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September 18, 2010

      CAIR Content To Let Death Fatwa On Cartoonist Play Out?

     The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has advised Seattle Weekly cartoonist Molly Norris to “go ghost”; i.e., disappear due to the imposition of an Islamic Fatwa calling for her death.

     Norris’ crime was that she drew a cartoon of Mohammed and cheekily called for “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” in response to a TV episode of the popular “South Park” series that censored the cartoon image of Mohammed out of a well founded fear of physical attack from Islamist terrorists.

     The result of Norris’ tongue-in-cheek call for “Draw Mohammed Day” was that a facebook group started up and took seriously her flighty challenge.  Norris repudiated her call for the day, but it did no good once the perpetually outraged “cleric” Anwar al-Awlaki issued a Fatwa saying her “proper abode is Hellfire.”

     Perhaps feeling the need to find some protection from Islamic fanatics, Norris hastily befriended Arsalan Bukhari of CAIR-Seattle as part of a project she was working on. During an interview, Bukhari said of the issue: “CAIR has a no tolerance policy for threats of violence”.

     While Bukhari toes the party line on CAIR's "policy" of repudiating threats of violence, the simple fact is that Norris’ friendship with a CAIR official did absolutely nothing to nullify Anwar al-Awlaki's Fatwa.

     Norris said: "You internalize the terror. The fear is real, it's substantial. For me, for all of my life, I'll be on that list.”

     So much for the friendship of “America’s Premier Muslim Civil Rights Group.”  Molly Norris is condemned to a life of obscurity while CAIR bleats that it doesn’t support "threats of violence." 

     Perhaps Molly Norris should not have taken CAIR's bloated claims of peace and bridge building at face value. CAIR officials not only held the view that the man who placed a death sentence on her was once a "respected" Imam, several CAIR officials even attended prayer services (founder Nihad Awad and convict Ismail Royer) and Islamic teaching sessions (CAIR-San Diego officer Edgar Hopida) led by the Al Qaeda cleric. CAIR officer Affad Shaikh has a blog that still links to Anwar al-Awlaki's website (now shut down). CAIR officials like Edgar Hopida claim they had no idea Awlaki was radical, yet since the late 1990's Awlaki made recordings calling for Sharia law and called Jews "the enemy from Day 1 to the Day of Judgment." Anwar al-Awlaki was Imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va. when he blew a gasket over a raid on some Islamic charities and business offices suspected of funding terror groups: "So this is not now a war on terrorism... This is a war against Muslims! It is a war against Muslims and Islam. Not only is it happening worldwide, but it's happening right here in America..."

     CAIR has expressed respect and reverence for "prominent and known scholar" Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, who recently proclaimed that an Islamic ban on killing the elderly, women, and children in wartime does not apply to the citizens of Israel. Al-Qaradhawi has expressed a wish that in his last days he goes out fighting Allah's enemies: "Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair... I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom."

     CAIR and their fellow travelers have great respect for American cleric Zaid Shakir who said:  "Islam doesn't permit us to hijack airplanes filled with civilian people," ..."If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that's something else."  This "man of peace" who spews treachery by religiously inspiring fellow Muslims to attack soldiers of his own country is regularly invited to speak at CAIR related events.

     CAIR has gone into to high gear to protect another terror-supporting Imam by the name of Kifah Mustapha. CAIR has brought a lawsuit against the Illinois State Police on behalf of Mustapha. Kifah Mustapha was dropped from the Illinois State Police chaplain program when it was revealed he was a fundraiser and supporter of Hamas through his employment with the Holy Land Foundation and association with CAIR's parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Mustapha performed at fundraising events in a band that sang such classic lyrics as: "O Hamas, raise the banners of Jihad. The victory of God comes through it or through martyrdom. O Hamas, teach us the rifle..."

     CAIR cannot be trusted to lift a finger to protect fellow Americans from the fanatical Fatwa frothings of the mad clerics of radical Islam. CAIR respects, admires, and protects these Imams, seemingly content to sit back and watch potentially violent events unfold, their perverse indifference obscured by claims of ignorance and unaccountability. 

     By befriending CAIR to escape religious fanatics, it appears Molly Norris simply poked her nose into the lion's den.

Andrew Whitehead

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