Ed Driscoll

CAIRing About Borders

In Dhimmi Watch, D.C. Watson writes, “If CAIR were anything close to a legitimate civil rights group operating in the United States, they would be encouraging two things”:

1) That Borders and Waldenbooks feel free to carry any publication of their choosing, no matter the content, or whom it may offend.

2) That all Muslims living in America should respect free speech and expression, as it is guaranteed to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution, and that there should never be the slightest hint of retaliation against anyone for exercising this Constitutional right.

Instead, Watson notes, “Since Islam is a ‘religion of peace,’ shouldn’t CAIR be adding Borders and Waldenbooks to its long list of ‘Islamophobes’?:

From the column: Beth Bingham, Borders spokesperson: “For us, the safety and security of our customers and employees is a top priority, and we believe that carrying this issue could challenge that priority.”

Has CAIR viewed this as some sort of a victory? In truth, it is a defeat.

It is a defeat for this organization and others like it because Borders and Waldenbooks didn’t choose not to carry “Free Inquiry” out of respect for Islam, but out of the fear of repercussions being carried out by Muslims against the bookstores’ customers, property, and personnel.

Read the whole thing.

Update: Don’t miss the open–and entirely fictitious and satirical–letter “from Gregory P Josefowicz CEO/Chairman of the Board/President/Director, Borders Books to Charles Johnson, Director, Pajamas Media, CEO Little Green Foosballs, Rock ‘N’ Roller in the Free World, Stealth Cyclist.”