Saturday, March 05, 2011

The Power of the Muslim Lobby: Who can criticize radical Islam in the US?

Fred Grandy  is a former actor who had roles in a number of  television series including “Maude” and “The Love Boat, and was later elected to the US House of Representatives. Most recently, he has had his own radio talk show, along with his wife, Catherine, "The Grandy Group,” on  WMAL in Washington, D.C.

The Grandys have used the program to warn about the dangers of radical Islam in the US and around the world.  Last week, according to Fred, "Catherine delivered a very tough indictment against stealth jihad" and as a result she was fired. Fred then resigned in protest.
 According to several observers, the station reacted to pressure from  the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR), a Muslim lobbying organization that claims to be a civil-rights group, “similar to a Muslim NAACP”, but in fact is an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial.

Though CAIR tries to pass as a moderate organization, Daniel Pipes has unmasked the group. Among other things, CAIR has defended Osama Bin Laden, denying his role in the attacks of 9/11, and  claiming that treating Bin Laden  as an enemy was “offensive to Muslims”. According to the FBI's former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, "CAIR, its leaders and its activities, effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."

In connecting the dots we find that the 1994 cofounders of CAIR  had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine, to Hamas, and to the Muslim Brotherhood, radical Islamist groups that share the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation.

According to Pipes, CAIR has consistently defended Islamic terrorists, all the while labeling any actions against terrorists as Islamophobia and racism... It labeled conviction of those who perpetrated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing "a travesty of justice."  It described the extradition of  terrorist Mousa Abu Marook as "anti-Islamic".

Further, it has supported those who finance terrorism, such as the Holy Land Foundation, Unfortunately, many who should know better have been fooled. As a result, CAIR has collected large sums, and has received media accolades  and White House invitations.

According to Pipes, CAIR has also been involved with intimidating moderate Muslims by  issuing  death threats against them. It has defending killers; CAIR praised and raised funds for Jamil Al-Amin ( H. Rap Brown) after his conviction for the murder of an Atlanta policeman. It has promoted hatred of Jews under the guise of teaching about Islam. Its chairman made the statement "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." In other words, CAIR isn’t simply another religious or ethnic organization. It does not represent the best of Islam, but rather is the mouthpiece for the worst of radical Islam.

For some time now, CAIR has complained about Fred and Catherine Grandy’s outspoken criticism of their organization and other radical groups. Rather than shun this group, radio station WMAL apparently listens to them and takes them seriously. According to Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, WMAL’s management told Grandy on March 2, 2011 that he needed to “tone down” his reporting on radical Islam and informed him that they were dropping his wife, a  critic of Islamist radicals, from future programs. As a result,  Fred Grandy resigned.

What now? We need to curb the power of the radical Islamist lobby, which seeks to destroy the very underpinnings of our tolerant and open society. How do we do this?

First, the largest part of the solution needs to come from moderate Muslims, of whom there are many. Some of these courageous individuals tour and speak on college campuses, where they are heckled by the Muslim Student Association and their naïve and deluded progressive supporters. Unfortunately, they lack the resources and numbers of the jihadists, who often have money from Iran and  Saudi Arabia supporting them. Moderate Muslims  need our support.

Secondly we need to expose the agenda of radical groups like CAIR, groups that wish to undermine the democratic institutions that we take for granted. The terrorist group Hamas, their parent the Muslim Brotherhood, their creation CAIR, and many other advocates for radical jihadist Islam, work together toward their common goal of destroying America, and replacing it with an Islamist nation ruled by Sharia law. To this end,  and we need to expose enabling  institutions like WMAL, and strip away their positions of influence.

And finally, we must confront and deal with other enemies include naiveté, political correctness, wishful thinking, failure to consider the  lessons of history and of human behavior, and enchantment by charismatic leaders who accrue power by tearing down our institutions while replacing them with the false chimera of failed or utopian solutions.

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