A Minnesota Republican Party official, Jack Whitley, issued a “call to arms” against Muslims Thursday, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggesting that someone should “frag ‘em.”
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Star Tribune Jack Whitley, chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, has no apology for a series of inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page — remarks state GOP officials have condemned as “outrageous.”
“Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country,” Whitley told the Star Tribune Thursday. “Their attitude and their agenda don’t belong in this country. They cause terror and discontent, total chaos everywhere they are.”
The Minnesota Republican Party rejected Whitley’s statements:
“I condemn the outrageous comments posted on Mr. Whitley’s Facebook page,” Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said in a statement Thursday. “They could not be further from the Republican Party’s beliefs, nor more contrary to the efforts we have undertaken to include Muslim Americans, and every American, in our Party. We recently moved our office into the heart of Minneapolis, were proud to endorse our first Somali-American candidate for the state legislature, and have worked hard to welcome the fine Americans from these communities into our Party.”
“I have no desire to hold hands and play pattycake with these people,” he told the Star Tribune. “It’s pointless. They don’t understand peace…They understand one thing, and that’s aggressive force.” That, he said, includes any American Muslims who do not “stand up and deal with the aggression and terrorist activities within their own ideology.”
This post, first spotted by the Bluestem Prairie blog, brought protests from the Muslim Brotherhood front group and designated terrorist organization, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).
“It’s very disturbing to see a Republican Party leader engage in outright bigotry and hate,” CAIR-Minnesota executive director Lori Saroya said in a statement. “These broad-brush smears of the entire Muslim community remind us of similar smears against Catholics, Jews and others in the past.”
Whitley, for his part, sees no reason to apologize. In a fresh blog post this morning, he wrote:
Sadly, his Facebook page has now been taken down.
When asked whether his feelings about Muslims extended to peaceful Muslim-American men, women and children – including Minneapolis’s Muslim-American congressman, Keith Ellison, “I don’t really see much of Islam being peaceful at all,” he said. “Don’t come into this country, infiltrating this country with your terrorist activities and terrorist agendas and call it a ‘holy war.”
If statements like “frag ‘em” — a reference to detonating a fragmentation grenade — creates an atmosphere of violence against Muslim-Americans, Whitley said followers of the religion bring it upon themselves if they fail to reject Islamic extremists.
“You have the right to follow any path of religion you choose, as long as it does not violate other people’s peace,” he said. “Your association with those in your religion who have those terrorist activities, and your unwillingness to call them on the carpet for it? No, you no longer have the right to practice that religion if it infringes on the peace and the tranquility of this nation and the people around you. That nullifies your constitutional right to practice your freedom of religion.”
CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) was recently named to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) list of terrorist organizations. But they are allowed to operate freely in the United States and raise money for their favorite terrorist organizations like Hamas.
Breitbart (h/t Judi) November 15 was not a good day for CAIR. First, the excitement that Muslim CAIR officials had about their annual south Florida fundraising Banquet was completely devastated by the announcement from a Muslim country, United Arab Emirates, that CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS), along with the Islamic State (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others, have been designated as the top Islamic terrorist organizations in the world. Second, a group of patriotic Americans gathered outside their annual HAMAS fundraising event at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. True to form, CAIR sent out two from its goon squad of lawyers.
The war of words between community activist Quanell X, CAIR, and an elementary school teacher is escalating after he accused of her of making racist and anti-Muslim remarks on a political internet show, “Tommy’s Garage.” Angela Box, third-grade teacher at Daily Elementary School, fired back.
Click2Houston She displayed a press release sent out by the activist accusing her of using an expletive and racist remark to describe President Obama. Box said she never used the term. “This is a lie. I demand that Quanell X apologize to me for his lies,” said Box. “This false and malicious quote has damaged my reputation and caused significant harm to me on a personal and a professional level.”
Quanell X told Local 2 that he never said that she used the term instead he tells Local 2 that he quoted Box as saying “f****** president.” Tom Adkins, the host of “Tommy’s Garage,” offered $1,000 to Quanell X to prove that Box made the statement. “If he does not accept this challenge, I reserve the right to call Quanell X a liar forever. In fact, I’ll call him ‘Quanell Liar’ every time I refer to him for the rest of his life,” said Adkins.
Maybe its payback time for CAIR’s harassment of a local Houston teacher because of her private criticism of Islam done out of school.
Houston elementary school teacher being harassed by CAIR Nazis
As if everyone didn’t already know. No, what CAIR wants our State Department to do is get them OFF the UAE terrorist list.
CNS News A State Department spokesman said the Obama Regime was seeking clarity from the United Arab Emirates over its decision to list two American Muslim groups, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and MAS (Muslim American Society), both Muslim Brotherhood front groups, as terrorist organizations.
Spokesman Jeff Rathke seemed unaware that one of the two groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has long been engaged in outreach programs with the U.S. government, not to mention terror funding activities with Hamas.
The State Department article described CAIR as an “advocacy group that seeks to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America and present an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.”
Both CAIR and MAS have known controversy: MAS was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the 1990s, while CAIR was named by the Justice Department in 2007 as “unindicted co-conspirators” in its case against the Holy Land Foundation in Texas, subsequently found guilty of raising money for Hamas.
