By lashing out against imaginary Islamophobes and pretending that Sharia law (including punishment for apostasy and blasphemy) is perfectly compatible with core American values such as freedom of religion and expression, CAIR, the Center for American Progress and their fellow professional drumbeaters are justifying the very Islamic extremism that truly moderate Muslim Americans say they abhor.
When Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, decided to hold hearings on the threat of Islamic radicalization within the Muslim American community, he was denounced by leaders of Muslim advocacy organizations and their supporters on the Left as an Islamophobe conducting a McCarthy-style witch-hunt. Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for CAIR, said, “These hearings have the potential to demonize Islam.”
As Congressman King pointed out to Politico after the latest Pew survey was released, “I don’t rely on polls, but the fact that 21 percent have seen extremism in their communities reinforces the need for the hearings.”
King also made clear that “I’ve always said the majority of Muslims are good Americans. My concern is the small number of Muslims who can be radicalized.”
In trying to deflect attention from the real problem presented by such extremism, Hooper and his cohorts are out of step with the concerns expressed in the Pew survey of the American Muslim community they claim to represent.
The disconnect between national Muslim American organizations and ordinary Muslim Americans also shows up in the results of an August Gallup poll released by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and the newly established Abu Dhabi Gallup Center titled Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future: Examining U.S. Muslims’ Political, Social, and Spiritual Engagement 10 Years After September 11. The Gallup poll found that just 12% of Muslim American men and 11% of Muslim American women say they feel like CAIR represents their interests. Other Muslim advocacy groups, such as the Islamic Society of North America, registered in single digits. When asked which of a list of national Muslim American organizations represents their interests, 55% of Muslim men and 42% of Muslim women say that none do.
But it is the advocacy group leaders’ strident voices, not those of ordinary Muslim Americans trying to live their day-to-day lives, we always seem to hear. It is these leaders who are invited to the Obama White House, which echoes their whitewashing by refusing to even use the words “Islamic extremism” and “jihad” in references to terrorism inspired by Islamic ideology.
These leaders and their enablers are failing the Muslim American community by not taking responsibility for combating the rising Islamic extremism in their midst. Instead, by defaming the critics of Islamic extremism, reports such as “Fear, Inc.” – and the Muslim advocacy groups and leftists who support its premises – are exacerbating the problem to the detriment of the Muslim American community and the great free country in which they live.
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