It is a continuing outrage that CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), an Islamic supremacist organization with deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (and particularly to Hamas, the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch), is treated as if it were a “civil rights organization” — its top officials given media visibility and respectful attention by the commentariat and agencies of government. At the indispensable Investigative Project on Terrorism, Daniel E. Rogell has the latest: a May 25 “sermon” in which CAIR’s Dawud Walid rhetorically asks, “Who are those who incurred the wrath of Allah?” Then, he answered his own question: “They are the Jews, they are the Jews.”
As Rogell recounts, Walid is not just any CAIR mouthpiece. He is executive director of CAIR-Michigan, one of the racket’s most visible and active chapters. He is also a State Department favorite who travels abroad on the U.S. taxpayer’s dime as an exemplar of Islam and America — and uses the platform to slam America for (what else?) its purportedly discriminatory abuse of Muslims. [Memo to Secretary Clinton, former Secretary Rice, et al.: Aren’t there already enough Muslim rabble-rousers overseas running down our country? Is it really necessary for a nation that’s $17 trillion in debt to fund what Islamists are delighted to do free of charge?]
Walid has a history of Jew-bashing and of smearing critics of Islamic supremacist ideology as “Islamophobes.” He has championed a notoriously militant Detroit imam who died in a shoot-out with FBI agents in 2009. He even defends a historical atrocity — the Battle of the Trench in 627 AD — in which Jewish men were mass-murdered and their women and children taken into slavery. (As Daniel Pipes observes, many religious traditions have troubling episodes in their legacies that moderns rationalize as the happenstances of different times and mores. This CAIR official, by contrast, “is justifying the Islamic tradition of cold-blooded massacre of Jews,” as Dr. Pipes puts it, and suggesting that Muslims should not be shy about defending it.)
More to the point, CAIR, Walid’s organization, has a long history of advocacy on behalf of jihadists, of members tied up in terrorism investigations, of urging Muslim Americans not to cooperate with law enforcement investigations, and of Hamas ties and activism that prompted the Justice Department to cite CAIR as an unindicted coconspirator in a terrorism financing case in which five men were convicted of routing millions of dollars to Palestinian Jihadists. The courtroom-proven ties finally caused the FBI to sever relations with CAIR — although why the FBI had relations with CAIR in the first place is a perplexing question.
CAIR’s is a Potemkin enterprise that banks on media exposure and ties to overseas Islamists to create the illusion of a following. The number of American Muslims who actually regard it as representative of their views is so infinitesimal that to call it “statistically insignificant” would be generous. The record is too long and unsavory for further condemnation of CAIR to be required. But it is long past time to start treating these guys as the fringe crackpots they are — which is to say, to ignore them.