Robert Spencer: Last OctoberÂ I wrote this about this case:
According to the indictment, in his mosque in Detroit Luqman Abdullah was preaching “offensive jihad” and the establishment of a Sharia state in North America. This sovereign Isamic state would be ruled by Islamic law – and by the apparent godfather of Abdullah’s movement, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Al-Amin is the former Black Panther and convert to Islam who gained fame under the name H. Rap Brown. Al-Amin is now serving a life sentence for murdering two police officers, while his disciples, like Luqman Abdullah, carry on the message he articulated so memorably in the 1960s: “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down.”In the spirit of his mentor, Abdullah has told his flock: “America must fall.” He has encouraged the Muslims in his mosque to support Hizballah, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. He exhorted them to bestir themselves to pious deeds: “We should be figuring out how to fight the Kuffar” – that is, unbelievers. “We got to take out the U.S. government. The U.S. government is nothing but Kuffars.” Among the unbelievers were FBI agents, about whom Abdullah declared: “Deal with them, deal with them the way, the way they supposed to be dealt with…. It’s not that complicated, man….If they are coming to get me I’ll just strap a bomb on and blow up everybody.” A law enforcement official wrote in an affidavit that “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms, and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting” – in accord with Abdullah’s dictum that every Muslim believer should “have a weapon and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed.”
Abdullah found justification for all this in the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, which he said “justified stealing, robbing and other illegal acts, as long as they profit Islam.”
And now Hamas-linked CAIR is trying to make this out to be some kind of civil rights case. Has that repulsive gang of thugs, subversives, seditionists and traitorsÂ ever seen an anti-terror law or action that they favored? They are consistently trying to hamstring law enforcement efforts against the jihad. Yet the media still for the most part, as in this AP story, gives them a free pass.
“Muslim group sues Michigan State Police over slain imam probe,” from theÂ Associated Press, August 5 (thanks to JW):
DETROIT — A Muslim civil rights group has sued the Michigan State Police for failing to release information related to the killing of a Detroit mosque leader during a shootout with the FBI.The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Chapter executive director Dawud Walid said today the state police was part of a task force that conducted raids leading to the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah at a Dearborn warehouse in October….
Walid said CAIR plans more lawsuits against other law enforcement agencies.
Oh, I’m sure.
CAIR’s ‘Summer of Censorship’ Campaign Comes to Florida for Election 2010
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is investing time, money and political capital in an attempt to deflate dissenting political voices in Florida.Â In the space of just four days CAIR put outÂ two national press releases condemning the “U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally”Â (PDF) to be hosted by the Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on August 21.Â Why all the fuss (and PR money spent) over a Tea Party event in a small community?Â Apparently because of CAIR’s staunch foreign-inspired political opposition toÂ ACT! for America â€“ the country’s largest grassroots national security citizens’ organization â€“ which they call an “anti-Islam hate group,” and its founder and the keynote speaker at the August tea party event, Brigitte Gabriel, whom they term “an extremist anti-Islam speaker.”Â CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said, “Now is the time for Tea Party leaders to clearly demonstrate that their movement will not allow itself to be associated with bigotry of any kind, including Islamophobia.”Â Hooper appears to want to censor any critics of Islamic Shariah law, such as ACT! Director Gabriel.
Even stronger attempts to silence Shariah critics came from CAIR-Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush just last week, in the context of a dispute over how California school textbooks should portray Islam. Â He said,“Involving ACT! for America in educational material on Islam is akin to allowing the KKK to educate American students on the history of African Americans or Judaism.” Ayloush went on to tell theÂ Orange County Weekly, “ACT! for America represents a small, but vocal, minority of extremists promoting anti-Muslim bigotry and religious disharmony around the country.”
