CAIR’s open letter to Obama, and why it’s pure bullshit.

First, CAIR’s letter to Obama on the eve of his Egyptian speech:

Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Ave S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel 202.488.8787   Fax 202.488.0833
E-mail: [email protected],   URL: www.cair.com

An Open Letter to President Obama and the Muslim World

May 29, 2009

Dear Mr. President:

As you prepare for your historic address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4th, I would
like to offer an American Muslim perspective on what governments, leaders and individuals
can do to improve the prospects for international peace and prosperity.

As an American, I will first focus on what you can do to help repair relations with the Muslim
world that have suffered such damage in recent years. Your statements since the inauguration
have raised the level of hope for real change in our nation’s foreign and domestic policies.

It is imperative that your positive statements now be backed up with concrete policy
initiatives that will help move us all toward a more peaceful and prosperous future. Otherwise,
we as a nation risk wasting the good will that has been garnered by your ongoing outreach to
Muslims.

First, America must champion political and religious freedom, human rights, the growth and
stabilization of democratic institutions, and respect for the rule of law for everyone, not just
those we favor. For too long, we have claimed to be champions of freedom and democracy,
while turning a blind eye to repression, occupation and authoritarian rule. We must hold every
nation, even those we regard as allies, to a uniform standard of justice and equality. No other
action will do more to restore America’s international reputation.

Second, we should do what is necessary to resolve long-standing conflicts, and particularly the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that are the main source of anti-American feeling in the Muslim
world.

Now is the time to tell Israeli leaders that we will no longer support the denial of the
legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and that we will take concrete actions to back up
that declaration. Israel’s wall of separation must come down, humiliating roadblocks must be
removed, the illegal settlements must be dismantled, food and other essential supplies must
flow freely, Palestinian rights must be restored, and a viable and independent Palestinian state
must be created and supported.

We should address the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan based on a reduction in our
nation’s intervention and on increased support for indigenous solutions based on the will of
the people and the decisions of democratic governments.

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Third, our nation’s elected representatives, religious leaders, commentators, and citizens of all
faiths must speak out forcefully against the rising level of anti-Muslim rhetoric and
discrimination in our society.

Prior to the 9/11 attacks, Islamophobia of the type we see today was at the margins of public
discourse. Unfortunately, today it is quite common to see and hear the faith of Islam
denigrated in newspaper columns, on talk radio and in religious sermons nationwide. Few in
the Muslim world will listen to our calls for openness and reform while the faith they hold dear
is being vilified.

Silence on this growing phenomenon is un-American and betrays the values of inclusiveness
and religious tolerance that we all hold dear.

Finally, America needs to engage in internal reform to re-establish our reputation as the
world’s standard bearer of justice.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, national security legislation and policies related to detention,
surveillance, torture, the shutting down of American Muslim charities, FBI agent provocateurs
in mosques, citizenship delays, politicized “terror” trials, Justice Department guidelines
allowing race and ethnicity to be factors in opening an investigation, and the dubious activities
of so-called terrorism “fusion centers” have all contributed to a contraction of civil liberties.
Any legislation or government policies that diminish constitutional rights must be re-evaluated
and reversed. We should also change our visa policies to allow Muslim intellectuals and
business leaders to travel to America without fear of humiliation or harassment at points of
entry.

As an American Muslim, I ask leaders, governments and individuals in the Islamic world to
make similar changes and to implement similar reforms.

First, government, civic and religious leaders must foster a culture of respect for human and
minority rights, political and religious dissent, freedom of expression, and the rule of law.

Governments in the Muslim world must encourage full political participation in systems of
government that abide by the separation of powers and are held in check by independent
judiciaries. Leaders and individuals in Muslim nations must also respect the results of free and
fair elections.

Non-governmental entities in the Muslim world must seek partnership with elected officials
and other leaders in each society exclusively through peaceful means.

Second, Muslims worldwide must offer themselves as personal examples of the Islamic values
of compassion, tolerance and moderation. Each individual and family should exemplify the
verse in the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, which states: “And thus have We willed you to be a
community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you might bear witness to the truth
before all humankind.” (Quran, 2:143)

Each nation should focus on internal dialogue with all members of the society, including
ideological, political and religious dissidents. Good works and public service must replace
overheated rhetoric and wasteful internal power struggles.

And finally, each individual in the Muslim world and elsewhere should dedicate themselves to
the personal improvement that is reflected in the Quranic verse: “Verily, God will never
change the condition of a people until they change that which is within themselves.” (Quran,
13:11)

True peace and understanding will only come when we all – Muslims, Christians, Jews, and
people of other faiths and philosophies – cast off the prejudices and preconceptions of the
past to engage each other based on what we have in common, not on what has separated us
for so long.

