Bloomberg vs. CAIR’s Interfaith Friends

bloomberg-nypdThe Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign, an interfaith coalition allied with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), is praising the passage of two bills by the New York City Council aimed at stopping the alleged abuses of the NYPD. Mayor Bloomberg says he will veto the bills, even though they passed with enough support to override it.

The passed bills, the End Discriminatory Profiling Bill and NYPD Oversight Bill, outraged Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. The latter bill requires the overseeing of the NYPD by an independent Inspector-General. The former opens the door for the NYPD to be sued in state court for policies that disproportionately affect certain ages, genders, sexual orientations or housing statuses.

Mayor Bloomberg considers the bills to be a matter of “life and death” vows to “not give up for one minute.”

“The bill would allow virtually everyone in New York City to sue the Police Department and individual police officers over the entire range of law enforcement functions they perform,” Kelly explained.

He said the result will be skyrocketing liability costs, the unnecessary use of resources and an overall decrease in effectiveness.

When asked about the so-called problem of NYPD racial profiling, Bloomberg dismissively said, “Nobody racially profiles.” He made perhaps the most politically-incorrect statement of his career in defense of the NYPD:

“…They just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

Bloomberg refuses to apologize. “The numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspect’s descriptions,” he said.

The bills were aggressively supported by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), joined by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has often allied itself with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network that CAIR and ISNA belong to.

CAIR’s chapter in New York is among its more radical ones. Former CAIR-NY director Cyrus McGoldrick has sent out tweets with anti-law enforcement rhetoric and support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and the destruction of Israel.

CAIR-NY board president Zead Ramadan refused to condemn Hamas in December 2011 and has portrayed American-Muslims as a brutally-repressed minority on Iranian state TV. Another board member, Lamis Deek, has praised Hamas, supports the elimination of Israel and claims that the NYPD has a secret alliance with Israel to target Muslims. Deek also supported the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt as a blow to American “imperialism.”

The Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign, an interfaith political coalition that includes ISNA as a member, celebrated the bills’ passage. ISNA is so proud of its work in putting together the coalition that it highlighted it as a crowning achievement when it met with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan in May.

The Campaign’s members include American Baptist Churches USA, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and many others.

ISNA and its interfaith allies’ fight with the NYPD reached out a whole other level when the news broke that officers had been shown The Third Jihad, which Police Commissioner Ray Kelly appeared in. The film discusses the Islamist threat to American and mentions that ISNA and CAIR are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder responded by writing a writing a letter to Mayor Bloomberg blasting the NYPD and the Clarion Project, the producer of the film, for promoting a negative image of Muslims—even though the film is narrated by a devout Muslim.

In its May/June magazine, ISNA fired at the NYPD and made the Department sound like New York City Muslims are being intimidated into silence and are even afraid to pray in public. In an almost comical blow to its own credibility, ISNA’s article said “Muslim terrorism is not a threat after 9/11.”

Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t have the strongest anti-Islamist credentials, but his standing on the side of the NYPD against the CAIR-supported bill is something he should be praised for. He previously defended the NYPD when it faced an avalanche of criticism for its reasonable counter-terrorism efforts, such as investigating Muslim Students Association chapters with evidence of extremism.

Bloomberg’s veto will be overridden if none of the New York City Council members change their mind. It is up to residents to convince them not to believe the hysteria of CAIR and its interfaith allies.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • montbrun

    The ROTTEN APPLE is making its bed…and sure as hell is not going to
    like what comes after having slept in it…..
    Let the police act only in extreme instances and lets see how long will its inhabitants put up with what is going to happen….
    After all, isn’t the Rotten Apple disputing California the banner of the most
    bizarre city of the USA…??????
    Didn’t this same Mayor and Council see nothing wrong with the mega mosque
    building at Ground Zero…?????

  • Penny Haulman

    JESUS is Lord

  • ratonis

    I am a member of an American Baptist Church, and the denomination’s affiliation with these Islamists is embarrassing. I have raised an issue about this locally and have been told, in essence, to be quiet about it. What is so ironic is that even mainstream Islam has no room or rationale for religious liberty, as any student of history understands, which puts it at odds with everything the American Baptist Churches affirm when we invoke the person of Roger Williams and “soul freedom.”

    • neddy neatfoot

      Ratonis, you may be interested to read “The Third Choice”, a study of Dhimmitide and how to understand it, written by well-credentialed Christian Academic Mark Durie.

      Though myself not a religious believer, I greatly respect this man and his courage, and highly recommend this study to people of all Faiths, or none. Coincidentally, I am just re-reading it for the third time.

      I am in the process of writing a review for Amazon.

    • Beth

      ratonis…something I’d like to share with you on a personal level:

      1Jo 2:27 But the anointing [The Word] which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you (and it goes with this…)

      Isa 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail (Can God tell a lie?)

      Now, the following, I share with you in front of the whole world:

      The koran calls the Son of God an abomination and denies the Father and the Son:

      009.030 – 037.151 – 037.152 – 019.088 – 019.089

      The New Testament warns:

      1Jo 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

      1Jo 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

      The two (Islam and Christianity) can never be reconciled. Not for all eternity.

      And – ye need not that any man teach you. But you do need to teach your leaders a few things – before you walk out of that place – but do so – in front of the whole congregation – out of love for your fellow Christian members who are following leaders that are headed for the pit. And not because because I say so – but because the Lord of Whom those leaders claim to be represenatives of – says so (Luk 6:39).


  • glpage

    Ever noticed that leftists seem to have an innate inability to consider the consequences of things they want to force on society?

  • neddy neatfoot

    The new Interfaith theme song:
    “Dhimmi dat thing”

    For all his many manifest faults, this may be B’berg’s shining hour. It’s got nada to do with his being a Jew, it’s just plain common sense which, unfortunately, is totally lacking in the dangerously ignorant (read: cowardly) Dhimmiwit PC community.

  • OhrGadol18

    My attempts, last fall, to sponser a Celebrate Israel Day were rebuffed by some of the larger local churches who feared that such an event would alienate the Islamic folks they were witnessing to. In the book of 2 Thessalonians (New Testament) it is written that the hoped for Messiah will not return prior to the “falling away”. I fear that the well intentioned outreach by the Christian church will end up being the Trojan horse that Islam is already using to subvert and then margenalize the church communities of America . When the Messiah sent out the disciples the second time, to share the message with the world; He told them to take their swords (code for brains); they were taught to be gentle as doves but as vigilant as serpents. Islam will take them!…….to school, or death.

  • Yellowman King

    New York is in for a real treat with this list of characters who all seem to bring some oddity to the NY mayoral race.

    Those with an agenda or baggage of any sort must not get our vote or support

  • Anamah

    And be aware of that clownish candidate Anthony Weiner. That perverted is married to Uma Abedin an undercover from the Muslim Brotherhood…NYC must pay attention of that Islamist movements….

  • popseal

    The ‘victory mosque’ of Cordoba, Spain built to mark Islamic advances of the 7th and 8th Centuries is the jihad pattern for the Cordoba Mosque project at the WTC site in New York. Every Muslim sees Bloomberg’s abomination as a symbol of the victory they’ve already achieved.

  • Steve Dietrich