Inviting CAIR to Church


islam-hates-christianityWhen a Unitarian church in Florida decided to teach its congregation about Islam around the time of this year’s anniversary of 9/11, it brought in an extremist official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who has promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories. The group may no longer be embraced by the FBI, but CAIR’s list of published endorsements shows there are plenty of Christian and Jewish leaders happy to work with it.

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the country’s largest terrorism financing trial and is listed by federal prosecutors as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s secret Palestine Committee. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that there is “ample” evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. The organization was recently accused of using money laundering to hide its foreign financiers.

Perhaps the most damning official statement about CAIR comes from a 2007 court filing. Federal prosecutors said: “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

In response to Pastor Terry Jones’ plan to burn of Qurans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland, Florida booked a guest speaker teach them about Islam. That speaker was Hassan Shibly, the executive-director of CAIR’s Florida chapter.

Lately, Shibly has been making the FBI sound like anti-Muslim murderers for the shooting death of an associate of one of the Boston bombers.

In 2004, Shibly was detained at the Canadian border after he and some colleagues attended the Reviving Islamic Spirit Conference in Toronto. The U.S. government said they were questioned because of “credible intelligence that conferences similar to the one from which these individuals were leaving were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves.” Shibly subsequently sued the Department of Homeland Security and it has been dismissed.

In 2010, I wrote an article about how Shibly had been repeatedly used as a guest speaker by Clarence High School in New York. In his communication with me, Shibly refused to condemn Hamas as a whole or call them a “terrorist” group. He had previously said that “Hezbollah is absolutely not a terrorist organization” and “any war against them is illegitimate.”

He “liked” radical clerics on Facebook and promoted conspiracy theories suggesting that the 9/11 attacks carried out by Israel and that the U.S. and U.K. were instigating sectarian violence in Iraq. Shibly also wrote a post titled, “Former American Terrorist Denounces American Terrorism” where a U.S. soldier says the U.S. military in Iraq are the real terrorists and are racist.

Unitarians have been particularly receptive to CAIR and its allies. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles teamed up with CAIR to sue the National Security Agency.

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is an official interfaith partner of the Islamic Society of North America, CAIR’s fellow unindicted co-conspirator and U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. It is also a member of the ISNA-allied Shoulder-to-Shoulder interfaith coalition.

CAIR has a list of treasured interfaith friends and is sure to flatter them with honors at fundraising events. A number of these friends have provided quotes for CAIR’s website.

Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, pastor of the First United Church of Tampa and President of the North American region of the World Council of Churches, gave CAIR an award in 2011.

The Faith Action Network, created by the Lutheran Public Policy Office and Washington Association of Churches, awarded CAIR’s Washington state chapter with its “Connecting Communities” award in 2011.

The Central United Methodist Church’s 7th Annual Peace and Justice Banquet honored the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, Dawud Walid with the “Pastor’s Award” in 2011.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism documents, “In response to FBI raids, arrests and prosecutions, Walid has repeatedly responded with virulent comments alleging FBI misconduct.” He once said the FBI is “manufacturing their own terrorism suspects to give the appearance that they’re actually doing something tangible in the so-called ‘War on Terrorism.’”

Pastor Warren Clark of Tampa said in 2007, “As a Christian pastor, I support the work of CAIR…We need groups like CAIR in these fear-mongering times.”

Hannah Schwarzschild of the Philadelphia chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace said CAIR-PA is “engaged in some of the most urgent civil rights work…” in 2007. An organizer of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked rally boasted of the “friendship” of Jewish Voice for Peace after Egyptian President Morsi was overthrown.

Rev. John C. Wagner of the United Methodist Church and Professor Emeritus of the United Theological Seminary praised CAIR-OH in 2006 “for their credible, gracious and courageous witness to the Muslim experience in Ohio.”

CAIR recently honored Dr. Sayyid Syeed of ISNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Syeed is the orchestrator of ISNA’s very successful interfaith engagement. As we documented last week, Syeed’s resume shows he has hopped from one U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front to the next.

CAIR’s interfaith hero was recorded in 2006 saying, “Our job is to change the constitution of America.” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities have said what their motivation is, if only their non-Muslim allies would pay attention.

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

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  • JacksonPearson

    The pic has it ass-backwards. In the end, Jesus will rule and judge from Jerusalem, and Muhammadans will not be invited.

  • Hass

    The Muslimes (especially Terrorist supporters CAIR) are the last people the Church should be learning about Islam from. WTF is wrong with these people? Murders are happening on a massive scale against the defenceless Christians in nearly every place where Muslimes make up a sizable proportion of the population, Muslimes run havoc savagely.

    And they want create a dialogue on inter-faith, with CAIR involved?
    Absolute imbeciles.

  • davarino

    I saw a video sympathetic to the “palestinian” cause in a main stream church. One of the people in it was Norm Finklestein, snake charmer, and that was all I needed to know about the video. Unfortunately most in the audience were sympathetic only because the video was recommended by one of our “missionaries” who worked in Lebanon. He is from the ME and he was working closely with Hamas to build centers for helping the people. Once finished building, Hamas took them over. I always wandered about his dealings with Hamas.

  • http://islesofmyst.co.uk/ Raibeart MacIlleathain

    Unitarians and similar cults like to ride stationary bikes while pretending they’re in the Tour de France. They know they’re not really bicycle racers, but they try hard to make the gullible think they are.

  • http://palestinename.com Beth

    They may call themselves a church – but it’s not a Christian church.

    No Christian can join hands with those who call the Son of God an abomination:

    Koran: 009.030 – 037.151 – 037.152 – 019.088 – 019.089

    The koran specifically calls the Son of God an abomination and denies the Father in heaven.

    All Christians know (and if they don’t – then they’re not a Christian):

    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.

    Jhn 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    These Scriptures are the Christian Facts. They are the Authority. And the Koran’s lies about the Son – are the authority for the Muslims. Christians are not aloud to lie. But Muslims are – to the ‘infidels’ (non-muslims).

    And so I ponder……How stupid the Methodist leaders must be – that they would befriend those who are commanded to “act like they are friends” – only to kill them once given the chance.

    All true Christians know:

    Jhn 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

    We are not even to pray for those who do such things:

    1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

    (Please share these facts)

  • Biff Henderson

    A fustercluck of “faith” has to be driven by gooey emotion. Not an ounce of reason between the lot of them.

  • Ishmael_137

    If Christians have any questions about Islam, they can always ask Jesus:

    (Matt 7:15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    (Matt 24:11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    (Matt 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    Sounds like Jesus knew what he was talking about. And, by the way, that whole “false prophet” thing also covers those so-called Christians who put their leaders ahead of Christ. Cult leaders like Terry Jones and Fred Phelps have more in common with Islamofascists than they think.