Center For American Progress’ Anti-Semitism Exposed in Mainstream Media

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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Rubin quoted from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s response to her request for comment on the gutter attacks by ThinkProgress bloggers and other like-minded leftists. Here are some excerpts:

CAP blogger Eli Clifton joined Media Matters Senior Foreign Policy Fellow MJ Rosenberg in using Twitter to promote an article accusing the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance of pushing ‘Western groupthink that has for centuries justified wars and countless atrocities against the Arab world . . . [that’s] representative of the way many Americans feel toward Muslims and Arabs — that they are all terrorists.’

Far from slandering Islam or demonizing moderate Muslims, we’ve seized every opportunity available for interfaith outreach by organizing and/or attending conferences and dialogues from Spain to Indonesia.

Recognizing that he and his fellow bloggers had been caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar, Armbruster tried to make nice with the Simon Wiesenthal Center and said it was all just a misunderstanding. He wrote in a December 13th blog entitled “Response To The Simon Wiesenthal Center:”

We’re happy to join in a common pledge of raising the level of discourse.

CAP should start “raising the level of discourse” by rescinding its smear-filled Fear, Inc. report. But that is something it will never do. Instead, it is doubling down. A series of ThinkProgress blogs last week, for example, attacked the home improvement company Lowes as intolerant and buckling to “right-wing” pressure for exercising its right to decide where it would place its advertising dollars. Lowes chose to discontinue its ads on TLC’s show All-American Muslim.

Responding to an inquiry from one of ThinkProgress‘ bloggers, Jaclyn Pardini, a Lowe’s spokeswomen explained:

We understand the program raised concerns, complaints, or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum, which we found after doing research of news articles and blogs covering the show. We based our decision to pull the advertising on this research and after hearing the concerns we received through emails, calls, through social media and in news reports.

In other words, Lowes made a business decision not to unnecessarily alienate a broad spectrum of potential customers. But a ThinkProgress blogger, Alyssa Rosenberg, would have none of that. Instead she accused Lowes of “cowardice” for “folding to virulent Islamophobes.”

In trying to understand the Center for American Progress’ persistent campaign against so-called “Islamophobes,” and its lumping of Jewish supporters of Israel into that category, I think that conservative columnist Jeff Dunetz was on to something when he pointed out the symbiotic relationship between CAP and the Obama administration.  “This progressive think tank sets much of the policy endorsed by the Democratic-progressive politicians who still dominate the federal government and the Obama Administration,” wrote Dunetz.

Dwight Holton, a top Department of Justice official, helped prove Dunetz’ observation when he said on October 19th at a Washington, D.C. event scheduled by the department:

I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.

When a reporter for TheDC asked Holton to explain his charges, he pushed a door shut in the reporter’s face, according to a report in the Daily Caller. Does Holton also want to rebuke and banish from government reading materials the opinion of President John Quincy Adams, who observed that the “precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.” Does Holton want to do the same to Thomas Jefferson, who had also come to view the Koran, which he took the time to study, as sanctioning war. Indeed, when Jefferson and the senior John Adams met with the envoy of the sultan of Tripoli to seek an end to Muslim Barbary pirate attacks on American ships, they were told, according to Jefferson, that “it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found.” Some things don’t change.

Holton’s politically correct remarks are right out of the Center for American Progress playbook. Expect much more of the same now that Jennifer Palmieri, who has been serving as the senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress, will be joining the Obama White House as deputy communications director.

In fact, we don’t have to wait. In a shameless deal reached by the Obama administration last March with the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”), the UN Human Rights Council passed a “compromise” resolution entitled “Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatization of, and Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence Against, Persons Based on Religion or Belief.” The Obama administration hailed this resolution as a major break-through with the Muslim world because the OIC purportedly gave up its long-standing campaign to pass annual UN resolutions branding “defamation of religions” as a violation of international law that should be criminalized – a position that directly challenged this nation’s free speech protections under the First Amendment. In a meeting with the OIC in Istanbul last July in which she lavishly praised the Islamist organization, Hillary Clinton tried to gingerly dance around the First Amendment issue. She said that the new UN resolution does “not criminalize speech unless there is an incitement to imminent violence” and that it helps “overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression.” But knowing that the OIC expected something concrete in return, Clinton talked about using “some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor” (emphasis added).

