CAIR Officials Demonize America on Iranian TV
by IPT News • May 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Two officials representing the Council on American-Islamic Relations' New York chapter (CAIR-NY) turned to an Iranian television station this week in order to propagate the dangerous and oft-repeated narrative that the U.S. is at war with Islam and hostile to Muslims.
The narrative—said to be one of the most potent tools in recruiting Muslims to violent jihad—was first put forth by CAIR-NY head Zead Ramadan in an interview Monday with Iranian state-controlled Press TV. During the discussion, Ramadan compared the situation of Muslims in America to that of Jews under Nazi rule.
"In Nazi Germany, they targeted the minority, the Jewish minority," Ramadan told Press TV by phone. "I don't think we will ever get there, but I don't think we should allow the road to continue to be built towards that direction because the comments that are being made against Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were being made against Jews by Nazis."
The steady increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric can largely be blamed upon "election season" in general Ramadan said, but in particular, Republicans should be seen as the primary offender.
"[W]henever you think that America, the land of the free, is going to grow up and go beyond it [racism], more intolerant, extremist voices come out," Ramadan lamented. "And the easiest target, the minority, the easiest target has been the Muslim people.
"Every time there is an election cycle, some people like Newt Gingrich, Santorum, and even Mitt Romney had made very negative comments about Muslims and that makes people think that if someone is running for president, he could make negative comments and he is spreading negative rhetoric about Muslims… I think it's very dangerous," he added.
Ramadan's message cannot be brushed off as a personal rant of one rogue leader. Just one day earlier, a similar theme was echoed by fellow CAIR-NY official, Cyrus McGoldrick, to the very same Iranian outlet.
In the Sunday interview, McGoldrick, the group's Civil Rights Manager, accused the FBI of using "tremendous resources" to demonize Muslim Americans and of not spending a "fraction" of the amount on real security measures.
They are using "tremendous resources, tremendous resources to spy on Muslims, to demonize Muslims, and to entrap Muslims. I think it would be great if they spent a fraction of that money, protecting Muslims and all American citizens," McGoldrick said.
Because of this, "the real American ideals are now being lost," he concluded.
Strangely absent in McGoldrick's comments about ideals is a discussion of how minorities are treated in Press TV's state-sponsor, Iran, and how treatment of Muslims in America compares to that of ethnic minorities elsewhere.
Such realities have never stopped CAIR from routinely taking to the channel to promote the "America is against Muslims" narrative. They join a group of fringe academics, far left activists, and Islamist extremists who agree with the Islamic Republic's propaganda about the so-called Western and Zionist "War on Islam."
Reader comments on this item
Submitted by Lawrence Dean, Aug 18, 2013 16:30
I believe any organization in the US with any ties to terrorists should be banned. When muslims want to assimulate into American society and leave sharia law where they came from then I will be all for them. But when 911 is called for a fire in Dearborn Michigan and firefighters and police are stoned because they touched a muslim woman something needs to be done. Special prayer rooms and times to pray in public schools in Dearborn?? I don't think this is ok. I love the USA and don't want it changed. Just google "no go zones in Europe or Dearborn Mich" and study. Or google Muslim problems in any country of your choice in Western europe and read.
Is CAIR committing sedition?
Submitted by Wallace Brand, May 16, 2012 22:56
Why is CAIR's demonizing the US on Iranian television not sedition?
We are at war, having enacted the AUMF, according to the Supreme Court in Hamdan.
The big difference
Submitted by SweetOlBob, May 16, 2012 09:33
The latest comment by cair is as false as esverything else they have been whining, but if it were true, these differences would stand out.
We are not sending muslims to "camps".
America has already given too many passes to their constant demands.
We do not make muslims wear identification. (although it would be handy in deciding where to buy something)
We do not shoot or harass them.
The Jews were not trying to turn Germany into Palestine.
The Jews were innocent of terrorist acts.
THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT !
the mainstreaming of Muslim Brotherhood and Cair
Submitted by brenda, May 16, 2012 09:30
Under this regime here in the US now, Obama has invited MB to the WH.....he has appointed some of them to high positions in TSA, Pentagon and other agencies they have no business being in.......Obama is trying to make them credible and mainstream......in my opinion, Obama is very dangerous.....