CAIR Can Expel You ‘For Any Reason’

This past Saturday, folks, was a big day for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Its “Leadership Conference & 18th Annual Banquet” at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va. lasted from 9 am until past 10 pm.

Sadly, I missed the event. Not that I wouldn’t eagerly have plunked down my $199.00 for a ticket to hear Linda Sarsour, Nihad Awad, Siraj Wahhaj, Al Sharpton, and Dennis Kucinich. Even better, I could have learned CAIR’s “Strategies for Challenging Anti-Islam Legislation and Campaigns” from the horse’s mouth. However, this little clause stopped me short:

CAIR Leadership Conference & 18th Annual Banquet is/are private CAIR event(s) and CAIR reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone for any reason. CAIR also reserves the right to eject anyone from the private event(s) for any reason. Rejected guests will not receive a refund for their tickets or be compensated in any way for their loss.

All audio, visual and audio/visual devices and photography, filming, recording and taping are strictly prohibited.

Given that CAIR’s been on my case since 1999, calling me all sorts of names, it seemed likely that it would refuse me admittance and keep my money, so I stayed home. But these 42 words inspire a few thoughts about my least-favorite American Muslim organization:

(1) That warning is not a one-time thing but CAIR’s standard legalese; for example, it used precisely the same wording for its 2011 conference & banquet, as can be seen quoted here (search for the word “disclaimer”).

(2) Paraphrasing Bob Dole, “the most dangerous place in Washington is between CAIR and a television camera.” Why, then, the sudden shyness from a publicity hound, strictly prohibiting “All audio, visual and audio/visual devices”? Because live events have unscripted moments and CAIR, I suspect, shudders at a random Islamist wandering off the reservation. Its own chairman did this in 1998, announcing in public that “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a burst of bluntness that still today impedes CAIR.

(3) CAIR’s disclaimer brings to mind the flap in 2003 at the University of Toronto. Al-Awda, an anti-Zionist group that seeks to eliminate Israel by flooding it with Arabic-speakers, required that all those attending its event sign a spooky “Basis of Unity” statement. In other words, it demanded that all participants subscribe to Al-Awda’s beliefs, including “We support the right of the Palestinian people to resist Israeli colonialism by any means of their choosing.” Hey, CAIR, I’m offering you this idea gratis.

(4) CAIR does have reason to worry about opponents infiltrating its events. Not only did Chris Gaubatz spend six months undercover in CAIR’s Washington headquarters but, more on point, in at least one instance an anti-Islamic activist attended a CAIR event in disguise. That would be Debbie Schlussel, who donned a tight black hijab, presented herself as “Zainab Salih,” and went to a town hall meeting for political candidates in Detroit on Oct. 10, 2004, only to be recognized as herself and called out.

(5) I don’t know if CAIR has actually expelled someone who bought a ticket but David Gaubatz (father of Chris) reports that it had him blocked from attending an Islamic Society of North America event in 2009. As Gaubatz explains, four days before the ISNA conference, CAIR’s attorney “contacted me with a threatening letter demanding that I not attend the ISNA Conference in DC”; and ISNA, which had sent him a confirmation number and welcome letter, in fact did not let him in.

(6) CAIR’s reserving the right to deny someone entry to the event, without compensation, “for any reason” appears to be legal. But it’s unheard of for an outfit claiming to be a human rights organization. This blatant thought control reflects CAIR’s origins in Hamas, the totalitarian Palestinian movement, and points to how Islamists threaten a free society – in addition to their primary effort to apply the Shari`a, a medieval law code.

Screenshot of CAIR’s warning to those about to purchase a ticket to its annual dinner.


Debbie Schlussel at a CAIR event in Detroit in October 2004, as her name was called out.


Al Sharpton gave the keynote speech at the CAIR event. (Credit: Danielle Avel)


Siraj Wahhaj raised money for CAIR. (Credit: Danielle Avel)


Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2012 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.


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  • kafir4life

    Can you blame them? If I'm not mistaken, the terrorist supporters at the terrorist supporting, hamas linked cair and its terrorist supporters feel strongly about that pedophilic madman mohamat that invented the gutter cult of islam, and shat the contents of the terror guide the koran into the sand following sex with and a meal of his favorite pig, or "mom" as he liked to call her.

    I wouldn't allow any muslim into any event I was attending either. I have the same rights that they do. In fact, we don't hire muslims. We don't shop in their stores. We won't patronize businesses that hire muslims, and explain to management as to why. We don't believe that every muslim is a terrorist, but it's like dogs with rabies. You can't tell which muslim is / will be a splodeydope, so for safety reasons, we avoid all contact with muslims, under any circumstance.

  • aspacia

    Wonderful analysis Dr. Pipes.

  • tagalog

    I guess I'd have to say it was quite a while ago now, but once upon a time in America, some restaurants and stores in some places used to sport a sign that said "We Reserve the Right to Refuse to Serve Anyone." That was, on the face of it, simply a statement of long-standing contract law (no one has to make a contract with anyone they don't wish to), but it was widely taken (due to context) as a racist statement. Eventually, such signs came down.

    CAIR has renewed that practice. I wonder how come no one but Daniel Pipes has noticed it.

  • Cat K

    Debbie Schlussel is very brave and looks lovely in that photo despite the slave suit.
    Thanks for this article. It's nice (sarcastic) to know Sharpton -frequent White House guest – and Kucinich are welcome at a closed door hate fest.
    Why can't the building be bugged & their speeches taped?There must be tech for that. Or is there no one among the USA's liberal left who even cares what CAIR plans to do to them and us?

    • kafir4life

      No worries…..they are ;-)

    • Roger

      If they recognized her they must be watching for their enemies.

      I wonder how many of us here would be called out if we went?

      • Kufar Dawg

        If they had held the event in Dearbornistan, how many of us would've been arrested by the local islamofascist police dept.? Maybe to be subsequently murdered for resisting arrest? Or maybe murdered in jail?

        • Roger

          After they were stoned with cement chunks and debris.

    • Tanstaafl jw

      It is haram to display your face like that! Eye slits only!

  • Andy

    This is not in the least surprising. What I would like to read is a plan to put CAIR out of business. To indict them for the many crimes they have committed and for their very purpose in America. Such a move can't take place during the present administration and illegal DOJ but I would like to see plans for the future.

    • Raymond in DC

      They could start by enforcing the laws dealing with sedition. But don't expect DOJ to consider such action. They're too busy recruiting at CAIR and ISNA functions.

  • Drakken

    CAIR is a muslim terrorist organization and must be treated as such, period. They must be named and shamed at every turn and not given one inch.

  • pyeatte

    The reason Debbie Schlussel was ejected is because she was too pretty. Females must have at least some resemblance to a goat, both in appearance and smell, to be acceptable to CAIR Muslims.

    • kafir4life

      Seriously…..most of the cair babes are two baggers. I think that genetically, you'd find them to actually be male. cair leadership likes them that way. They're only anti-gay in public. In private, they're more than ok with it, they prefer it.

  • BLJ

    All CAIR cares about is turning America into an Islamic Republic. They will have to pry the gun out of my cold, dead hand before I submit to their gutter religion. Sadly, they are making gains due to our nation's obsession with political correctness.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Did you see the dozen police officers that dragged the anti-islam film maker out of his house? That's going to be our future in the US. Criticise islam, go to jail.

  • Kafir

    moHAMmed was a pedophile…

    • Roger

      Come on, she was almost 9 by the time he moved beyond having her watch him masterbate….

      There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to begin.

    • kafir4life

      Yes, he was. And muslims want to be just like mad mo, the dog faced pig.