U.A.E.’s list seems to be driven by something closer to home, however: The very first name included is the U.A.E. Muslim Brotherhood, and a significant number of the more surprising inclusions on the list appear to have ties to the transnational Sunni Islamist group: The Muslim American Society, for instance, was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the 1990s. Rumors about links to the Muslim Brotherhood have also dogged CAIR.
I generally exit out with “Shimmer” and plead also for pride in legacy if not the retention of aspects of legacy that have plainly outrun their permit: what “BadDaddy’s Islamic Hate” is doing in Iraq and Syria has no place on earth but that which it is temporarily occupying beneath its evil banner — it may be the “real deal”, the old, the authentic, how-it-was Islam, but whether or not so, it’s over: it only feels like it’s living Out There.
This with established organizations in the U.S. involves some complex thinking about advocacy organizations that play in the gray areas short of evident crimes: if it doesn’t commit crimes, why shut it down?
Take it further: what constitutes “incitement”? “Sedition”? “Conspiracy”?
The separation of talk from walk may keep some unsavory rhetoricians in business (until a crime traces directly back to them).
As much has been stated in this blog several times, and yet, the world from which Islam has come, and the Muslim leadership of it in various parts, understands how the program may be made to work — and work against themselves as much as anyone else. Quite rightly, the UAE’s criteria for threat appears to differ but focus on intellectual legacy, an aspect of “credentialism”, and in their opinion, and in their geopolitical space, the presence of CAIR and MAS must be barred.
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