Defense of the Constitution
029/05 October 5, 2005
Equal Rights to Enforced Oppression?
Recently, the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), had posted on its
site a photo of a group of leaders of the interfaith community who
had come together in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the Islamist
terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
What is most interesting about the photo
however, is that one of the participants and several of the audience
members had hijabs (an Islamic hair covering for women) hand-drawn on
to cover their hair, in keeping with the fundamentalist Muslim belief
that women's hair should not be seen in public.
This crude photo re-touching caused CAIR to
suffer well-founded ridicule. However, is there something here
that holds a deeper, more sinister implication for North America?
CAIR self-describes as a “Muslim Civil Rights
Group”, but what kind of civil rights group fails to respect the
diversity of its own members by imposing a dress code that not all
members may adhere to?
What about the “civil rights” of those Muslims
who do not want to wear the flowing robes or the hair covering?
Are they not deserving of CAIR’s support? As the photo incident
suggests, apparently not. Doesn’t this suggest that a Muslim
woman who chooses not to wear the head covering is not welcome at CAIR?
Are Muslim women free to wear/not wear the
hijab while employed by CAIR? How many female CAIR employee’s do
not wear the hijab? Are CAIR members interested enough to
investigate and find out if female CAIR employee’s are being forced to
wear the hijab at work? And what does this tell us about the work
climate at CAIR; about how CAIR’s leadership views female
Muslims? How many female Muslims are in true leadership positions
at CAIR? Does this percentage accurately reflect the number of
female Muslims in North America?
Sounds to us like CAIR has some ‘splaining to do…and a few courses
in diversity and tolerance might do some good as well.
Could it be
that CAIR is presenting itself as something it is not and is
perpetrating a fraud on its membership?
In a scene straight out of George Orwell’s
“1984”, CAIR is serving as the “Ministry of Truth” and is re-writing
history it finds inconvenient. However, this is not fiction; this
is the truth and this event tells us a lot about the mind-set of CAIR’s
The question is:
Do moderate Muslims really want this group of
fundamentalist-Islamists as their public face? Do they believe
altering photos to impose the hijab is appropriate? Do they
believe this kind of deceit is acceptable?
If not, what are they going to do about it?
cornerstones of legitimate “Civil Rights Groups”. These
are two standards apparently missing from CAIR, North America’s premier
“Muslim Civil Rights Group”...
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