CAIR Rep Blames Conservative Media for Rise in "Islamophobia"
by IPT News • Jan 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Fox News and conservative media outlets are perpetuating an Islamophobic narrative that leads to a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), alleged in a recent interview with Russian Television (RT).
"There are people who are professionals whose main job is to say and do negative things about and against Muslims, these people have been now given wider stages, have been given more time on the air, on news media," CAIR legal counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili said. "For example, Fox News, as the gentleman stated before, has now been featuring many more Islamophobes than they ever had in the past, and we believe that the media has a direct correlation to the things that are happening in real life."
While there have been isolated attacks on Muslims by deranged individuals, law enforcement data fails to show the kind of alarming spike in attacks Al-Khalili and CAIR want people to believe is taking place.
From this, she jumps to a theory that there "is a small group of people who are profiting" by perpetuating bigotry against Muslims so that the American people will buy into the narrative and support Congressional funding for the expansion of the U.S. military and drone strikes to combat "the other."
Khalili states "Muslims are being portrayed as 'the other.'"
This type of sentiment illustrates CAIR's strategy – to propagate that the United States, the West, and key individuals are perpetuating a war on Islam, as opposed to a radical fringe of Islamists who exploit the religion for political goals.
Reader comments on this item
upside down backwards world
Submitted by RedWhite and Blue, Jan 11, 2013 10:34
Who from the Muslim world is condemning these atrocious acts by Islamist, Jihadist, or any proclaiming they are from the Muslim faith? I don't hear them standing up!!!! And who does Hussain Obama and John Brenham think we are at war with? Don't the Islamist say we are their enemy. You fools.
More CAIR nonsense
Jan 11, 2013 07:43
Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian ideology. Under sharia law, inherent to Islamic ideology, not only is there no freedom of speech or freedom conscience, but blasphemy and apostasy are capital crimes. Islamic ideology and sharia law prescribe a theocracy in which unelected religious leaders can dictate to elected leaders ( when there is an elected leader as opposed to the very common Islamic state monarchy). There is no equality under the law for people because all women and non-Muslims have fewer lesser legal rights than Muslim men.
Islamic ideology and all societies incorporating it are virulently misogynistic by 21 st century standards (as opposed to the 7th century standards in which Islamic ideology is frozen). Not only is it inhumanely homophobic and sexually repressive, but homosexual sex acts and sex between consulting adults may constitute capital crimes. Ironically, Muslim rapists in sharia law Morocco may go scot free simply by offering to marry their victims and the legal age of marriage in the Islamic Republic of Iran is 9. That's because Islam's prophet Mohammad, indisputably a blood thirsty and notorious highwayman and pedophile, married his favorite wife, Aisha, when she was 9 and consummated the marriage when she was 12.
CAIR itself has a criminal record. It was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Funding case prosecuted by the US Justice Dept a few years ago. When CAIR appealed the court's ruling that it was a co-conspirator in illegally funneling funds to terrorist orgs in the mideast, the Ct of Appeals confirmed the ruling against it stating that there was plenty of evidence to support the finding of CAIR's criminal involvement. Moreover, several of its officers had been found guilty of separate offenses. CAIR refuses to concede that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist orgs. It has encouraged its constituents to not cooperate with law enforcement in combating domestic terrorism.
Among thinking people, CAIR has no credibility. Among thinking people , anyone who apologizes for Islamic atrocities and human rights abuses is culpable of aiding and abetting those atrocities and abuses.
Islam is desperately in need of a major reformation, one in which the bellicose supremacist tenets of its scriptures are reinterpreted such that they may not be cited by violent and pious practioners of that ideology as the rationale for killing and mayhem. Anyone who doesn't understand that is simply ignorant or stupid or hopelessly deranged.
Islam is to blame for Islamophobia.
Submitted by sky, Jan 11, 2013 02:42
If you fear being murdered or being enslaved and happen to be a non-Muslim; than you are "Islamophobic".
CAIR is not a legitimate organization.
Jan 10, 2013 23:43
They know once the Conservatives are defeated so are the Liberals. Who will fight them???
Submitted by dgonzalez, Jan 10, 2013 21:47
What anti-Muslim hate crimes? Please name them. What about the Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddists being terrorized by the "religion of peace"?