The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued its 2009 annual report on hate crimes, once again using a new category to report an increase in incidents. According to the CAIR announcement:
An annual report released today by a prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization shows an increase in the total number of bias-related incidents, but a decrease in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2008. The report by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), titled “Seeking Full Inclusion,” offers a summary of incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment reported to the group during the 2008 calendar year. It also examines the use of Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2008 presidential election and highlights a number of issues of concern to the American Muslim community, including watch lists, surveillance of mosques and new FBI guidelines that allow religious and ethnic profiling. “In 2008, Muslims continued to face barriers to their full and equal participation in American society. Certain individuals and institutions persisted in profiting by smearing Islam. American Muslims continued to fear profiling, surveillance and undue scrutiny by law enforcement and other authorities.” CAIR and its affiliate chapters nationwide processed a total of 2,728 incidents in 2008. That figure represents a three percent increase in reported cases from 2007 (2,652 reports) and an 11 percent increase over cases reported in 2006 (2,467 reports). It is the highest number of civil rights cases ever recorded in CAIR’s annual report. (Note: The higher number of cases is due in part to inclusion of a new category of cases related to mailed, faxed and e-mailed threats and hate messages.) According to CAIR’s study:
-The occurrence of reported civil rights complaints increased at mosques and Muslim organizations, rising from 564 cases in 2007 to 721 cases in 2008. This represents a 28 percent increase from 2007 to 2008.
-There were 118 reported cases of discrimination in schools in 2007 and 153 in 2008 — a 31 percent increase.
-Anti-Muslim hate crime complaints fell by 14 percent in 2008, decreasing from 135 total complaints in 2007 to 116 in 2008.
“The decline in reported hate crimes leads to cautious optimism, while the reported increase in incidents at Muslim institutions and at schools reminds us that continued vigilance and stepped-up community outreach efforts are necessary,” said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor, one of the report’s authors. Saylor said the report also offers recommendations for action by the Obama administration, Congress and American Muslim institutions. The Obama administration is asked to 1) review and revise guidelines issued by then Attorney General Mukasey in late 2008 that allow racial and religious profiling, 2) to reduce the size of the watch lists, and 3) to implement effective means by which travelers who believe they have been profiled may seek redress. President Obama is also asked to visit an American mosque. CAIR is recommending that Congress pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) and the Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Redress Act of 2009 (FAST Redress Act of 2009), and not offer a “legitimizing platform” to anti-Muslim bigots.
CAIR last year issued a similar caveat when it released its 2007 annual civil rights report when it first added the new category.
There are reasons to distrust any such work done by CAIR who in the past has manipulated hate crime statistics for its own political purposes, wildly exaggerated the U.S. Muslim population, and has been accused of playing fast and loose with other mosque surveys. Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the U.S. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the U.S. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.”
U.S. Brotherhood organizations have frequently claimed that U.S. Muslims are the victims of organized campaigns of hate and discrimination. However In 2007, the last year for which FBI statistics are available, 133 hate crimes against Muslims were reported, a drop of 23 . Hate crimes against Jews were recorded at 1010 (increase of 43) and 135 against Catholics/Protestants in that year.
For full CAIR hate crimes report, go here