study the basic precepts of Islam, you discover there is no such thing as "radical."

Political Correctness – The Islam Way

6 posted on 01/09/2003 7:47:37 AM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: JohnHuang2
An image of a man dressed in Middle Eastern garb driving a Ryder truck with a nuke in back with the caption: "What Would Mohammed Drive?"
This actually wasn't a whole lot different than a cartoon of Catholic saints chasing altar boys, or Moses parting the Red Sea in order to find a lost coin. I doubt anyone would be all upset about the Catholic League or ADL objecting to those cartoons in a mainstream newspaper.

-Eric

7 posted on 01/09/2003 7:52:48 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: E Rocc
I doubt anyone would be all upset about the Catholic League or ADL objecting to those cartoons in a mainstream newspaper.

The Muslims didn't just object. They threatened and the cartoons disappeared. There's a vast difference between suppression and objecting.

8 posted on 01/09/2003 7:56:46 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em anyway)
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To: Happy2BMe; 2sheep; Thinkin' Gal
Interesting stuff in your #3.

d. Convert angry, alienated black inmates and turn them into militants (so far 2000 released inmates have joined Al Qaida world-wide). Only a few have been captured in Afghanistan and on American soil. So far - sleeping cells!

9 posted on 01/09/2003 7:57:06 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Happy2BMe
Most of it has been accomplished.
10 posted on 01/09/2003 8:48:33 AM PST by happygrl
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To: happygrl
"Most of it has been accomplished."

Look at THIS > Baraka: A Dangerous Distraction

Baraka is playing the media and going down the 20-Year Plan almost precept-by-precept.

All at tax payer's expense, with complete immunity, and before the eyes of the entire world.

11 posted on 01/09/2003 9:07:06 AM PST by Happy2BMe
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