I went onto the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) website today after reading a myway article about how “US Muslims face backlash after Paris attacks.”
It reported alleged anti-Muslim hate crimes – including a shooting where nobody was actually shot – in over nine states. This prompted CAIR Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper to say, “The picture is getting increasingly bleak. There’s been an accumulation of anti-Islamic rhetoric in our lives and that, I think, has triggered these overt acts of violence and vandalism.”
Again, that was all in myway news, but it got me thinking about how I hadn’t heard a single word from CAIR or the Muslim community in general about the Paris attacks. Nonetheless, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and went straight to the source.
This is what the organization posted on November 14, 2015 with the caption, “CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad Condemns Terror Attacks in Paris” and the description, “CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad condemns terror attacks in Paris and suggest ways the American Muslim community and all Americans should respond at a news conference organized by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) in Washington, D.C.”
As of the morning of 11/18/2015, the five-minute and twenty-six-second clip was still the most or second-most prominent feature on the main page of CAIR.com.
Awad began the conference with one sentence on CAIR’s “thoughts and prayers with the victims of the ISIS attacks in France.” Then he went on to focus on how ISIS is predominantly targeting Muslims, how we can’t punish refugees by denying them access within our orders, and how ISIS isn’t Muslim anyway.
His mention of France was so brief that I completely missed it the first time.
In his defense, CAIR video editors spliced the video. Then again… CAIR video editors spliced the video. This is the message they wanted to convey.
They wanted the focus to be on how weary they are of being linked to heinous crimes.
Do you know what everyone else is tired of? Being victims of heinous crimes! Terrorist attacks and Muslim brutality are becoming the norm, for crying out loud. And while not all Muslims are terrorists, enough are – or at least support terrorists – for the rest of us to be rightfully wary.
How many cases of atrocities committed by proclaimed Muslims do we need before we get it?
I don’t feel bad for CAIR. Nor do I support its call to take in waves of refugees, when it was that kind of policy that made France such a hotspot for terrorism to begin with.