A perusal of the Council on American Islamic Relations 2017 hate report entitled “The Empowerment of Hate” shows that this paper was never meant to be read. Report’s like CAIR’s are meant to be passed around, waved about, and talked over. However, to actually read CAIR’s paper will cause, frankly, anyone considerable confusion.
CAIR throws pie charts at us from their report, and the pointy histograms are getting bigger. This is all under the scare headlines saying that anti-Muslim incidents have “surged” by nearly 600%, and this is all due to Donald Trump’s rhetoric.
Well, maybe, but we can’t blame Donald Trump for CAIR’s claiming that a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes from 38 to 108 is an increase of 374%. This funny business with their numbers is a recurring feature of CAIR analysis. For instance, the claim about a “surge” of 584% in the past two years is contradicted by the pie charts that show hate crimes went from zero reported in 2014, to 260 in 2016. That is an increase of only 260%.
A breakdown of the type of incidents CAIR collected is as follows: 18% for harassment, complaints about the FBI 15%, employment issues 13%, hate crimes 12%, and denials of religious accommodation 8%. But, that only adds up to 66%. Where is the other 34%, which is more than a third? No one knows.
Something else that is never explained in any detail is how CAIR determines what a hate crime is. They are however, much more forthcoming, about their new expansion, which includes a larger staff, and a reorganization with a more data driven approach. We know that CAIR staff carefully vet each reported incident because they tell us so. But, still what is a hate crime to CAIR? Although, hate crimes can range from rude internet posts to physical confrontations, there are, happily no rapes, or murders. Still, exactly what determines a hate crime is not clear from this report. Some answers can be found be looking at the hate crime case studies that CAIR provides, together with some ancillary reading.
Among the hate crime stories CAIR includes is that of Denzel Johnson who shot a Muslim in the arm after supposedly calling him a “Taliban b*tch”. He was arrested, charged, and was reported as being cooperative. He admits to the shooting, but denies saying any epithets, and is in fact, claiming self-defense. Particularly noteworthy is this part of the story, where we learn who Johnson’s roommate is.
“Johnson’s roommate, 20-year-old Khadijah Muhammad, was also charged with obstructing official business after police said she picked up Johnson’s keys from the ground at the shooting scene.”
The fact that Johnson is rooming with a 20-year-old Muslim girl who is supportive of him to a fault, maybe even in love with him, makes one doubt whether this is a hate crime or a modern version of West Side Story. Johnson is not being charged with a hate crime, but with ethnic intimidation, instead. This is only a hate crime in CAIR’s estimation.
Moving now to the cold, hard streets of Chicago where even the women are fierce, as two chador-clad Muslimas found out. There is cell phone video of the couple locking themselves in their car as the female assailant tries to get at them while calling them “ISIS bitches”.
There are a number of salient points here. First, the police say they know who this person is. Second, they say that area residents know who she is, too. This suggests that she may be mentally ill, and not a white supremacist. (Which brings to mind Linda Sarsour’s charging Brian Boshell, a homeless man, with a hate crime.) Thirdly, police are treating this as simple assault pending the filing of a hate charge. So, again, this is only a hate crime according to CAIR. And, finally, there is the important detail that despite CAIR claiming the rise in anti-Muslim incidents is due to Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Trump’s name was never brought up during this assault. Instead, we hear the name “ISIS”.
If there is a rise in anti-Muslim assaults would it be reasonable to suspect that is in part due to things like ISIS, or Muslims driving over people with trucks, or bombing their children at rock concerts, or having local communities decimated by mass importation of “refugee” Muslims? CAIR never considers this, at all, anywhere in their report.
It is not until we come a hate crime coming from St. Louis that we reach a very interesting definition of a hate crime. When a Muslim couple was house shopping, a neighbor came out brandishing a side arm, saying “All Muslims should die”, and that he would hunt them, and shoot them. It was in relation to this case that executive director of the St. Louis chapter of CAIR gave us our working definition of a hate crime.
“That’s the nature of hate crimes, they don’t target one specific individual or family.” Syed said. “The crime itself has implications for a group and the effects happen to everybody within our community.”” https://tribune.com.pk/story/1053396/man-brandishes-gun-says-all-of-you-should-die-at-muslim-couple-in-us/
CAIR’s own report meets this definition. CAIR is attacking Donald Trump and his followers by using fraudulent statistics, and accusing him of incitement. Again, from CAIR’s report, which states that hate speech includes –
“Both speech that qualifies as incitement and speech that makes incitement possible by conditioning its audience to accept, condone, and commit violence against people who belong to a targeted group.””
It is clearly incitement when you tell a credulous audience that there is an epidemic of hate directed at them, when actually, there isn’t.
All of CAIR’s hate crimes were handled by law enforcement using preexisting laws. We don’t need CAIR, or their arbitrary, and self serving designations of “hate”.
CAIR is part of the Muslim Brotherhood constellation of groups in this country. And, like all there groups, they use a rhetorical device of accusing their opponents of what they themselves are planning as a pretext for further actions. Muslims are not being cut down in the streets by Americans. WE are the ones being killed by Muslims. The past year, which is the subject of CAIR’s analysis, is when the Orlando nightclub shooting took place–
“The deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001.” — Wikipedia
CAIR’s response to this is to accuse Americans of being violent bigots. To remedy this situation, CAIR recommends that they should be allowed to be the arbiter of what can be taught to children in public schools. Schools teachers must be trained in cultural sensitivity, which translates to special rules, and laws for a privilege class, Muslims. This is the same group that is constantly lecturing us about the constitution.
And, yet this group will be given legitimacy on your local news broadcast. If you see CAIR on TV, make the effort to call the station, and complain. You have a tremendous amount of ammunition at your disposal, just in their latest report alone. It is by their own definition, a hate crime.
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