CAIR: The Story…and the Rest of the Story
On January 25, 2004, the Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR) published an “American Muslim News Brief” titled: “CAIR-OH:
The man who speaks for Muslims” on their web site. The
news brief is referring to Mr. Jad Humeidan, an officer in CAIR’s
The interesting thing about this news brief is that the
story originally appeared in the “The Other Paper",
“He was outraged in 1998 when the
university bowed to pressure surroundinga planned speaking engagement
for PLO leader Yasser Arafat. At the
last minute, it was decided that then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahuwas needed to balance Arafat's appearance. In the end, neither
spoke."I was thinking: Why is that when somebody else wants to speak,
OK, but when the Palestinians want to bring somebody, then you have to
it out?" he said.”
“Monday afternoon, Humeidan led a small group of Muslims in walking with hundreds of other Columbus residents in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. march. He believes American Muslims are treading the same path today that African-Americans took inthe 1960s. "This is also our struggle, and we have to continue fighting in this struggle," he said.”
Are American-Muslims presently treated as
African-Americans were in 1960’s
- Do the police put dogs on Muslims to rip their flesh?
- Do the police beat Muslims with clubs at peaceful demonstrations?
- Do the police spray Muslim demonstrators with water hoses?
Do the police cover up crimes committed against Muslims?
Do the police drive around arresting Muslims for being out of their
- Are there signs that say “No Muslims allowed”?
- Where are the signs for “Muslim-only" water fountains?
- Must Muslims walk in the street so that non-Muslims can use the sidewalk?
- What bus company makes Muslims sit in the back of the bus?
the “Muslim ghetto”?
Any “Muslim Only” public toilets?
- Are Muslims subject to a poll tax?
- Do Muslims order their food from the back of the restaurant?
- Must Muslims sit in the balcony of the theater?
Are Muslims required to address non-Muslims as “Sir” or “Ma’am” on pain
of beating if they refuse?
Mr. Hemeidan should know that the Muslim experience in
Islam in America has no one to compare with Dr. Martin Luther
King for the simple reason that Muslims are not being oppressed
anywhere in the
Mr. Hemeidan knows otherwise, he should immediately
notify the proper law enforcement agencies so that direct action can be
Note: ACAIR believes that Mr. Marshall seriously attempted to present a fair and balanced article about CAIR (ACAIR was contacted for a statement but due to an e-mail glitch, we could not respond in time). Unfortunately, the article ultimately fails to mention CAIR’s suspected support for militant Islam, and generally glossed over CAIRs questionable reputation.
Once again, we have to ask the question: Where is the mainstream press on the issue of CAIR? Why does CAIR continue to be treated with obsequious respect by leading media? Where are the undercover investigations by the likes of the New York Times or the Miami Herald? How long will it take for the mainstream press to wake up to CAIR’s tactics and either show that ACAIR has been correct in our assessment of CAIR, or prove us wrong?