The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has a history of making controversial and inflammatory statements concerning the role of Islam in America. Even in light of that reputation, recent comments by the group’s communications director have elicited righteous indignation for their lack of concern about U.S.-groomed terrorism.
Following a weekend raid on a shopping mall in Kenya that left dozens dead and far more injured, news broke that a number of the Islamic radicals responsible were from America. In response, Ibrahim Hooper suggested that fact is irrelevant.
“It doesn’t matter who’s involved in it,” he said, adding that the result is the same “whether it is Americans involved or anyone from any nation or background.”
Possibly channeling his inner Hillary Clinton, Hooper punctuated his remarks with: “Who cares?”
Paying lip service to the victims of the reprehensible attack, he indicated that the “American-Muslim community has repeatedly and consistently condemned all acts of terrorism.” He then suggested that the influence of radical Islam is not to blame for the existence of homegrown jihadists.
“When you see individuals engaged in religious extremism or violence, it’s a violation of the norms in their community,” he said, adding it is “not because of something that is being promoted.”
His absurd contention received an appropriate rebuttal from many on the right, including Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., who has previous experience in researching American-bred terror plots. During Homeland Security hearings two years ago, King exposed a plan by terrorist organization al-Shabaab to recruit dozens of Muslims in Minneapolis, Minn. to fight for its cause in Africa.
“In Minneapolis, some of the local leaders at the mosques told the people, told the family members not to cooperate with the FBI or with the police,” King reported. “They actually gave out false information to the families that were trying to find out where their sons were.”
Coincidentally, the same group claimed credit for the recent mall attack, and at least two of the Americans involved hailed from Minnesota. Meanwhile, CAIR expects Americans to believe these monsters were compelled to hold hundreds of shoppers hostage in a violent takeover because of a “violation of the norms in their community.”
When a self-described advocacy group for Muslims in the U.S. cannot even muster a rebuke of terrorists within its ranks, it only adds fuel to the reports of CAIR’s involvement with extremists around the world.
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