Let’s put Mr. Ayloush’s inflammatory language aside and consult the inconvenient facts.Â ACT! for America has a highly successful and growing base of support, with 415 chapters and 115,000 members across the country.Â In 2002, Brigitte Gabriel founded theÂ American Congress for Truth (ACT) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is conducting research and providing educational and informational materials to the public, funded by tax-deductible contributions.Â Years later, she found it crucial that a separate organization,Â ACT! for America, be founded as a 501(c)(4) “in order to accomplish the goal of having a grassroots citizen organization that would engage in activities such as lobbying and issues advocacy.”Â Furthermore, both the American Congress for Truth and ACT! for America have consistently filed their Form 990 tax returns with the IRS in accord with the law.
Conversely, recalling Hussam Ayloush’s language it seems thatÂ CAIR could be more aptly described as “a small, but vocal, minority of extremists promoting… bigotry and religious disharmony around the country” than either ACT! for America or the Tea Party movement.Â TheÂ Washington Times reported that the number of CAIR members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006.Â CAIR’s finances and membership information since then remain a mystery as they haveÂ failed to file a Form 990 tax return with the IRS since 2006.Â With such a small pool of domestic membership, CAIR has turned to foreign sources for funding.Â They have received at leastÂ $6.6 million in cash and loans from foreign principals and met and coordinated with those foreign principals on more than 30 occasions; yet they have not registered as foreign agents with the DOJ in contravention of theÂ Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA).Â And as a 501(c)(3) tax deductable organization CAIR is not supposed to devote a substantial amount of their time and resources to lobbying.Â Yet they seem to spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill, andÂ a lot of money criticizing elected officials and candidates.Â And as an unregistered foreign agent,Â all of their actsÂ “whose intent is to influence any agency or official of the Government of the United States or any section of the public within the United States” are illegal according toFARA Â§ 611(o).
In fact, since May they have devoted significant resources to an attempt to silence politicians and candidates whom they deem “Islamophobic.”Â TheÂ CAIR Observatory documents this pattern of political influence in the report“CAIR’s Summer of Censorship.”
This brings us to CAIR’sÂ second salvo aimed at the same local Florida tea party event.Â Just four days after the attack on Ms. Gabriel, CAIR put out a press release warning GOP rising star and U.S. Senate Candidate Marco Rubio not to attend.
“We ask Mr. Rubio not to lend legitimacy to this hate rally and to demonstrate through his actions that the Republican Party will not seek to benefit from the rising level of Islamophobia in our society,” said CAIR-Tampa Communications Director Ramzy KiliÃ§. “Since the rally organizers obviously believe a hate-monger is an appropriate keynote speaker, we ask all the elected officials and candidates listed on the event flyer to cancel their appearances.”
CAIR’s over-the-top rhetoric can be enough to intimidate candidates and elected officials and make them think twice about public appearances and associations; and Marco Rubio is merely the latest target of this campaign.
We believe that CAIR’s actions constitute an orchestrated campaign to silence critics of Jihad, Shariah and Islamic Terrorism in the 2010 election season.Â OurÂ “Summer of Censorship” report documents specific CAIR attacks on these public figures and organizations since May:
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As with most CAIR initiatives, the directions seem to be coming from abroad; specifically the Saudi Arabia-based NGO behemoth theÂ Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).Â Senior CAIR and OIC officials have met and coordinated onÂ several documented occasions since 2006.Â In 2007 CAIR receivedÂ $325,000 in cash from the OIC to stage a joint conference on “Islamophobia” at Georgetown University.Â CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad crossed paths with senior OIC officials as recently as June 2010 when he spoke at anÂ OIC conference ondawa (Islamic missionizing) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The OIC position is that any statements about Islam as a political ideology â€“ i.e., Shariah â€“ are “Islamophobic.”Â In May 2010 the OIC’s “Islamophobia Observatory” released its third annual report on “Islamophobia”Â (PDF). Â The introduction (p.11) stated, “It needs to be appreciated that Islamophobia connotes a social anxiety about Islam… that views Islam as a political ideology rather than as a religion.”Â Therefore any public (or private) figure who speaks about Islam or Shariah as a political ideology is, according to the OIC, an “Islamophobe.”
CAIR’sÂ “Summer of Censorship” provides the OIC the tools they need to enforce their policy in America.