I just finished reading “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” – an entirely fascinating and well documented perspective – this morning, so forgive me if my eyes automatically focused on today’s headline of “CAIR Official Tries to Ambush Allen West, Fails Miserably…”
For those of you who don’t know, CAIR stands for “Council on American-Islamic Relations,” an organization that has been repeatedly accused of having terrorist ties, specifically with Hamas. Meanwhile, Allen West is the Tea Party special – complete with backbone – that won one of Florida’s House seats back in November.
Upon taking questions from constituents, West was met by the following question from Nezar Hamze, CAIR’s executive director:
“Me and my children choose to follow the faith of Islam. You consistently insult it. How can we expect you to defend our right and practice Islam as far as the Constitution is concerned?”
Try to ignore the poor grammar of Hamze’s opening line and focus instead on West’s reponse…
“I will always defend your right to practice a free religion under the First Amendment. But what you must understand, if I am speaking the truth, I am not going to stop speaking the truth. The truth is not subjective.”
Is it just me or does anybody else feel like giving Representative West a (purely non-violent) war whoop for addressing what far too many other politicians – both Democrat and Republican – are too cowardly or PC to mention?
Allen West’s “Inflammatory” Speech… or Is It Just Common Sense?
Of course, it’s only fair to explore exactly where Hamze’s criticism was coming from.
It could very well have been West’s recent comments about the situation in Egypt:
“President Carter, President Obama,” he compared. “Iran, Egypt; the Shah, Mubarak; the Ayatollah, the Muslim Brotherhood: It is a scary parallel. We cannot allow the Muslim Brotherhood to fill the void of leadership that can occur in Egypt.”
Admittedly, that is a very direct statement. But calling it anti-Islamic is like calling criticism of the KKK anti-American.
It’s that stupid. And no amount of outrage – feigned or real – can change that.
Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood is composed of Muslims. Just like the KKK is composed of Americans. But that hardly even implies that they equal each other.
CAIR, You’re either with Us or with Them
Besides, shouldn’t common decency automatically demand that we condemn a group that is wholly devoted to hatred and destruction? As Leslie H. Gelb recently wrote in the Daily Beast:
“The MB [Muslim Brotherhood] supports Hamas and other terrorist groups, makes friendly noises to Iranian dictators and torturers, would be uncertain landlords of the critical Suez Canal, and opposes the Egyptian-Israeli agreement of 1979, widely regarded as the foundation of peace in the Mideast.”
That last part about opposing “the Egyptian-Israeli agreement of 1979” is far too tamely worded. Because the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t just oppose the pact; it has already flat-out begun calling for war against Israel, well before it has even “solved” the current crisis in Egypt.
I think that’s what we would call “war-mongers.”
In short, anybody who stands up for the Muslim Brotherhood stands up for everything the group supports… and therefore is no friend to this country.
Sorry CAIR, but you can’t serve two masters… especially when they are so vehemently opposed to each other. So stop pretending that you’re even trying to.
Fortunately, Allen West is much more upfront about his allegiances. We know very well where he firmly stands: with the American people.