The Cultural Jihad blog has posted an article titled “CAIR Embracing The Race Card: New Focus Or Exploitation?’ that analyzes a recent action alert by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) calling on imams to devote a portion of their sermons to racial equality and social justice. The post begins:
August 18, 2014 The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) appears to be attempting to capitalize on the media attention generated by the Ferguson, MO shooting. On 8/11/2014, CAIR issued an action alert that …
… called on imams (prayer leaders) nationwide to devote at least a portion of their khutbas (sermons) for tomorrow’s weekly congregational prayers (jummah) to the issues of racial equality and social justice.
That request comes in the wake of racial turmoil resulting from the fatal police shooting on Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri.
An article published 8/16/2014 at Onislam.net, an Egyptian based website that frequently functions as a mirror outlet for CAIR statements and related news, highlighted the CAIR action alert started with …
… US Muslims have shared mass condemnations for the incident as a continuation of police profiling, brutality and violence against African Americans.
It should be noted that the details and facts regarding the shooting are still being collected and there have been no indications of profiling but this statement definitely sets the stage for a victim hood theme that CAIR frequently embraces. The article continues with ..
Read the rest here.
CAIR, an important party of the US Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure in the US has always attempted to leverage its involvement in civil rights affairs to gain legitimacy for its work on behalf of the Brotherhood and Hamas which it calls the “Palestinian Cause.” Last week, the GMBDW posted on a new video from the Investigative Project that aptly highlighted CAIR’s conflicting statements about its mission and noted that the organization appears to be doing its best to inflame the already heated atmosphere surrounding the ongoing Gaza conflict. The GMBDW judges it most likely that CAIR’s new found interest in social justice would appear to be an attempt to broaden its legitimacy beyond that which it has gained through focusing on Muslim civil rights alone.
We also find it interesting that this tactic by CAIR comes at the same time that leading Global Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan has seemingly staked out his own turf in the global movement by also emphasizing a form of “social justice” albeit in the form of an expressed concern about “dictatorships.” We expect to see more jockeying for position on the part of Global Muslim Brotherhood elements as they face the ongoing stresses of losing control of Egypt and at least a partial cutoff of funding from the Gulf.
For a profile on CAIR, go here.