Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Muslims are Coming! The Muslims are Coming!

I came across a pretty amazing story today, the roots of which stem from the publishing of a new book that is described like this by acorcoran on the blog "Refugee Resettlement Watch":

In the mold of ACORN undercover investigators James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, another young brave man has infiltrated CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), in this case as an intern, and has come out with mountains of documentation that the supposed Muslim civil rights group is really just a front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood in the US.

See New English Review or World Net Daily for the details on this amazing breakthrough that confirms what many of us have been assuming all along. I’ve just ordered my copy of “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

and on top of the release of this book, some GOP members of the House have done this (from TPM):

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC)...Myrick and three other members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus came to a news conference today armed with Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America (WND Books, $22.95). They called on the sergeant at arms to investigate whether, as Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) put it, a group that "is connected to or supports terrorists [and] is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related offices."

WorldNetDaily describes the premise of the new book, i.e. the co-author's son getting into the Muslim advocacy group the only way he knew how, as a "bearded Muslim convert"

Uh-oh! Are scary Muslims really infiltrating our government to try and legitimize terrorism and convert us all to Sharia Law?

Michael J.W. Stickings has some thoughts from over at The Reaction:

Oooh. Ahhh. Even Politico admits that a much-ballyhooed CAIR strategy document "basically lays out a fairly straight forward public relations and lobbying strategy." And yet these GOP McCarthyites are still targeting this group, sullying its reputation and making some pretty damning accusations. It would be one thing if they actually had evidence. Without it, this just looks like profiling, an assault on a legitimate organization. And why? Because it's Muslim. And we all know what these bigots think of Muslims.

and what does Glenn Greenwald have to say about this?:

CAIR is a non-profit organization of American citizens who are Muslim and their "mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding." They stand accused of plotting to influence members of Congress and trying to help interns obtain positions in Congress in order to advance their political agenda. That's consistent with what virtually every political advocacy group in the nation does; it's normally called activism and democracy. But because, in this case, it's a group of Muslims who are doing this, these House Republicans are depicting it as some sort of nefarious espionage plot against the U.S. that demands a criminal investigation.


Just to underscore how extremist the House GOP caucus is, this hysteria is all based on a new book entitled "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America." That's the source which these House members are using. In fact, one of the GOP House members, Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, wrote the foreword to the book. One of the two authors of that book, Dave Gaubatz, maintains this website, where he's hawking the book through Paypal. Here's his mission statement at the top of the page:

"The donations will assist in exposing Islamic terrorist operations in America. The goal of the organizations: An Islamic Ummah (Nation) Worldwide, Under Islamic Sharia Law. These goals are widely distributed across America, yet ignored by most of our politicians and the Department of Homeland Security."

The entire site is filled with the most extreme and repugnant anti-Muslim paranoia imaginable, claiming that "CAIR represents the ideology of terrorist groups"; warning that "CAIR places 'insiders' into Congressional offices in order to push the CAIR and Islamic terrorist agendas"; displaying a photograph of Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, with this caption: "One of your leading elected officials (supporter of CAIR) with researcher Chris Gaubatz. How much information do we have on Carson and Congressman Keith Ellison?; and warning that "Young Muslim children are being taught across America to engage in violence against non Muslims and Muslims who do not uphold Sharia law."


This is the ranting, insane hatemonger who House Republicans are now using as their expert source to demand an investigation into CAIR's villainous plot to place interns on Congressional committees. It would be darkly humorous if it weren't so ugly and dangerous.

This kind of fear-mongering that is being advanced by these four GOP representatives is ridiculous considering that all that CAIR is being accused of, is lobbying Congress and trying to establish members in positions of power. As Greenwald points out, this is precisely what every advocacy group tries to do, the only difference is that CAIR is a Muslim organization. What the scary aspect of this story is, is that members of the House GOP are taking this kind of nonsense seriously.


Head Heretic said...

Tell me Chris, do you have trouble sleeping at night or are you a true blue partisan who can lie and defame with a holy glow on your face for the "Right Cause"?
Or did you just have an early Alzheimer’s moment and forget about the numerous CAIR founders and subsequent officials indicted and convicted of terrorist related charges?
Did you also forget CAIR's status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial? (which resulted in convictions on all counts)
Did you somehow forget to mention the dubious list of anti-Muslim hate crimes they hold up for all to see. As well as failing to vet that list did you also fail to note CAIR's legal support for virtually every suspected Muslims terrorist in America for the last four years?
Did you also fail to fact-check the allegations about CAIR's funding by Saudi based radical Wahabi Islamists?
I realize that you are writing opinion but it would be nice if you had ANY facts in your piece.
You fail to show any of the evidence you claim is bogus. Why? If it is that blatantly false would it be that hard for you to refute it in devastating fashion?
One would think so.
With the rise of honor killings and apostate killings and child marriage and FGM in the West it is a no-brainer to see what drives it. Do you deny these things are on the rise? Do you deny that Muslim immigrants in Europe are aggressively creating No-Go zones and demanding separate law (sharia)?
In fact I have to ask, what bloody planet have you been on the last ten years?
Regardless of whether you feel that a KNOWN (by the FBI who refuse to network with them because they have proven so untrustworthy) subversive organization planting interns in targeted committees should be investigated you only sound like an ignorant fool when you try to pretend that CAIR's Public face is its real one.
Give us specific refutations of specific evidence for specific charges and stop whitewashing a group that is about as "American" as the International Communist Party.
Go forth and Be Moderate

Grumpy said...

There have been too many instances of supposed Muslim charities in America funding dubious activities around the world. I think these groups bear watching, and doing so is just prudent, not hate or paranoia.