July 27th, 2003
Daniel Pipes compares Islamic People to Nazis
White House asked to drop nomination of Islamophobe
CAIR today called on President Bush to withdraw the nomination of Daniel
Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace after he was quoted
by an online news service as comparing "Islamic people" to "Nazis" and rejecting
aid to Afghan civilians.
That demand after CAIR learned of a July 25 article on CNSNews.com describing
Pipes' address to the Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student
Conference in Washington, D.C., that stated:
"Pipes added that he doesn't perceive the Islamic people as divided into
two groups: the radical terrorists and those who are not. He said 'there
is no history behind such an outlook and nothing that would support such
optimism.' 'It would be like saying there were good and bad Nazis,' Pipes
noted." (SEE: http://www.cnsnews.com/ Search using the term "Daniel Pipes.")
"This quote alone, without even taking into consideration Mr. Pipes' long
history of anti-Muslim bigotry, is sufficient to disqualify him from helping
to direct a taxpayer-funded organization dedicated to the peaceful resolution
of international conflicts," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.
In that same article, Pipes said it would be difficult to get Middle Easterners
to accept Western ways because they are reluctant to "go the Christian way."
Pipes also said he thought it was unnecessary to provide aid to Afghan civilians
because in a time of war, they are the enemy. "We have no moral responsibility
to the Afghans," Pipes said. "If we help them, we should do it in the prism
of our own interests."
At a meeting last week of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee, the body that must take the initial vote on Pipes' nomination,
several senators expressed opposition to Pipes' anti-Muslim views. Sen. Harkin
(D-IA) spoke at length about Pipes' statement warning of the "dangers" posed
by the enfranchisement of American Muslims and of his web site (www.campus-watch.org)
that sought to create "dossiers" on academic critics of Israeli policies.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) objected to what he said were Pipes' "derogatory
statements about Muslim immigrants as 'brown-skinned peoples cooking strange
foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standards of hygiene.'" (Jerusalem
Post, 7/24/03) Kennedy also criticized Pipes' support for racial and religious
profiling and his belief that mosques in America should be targets of police
Pipes faces mounting criticism from American Muslims, Arab-Americans and
interfaith groups because of his past inflammatory remarks about issues related
to Islam, the Middle East and conflict resolution. Muslims say Pipes, who
is often referred to as the nation's leading Islamophobe, holds extremist
anti-Muslim views and lacks the peace-making credentials necessary to be
on the USIP board.