CAIR, Lies and… the Truth
Politics And Demographics:
We’ve been told for years that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, and that the size of the Muslim population here has swelled to 6 million to 7 million. A new study pops that myth.
The Pew Research Center just concluded an exhaustive scientific study of the size of the U.S. Muslim population. It was able to identify only 2.35 million Muslims [empasis added] — less than half the figure commonly cited by Muslim activists.
Pew, a liberal group with certainly no interest in marginalizing Islam, described its study as “perhaps the most rigorous effort to date to scientifically estimate the size of the Muslim American population.”
Yet it practically apologized for its more accurate reading, being that it came in “significantly below some commonly reported estimates frequently cited by Muslim groups.”
Foremost among such groups is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which claims to represent Muslims in Washington. CAIR commissioned its own survey in 2001 and came up with 6 million to 7 million, an estimate it always touts in its press releases and on its Web site.
As a result, most media outlets — as well as Congress, the White House and the State Department — have parroted the figure to describe the size of the nation’s Muslim population.
Politicians in Washington are intimidated by the figure, which CAIR uses as a cudgel to help advance its Islamist agenda. They believe it.
But it’s a wildly inflated guess manufactured by CAIR, something the media could have easily refuted all these years if they dared — simply by deconstructing CAIR’s unscientific methodology.
Until now, finding reliable data for Muslims in America has been hard because the Census Bureau does not survey creed. So CAIR’s fuzzy math went unchallenged, even though the “respected scholar” it hired to lead its “study” wasn’t a trained demographer. In fact, as a CAIR board member, he wasn’t even independent.
Worse, the Muslim professor admitted the number he arrived at for CAIR was a “guesstimation” that magically and conveniently matched the size — and potential political clout — of the Jewish population in the country, also estimated at 6 million.
It’s telling that CAIR did not link to the Pew study or any press coverage of it on its Web site. CAIR derives its power from the size of its potential membership. The bigger it is, the more clout it has in Washington and the corporate boardroom.
Until now, the perception was that CAIR spoke for several million Muslims and could rally them to boycott a company or to vote as a bloc to swing an election if it didn’t get its way. Officials feared the group because they thought it could marshal an Islamic juggernaut. The threat alone has caused many to back down from criticism or policies CAIR didn’t like.
But it was the Wahhabi lobby’s big lie. CAIR couldn’t deliver even 2 million voters if it tried. According to Pew, just 1.5 million Muslims are of voting age.
There is no big Muslim lobby, just CAIR’s big, hollow PR machine.
Well folks, Until now, finding reliable data for Muslims in America has been hard because the Census Bureau does not survey creed. So CAIR’s fuzzy math went unchallenged, even though the “respected scholar” it hired to lead its “study” wasn’t a trained demographer. In fact, as a CAIR board member, he wasn’t even independent. Worse, the Muslim professor admitted the number he arrived at for CAIR was a “guesstimation” that magically and conveniently matched the size — and potential political clout — of the Jewish population in the country, also estimated at 6 million. There you have it folks… did you happen to read this phrase: the Muslim professor admitted the number he arrived at for CAIR was a “guesstimation” that magically and conveniently matched the size — and potential political clout — of the Jewish population in the country, also estimated at 6 million? I have no doubt Ibrahim Hooper and the other vile liars from CAIR will now try to sue the Pew Research Center while they’ll put on a nice spin trying to fix whatever damage.
CAIR’s history has been one non-stop story of subversion, support for every IslamoFascist terrorist group around the world and hidden glee when the US and/or Israel suffer losses. Yes, folks I fully support Muslims in America having a voice that represents their interests just like any other minority in this country, however, when the group representing their interests is no more than a front for terrorists support, any true Muslim must question if CAIR truly represents their interests.
As the Wikipedia, in a well documented and balanced article, mentions: CAIR claims that it works to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America through media relations, lobbying, education, and public advocacy. CAIR tries to get a Muslim voice represented in the media, and to present American Muslims’ side of issues in current events. Its members often appear on news programs when a story involves Muslims in America. Over the years, CAIR has become an often-cited source for journalists who are seeking input or a quote from Muslim leaders or the Muslim community. But how does it promote that positive image of Islam and Muslims in America?
CAIR has received criticism from a number of both governmental and non-governmental sources, for actions it has taken and people and organizations it has been involved with. Critics have accused CAIR of having ties to terrorist organizations, and of “pursuing an extreme Islamist political agenda” As of 2006, at least four former CAIR officials have been charged with terrorism-related offenses. Critics claim CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which is alleged to be a “front group” for Hamas.
