Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAIR Officials Want To Dishonor Fallen American Veterans

According to their webpage, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a "Washington-based Islamic advocacy group" (Press release, 8/28/1995) and an "organization dedicated to providing an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public." They are a self-proclaimed "organization that challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims." (CAIR letter to Vice President Gore, 10/06/1995)

All well and good, right? CAIR is simply an organization that acts in the best interest of Muslims, particularly American Muslims, on issues of discrimination, stereotypes, and relations with the American people and the American government. So they say, anyway.

That's pretty much how President Obama sees them. But President Obama sometimes doesn't see things clearly. His own Justice Department believes CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing case. CAIR goes out of their way to silence people who criticize Islam and/or their beliefs and practices.

Now it seems they're going after our military and our long-held respect for those who serve; and particularly those who have given their lives in service to our nation.

On May 23, Zahra Billoo, the somewhat radical executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, took to Twitter to denounce Memorial Day. The post read: "Zahra Billoo struggles with Memorial Day each year. How does one balance being pretty staunchly anti-war while honoring those who died in the military?"
Gee - I'm not a highly educated man nor am I the executive director of anything - except maybe my household chore list. But I can answer her question.

"It's easy, Zahra Billoo. You be thankful and grateful to the men and women who serve in our armed forces, particularly those who died doing it, for the freedom you have to voice your opposition to war - or to voice any opposition to the government and its policies." 

It's that simple. If it wasn't for the armed services of the United States of America none of us, including people like Zahra Billoo, would have the freedom to voice our true feelings. We might not even have a country.

But that second point might be OK with some Muslims living right here in the United States. Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, also took to Twitter to voice his displeasure over honoring America's fallen heroes. He is another who apparently doesn't understand that his right to express his nonsensical things is in a large sense because of our military.

"If one dies in an unjust war in which we illegally invaded and occupied a sovereign nation, should that person be honored?" Walid said the other day. I've got the answer for Mr. Walid as well.

"The soldier who deployed, fought, and died did so because he was ordered to do so by his government. He was doing his duty with honor."

It takes courage to go fight a war - more courage, I'm sure, than Mr. Walid possesses. It really doesn't matter whether or not Mr. Walid approves and/or agrees with the war. What matters is that we have Americans brave enough to go do their sworn duty for the United States and fight to preserve our freedoms. Yes, even the freedoms of those who would criticize them.

Honestly, I really don't understand these people who come to this country from a place they no longer want to live, then want to turn our country into the place they left.

Ms. Billoo did find one "soldier" she felt worthy of her attention and honor. On May 26th she took to Twitter again to promote an article about Imam Jamil al-Amin, a member of the Black Panthers terrorist group and was convicted of murdering a police officer in 2000. He is anti-American and has stated in the past that “If America doesn’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down. I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”

Mr. al-Amin has also been quoted as saying the U.S. Constitution is “diametrically opposed to what Allah has commanded.”

He is correct about that. Islam and the U.S. Constitution are not really compatible. Our Constitution guarantees Americans the right to speak as they wish (and to criticize whomever they wish) and to worship as we please. Islam teaches that everyone will convert to Islam or be killed. That doesn't quite jibe with our Constitution. But those of us who understand that are labeled Islamophobes.

Merriam-Webster's definition of Islamophobia is "fear or hatred of Islam or Muslims." The Urban Dictionary sees it a little differently. They define is as "non-Muslims who know more than they're supposed to know about Islam." That second definition certainly makes sense. If you know about Islam, quote factual information about Islam, and criticize Islam for their practices, regardless of how true your statements are, many will label you an Islamophobe. "Islamophobia" is simply another catch all phrase used by Muslims, and many on the left, in an attempt to silence criticism of Islam. It's exactly the same tactic used by people who call you a racist if you criticize President Obama - an attempt to shame you into silence. Fortunately, many Americans are not intimidated by it.

Here's a perfect example of the left attempting to silence free speech. Recently, in Clinton, Mississippi, a wounded combat veteran, former Marine Jeremy Rawls, says he was suspended from the college where he is a senior because he asked for a counselor who is not Muslim. Rawls, who served two tours in Iraq, has been diagnosed with PTSD and a lung disorder and qualifies for extra attention for his studies. He was assigned to a counselor who turned out to be a female student intern who is a practicing Muslim and was wearing traditional Muslim attire.

The school's notification to Rawls of his suspension said they were practicing "due diligence in not only the protection of yourself, but also the campus community as a whole from potential harm or the threat there of.”

Except he's never harmed anyone, never threatened anyone, and there seems to be no physical evidence to the contrary.

Imagine being a Marine with PTSD and walking in to your appointment with a Muslim in typical attire. How anyone at the school thought that was a good idea is beyond me. Rawls must keep the school informed of his medical and mental health conditions as part of his assistance program. So they assigned him to a Muslim, then suspended him because he complained.

Rawls was told he could not return to classes nor even be on school property until he received (and passed) a private mental health exam. He has since fulfilled that request but has yet to be allowed back on campus.

This is typical, liberal, overreaction to one Marine's seemingly reasonable request for a non-Muslim counselor. Anyone whose brain was working at the time would have said "Gee - we screwed up. We're very sorry. We'll fix that immediately."

But that's not normally how the liberal mind works...

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