The Council on American Islamic Relations has released its annual hate report for 2017, entitled “Targeted.”
There is no need to alert the media, though. They already know. For example, this Ohio news station had three separate broadcasts about CAIR’s latest.
But they did not really read the report. They only looked at the pictures and recited the bullet points. However, a careful reading of CAIR’s latest report shows how dubious this group continues to be.
The most serious accusation in CAIR’s report is that of hate crimes.
“Criminal penalties for hate crimes vary from state to state but many hate crimes are felonies (crimes punishable by more than one year in prison). Under federal hate crime legislation, bias-motivated violence is punishable by ten years to life in prison, and some bias-motivated crimes are punishable by the death penalty.”
So this is a serious charge and not a trivial matter. A careful reading of the charges in any list of hate crimes should be enough to separate the charlatans from the rest.
CAIR’s list of 2017 hate crimes is short. Let us see what we can learn from it.
If one is going to use the term “hate crime,” then two of the incidents on CAIR’s list qualify as such.
The man who held a gun to the head of a cab driver and called the cabbie a “motherf—ing piece of Muslim sh-t,” needed to be stopped.
But notice how this person’s arrest, charging, including an additional hate crime charge, sentencing, and imprisonment, all happened without CAIR’s involvement. The system works. We do not need CAIR.
This is also true in the case of the man from Boston. This man’s immediate arrest after repeatedly assaulting a 70-year-old woman on public transportation system shows the system works.
CAIR’s description of their involvement in this case as being “present outside the grand jury room” paints a lonely and pathetic picture.
CAIR includes three incidents in which we do not know who the perpetrator is.
- We do not know who set fire to the restaurant.
- We do not know who burglarized the apartment.
- We do not know who pulled on the Muslima’s scarf.
This is an important detail, and one would have thought CAIR had learned this lesson.
In 2012, after the murder of Shaima Alawadi in March, CAIR director of CAIR-San Diego Hanif Mohebi, was reported as saying the number of hostile incidents against Muslims in and around San Diego was nearly equal to the total number of incidents in 2011.
However, her murder was not a reflection of anything CAIR was detecting. It was a statement about the treatment of women in Muslim society. As soon as this became undeniable, CAIR dropped Shaima Alawadi, and never spoke of her again.
CAIR jumped the gun again in 2015 after the Quba Islam Institute fire. CAIR was warning us about an “unprecedented level of anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society” before a homeless man voluntarily admitted to setting the fire.
2015 was the year CAIR started relying on the word “unprecedented.” CAIR let us know that we were entering uncharted territory 5 separate times in 2015.
- Arson suspected in fire at Islamic center (February 13, 2015)
- CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Two Bias Attacks on Muslims in Maine (March 11, 2015)
- MN: ‘Islamo-Fascism’ a Racist Concept ( March 11, 2015)
- CAIR Welcomes Maryland Governor’s Declaration of October as ‘Statewide Bullying Prevention Month’ (October 01, 2015)
- Action Alert: Support Congressional Resolution Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry (December 22, 2015)
In 2016, the rate fell to two, but a significant qualitative increase occurred. CAIR was now having elected state representatives repeat CAIR’s mantra.
Ami Bera (D-Calif.) “the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate incidents occurring nationwide”
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.)” an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate incidents occurring nationwide”
By 2017, CAIR’s use of “unprecedented” exploded in a staggering 180% increase over 2015.
However, hate crimes are not occurring nearly as rapidly as CAIR is reporting them.
In fact, CAIR creates hate crimes by including in their statistics things that are not hate crimes. They do just that in the case of Mohammad Munshi.
CAIR would have us believe that Mohammad Munshi suffered a broken nose during a scuffle with several large men. However, there is no sign of blood in the security camera footage. His picture at the hospital does not show any sign of a nose injury. He looks fine during his TV interview 3 days later. But, most importantly, the police do not consider this a hate crime.
Finally, the 68-year-old hate criminal story seems remarkably trivial, but there is one important detail. She is a hate criminal because she used the word “terrorist”. If you call a Muslim a “terrorist”, that is a hate crime.
This is important because if this definition broadens or changes over time, it may be necessary to get our updates about what is proscribed speech from local news along with stocks, weather, and sports.
CAIR blames Donald Trump for the “unprecedented” rise in anti-Muslim feelings. Yet, a look at the short list of Islamic terror attacks that occurred during Trump’s 2015 campaign include: the Charlie Hebdo murders, the Curtis Culwell Center attack, the Chattanooga shooting, the San Bernardino attack, and the 2015 Paris Attacks, considered to be the deadliest attack on French soil since the Second World War.
Many other people, not just Donald Trump, are talking about this sort of thing, even if CAIR won’t.
There is so much that is wrong with CAIR’s report, including using it to promote the BDS movement. However, it is their strange disconnection from the rest of the country that causes them to warn that American Muslims are at risk from their fellow citizens while in reality we face unprecedented levels of violence from jihad.
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