CAIR Lies in Smear Campaign Against Zuhdi Jasser

Zuhdi+Jasser+House+Homeland+Security+Cmte+bD8t4S26Vc1lI know, I know: reporting that the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is lying is like reporting that humans breathe oxygen. Still, this is a particularly egregious example, and it is important to set the record straight. Hamas-linked CAIR is now defaming Zuhdi Jasser, the nation’s premier (and virtually only) anti-jihad Muslim spokesman. I have had some differences with Jasser (you can see our 2011 debate here) about the nature of Islamic teaching and the necessity of reform in Islam, but there is no doubt that he is a strong voice against Hamas-linked CAIR and other malignant Islamic supremacist forces.

It is also highly likely that Hamas-linked CAIR is lying about Jasser’s supposed attempt to deny religious rights to Muslim military personnel, since Jasser is committed to constitutional freedoms. There is no doubt, in any case, that they’re lying about me. In the first place, I’ve never heard of the Abstraction Fund, which they say funds Jihad Watch. I am not familiar with all those who fund the David Horowitz Freedom Center, with which Jihad Watch is affiliated, and it is possible that Abstraction funds the Center, but they do not fund Jihad Watch directly. (They’re certainly welcome to do so!)

More importantly, Hamas-linked CAIR claims that the Roman Catholic diocese of Sacramento called me a “key leader in the anti-Islam hate movement in the United States.” This is almost certainly a lie, for several reasons. One is that in its initial chest-thumping about the Sacramento bishop caving in to their smear campaign last June, CAIR never mentioned this — and Hamas-linked CAIR has never been one to shy away from using a weapon that their marks hand them. What’s more, I spoke at the event in question, and the diocese of Sacramento had an information booth there — a strange thing for the diocese to have done if they really wanted to shun a leader of a supposed “hate movement.” The official statement that the diocese sent to Kolbe Academy said only this: “The Bishop didn’t think that it was in the best interest of Kolbe Academy to have a controversial speaker at a conference on education.”

See? This is how Hamas-linked CAIR operates: they (and their allies, such as Reza Aslan’s Aslan Media) mount a campaign of defamation against a counter-jihad speaker (and it isn’t just me — they do it to everyone who stands up against jihad terror). A busy and ill-informed official, such as the Bishop of Sacramento, sees this campaign and caves in immediately, not because he agrees with Hamas-linked CAIR’s defamation, but simply because he doesn’t want any “controversy.”

Groups like CAIR and Aslan Media know that it usually suffices just to stir up a spurious “controversy” over a counter-jihad speaker to get that speaker canceled, because big organizations (like the diocese of Sacramento) don’t want to be the focus of endless hysterical “news” stories and unwelcome media attention. Then when they cave, the anti-free speech fascists trumpet this as more evidence of the wickedness of the counter-jihad speaker, even though no judgment was actually made about the correctness of their charges at all: “See? He’s so hateful that the diocese of Sacramento wanted him dropped from a conference” — when actually the only thing that happened was that the jihad enabler kicked up a fuss where people didn’t want any fuss.

It’s an insidious tactic. Hamas-linked CAIR keeps using it because it works, and because the organizations that should be on to this as a tactic and ready to stand up for freedom and human rights are still unaware of it, and ready to cave at the first sign of “controversy.”

By the way, a couple of things the CAIR press release, which has been widely reported upon and picked up by Al Jazeera and other pro-jihad outfits, didn’t mention in connection with the diocese of Sacramento: CAIR and Aslan Media tried the same smear campaign when I debated a couple of Muslim spokesmen in Michigan a few months ago, at another Catholic conference. Not only did Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, not cave, but he came to celebrate Mass at the event. Nor did CAIR bother to quote quote the National Catholic Register calling me “perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country,” or Catholic Insight calling me “one of the most insightful and learned scholars of Islam.” Truth doesn’t serve their agenda, doncha know. For CAIR, it never has. 

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  • mike cutlet

    sorry,anyone who is muslim and reads koran and stays muslim is a threat.islam is a evil,lying ideology.zhudi jasser is full of it.if he had guts he would denounce islam but then he would be killed.

