By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center
Summary: The Council on American-Islamic Relations has a history fraught with questionable associations and dubious claims related to Islam and terrorism. In its latest report, CAIR targets numerous nonprofit groups and grantmakers for “funding hate.” But these so-called “Islamophobic” groups are not hate groups at all—unless you use the definition of “hate” promoted by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center. This careful analysis of CAIR’s report will debunk many of the organization’s central arguments.
What Is Islamophobia?
CAIR doesn’t exactly say. That is actually understandable because it allows them to leave it open to broad interpretation. One of their supporters was honest enough to define the term in a Facebook post (which incidentally escaped the notice of Facebook’s censors, unlike some posts critical of Islam). Here’s a screenshot of the post:
This fairly exhaustive list includes words that the terrorists themselves use to describe their own actions. According to his bio, Esam Omeish is “chief of General and Laparoscopic Surgery” at INOVA Alexandria, Virginia, hospital. He is a former leader of the Muslim Students Association and the Muslim American Society—both prominent Muslim Brotherhood groups. He is also a founding board member of the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Falls Church, VA. Omeish is also director of the Washington Trust Foundation, a holding company for over $5 million in real estate owned by CAIR, which describes its mission as “to support the charitable purposes of the CAIR Foundation.” Would it be “Islamophobic” to call this a conflict of interest?
It must be added that Omeish’s definition parallels that found in U.N. Resolution 16/18, Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief. The U.N. signed 16/18 in 2011, the result of a decades-long effort by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)—comprised of 56 nations and the Palestinian Territories, the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world—to enact blasphemy laws through the U.N. According to 16/18, not only can you not criticize any aspect of Islam, but to do so is tantamount to “incitement to violence.” Hillary Clinton supported 16/18, as did President Barack Obama.