May 8 2011
Hamas-affiliated CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) failed to strong-arm Everett Community College into canceling a recent talk by Raymond Ibrahim, a writer of Egyptian heritage whom they portray as holding ‘racist’ views.
Seattle Times – Everett officials say they’re not planning to make any changes to the program, which features Raymond Ibrahim, associate director of the Middle East Forum. Ibrahim’s appearance is “consistent with the belief that students be exposed to a variety of views,” said John Olson, Everett vice president for college advancement.
But the Washington chapter of the Terrorist Front Group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and several local religious leaders said they fear Ibrahim’s views could incite violence against Muslims.
“Everything Mr. Ibrahim has done in his career seems to have the single-minded focus of portraying Islam and Muslims as evil, deceitful, conspiring to take over the world, and … feeding the perpetual questioning and mistrust of their presence in the West,” reads the letter by Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington chapter of CAIR.
Ibrahim responds, “Always be leery of those who fear and would stifle free speech — who would stifle the open exchange of knowledge — such as that unindicted co-conspirator, CAIR.” To which Bukhari reponds, (CAIR) supports freedom of speech, but Ibrahim’s appearance is a case of “privileged speech” because he was invited by the school, promoted as an expert and is being given a platform to speak.