MINNESOTASTAN: CAIR wants Waite Park police to call off a training event on Somali terrorism because they consider it anti-Muslim

252_largeThe Minnesota chapter of Hamas front group CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) asked the Waite Park Police Department and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud to reject the training event, “Understanding the People of Somalia.” The CAIR-MN message also objected to the description of al-Shabaab as an ‘Islamic extremist terrorism’ organization because it fails to distinguish between Islam and terrorism. (There is no difference)

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SC Times A CAIR-MN spokeswoman says the training seminar, a version of which was sharply criticized in 2011 when it was given to other Minnesota law-enforcement agencies, inaccurately conflates Somalis and Muslims with terrorism. The group also is critical of the former Ramsey County sheriff who’s leading the presentation.

Islamic and Somali organizations said That an upcoming educational seminar on Somalia organized by former Ramsey County sheriff Bob Fletcher is anti-Muslim and anti-Somali and will lead to a rise in racial and religious profiling.

The seminar brochure says training will be provided on al-Shabaab, “an Islamic Extremist Organization,” and says that topics covered will include “Clans and Sub Clans,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Youth Gangs,” “Transition to America” and “Somali Culture.”

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But Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud says the event is simply a bid to better understand the local Somali population. Spokespersons for Waite Park police and Catholic Charities also say the training presentation was revised Monday to reflect concerns that the terror group al-Shabaab could be unfairly portrayed as being linked to Islam as a whole.

A flier for the training event lists al-Shabaab as an “Islamic Extremist” organization. Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate, has been listed as a foreign terrorist organization since 2008, according to the U.S. State Department.

The Justice Department announced that four separate indictments were unsealed in the Southern District of California, the District of Minnesota and the Southern District of Alabama, charging 14 individuals with terrorism for providing money, personnel, and services to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab.

The Justice Department announced that four separate indictments were unsealed in the Southern District of California, the District of Minnesota and the Southern District of Alabama, charging 14 individuals with terrorism for providing money, personnel, and services to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab.

CAIR-MN executive director Lori Saroya said the flier unfairly suggests the activities of al-Shabaab are rooted in or supported by Islam. “What they’re doing is outside of Islam and should not be affiliated with our religion,” Saroya said.

us-charges-14-with-trying-to-join-somali-terroristsBentrud said Tuesday’s event will be led by former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, whose involvement is a key concern for CAIR-MN. The group points to claims by a spokesman for his successor in the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Matt Bostrom, that Fletcher exaggerated the threat of terrorism in the metro area while he was sheriff.

40-americans-have-joined-somali-terrorists-peter-kingHis critics don’t like the fact that Fletcher mentions religion at all when he describes al-Shabab, the Somali group with links to al-Qaida, as an “Islamic extremist terrorism organization.” The Muslim community rejects this biased labeling of a religion practiced by over 1.4 billion people worldwide.

Saroya said she doesn’t expect CAIR-MN or other Muslim organizations to attend because they don’t want to legitimize the event. She said efforts to learn about Somali history and culture are welcome and likely well-intended. But Saroya urged Waite Park police and Catholic Charities to find a different way to do so.

In November 2011, more than 30 Twin Cities Somali and Muslim organizations challenged the credibility of a similar training event and police departments across the state declined to participate. 

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10 comments on “MINNESOTASTAN: CAIR wants Waite Park police to call off a training event on Somali terrorism because they consider it anti-Muslim

  1. All of this mayhem is actually the fault of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
    It was he who led the push to open our nation’s doors to third worlders. Without him, these guys would not even be here. When I try to figure out which national figure did the most harm to our country, Ted Kennedy is always right at the top of the list.

  2. Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    “Spokespersons for Waite Park police and Catholic Charities also say the training presentation was revised Monday to reflect concerns that the terror group al-Shabaab could be unfairly portrayed as being linked to Islam as a whole.”

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    We are constantly BETRAYED and our lives and nation placed in great danger by weak, cowardly, appeasing non-Muslim leaders who deliberately DECEIVE for Islam and REFUSE to tell the truth about Islam.

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

    • Since 9/11, Muslims have carried out more than 20,488 deadly terror attacks.

      Weekly Jihad Report
      Feb. 16 – Feb. 22

      Jihad Attacks: 41

      Allahu Akbars*: 5

      Dead Bodies: 321

      Critically Injured: 736

      *Suicide Attacks
      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      But CAIR, the police, and Catholic Charities DON’T want the public to know that!

  3. There you go at 2:25. The CAIR represenative states at 2:25 that one out of a hundred (1%) of Samali immigrants are not good people. So if you have a community of 100,000 Samali immigrants, 1000 will be terrorists. Is this acceptable?

  4. Who the hell gives a monkey’s what Cair says. Islamic Extremist Terrorist Organization is a description of these people. They are doing what they do in the name of allah! If we blew people up in the name of Jesus I am damn sure the muslims would soon be calling us Christian extremists! Until governments stop pandering to the PC brigade and stop worrying about whom they may offend the problems each Western nation faces will never be sorted and we will fall into another dark age!

  5. “What they’re doing is outside of Islam and should not be affiliated with our religion,”

    Take him to Mogadishu and ask him to repeat that in front of these al-Shabab guys.

    Just imagine?

    A Muslim living in the comfort of the belly of the beast telling a Somalian Muslim what is and what is not Islam?

    This is a great example of the way taqiyya is used.

    In Somalia there is no need of deception and so we see al-Shabab acting exactly to the true tenets of Mohammed.

    Turkish PM Erdogan obviously feels the same and his, ‘there is no moderate Islam’ remark is spoken from a position of strength.

    However exactly as the Shariah rule book says, when in the Dar el Harb practice the art of deception until power shifts your way.

    That’s what’s going on here. Textbook Islam, plain for all to see yet who is listening?

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