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February 04, 2003

CAIR Propaganda

Ibrahim Hooper, communcations director for the Council on American Islamic Relations, has a letter in the New York Times today. The very title should give you pause: We Condemn Terror. "CAIR, a mainstream national Muslim organization, has issued statements condemning terrorism in all its forms," Hooper writes.

That's a blatant lie. Hooper, after September 11th, refused to condemn Osama bin Laden, Hamas, Hizbollah and other terrorist groups. Now, responding to accusations he's done just that, he backtracks.

Daniel Pipes, who has been a frequent tagret of CAIR, lists some of the organization's darker truths, showing that they are far from mainstream:
In October 1998, the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy," claiming this depiction was "offensive to Muslims."

CAIR deemed the conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing "a travesty of justice."

CAIR called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, a "hate crime."

When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation a year ago for collecting money he said was "used to support the Hamas terror organization," CAIR decried his action as "unjust" and "disturbing."
Faced with facts, Hooper's assertion that CAIR condemns terrorism is clearly false.