CAIR Banquets Honor Christian Allies

CAIR_KYR_Pocket_Guides-646x511The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is making a point on showing how much it treasures its interfaith defenders. Recent CAIR fundraisers and events have highlighted their partnership, flattering them enough to overlooking its well-documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation. The federal government specifically identified CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to advance the Hamas agenda. In 2009, a federal judge ruled in favor of preserving the label, citing the “ample” evidence linking CAIR to Hamas.

The annual banquet for the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR is honoring Reverend William Tabbernee of the Oklahoma Council of Churches with a Building Bridges Award. His group also sponsored the event. The keynote speaker of the event is Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, who endorsed attacks on Israeli infrastructure in 2001. He is the Outreach Director for Dar al-Hijrah, a Virginia mosque with extensive Islamist ties. Its imam, Shaker Elsayed, preached in favor of armed jihad at a Virginia high school in January.

The Cincinnati chapter of CAIR recently completed a series on interfaith dialogue that was hosted by the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Glendale. Its website says it’s a “religious community for women in the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition.”

The Connecticut chapter of CAIR held a workshop on “Islamophobia” at All Souls Unitarian Church in New London. It was sponsored by the congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility. If the past is any indication, CAIR taught the 75 people in attendance that its critics are anti-Muslim bigots.

The New York chapter of CAIR honored the Interfaith Center of New York with a Partners of Justice Award at its fundraising banquet. One of the presenters of the award was Zead Ramadan, the CAIR-NY board president. In December 2011, he refused to condemn Hamas. He has also appeared on Iranian state television to complain about America’s treatment of Muslims. Cyrus McGoldrick, who was CAIR-NY’s leader until January 7, has a history of extremist statements that include supporting Hamas and the destruction of Israel.

Other sponsors of the CAIR fundraiser were the Islamic Circle of North America, a group that is listed by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood in 1991 as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Another sponsor was the Muslim American Society. Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that it was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

Basim Elkarra, executive director of CAIR-Sacramento, spoke at CAIR-NY’s fundraiser. He has suggested that “Islamophobes” be prosecuted just like Holocaust deniers and he refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups in 2007. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer gave Elkarra a “certificate of accomplishment” in 2006 and then rescinded it after learning of CAIR’s background.

The Interfaith Center of New York has Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of “Ground Zero Mosque” fame as a vice chairman of the board. The Executive-Director of the Interfaith Center endorsed a March 13, 2012 letter protesting the NYPD’s showing of the film The Third Jihad to officers, claiming it contains anti-Muslim “misinformation” and is “harmful and offensive.”

The letter was written by a coalition called Shoulder-to-Shoulder that has the President of the Islamic Society of North America as an Executive Committee member. The Third Jihad pointed out that the Islamic Society of North America, like CAIR, is designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial. And, like CAIR, the U.S. government listed it as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. It is also the first mentioned in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s list of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

CAIR thanked the Interfaith Center of New York for organizing a joint condemnation of the subway advertisements that dared to say, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Its press release listed CAIR-NY board member Zead Ramadan as a contact for the media. The Islamic Society of North America is named as a sponsor, as are two organizations founded by Imam Rauf.

As I documented at the time, the list of organizations signing the Interfaith Center’s letter includes many allies of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities with a track record of activism against Israel. One even hypocritically posted anti-Israel subway ads before the controversy even started and escaped the ridicule of its co-signers. For these groups, “Islamophobia” is a verbal weapon to use against the opponents of CAIR.

You would think CAIR’s background would repel Christians and Jews looking for Muslim partners. Apparently, for some, the desire to showcase their tolerance takes priority over thoughtful consideration of these facts. After all, applauses feel better than being called an “Islamophobe.”

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

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    Dear CAIR,

    After 9/11, 1993 bombing of the WTC, Beltway sniper, Fort Hood attack, bombing of US embassies in Africa, invasion and murder of Israeli athletes in 1972 Olympics, 2005 bombing of London transport…

    May your false prophet muhammed continue to spend eternity in HELL.

  • AdinaK

    Oh yeah…a gathering of Muslim supremacists, as they honor their leftist, inter-faith obsessed partners who do their bidding. What a shock…not exactly –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Brujo Blanco

    I am sure when the Nazis started their atrocities they used these tactics to have Jews and other target groups cooperate. When CAIR and other such organizations are ready to strike I suspect that their Christia "allies" will learn the hard way that they are also on the hit list.

    • mietopol

      Good point. Any totalitarian ideology can be likened to Islam. Similarities are endless and one common goal absolute control of the mind, body and soul of each individual. And the methods are strikingly similar.

  • geneww1938

    Ask editor of "God authored Bible" and receive a similar proof of the Koran author.

  • Cassandra

    CAIR is evil.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    CAIR is larger in size due to MSM adulation and false normal stories by leftist hacks, most
    sensible people would either ignore the Islamists or demand thier deportation. With all of the
    Islamist killings and outrages against peace the latter should be the draw to attention, get
    rid of them but they continue to be provocative while pushing forward incrementally with
    plans that undermine America, fronting for violent jihad to the drool of leftist fiends. Obama
    and his crew will cover for them, making excuses and denying justice where clear violations
    of law exist. Until sanity returns to American government we can expect more obfuscation
    of the true fact, these people are dangerous and have no business being here to colonize.

  • DockyWocky

    Any Christian that believes it can co-exist with CAIR is going to be sadly disappointed

  • mietopol

    Islam sympatizers are having good times banqueting with the enemies. But what they gonna do when all the niceties will embolden the muslims to demand that non-muslims must seat in the back of the bus? They probably convert since they don't have any moral reservations.