I ask you to accept this advice in the sincere spirit it is given and I hope your address in Cairo
will help change the direction of our world from the path to conflict to that of peace and
reconciliation.

As you stated in your inaugural address, a new way forward in partnership with the Muslim
world must be based on “mutual interest and mutual respect.”

This decisive moment in history requires clarity of purpose and a commitment to practical
action that will lead to real change.

Sincerely,

Nihad Awad
National Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Now, Mark Levin exposes some of the reasons why it’s nonsense, then I will vivisect it with simple clear facts.

And now, it’s my turn:
Here is a great laugh, paragraph 4:

“First, America must champion political and religious freedom, human rights, the growth and
stabilization of democratic institutions, and respect for the rule of law for everyone, not just
those we favor.”

Let’s have a brief look at human rights in Muslim nations. It has to be brief as a proper one would be an essay the size of a phone book exposing the utter hypocrisy of the paragraph above and would probably have the entire staff of the Canadian Human Rights Commissions at my door drooling at the prospect of taking away any change I may have in the jar and spreading it to the local Immam’s and of course, CAIR-CAN. Truth you may remember, is no defense…

1. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. At all. Because they are women.

2. Women in Saudi Arabia may not be in public without their registered owner with them. An owner must be a father husband or brother of the woman. She may not appear in public without one. If a woman is a widow with no male relatives, she will find it very difficult to have food delivered to her even.

3. In Egypt a woman may not leave the country without her owner’s permission.

4. In Egypt, the Copts, adherents of a  religion which predates Islam there by centuries, may not repair or build new houses of worship. They are often murdered for being Copts and the killers are released.

5. in Iran women are often beaten in the street for not wearing the prescribed cloths of utter submission to Islam by religious police.

Of course, in most of the Muslim world we have ‘blasphemy’ laws which would if used in the west make Islam out and out illegal but are freely enforced against non Muslims even in ‘moderate’ Muslim nations such as Singapore.

Tina Rad beaten in Iran by police for not covering her face etc.

Tina Rad beaten in Iran by police for not covering her face etc.

As I say, a complete list of the hypocrisy in paragraph 4 of CAIR’s letter to Obama would look like a NYC phone book and that’s without even mentioning Darfur, Sudan.

In paragraph 5, we see the now-familiar accusation of negative feelings due to the Arab-Israeli conflict over Israel.

“Second, we should do what is necessary to resolve long-standing conflicts, and particularly the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that are the main source of anti-American feeling in the Muslim
world.”

No matter what your stance is on the Israel issue, the fact remains that the Islamic world did not give a sweet god damn for the Palestinians until they realized that they could fabricate a people with a corresponding cause celebre for the Western left. Yassir Arafat himself often condemned Arab and Muslim leaders for never doing a single thing for his cause. The “main source of anti-American feelings” in the Muslim world exists because America consistently manages to do extremely well without being Muslim while the Muslim world continually regresses. It must be a horrible feeling to be a Muslim and see the Americans as the masters of all that they touch without ever darkening the inside of a mosque I understand that. But it has fuck-all to do with Israel, or at least, it didn’t until recently when Arab leaders realized it was an Achilles heel for Western governments thanks to political correctness and morphed antisemitism.

As I have written, in order to properly refute this absurd letter to Obama by CAIR would take a week’s work of 15-hour days just to scratch the surface of the hypocrisy presented here. So I will conclude this with one more point from the middle of page two, paragraph five:

“In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, national security legislation and policies related to detention,
surveillance, torture, the shutting down of American Muslim charities, FBI agent provocateurs
in mosques, citizenship delays, politicized “terror” trials, Justice Department guidelines
allowing race and ethnicity to be factors in opening an investigation, and the dubious activities
of so-called terrorism “fusion centers” have all contributed to a contraction of civil liberties.”

First of all, NO Muslim charities were ever shut down, only organizations which were proven to be fund raisers or front organizations for terrorist groups using real jurisprudence. Secondly, nobody’s civil liberties were compromised, despite the attacks on the US by Muslims in the name of Islamic Jihad, which was why CAIR failed to list a single one of these allegedly “contracted” civil liberties.  I am not just referring to 9/11, either, but rather to all of the known and unknown dozens of major attacks which have been prevented, as well as the minor, successful ones which have succeeded, such as the Washington DC sniper. Furthermore, even if these civil liberties had actually been compromised among members of the Muslim community, which they certainly have not – and I challenge anyone to cite an example of one – even though perhaps some should, the security of the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of Muslims in the US would still be more secure than those of any female or non-Muslim in a Sharia state. Can I be more clear than that?

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