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June 13, 2007

Washington Times Exposes CAIR Myth


CAIR's national membership is down by 90% since 9/11

On issues of concern to the American Muslim public, CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), is often the first to be quoted by the media. An investigative report by the Washington Times, however, reveals that CAIR, with its extremist ties, actually speaks for a small -- and decreasing --number of American Muslims:

Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to tax documents obtained by The Washington Times.

The number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to fewer than 1,700 in 2006. As a result, the Muslim rights group's annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.

The organization instead is relying on about two dozen donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR's budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year. . .

Critics of the organization say they are not surprised that membership is sagging, and that a recent decision by the Justice Department to name CAIR as "unindicted co-conspirators" in a federal case against another foundation charged with providing funds to a terrorist group could discourage new members.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, director of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, says the sharp decline in membership calls into question whether the organization speaks for American Muslims, as the group has claimed.

"This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population. They only represent their membership and donors," Mr. Jasser said.

"Post-9/11, they have marginalized themselves by their tired exploitation of media attention for victimization issues at the expense of representing the priorities of the American Muslim population," Mr. Jasser said.

Posted by TS at June 13, 2007 03:29 AM


Boy - its too bad we couldn't employ some of Cair's own tactics at this point. Slamming a few torpedos (er, frivolous lawsuits) into that old barge would send her right to the bottom - where she belongs.

Who knows, maybe the Fed's indictment will somehow translate into the same exhorbitant legal fees that she can ill afford right now, the same pain she's been inflicting on others for so long.


Posted by: Rob at June 13, 2007 04:05 PM

It would be interesting to know how many members of CAIR are dead or no longer active members. Do you know how hard it is for a dead person to unsubscribe?

Posted by: ftbotsb [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2007 05:51 PM

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