  • Lanna

    We must go on exposing the lieing, hypocritical, insane, leaders of Islam, they are the reason the planet has become a mess not serving anyone with freedom. Hats off to Mr. Jasser for his courage and hunger for the truth, the boon we all crave!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Islam can’t be reformed by man since the texts of Islam is divine, i.e., it emanates directly from Allah. No other religion like Islam makes that claim, indicating at the same time that Islam is a cult as opposed to a religion.

    Hence, anyone claiming to be a Muslim reformer is really a Muslim apostate and the process of reforming Islam would be exceedingly blasphemous, especially when you consider the fact that it would be emanating from a mere mortal man as opposed to an omnipotent Allah (God). Thus, anyone of Islamic persuasion under normal circumstances would be summarily executed since apostasy and blasphemy in Islam are capital offenses.

    This means that Jasser is either a blasphemous apostate that has escaped execution because he lives in America and that he is a true reformer of Islam in his own mind with absolutely zero Muslim followers except for naive infidels. Of course, to follow Jasser’s reform movement for Muslims would be an automatic death sentence as well.

    More likely though he is a non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadist trying to convince gullible useful idiots into believing that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are moderate and peaceful people like him desiring freedom and democracy just like non-Muslim infidels. This would explain why he alone is always on TV portraying a so-called moderate and peaceful Muslim. Indeed, you could say Jasser is a professional moderate Muslim, but if you listen to what he says, he is also a flake as well. I could never understand why seemingly otherwise intelligent people fall repeatedly for his scam. Such is the power of PC multiculturalism.

    • watsa46

      It is up to each of us to believe or not in “DIVINE” specially if it is claimed by humans!!!!!

      • Softly Bob

        He is not claiming that it is divine – he is being sarcastic, by claiming what Muslims themselves claim.
        According to Islamic jurisprudence, criticism of Islam is forbidden – period. There is no room for any debate in Islam because to do so would mean criticizing the prophet Mohammed which is expressly forbidden to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

    • AlexanderGofen

      You are 100% right. “Muslim reformer” is an oxymoron, and those who buy it – the same but without oxy-. There exist however prominent and righteous personalities who left islam for good.

    • gray_man

      Islime is the biggest lie the world has ever known. Followed closely by communism.

  • richdonnagreat

    HAMAS-CAIR and all its supporters revere the SOCIOPATH MUHAMMAD who PERSONALLY decapitated 900 unarmed Jews in 627. This is no different than revering Mengele, Heydrich, Himmler or Eichmann. All five blood thirsty sociopaths who love killing unarmed Jews.

    • Myrtle Linder

      The word of Muhammad is being forced on unsuspecting Americans today. If you do not know GOD you can be won over by this socialist insanity. I believe that Obama is Muhammad’s most important disciple today, and is wrecking havoc in Americas non-Christian people today . Many will be caught in it’s net.

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      • Softly Bob

        Well said, so do you think that CAIR are evil or not?

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  • AlexanderGofen

    I strongly disagree with the subtitle. “A real Muslim reformer” sounds no less oxymoronic than “A real Communist reformer” or “A real Nazi reformer”. This subtitle presumes not one but too wrong things. First, it presumes as though there exist however a few grains of wisdom in islam, which, if cleansed from the rest of its garbage and evil, could grow into a hypothetical new version of this religion: A very dubious presumption, I must say. More importantly however is that even if the first presumption were true, the hope to grow a new “islamic prophet” in America is wrong completely. It must take centuries (if it ever happens at all), and it definitely is not a business of an American citizen. “A real Muslim reformer” that I can think about is the one who abandons islam, period.

    • Larry S.

      Alexander Dubcek.

      • AlexanderGofen

        Dubcek (or any other “rebellious” leader in the Soviet block) did not exemplify some hypothetical “reformed communism” as though a “more perfect” substitute for the existing Soviet socialism. They just tried to survive under the Soviet boot. The tenets of communism/socialism are antithetic to the rights of property and the blueprint of the society as in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    • Softly Bob

      Two choices here – as a Muslim reformer he is naive and believes in a false Islam that doesn’t exist., or he is a practitioner of taqiyya and deceit.
      Take your pick.