Egypt’s foreign ministry welcomed the UAE’s decision to put the Muslim Brotherhood on the terror list. The veteran Islamist organization won presidential elections and ruled Egypt for a year until toppled by the military in July 2013. The UAE move follows earlier ones by Egypt and Saudi Arabia to outlaw it a terrorist organization.
Another group placed on the UAE list was the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a Qatar-based organization headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric viewed as the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader.
The U.S. government has barred Qaradawi from entering the country, and the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 added the Union of Good, a coalition of charities led by Qaradawi, to a list of organizations sanctioned for links to terrorism.
The department said at the time some of the funds raised were going to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza, and that some had “compensated Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers.”
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last September, UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba said the fight against terrorism must go beyond ISIS and “confront dangerous Islamist extremists of all stripes across the region.”
We should be asking why they didn’t designate al-Jazeera a terrorist organization because of its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Qatar?
Al-Jazeera The United Arab Emirates designated two Muslim-American civil rights groups – the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society – among the 83 institutions included in its new terrorist group list. The designations were announced on the state’s official news agency on November 15, marking a nefarious precedent where a government of a Muslim-majority state has designated a Muslim-American institution as a “terrorist organization”.
While the classification of both organizations as terrorist groups is alarming, the allegation against CAIR is particularly concerning.
The Hamas-linked Muslim advocacy organization based out of Washington, DC, which encompasses 28 chapters across the United States, has stood as a vital and vocal opponent of state-sponsored discrimination against Muslim-Americans.
In addition, CAIR – principally through its chapters – has carried forward unapologetic initiatives aimed at eroding Islamophobia and defending Muslim-American individuals and institutions during the post-9/11 era. (In other words they have been using litigation jihad to try and shut down American’s right to free speech)
Regional politics, not CAIR’s work stateside, moved the UAE to designate the Muslim rights organization a terrorist group. More specifically, hearsay tying CAIR with the Muslim Brotherhood, a political nemesis of the UAE, is believed to be the principal catalyst behind the designation. (It isn’t hearsay, see below)
Although distant geopolitical concerns are behind the UAE designating CAIR as a terrorist organisation, what impact will the classification have on the advocacy group, its civil rights mission, and collaterally, Muslim-Americans at large? The ramifications are not only acute, but also extensive.
Centuries old stereotypes, still embedded in the American imagination, conflate Muslims – regardless of their nationality or locale – as one and the same. Therefore, Muslim Americans – the overwhelming majority of whom have no connection to the UAE – are consistently lumped up with the prevailing stereotypes attributed to the people of the oil-rich state: endless wealth, modern slavery, and conspicuous expression of religious conservativism cloaking commercial insatiability.
The recent designation of CAIR as a terrorist organization not only provides further evidence that Muslims are anything but a monolith, but also manifests a widening political and interests’ gulf between Muslims in the UAE and Muslim-Americans.
Since 9/11, the UAE has expressed only passing concern for the civil liberties crackdown experienced by Muslim-Americans. This apathy may be a surprise to everyone in the US aside from Muslim-Americans, who can point to the dehumanization of Muslim migrant workers within the Gulf region to highlight how religious affinity is seldom a source of apathy.
With heightening state and societal animosity toward Islam in the US, particularly with the recent emergence of ISIS, the UAE’s designation of CAIR as “terrorists” shifts their state stance from apathy toward full-fledged assault. The designation has two considerable effects: first, it endorses specific allegations from right-wing US groups that CAIR colludes with terrorist networks; and second, functions as testimony, from a native state informant, deepening the stereotype that critical Muslim-American civil rights organizations are subversive and anti-American. (They ARE!)
CAIR is not designated a terrorist group within the US (Only because there is a Muslim in the White House who allegedly is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood himself).
However, the organization and its leadership have fended off allegations of direct or indirect links with state-designated terrorist groups for many years. The allegations, although legally tenuous, curried public perception that CAIR itself had terrorist affiliations (It DOES, with Hamas, according to the FBI). This led to increased government surveillance of its Executive Director, Nihad Awad, FBI probing of CAIR chapters and community outreach work, monitoring of Muslim-Americans seeking their counsel, and intensified allegations from right-wing political leaders and media pundits.
By classifying CAIR as a terrorist organization, among the likes of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram, the move will embolden Islamophobic elements to pronounce their hateful rhetoric, and expedite draconian policies against Muslim-Americans. (Excellent!)
Furthermore, the UAE designation will further complicate CAIR’s ability to carry forward advocacy work protecting Muslim-Americans. (Even better!) Instead of marshaling manpower and resources to handling alleged anti-Muslim hate crimes cases, public workshops, and other direly needed initiatives, the designation will compel the organization and its staff to respond to its placement on the terrorist list, and collaterally, deal with the barrage of political and private hate that is sure to follow. (Best of all!)
Without question, the designation not only undermines the interests of CAIR, but also the nearly 8 million Muslims (LIARS. There are 2.6 million Muslim-Americans, not 8 million, thank God) that benefit from its work. Among the most marginalised and maligned communities (Gee, I wonder why that is?) in the US, the Muslim-American plight is compounded by a dearth of effective and unapologetic advocacy groups. (Dearth? There are already too many Muslim Brotherhood front groups as well as left wing allies like the ACLU and SPLC in the US)
Therefore, formal condemnation of their most prominent defender will trickle down to hold them vicariously liable of “terrorism”, a perspective already widely held in the US.