About a month later, the Center for American Progress – the organization described at one time as “the official Hillary Clinton think tank” and where she still has significant connections – came out with its Fear, Inc. report on Islamophobia. It is a useful tool for Clinton to show her OIC buddies that she was following through on her promise to shame those who “do what we abhor.” Don’t criminalize what they say – at least not yet. But do all you can to encourage libelous assaults on some of this nation’s most knowledgeable experts on Islamism in order to marginalize them. In addition, the Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to bar these experts from participating in any federal law enforcement training programs and putting pressure on states and local communities to do the same.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a three-day, mostly closed door conference in Washington, D.C. last week to which she invited OIC officials to participate, along with “experts” from more than thirty countries. The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on the Istanbul meeting and discuss ways to implement the UN Human Rights Council resolution. Once again, according to sources who were able to attend the opening and closing sessions, Clinton paid lip service to the uniquely American idea of limiting direct governmental prohibitions on free speech to that which incites immediate violence. However, if so-called “hate speech” causes an immediate violent reaction from those who perceive their religion to be the object of such “hate” – think of the violence spawned in the Muslim world in reaction to the Danish cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed – what then?

Moreover, according to a source familiar with the proceedings of the D.C. conference, the Obama administration would favor encouraging non-governmental groups to condemn speech that Muslims may find offensive. This is a form of community organizing with which Barack Obama is well versed. The difference is that the Obama administration is using the clout of the federal government to help activate “grass-roots” pressure. Its instruments of choice appear to include aggressive out-reach training for law enforcement officials, vetted by Islamist advocates, with boots on the ground to interface with local community leaders, and encouraging such leaders and friendly opinion makers to “shame” people who dare to speak out against the Islamist agenda.

The Center for American Progress and its far-left bloggers are an essential part of this stealth strategy to silence robust debate about the Islamist threat to the freedoms we take for granted – starting with chilling free speech itself.

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  • Jim

    We must think Lowe's for not subsidizing Islamic propaganda.

    Those who think the targets liberal organizations are aiming at through Islamist organizations is only Jews or Israel need only recall the behavior of Eric Holder when the New Black Panther Party showed up ant the polls to intimidate white voters. He did not think it was important . Ask not against whom the Imam shouts out: it shouts against you too crusader.

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  • JohnWV

    “NEVER AGAIN” is an Israeli mantra of determination to disrupt the Jew's long history of persecution. Yet behavior of the supremacis­t theocracy/ethnocracy the Jewish State has made of itself guarantees repetition unless it can conquer the whole planet. A basic change in character is really all that is needed, but nothing in Jewish history even remotely suggests such a possibility.

    • WildJew

      Where is it written in the Bible that Jews have (Israel has) an obligation to conquer the whole planet? Where is Israel enjoined to be a "supremacist" nation? Indeed you can find such passages in the Qur'an. Qur'an tells Muslims they are the "best" of all peoples (3:110), while non-Muslims are "the worst (or vilest) of creatures." (Qur'an 98:6) Isn't this supremacist language? Where can similar language be found in the Bible? Israel today is largely a secular democratic-leaning nation state. Where is the supremacist theocracy?

    • mrbean

      Sorry John, Muslims have chosen the rules of the game. Jews should let them know in no uncertain terms what "Never Again" means. As for the Palestinian Muslims, it is a matter of record that Palestinians strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent Jewish women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people therefore, have foreited their rights to even exist at all let alone be goven a UN and US sanctioned terrorist state.

    • ZOA

      "Yet behavior of the supremacis­t theocracy/ethnocracy the Jewish State has made of itself guarantees repetition unless it can conquer the whole planet."

      There are far more Muslims in the Isreali Parliment than there are Jews in the Governments of all Islamic Countries combined. Then again, they would need only 1 to prove that right. You shouldn't use such big words like "Ethnocracy" when you are apparently to stupid to know what that means.

    • KB

      LOL. John says, “… unless [the Jews] can conquer the whole world.” Really? Was it Moses who said, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say there is no god but Yahweh?” Nope. Dumb, pig- fisting moron John can’t get his history straight. Sh!thead.

    • Steve

      Never again refers to never again falling to vicious anti-Semites like you.

  • Nitzachon

    John WV,

    So was it the nazi left or the nazi ummah which conquered your nubbin of a character?

  • WildJew

    Joseph Klein wrote: She (Brigitte Gabriel) has called for “enlightened, educated and westernized Muslims in the community to begin a dialogue to discuss the possibility of reform in Islam just as Christianity and Judaism have been reformed…..”

    Christianity has been reformed. "Reform" Judaism has undergone reform. Reform Judaism / left-leaning Jews are generally on the front lines supporting a Palestinian-Muslim state in Israel. Not so Orthodox Jews by and large, because the Torah says God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people. Has Orthodox Judaism undergone reform? I don't think it has.

