In Defense of the Constitution

Press Release 013/03

June 14, 2003


     CAIR’s Board Chairman, Mr. Omar Ahmad, Denied Retraction

     On May 8th, 2003, ACAIR's press release, nr. 009, highlighted comments stated by Mr. Omar M. Ahmad.

     ACAIR feels that Omar Ahmad's comments are indicative of the true intentions of CAIR- to turn the United States into a fundamentalist Islamist theocracy.  

     On 14 June, 2003, The Tri-Valley Herald posted an article to its web site standing by the original article by reporter Ms. Lisa Gardiner wherein she quoted the following statement by Mr. Ahmad:

     “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. 
The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America,
and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

     According to Fremont Editor Mr. Steve Waterhouse, ANG Newspapers stands by the story.  He goes on to say that Gardiner “did excellent work for us when she was a reporter in the late 1990’s”.  In addition, Ms. Gardiner stands by her story.  She also notes her relations with the Fremont Muslim community were extremely positive during her time with ANG Newspapers.

     It should be noted that Mr. Ahmad did not contact ANG Newspapers to dispute the quote until it was reprinted in an article on in early May.  (The quote was made on July 04, 1998, nearly five years ago).    

     Once again, Mr. Ahmad is caught telling the truth about CAIR and he doesn’t enjoy being exposed.  His attempt to seek a retraction was cut short, and we at ACAIR look forward to Mr. Ahmad accusing the Tri-Valley Herald of “Islamophobia” -  the standard CAIR response to reporting about topics that they dislike.

    ACAIR applauds the Tri-Valley Herald for supporting its reporter and not retracting the truth in an article which clearly demonstrates, once again, the religious bigotry and hatred for American values held by the CAIR leadership.  We encourage other newspapers in America to take up the standard set by the Tri-Valley Herald and report the truth about CAIR.

Andrew Whitehead

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