  • watsa46

    The main problem of ZJ, if I recollect correctly, is that he got a NEGATIVE endorsement from the Obama administration!!! What a SHAME.

  • wileyvet

    Islam has not reformed itself in 14 centuries, and is not about to start. There is no one singular authority in Islam, but millions of clerics, scholars, imams, mukhtars, etc. Even if some Muslims eschew the violent nature of the Koran and wish to be “moderate” there is still no mechanism that could universally transform Islam. Also, again, even if there were such a means, it would take decades, if not centuries to reform itself. The west simply does not have this kind of time to wait for Islam to change. Rather by this future date, the Muslims will be in the ascendency, and as always happens when they gain the upper hand, they become more intolerant, not less, therefore even less likely to reform.

  • Gloria Stewart

    With all due respect to Dr. Jasser, if he believes that Islam can be reformed, he is embarking on a unicorn hunt. He labels himself a devout Muslim and a patriotic American and does not realize that the two are mutually exclusive.
    Freedom is a heady brew, and many Muslims in the West, influenced as they are by America’s liberal (using liberal in the classic sense) ambiance, feel they can reform Islam. They cannot, and they should not receive too much attention from anti-jihadists because it distorts the nature of the battle we have ahead.
    Of course CAIR took after him – how much does it take to ignite CAIR anyway? And, of course, orthodoxy always hates heresy more than it hates non belief.

  • Hass

    What a waste of time, to reform Islam would mean abolishing it. What are you going to do with 30%?

  • semus

    I don’t believe these organization are not aware of this tactic, they’ve just found it’s easier to be willfully ignorant cowards.

  • gfmucci

    While CAIR is the greater evil, I am not real fond of Jasser, either. Claiming he is a devout Muslim while dismissing 3/4 of its evil doctrine is like a person declaring he is a devout Nazi while he is fighting the Germans. I frankly cannot understand why anyone (Jasser) would insist on identifying with an ideology (Islam) where you disagree with 70% of its doctrine and 99% of its leadership. I see two options for this contradiction: Confusion or lying. Jasser is attempting to make Islam into something it never was and will never become. He ought to start his own religion and call it Jasserism, not Islam.

  • Softly Bob

    I’m not sure who are the worst, CAIR or the Leftist enablers who support them. At least with Muslims, they have an excuse to tell lies because they are brainwashed from an early age.

  • Michael Copeland

    Jasser speaks of each muslim working out his own interpretation of Islam. This is a non-starter. Dr. Salah al-Sawy, secretary-general of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), 28 March 2011 explains:
    “the [muslim community] possesses no power except to acknowledge and obey,
    following the saying of the Most High:
    “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path”
    [Qur’an 33:36].

    • Michael Copeland

      The Koran forms part of Islamic Law. There is the death penalty for denying any verse of it (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)). The Manual, “Reliance of the Traveller”, is available as a free download.

      • Ljubljana Liberal

        The Torah (like the Qu’ran) prescribes some fairly mideival punishments for minor misdeeds like shrimp consumption. But no modern rabbi would call for the execution of shellfish-eaters- because the enlightenment. The middle east needs the historical combo of capitalist development, democratization and secularism that transformed Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Citing objectionable verses of the Qu’ran isn’t actually going to change anything; evicting the imams and mullahs from political life, like clerics have been evicted from political life in the west, will.

  • Ljubljana Liberal

    I have little respect for Spencer, who defended the Milosevic regime in the 90s, obscenely comparing Serbia to Israel. (um, Israel did not actually commit ethnic cleansing, Serbia did…) but I have to say this is a great article, Jasser, along with Irshad Manji and Stephen Schwartz, is a brave and eloquent critic of radicalism. and CAIR should change its name, its not the Council on American Islamic Relations. More like the Council on American Wahhabi Relations. :(