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February 20, 2006

AP recommends Islamist group, CAIR

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At the end of a Feb. 2 Associated Press article about the Islamic rite of passage known as "Ameen," readers are referred to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Web site.

The Associated Press routinely directs readers to internet sites related to the content of their article— but is CAIR merely a resource for info about Islam? Hardly!

For one, the organization is thought to have close ties to Islamic terrorists. (See, for example, this sworn testimony before a U.S. Senate panel on 9/10/03.)

Furthermore, CAIR is as much an political advocacy group as it is a resource on Islam. At the CAIR Web site, before arriving at information about the Quran and related material, the visitor finds material - “current action alerts” - advocating the defeat or promotion of particular legislation related to the U.S. war on terror and other political issues.

CAIR’s actions over the years have included a number of unsubstantiated persecution charges. For example, on July 10, 2004, CAIR claimed a hate crime took place involving arson at a Muslim-owned grocery store in Everett, Washington. But investigators quickly determined that Mirza Akram, the store's operator, staged the arson to avoid meeting his scheduled payments and to collect on an insurance policy. Everett’s daily newspaper, the Herald, reported on the federal court charges against Mr. Akram and his accomplice.

Is this really the type of organization that AP wants to promote?

(Additional information about CAIR can be obtained at CAMERA’s Web site.)

Posted by MK at February 20, 2006 09:09 PM

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