Influence: The Muslim Brotherhood in America

You’ll Never Guess How CAIR’s New Report Defines ‘Islamophobia’

It's is so far-out, steeped in campus Marxist radicalism and Critical Theory jargon, that it must be read to be believed.

BY Bruce Cornibe · | June 22, 2016

On the heels of the deadly jihadist attack in Orlando that killed 49, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)– with the help of the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender– released a national strategy report on fighting Islamophobia in 2016. The report’s definition of Islamophobia is so far-out, so steeped in campus Marxist radicalism and Critical Theory jargon, that it actually overshadows the errors in the rest of the 140-page document.  It must be read to be believed:

Islamophobia is a contrived fear or prejudice fomented by the existing Eurocentric and Orientalist global power structure. It is directed at a perceived or real Muslim threat through the maintenance and extension of existing disparities in economic, political, social, and cultural relations, while rationalizing the necessity to deploy violence as a tool to achieve “civilizational rehab” of the target communities (Muslim or otherwise). Islamophobia reintroduces and reaffirms a global racial structure through which resource distribution disparities are maintained and extended.

It’s an indication that, for Islamists, talk of Islamophobia is not aimed at helping people who have been unjustly harassed or discriminated against because of their Islamic identities, but a deliberate attempt to silence any kind of criticism of the concrete laws that constitute Islam. CAIR allowed the Center for Race and Gender to define “Islamophobia”– certainly an unusual thing for a concept as closely tied to an organization’s mission as CAIR’s. The Islamist pressure group didn’t offer a competing definition, so we can only assume that its inclusion in the report amounts to an acceptance or ratification.

Today, Texas-based national security and political warfare analyst David Reaboi dissected their definition of Islamophobia on Twitter (@DaveReaboi).

In the definition, there’s an intentional effort to turn ‘Islamophobia’ into a race issue (ex. “prejudice fomented by the existing Eurocentric and Orientalist global power structure” and “Islamophobia reintroduces and reaffirms a global racial structure”) rather than about the doctrine of Islam. This is done because CAIR finds it easier to stigmatize its opposition rather than discussing actual ideas. CAIR even alludes to this out in a section labeled “Lessons from the Klan” where it talks about how the “progressive erosion of the Klan’s social acceptability serves as a model for CAIR’s strategy toward contemporary Islamophobic groups.” So, essentially a group that wants to discuss the threat of violent jihad could get branded as racist, comparable with the KKK. How moronic right? It’s interesting their definition of ‘Islamophobia’ includes a “real Muslim threat” when phobias typically deal with irrational fears. It’s another way to discredit even justifiable reasons to hold this particular ‘phobia.’

CAIR’s strategy is changing from an “opposition-centric” focus which concentrates on “anti-Islam” groups to a more “environment-centric” approach which tries to get at the “societal acceptance of Islamophobic sentiment.” The stated goal of the strategy is to come to “a shared American understanding of Islam in which being Muslim carries a positive connotation and Islam has an equal place among many faiths in America’s pluralistic society.” However, we know from disclosed documents the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates such as CAIR, who put together this report, are seeking a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated” (An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group). This does not sound like a group who just wants Islam to have “an equal place among many faiths in America’s pluralistic society[,]” but a group who wants to undermine our U.S. Constitution and its governing laws to the dictates of Islamic law.

One of CAIR’s main tactics for trying to persuade the public that ‘Islamophobia’ is on the rise is to talk about the topic of hate crimes against Muslims. This subject was brought up in section six of the national strategy report. Not to diminish the individuals who are unjustly targeted for their Islamic faith, but CAIR exaggerates the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims. For instance, CAIR cited a Washington Post article which concludes hate crimes against Muslims are “roughly five times higher than the pre-9/11 rate.” The 2015 article based upon FBI stats also says anti-Muslim crimes comprise “…about 13 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes, and 2 percent of all hate crimes in general[,]”while “…Jews are consistently targeted for their faith more often than members of any other religious group, and that anti-Semitic crimes accounted for roughly 60 percent of religious hate crimes…” That puts the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in perspective. It should also be noted that “…religiously motivated murders are rare. too. There are no such killings listed in the FBI’s database for 2013. Most hate crimes involve assault, intimidation or vandalism.” It’s important to mention that there’s a long list of alleged anti-Muslim hate crimes which have been debunked as false, such as:

Dec. 27, 2014 update: …Immediately after vandals attacked the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas Day, Police Chief Jerry Dyer labeled it a “hate crime.” But the suspect arrested turns out to be Asif Mohammad Khan, 28, a Muslim who had attended the mosque and acted out in response to being bullied by mosque members.

Dec. 30, 2015 update: A similar incident took place in Houston: CAIR called for investigation into “a possible bias motive” for a fire on Christmas Day at a storefront mosque in Savoy Plaza in the southwest part of the city, insinuating Donald Trump was responsible for the arson. In fact, surveillance tapes showed, the perpetrator was a Muslim who regularly attended the mosque, one Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, who was promptly arrested.

What CAIR wants to do is make anti-Muslim sentiment look like a bigger problem than the actual threat of terrorism committed in the name of Islam. This tactic draws attention away from radical Islam. The website www.thereligionofpeace.com shows over 28,600 fatal terror attacks since 9/11 conducted by Islamic terrorists. Just the number of terror attacks committed in the name of Islam since the start of Ramadan 2016 (as of Day 16) is over 120 attacks, leaving over 930 dead. One can see radical Islam poses a far more significant threat than ‘Islamophobia,’ especially for Americans in the wake of the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings.

CAIR’s shift in strategy entails attacking ‘Islamophobia’ in a way that changes the alleged anti-Muslim environment rather than just counter one’s opposition. We have seen the deceptive nature behind CAIR’s strategy and how they not only propagate the narrative of widespread ‘Islamophobia,’ but also shift the focus from Islamic terrorism to Muslim victimization. One way is appealing to hate crime statistics, but when taken into context, actually hurt their point by showing anti-Jewish hate as a much greater problem in the U.S. than anti-Muslim hate. Even if anti-Muslim hate crimes were the highest of any religious group, why should we take such statistics at face value from a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate (CAIR) who is listed as a terrorist organization by the UAE?

CAIR is not an organization to trust; it doesn’t represent moderate Muslims.



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