Having seen two references in the past two days to the Alia Ansari's tragic death, I feel compelled to take note of the speculation that Ansari's death was a hate crime or was due to her wearing hijab. These statements are made with no basis in fact, yet they are repeateded by many so-called Muslim leaders and non-Muslim liberal sympathisers. These speculations are apparently believed by many Muslims (and Harvard student filmmakers). Many Black civil rights leaders (i.e., Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton) make a might fine living off the minority grievance industry, but they're being surpassed by the grievance industry of Muslim organizations such as CAIR and MAS. The Alia Ansari case is a perfect example of pimping a tragedy, twisting the truth to score grievance points, and passing off rumor as truth.
The discovery process is underway in the Six Flying Imams case. Omar Mohammedi, attorney for the imams and President of the Board of
Directors for the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, filed a motion to "compel US Airways to
divulge its training manuals, and information on its security
procedures, so that they could show that the security procedures were
not followed down to the last jot and tittle when the imams were
removed from US Airways Flight 300 on November 20, 2006." As if! As blogger Douglas from CrosswordBebop remarks:
"When I realized what Mohammedi was asking for, I was briefly dazed, as
I heard the sound in my mind’s ear of a thousand bloggers screaming
something to the effect of “Ok, let me get this straight. A group of
imams led by a fundraiser for a Muslim charity (the Holy Land
Foundation) which was shut down by the Treasury Department for its
connections to Hamas, is asking a judge to compel an airline to divulge
its security procedures. And everyone’s OK with that?!?”
Not! Kudos to US Airways for fighting this seditious organization.
"On February 9, Abassi committed an improper turn which prompted a
traffic stop by Fairfax County police. After consent for a search of
the vehicle was given, police discovered loose pills, needles, and
prescriptions written to other individuals in the trunk of the car,
violations of Virginia law. Dr. Abbasi admitted that he treated members
of his mosque out of his vehicle, also a violation of Virginia medical
rules (it should be noted that he is also a U.S. Customs and
Immigration Service-approved immigration doctor).
Abbasi received a summons for unlawfully prescribing drugs and three
others for possession of controlled substances, and was allowed to
leave the scene on his own recognizance."
"More than two months later, a letter was sent from CAIR national
legal counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili to Colonel David Rohrer, chief of the
Fairfax County Police Department, claiming that the traffic stop was
made on the basis of profiling and that Dr. Abassi’s consent to the
vehicle search was never given. She also claimed that Abbasi’s arrest
was part of a pattern of 'religious discrimination' by the department."
What crap, really, and what a shame and a waste of of taxpayer, county and municipal dollars to have to respond to this crap. The guy made an illegal turn and he was illegally giving out medical prescriptions.
I went to a terrific lecture last night at the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton. Reed Rubinstein of Greenberg Traurig spoke about the Council on American Islamic Relations, specifically 1) the unsuccessful lawsuit that CAIR brought against Andrew Whitehead of Anti-CAIR and 2) the Muslim Brotherhood/ Hamas origins and ideology of CAIR. There was a decent crowd, approximately 50 or 60 people. Rubinstein asked the crowd if anyone knew who Andrew Whitehead was. I was surprised to be the only person to raise my hand. Weird! Rubinstein was an excellent, engaging speaker and he handed out a CD chock-full of primary sources for the statements he made about CAIR, its officers, its funding, its goals. Much of the info he provided came from the U.S. versus Holy Land Foundation trial held last fall, as well as the Whitehead case. What he has at his fingertips about CAIR needs to be understood by everybody. Especially the media need to know that this terrorist-related organization of 1,700 people does not represent the "grass roots" American Muslim community, and the media should stop going to CAIR for the Muslim viewpoint. They're only legitimizing this "stealth jihadist" group.
Here's the key concepts from last night's lecture:
CAIR is a small, centrally controlled, top-down propaganda organization with a miniscule membership.
CAIR is an "Islamist" organization and a child of the Muslim Brotherhood.
CAIR is part of the “greater HAMAS-affiliated conspiracy” in the US.
CAIR is a purveyor of the “Jew/Zionist/Rightwing conspiracy” meme.
Rubinstein recommended giving no legitimacy to CAIR: "cut the media oxygen and there's no more CAIR."
FYI, The Investigative Project on Terrorism recently put out a ten-part series on CAIR, which should thoroughly discredit this bogus "civil rights" group. Check it out. Pass it on to your local newspaper editors and congressmen. Spread the word.
P.S. God bless the libel laws in the U.S.A. and the discovery process!
One of the amusing results of the Pew Survey of American Muslims is that the Survey concludes that the estimated Muslim population in the U.S. is 2.35 million. Whaddya know? That's about 5.65 million fewer Muslims than the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) claim of 8 million! CAIR's estimate grows by about 1 million per year, suggesting astronomical rates of immigration, conversion and/or baby-making. CAIR's wildly inflated estimates of the American Muslim population has always been a pet peeve of mine (as I wrote about earlier here), and the Pew Survey exposes CAIR's malarkey. I hope the Pew Survey results serves as a correction factor to journalists and politicians who parrot CAIR's numbers.
The Investor's Business Daily refers to "CAIR's fuzzy math" as the "Wahhabi lobby's big lie," and correctly identifies it as an attempt by CAIR to gain political power.