- April 29 - The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported that it has
received numerous hate-filled and threatening messages from the
readers of a right-wing Islamophobic Web site. The Washington-based
Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is working with the
Department of Justice to investigate those messages that contained
Some of the hate messages sent to CAIR from visitors to
1) "I don't say kill (Muslims). But it would be a better world
without them!" 2) F--k you; and the one humped camel you rode in
on. 3) You are lower than snake sh-t. 4) islam is a scam to keep
people down...kill the infidels. f--k that kill muslims...f--k all
of you...and die real soon 5) Take the f--king towels off your
heads and join the human race, A--HOLES!!!! 6) Please leave My
Country...And leave it NOW! 7) Get out of America 8) I have been
encouraged by Joe Farah of WorldnetDaily to send this to
you...leave this nation and go back to the pile of cow manure you
all came from 9) It won't be long before the immigration police
will be there to help you go home to the cesspool you came from.
10) GO HOME! Wherever that is, it is not HERE!
CAIR officials say the hate-filled e-mails were prompted by a
number of Worldnetdaily.com articles demonizing Muslims and by
recent false charges made against CAIR by the site's editor, Joseph
His most recent articles smeared CAIR in an attempt to support
the controversial nomination of Daniel Pipes to the United States
Institute of Peace. The nomination of Pipes, who just this week
said President Bush was wrong to call Islam a "religion of peace"
and refused to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans in
World War II, is opposed by a number of Muslim and Arab-American
groups, including CAIR.
Farah falsely claimed CAIR never condemned suicide bombings,
called the conviction of the first World Trade Center bombings a "travesty of justice," termed the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman
a "hate crime," and that CAIR's board chairman said the Quran "should be the highest authority in America."
"We never called the conviction of the World Trade Center
bombings a 'travesty of justice' and did not call the conviction of
Sheikh Omar a 'hate crime,'" said CAIR Executive Director Nihad
Awad. "Our board chairman did not say the Quran should be the
highest authority in America and we have repeatedly condemned
terrorism in all its forms, including suicide bombings," said Awad.
He citied the group's statement of condemnation issued following
a bomb attack on a Passover celebration in the coastal city of
Netanya last March that left 20 people dead and more than 100
wounded: "We condemn this attack and all other attacks on innocent
civilians...This attack is of particular concern coming as it did
during a religious observance in which the focus is remembrance of
God... To break this cycle of violence and counter-violence, all
parties must focus on a political solution based on justice and
equality, not force of arms."
Awad also noted that the alleged statement about the Quran by
CAIR's board chairman was not in fact a quote. It was a paraphrase
of remarks that were either reported inaccurately or wrongly
attributed by a reporter at a small California newspaper. CAIR is
seeking a retraction from that newspaper.
Farah's attacks also contain a number of other falsehoods and
distortions. For example, he distorted the facts in an attempt link
a CAIR advisory board member to the first World Trade Center
That person, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, is one of the American Muslim
community's most respected leaders and he works with almost all
national Islamic organizations. As part of the original World Trade
Center case, the prosecutors released a long list of people who "may be alleged as co-conspirators."
That list included anyone who came anywhere near Sheikh Omar.
Since Imam Siraj was a leader in the New York community in which
Sheikh Omar lived, his name was included on the list. He was never
charged with any crime, nor was there any evidence presented that
he was involved in the conspiracy in any way. Farah knows this but
continues to vilify a respected Muslim leader.
In a past column, Farah claimed, "Islam has been at war with the
West, with Christianity, with Judaism...ever since the days of (the
Prophet) Muhammad." He also rejected criticism of a
Worldnetdaily.com article advocating that, "For every (Israeli)
civilian, 100 non-combatant Palestinian adults will be slain, and
for every child, 1,000 adults," saying that he found the proposal
to be "a very thoughtful and quite responsible contribution to the
Middle East debate."
Other editorials on WorldNetDaily.com called the Quran, Islam's
revealed text, a "suicide playbook" and recommended air-lifting
pigs into Afghan mosques. One Worldnetdaily.com columnist wrote
recently: "The only French custom that still survives (following
Napoleon's invasion of Egypt) is the aversion to bathing." Another
stated: "...freedom and democracy are incompatible with Islam."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is a
mainstream organization that regularly works with national law
enforcement authorities, elected officials and other civil
liberties and minority groups. It is headquartered in Washington,
D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since
its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious
rights of all Americans.