What face will Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) be speaking out of today when he convenes a hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights at the behest of the Islamic grievance-mongering industry? It remains to be seen, but no doubt the topic of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will come up – an appropriate topic considering he has taken all sides on the issue with respect to CAIR.
Earlier this month, Durbin sent a letter to the CAIR-Chicago chapter hailing its “efforts to advocate for tolerance”:
CAIR-Chicago advances a greater understanding of the Muslim culture and serves as an essential thread in the multicultural fabric of our nation. Your efforts to advocate for tolerance promote the civil liberties of all communities.
Durbin had a much different opinion back in 2003 when he spoke up during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security two years after 9/11, when he described CAIR as “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its association with groups that are suspect.”
Has CAIR suddenly grown less extreme in its rhetoric and longtime association with international terrorist organizations? Are its supposed efforts to “advocate for tolerance” the reason why the FBI cut off all formal ties with CAIR in 2009?
Don’t expect the lapdog media to ask Sen. Durbin about his remarkable volte face with respect to CAIR.