  • Nitzachon

    WildJew,

    Isn't the impossibility of islamik reform hard-wired into the letter and spirit of that book of theirs?

    Does Torah Judaism need to be reformed?

    • WildJew

      I believe you are right. It needs no reforming. Jews have always erred on the side of mercy and compassion. Jews rarely if ever (with respect to many of the commandments) punished "sinners" according to the full force or the letter of the law of Moses. Israel is commanded to extend compassion to non-Jewish strangers and sojourners; not to dedicated enemies however. There is a reason for this. It has a lot to do with the nature of the God of the Bible who is merciful, compassionate, long-suffering, gracious, etc. Not so Allah in the Qur'an. Allah is a forbidding, merciless god who extends no kindness or compassion toward non-Muslims even if they are decent and righteous. As I read the Qur'an, this is a very different god than the God of Israel described in our Bible.

      • stern

        Thank you for clarifying. Your earlier question had me quite concerned.

        Indeed, Orthodox Judaism is perhaps the most misunderstood of all religious practices. People think that Orthodox Jews are simply about "dressing funny" or praying three times a day. they completely miss the emphasis on charity, respect for one's fellow and mitvot. I mean, for heaven's sake, somebody who feels obligated to fulfill 613 good deeds must be a credit to humanity!

        • WildJew

          I do not consider myself a religious Jew – I am not nearly observant enough – but I do believe Orthodox Judaism is authoritative Judaism because they keep or try to keep the commandments. If someone told me they wanted to convert, I would direct them to a good Orthodox rabbi. An Orthodox conversion is recognized by Orthodox, Reform and Conservative rabbis. One would think a prospective convert who goes to an Orthodox rabbi is sincere.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Palestinian law prohibits wearing masks unless one is engaged in committing acts of aggression or homicide against the Jews. Israel and Jews in particular have a right to defend themselves. The MSM will take a Jewish act of self defense qnd turn it into a crime.

  • Cynic

    Why don’t you mention who finances CAP etc?

  • Ghostwriter

    Gee,the Center for American Progress are concerned that Americans see Muslims as terrorists? Gee,why do we think that? Could it have been 9/11 and all the terrorist attacks against Americans before 9/11 and after 9/11? Could the vast majority of those attacks have been committed by Muslims? The answer to both questions is yes. So,what ARE we to think about this? I don't know. I don't really have an answer.

  • KKKK

    the "Center for American Progress" is simply a leftist anti-Western agenda with the clear goal of aiding the jihad aganist America by stealth. this recent "report on Islamophobia" is simply an effeort to demonize the heroic persona who are fighting the Jihadists both here and around the globe. LONG LIVE ISRAEL! LONG LIVE RESISTANCE TO JIHAD!

  • Dr. C. De Rosa

    While I believe that most Muslims simply want to live their lives in peace and harmony with the rest of the world, the Koran makes these desires impossible. For a Musim to practice the faith, one must also adhere to those sections that define who are and what should happen to infidels. Until the Koran is revisited and revised, the Islamist world has no choice but to accept the teachings of an archaic religion that continues to view the world as its eneny.

  • 4.0scholar

    Arabic peoples are Semites too!

    • Nakba1948

      Oh, man, you can't say that! That's anti-Semitism (at least according to the fascists here at FPM)!

      • stern

        What an idiot! It is most certainly not anti-Semitism to say that Arabs are Semites too. It's a fact. Where it gets silly is when people say that they can't be anti-Semites because they support the "Palestinians", who are Semites. Everyone knows that the term "anti-Semitism" was specifically created to describe hatred of Jews.

        So if you'd prefer, I will not call you an anti-Semite. However, from your chosen moniker, it is perfectly clear that you ARE a Jew Hater.

  • Papadakis

    I'd love to see someone from the left articulate "progressive values" particularly where social issues are concerned. I'm not including economic narratives in this at all. To date, I've failed to see how what they call "progressive values" are much more that using myopic narratives of victimization and contextually-challenged assertions of oppression to empower non-whites, non-Christians and non-Jews to demonize and seek to devalue these groups in order to advance themselves. It's always struck me as culture of insecurity and hate that's utterly obsessed with advancing narratives that they are the 'oppressed victims of society' despite their assertions to the contrary that there's something more to it. To date, I haven't seen much to suggest that what amounts to "progressive values" is much more than that. Also what doesn't hold up is that these 'victimized groups' already have equal rights under the law so their social narratives don't hold up in light of that and as are heavily reliant on making references to past oppression as if that justifies anything now. They aren't second-class citizens in reality, but they will absolutely become hysterical, ranting lunatics if anyone points out that they already have equal treatment under the law if not something more advantageous.