Critics have also taken aim at CAIR’s fundraising and sources of funds. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, CAIR’s website solicited donations for what it called the “NY/DC Emergency Relief Fund.” However, clicking on the donation link led to the web site for Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) Later that year, HLF was later designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and U.S. because of alleged connections to Hamas, and shut down by executive order. CAIR has also been accused of doctoring photographs and reporting fraudulent statistics about the Muslim population of the United States in support of its own private agenda. Finally, another source of criticism is that CAIR attempts to suppress criticism of Islamic terrorism and intolerance through accusations of racism and anti-Muslim bias.
Among the numerous books donated to libraries in CAIR’s “library project” was former congressman Paul Findley’s ‘Silent No More’, which includes positive statements about convicted terrorist Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi
CAIR claims to represent Muslim interests, yet at least four former CAIR officials have been charged with terrorism-related offenses and pursues an extreme Islamist political agenda. In spite of Ibrahim Hooper, Ahmad Al-Akras, Parvez Ahmad, Christina Abraham and the rest of its vile liars’ tremendous efforts at obfuscating the truth, it is repeatedly being shown as the ally of terror for whom it collects heavy donations as for example in the aftermath of 9/11.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, CAIR’s website solicited donations for what it called the “NY/DC Emergency Relief Fund.” However, clicking on the donation link led to the web site for Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) Later that year, HLF was later designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and U.S. because of alleged connections to Hamas, and shut down by executive order. It constantly is shown as doctoring photos and lying about the size of whom it represent. It is estimated that it only has just over 4300 dues paying member that is a dismally low percentage of even the true number of Muslims in this country.
Our politicos have curtsied and jumped at the beck and call of CAIR and the 6 to 7 million it fraudulently claims to represent, all in the name of votes the organizations was never able to deliver and now everyone knows why. I have no doubt that that the good Mr. Hooper and his cohorts will immediately sue the Pew Research Center for showing CAIR as the repulsive dangerous liars they truly are. I also have no doubt that within the next few days Ibrahim Hooper will appear on CNN and other friendly media outlets where he will express “righteous” indignation at the Pew Center’s research.
I fully support the Muslim community’s right to have an organization that speaks for its interests just as I unequivocally support those same rights for every single minority in this country. The question is however whether Muslim are truly represented by liars, supporters of terrorism and criminals (yes, it was criminal and CAIR should have been prosecuted!!!!) who take advantage of American feelings about the worst tragedy on American soil in this country’s entire history. Do the Muslims really want an organization that defrauded the American public at their most vulnerable moment and then gave the money it collected to a terrorist organization, so it can murder more people?
The entire history of CAIR is fraught with deception, anti-Americanism, and subversive activity in the name of an agenda that has little in common with the interests of the average Muslim living here. Perhaps the Muslim community should repudiate as their representatives an organization that is constantly caught lying, doctoring photos and greatly exaggerating the number of people it claims to represent. If Muslim immigrants want to peacefully coexist with the other 99% of Americans, if they wish to be respected rather than suspected, if they wish to have a true voice that will represents their interests and deliver on their community’s needs, then the time has arrived for them to cut any ties with CAIR. The time has come for America’s Muslims to have a voice that cares about them without any hidden agenda.
Meanwhile, together with many other blogs we here will continue to expose the lies, the exaggerations, their fraudulent methods and their real agenda (aiding and abetting terror!!) of CAIR. It is up to those Muslims who care to better their lives, to stop CAIR from using them for their nefarious ends.
Over At Yid With Lid you can also read about a poll the same Pew Research Center (authors of the study above) published a short while ago. He quotes Robert Spencer's post from today’s FrontpageMagazine.com:
Some of the results of the Pew Research Center poll of Muslims in America were startling: twenty-six percent of Muslims between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine affirmed that there could be justification in some (unspecified) circumstances for suicide bombing, and five percent of all the Muslims surveyed said that they had a favorable view of Al-Qaeda. Given the Pew Center’s estimate of 2.35 million Muslims in America, and the total of thirteen percent that avowed a belief that suicide bombings could ever be justified, that’s over 300,000 supporters of suicide attacks. And 117,500 supporters of Al-Qaeda.
With such a high percentage who believe in in the justification of suicide bombings and who support AL-Qaeda, then perhaps CAIR is a worthy representative of Muslims in America…
CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper
(Photo from: Dhimmi Watch)
Crossposted at Freedom's Cost