Left-wing and anti-American agitation can make for some strange bedfellows. As California mulls a boycott of Arizona over its common-sense immigration enforcement law, Hogue News reports that Council on American-Islamic Relations Representative Basim Elkarra took to the Sacramento Capitol steps to condemn Arizona:
We thank Arizona for bringing the people together. Every time those politicians try to attack the people, we will unite. Doesn’t matter what. Guess what, community? We will always come together. I also wanna address, right over there, we have the Tea Party Express chairman, Mark Williams […] your movement has lost, because the American people have come out against hate. They stand united against hate. I guess any community, and that is the beauty about America. The majority of Americans have rejected you and your racist movement.
It goes without saying that Elkarra is shamelessly lying about the law and the motives of its supporters. He’s also grossly mischaracterizing the reaction of the American people—the nation stands with Arizona, and even California is on board.
What’s more interesting is that Elkarra pretends to oppose hate, and that the diversity crowd is happy to play along. Hogue notes:
Cair was named as co-conspirators in a federal trial of members of the Holy Land Foundation. They were charged with funneling $12 million to Hamas and five leaders of the organization were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for material support of terrorist organizations.
The founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmad, and the former executive director, Nihad Awad, both participated in a 1993 meeting with the Holy Land Foundation where they were working on ways to “downplay the group’s terrorist ties.”
According to federal documents, CAIR “has been associated with a disturbing number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes.” Story here
In a 2009 press release, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Jon Kyl (R- AZ) applauded the FBI director Robert Muller’s decision to sever its ties with CAIR.
DiscoverTheNetworks.com, of course, has much, much more on CAIR. A few of the highlights:
– In May 1996, CAIR coordinated a press conference to protest the decision of the U.S. government to extradite Marzook for his connection to terrorist acts performed by Hamas. CAIR characterized the extradition as “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.” When President Bush closed HLF in December 2001 for collecting money “to support the Hamas terror organization,” CAIR decried his action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”
– In October 1998, CAIR demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy.” According to CAIR, this depiction was “offensive to Muslims.”
– …a civil suit filed by the estate of 9/11 victim and former high-ranking FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill, Sr. asserted that CAIR’s goal “is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.”
– CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as evidenced by the fact that its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” […] In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR Board member, stated that Muslims “can never be full citizens of this country,” referring to the United States, “because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”
The domestic Left’s embrace of CAIR impeaches their motives every bit as much as their lies and hate-mongering. They couldn’t care less about establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, or promoting the general welfare. They don’t want an America in which everyone feels safe and respects the rule of law. They have no regard for George Washington’s message:
Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
If the Left thinks there are votes to be won by appealing to factional prejudice and fear, by pitting American against American, they’ll do it without a second though about the consequences. But the murderous, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, and homophobic nature of radical Islam is especially noteworthy, because it stands firmly at odds with everything the Left claims to hold dear. Either they’re abandoning their principles for political gain, or their judgment is so warped that they really don’t understand the forces they’re empowering. Neither possibility can spell anything but disaster for the United States.