American-based groups promoting an anti-Muslim worldview took in more than $119 million in revenue between 2008 and 2011, a new report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations has found.
Anti-Muslim groups in the US raised $119 million between 2008 and 2011, report finds – NY Daily News by David Knowles, 9/19/2013
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) conceals donations from overseas through a series of shell organizations, according to documents from court actions involving the Muslim advocacy group.
Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has presented itself to American Muslims and the media as a single organization centered on American concerns. But it shows a different face to the IRS, with multiple corporate entities that conceal the large financial donations that come to CAIR from Middle East sources.
Related: CAIR’s Irony Deficit :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism 9/23/2013
“Trust me,” says the big brother, and fearing him, one might; however, with “big brothers” and others, it may be better to know what they’re about than to pin fate on loyalty and the business of being liked, favored, allowed to live, etc. by a perceived greater power.
After three years of litigation in federal court in Washington, D.C., AFLC has uncovered facts demonstrating that CAIR has been running a global criminal money laundering operation out of the nation’s capitol. The scheme was discovered in the course of legal discovery in two separate federal lawsuits arising out of allegations by five of CAIR’s former clients that CAIR defrauded them by failing to provide the legal services they had been promised.
I owe absolutely no allegiance to either the American Freedom Law Center or CAIR — or anyone else cited in this blog — but some I trust more than others on the basis of other than affiliation, affinity, identity, or loyalty.
I trust on the basis of the shared ethical and spiritual investment in the nobility of certain values and virtues, integrity first and foremost among them. This is religion-as-way and if the way is good, the good way may be more universal than specifically affiliated, cultural, or tribal, the appreciation I’ve developed for reform Judaism’s ethos notwithstanding as I have seen the same shared in others carrying within them other cultural legacies and traditions.
Who speaks straight across contexts?
Whose claims may be investigated, reviewed, studied and whose methods and findings may be recapitulated?
Who says one thing one day and changes it the next?
Who has to change their name to hide their reputation?
If the reader is of another sort — “my flag vs your flag” in most manners of thinking — this division between the perception of an objective reality that may be investigated and a subjective desire that must be defended and hidden (remember!) becomes cause for fretting and tension.
How must it feel to feel clever?
Relatives, friends and neighbors of a Minneapolis teen killed in Somalia pressed their argument Thursday that a Muslim civil rights group is hampering a federal investigation into the disappearances of dozens of Twin Cities Somali men.
Somalis take to the street to protest group’s actions | Star Tribune by Allie Shah and James Walsh, 6/12/2009
The group of interest: CAIR.
Perhaps an enemy is not one who tell you that you may be on a wrong track: it is one who says that you are right on the wrong track.
Enter the most cogent and wonderful of fairy tales: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.
Autocrats and dictators, their handlers and sycophants indeed lie to get something: power — and, specifically, power over others: to sell them clothes that don’t exist (we focus more on the emperor in the tale than the evil tailors, but without the tailors . . . read on) for the sake of glorious claims that have no substance — or good substance — either.
CAIR has attempted to create many misconceptions about ALAC legislation which require correction and clarification.
For instance, CAIR suggests that the purpose of ALAC legislation is to target religious practices. This accusation is baseless.
To hide something; to get something.
In recognition that the United States Constitution and the Constitution of North Carolina constitute the supreme law of this State, the General Assembly hereby declares it to be the public policy of this State to protect its citizens from the application of foreign law that would result in the violation of a fundamental constitutional right of a natural person. The public policies expressed in this section shall apply only to actual or foreseeable violations of a fundamental constitutional right resulting from the application of the foreign law.
Enacted on Friday, July 19, 2013, the bill frequently characterized as “anti-sharia” — that shorthand for practiced Islamic doctrine and code associated with, say, for example, Saudi Arabia — more readily defends the Federal and North Carolina state constitutions and their laying out of quintessential American rights.
The American “anti-Jihad” as one might call those aligned against CAIR and whom CAIR would seem to attempt to bite back has been all over the above legislation. In fact, it took me a few minutes to peg “North Carolina House Bill 522” because web searching, say, “American law ALAC initiatives” would seem to lay bare a fair portion of the community without pointing toward the above noted PDF!
Acronym ALAC (for any foreign readers of BackChannels) stands for “American Laws for American Courts”.
Muslims name 37 groups that fuel Islamophobia – The Washington Post by Katherine Burgess, 9/19/2013
RALEIGH: NC Senate passes ‘Sharia law’ bill | State Politics | NewsObserver.com by Annalise Frank, 7/19/2013
Legislation Is Not Anti-Shariah by Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel, 4/10/2012
CAIR, LAS-ELC Announce Settlement in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Lawsuits – CAIR 9/23/2013. Excerpt:
“It has been a long three years, but the resolution we obtained made every step worth it,” said Hani Khan, who spoke at this morning’s press conference. “I am hopeful that my struggle and this victory will ensure that what happened to me at Abercrombie never happens to any other employees there. All Americans have the right to religious accommodation in the workplace, and we must challenge discrimination when it happens.”
Hani Khan may now wear her hijab at Abercrombie & Fitch, essentially nullifying the retailer’s instructions on employee dress.
Oddly, perhaps, North Carolinians would find the ruling ALAC compliant, although, perhaps, it might violate the retailer’s control of its fashion expression.
On the other hand, perhaps (and, perhaps, I have developed a “perhaps” verbal tic), the A&F look — “Authentic American clothing since 1892” shouts its slogan on the web search listings — has just gotten an upgrade.
Abercrombie & Fitch revises ‘look policy’ in settling Foster City woman’s lawsuit – San Jose Mercury News by Aaron Kinney, 9/23/2013.
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