The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a statement welcoming what it calls the “rejection of Islamophobic candidates.” in yesterday’s U.S. election. According to the CAIR statement:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the rejection of Islamophobic candidates by voters nationwide. In Florida, Rep. Allen West (R), who claims Islam is not a religion but is instead a ‘totalitarian theocratic political ideology’ that is a ‘very vile and very vicious enemy,’ was defeated by a narrow margin. Also in Florida, State Representative Adam Hasner (R) was defeated in his bid for Congress. Hasner once co-hosted an event featuring Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders that was also sponsored by Anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller. In 2009, Hasner attempted to block a ‘Florida Muslim Capitol Day.’ In 2007, he sponsored a screening of the anti-Muslim film ‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West’ for state legislators. A third Florida anti-Muslim candidate, Terry Kemple, lost his bid for the Hillsborough County School Board. Kemple’s main issue in the race was seeking to keep Muslim speakers out of local schools. In Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh (R) was defeated in his re-election bid. When a town hall meeting attendee told him that he was ‘looking for some godly men and women in the Senate, in the Congress, who will stand in the face of the danger of Islam,’ Walsh left the door open for suspicion of every Muslim living in Illinois when he responded saying radical Islam is more of a threat ‘now that it was right after 9/11’ and ‘It’s here.
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A post from last week reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was the main feature at a May 2012 fundraising event that included important leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) who sat at the same table with Pelosi.
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 US. 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 US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.” In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”