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September 25, 2010

    CAIR-Seattle Official Arsalan Bukhari "Decries" Threat Against Cartoonist?

    After Anti-CAIR criticized CAIR in our last News & Analysis: CAIR Content To Let Death Fatwa On Cartoonist Play Out?  CAIR-Seattle executive director Arsalan Bukhari has come out with a strong statement against Anwar al-Awlaki's death threat fatwa on cartoonist Molly Norris for drawing the "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" cartoon. Bukhari told the Washington Post: "What we are doing locally is talking to Muslim community leaders.... We are telling leaders: If they receive a threat that even seems to be joking, it should be reported."

     It is refreshing to see a CAIR officer actually being truthful and who appears to have recognized Anti-CAIR's warning that there are Muslims in North America who are potentially violent, and can be inspired through religious fervor to do harm to a non-Muslim that they believe has attacked Islam. As Bukhari mentioned in a separate interview, the very real threat to Molly Norris comes from Muslims in America, and he worries that someone here "will be incited by the terrorist in Yemen."  [If Bukhari keeps this up, this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship with Anti-CAIR(!)]

     Bukhari does side-step the crux of the issue, which is how violent radical Islam is spread to American-Muslims. He only goes as far as wishing that terrorist Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who blessed and praised the actions of Fort Hood killer Maj. Nidal Hasan and underwear bomber Umar Abdulmutallab, would simply "retract" his fatwa of death on Molly Norris.

Arsalan Bukhari must be recognized for stepping outside the CAIR mold regarding Molly Norris and admitting that there are Muslims here in America who are capable of doing us harm and should be "reported." He does not elaborate who would receive such a report. The FBI? Police? CAIR?  Bukhari fails to acknowledge, identify, and speak out against the potentially lethal damage caused by accepted Muslim leaders, clerics, and fellow CAIR officials who embrace and spread the violent Islamist ideology that poisons the Muslim well.

Andrew Whitehead

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