Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Ties That Bind Us...Bedier and Ellison


Source: StarTribune.com


WASHINGTON - Alarmed by the furor surrounding Muslim Fifth Congressional District candidate Keith Ellison, a national Islamic group(CAIR) is targeting Minnesota with an "anti-terror TV ad" blitz disavowing ties between Islam and terrorism.

The campaign, "Not in the Name of Islam," will begin airing today on cable networks statewide and during Monday night's Vikings game.

This campaign has been shown in other states in the past, but now will target Minnesota exclusively. Should CAIR be allowed to openly support a candidate and maintain its tax-free status?


To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

The new Minnesota ad is meant to distance Islam from terrorism, but it has added fuel to the fire over Ellison's ties to some Muslim figures, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The 30-second spot is sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based group with strong ties to Minnesota.

The group's leader, Nihad Awad, says Ellison's predicted election to the U.S. Congress from the heavily DFL district centered on Minneapolis has electrified Muslims around the world, some of whom have asked him, "Is it true?"

But Awad, a former Minnesotan, has himself been the subject of an acrimonious nationwide debate over his alleged support for terrorist groups in the Middle East -- which he denies. Both of Ellison's opponents in the race, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee, accuse CAIR of secret ties to Hamas, and question Ellison's support from the organization. The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

Ellison's opponent Independent Party candidate Tammy Lee doesn't think much of CAIR

"CAIR is to Muslims as the Ku Klux Klan is to Christians," Fine said Tuesday. "I don't think that we can say that CAIR truly represents Muslims in America."

The ad campaign, which is intended to counter what the group says is anti-Muslim stereotyping, also is being coordinated by a CAIR official in Florida, Ahmed Bedier.

Why is a representative of CAIR from Florida coordinating the ad campaign in a Minnesota congressional race?

"The focus is not on the election," Bedier said, "but to send the message that American Muslims do not condone terrorism."

Bedier dismissed any allegations of the group's terrorist ties, including ones made in lawsuits brought by families of 9/11 victims. "After 9/11, there were families that sued every Muslim under the sun," he said.

He also said that CAIR's critics are indirectly taking aim at Muslims: "We are to the American Muslim community what the NAACP is to blacks in America. If you attack us, you are attacking the Muslim community and the religion of Islam in this country."

Is Mr. Bedier actually stating that criticism of CAIR is an attack on all Muslims?
Criticizing CAIR...an organization that has supported terrorism is the same as attacking the religion of Islam?
Mr. Bedier seems to think so.

19 Comments:

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

You have opened up a major can of worms here!!!!!

It so happens that I need the protein, good synopsis here.

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger Ahmed Bedier said...

Bedier is coordinating the AD campaign because he has experience in launching the same television commercials in the Tampa Market in 2005.

CAIR does not ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATES.

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Jay said...

AC,
If these animals would spend as much time telling Muslims that terror is bad as much as they told us, maybe we would believe them. Same problem here, the Pals say one thing in English/Hebrew, and then the exact opposite in Arabic. Lying, hypocritic scum.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I f has has any remote ties to them whatsoever......chuck him as far as u can throw!

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Terror-Free said...

CAIR - 1, FREE SPEECH - 0
Islamonazi CAIR Intimidates Yet Another American Business In Dhimmitude

http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/MS092506.php - MSNBC video

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At 5:40 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

"CAIR does not ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATES"

But when Nihad Awad of CAIR made a personal contribution toward Ellison's campaign, it actually tempted me to write to my congressman to investigate it. I have that right to do so, and I will do all that I can to have it looked into....loophole or not.

 
At 5:42 PM, Blogger Obob said...

AC, you are have become a wonderful thorn in their side. Keep up the work. Groups like CAIR will slowly eerge thier true colors as time progresses. They will fight and fight their inner feelings, but eventually, the truth will surface.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Great post, Crusader!

He also said that CAIR's critics are indirectly taking aim at Muslims: "We are to the American Muslim community what the NAACP is to blacks in America. If you attack us, you are attacking the Muslim community and the religion of Islam in this country."

Interesting. CAIR, as part of a library project, placed Servants of Allah in public libraries throughout the United States. That book gives the credit for the civil rights movement to...







--Wait for it!--









Islam!

Information about the book is available HERE. As far as I recall, the book doesn't contain any references to Martin Luther King, Jr. I wonder if the NAACP is aware of Servants of Allah.

Is Mr. Bedier actually stating that criticism of CAIR is an attack on all Muslims?

Sure sounds like it to me.

Even more. CAIR is claiming that their are the all-inclusive representatives of Muslims throughout the United States. Does that mean that every Muslim in the United States waits with bated breath for CAIR's proclamations and donates bucks to CAIR? Somehow, I doubt that.

CAIR needs to get a grip! This is America, and open criticism is part of our way of life.

"The focus is not on the election," Bedier said...

What a crock! Of course the election is the focus. Follow the money trail.

PS: Why is Mr. Bedier speaking in third person?

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger nanc said...

my-my-my - i see dominoes falling...

you are powerful, a.c.

 
At 5:24 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

My problem Mr.Bedier,is that as a Catholic, I can endorse any candidate I want but my priest cannot. You are an officer of CAIR and should hold to this same standard.
Also, why has CAIR become the benchmark for Islamic causes? Why does my criticism of your organization mean that I am criticizing Islam in entirety?

 
At 5:28 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

nanc..I wish that was true but in reality I'm not even a pimple on CAIR's ass. I appreciate the fact that Mr. Bedier took the time to respond.

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I would like to remind everyone that I try not to use comment moderation unless left with no choice. I would appreciate it if everyone could refrain from overt bigotry and slander of any kind.
This does not help our cause.
The truth is on our side.

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW...Daniel Pipes gives a detailed review of this book here

Here is an excerpt:
"The heart of Servants of Allah consists of a detailed reconstruction of Muslim slave efforts in the United States to maintain, as much as possible, an Islamic way of life: their reluctance to convert to Christianity, or their pseudo-conversions; praying, giving alms, and fasting; keeping Muslim names, dietary restrictions, and sexual taboos; wearing beards, turbans, and even veils; and keeping apart from non-Muslims. In all, the author finds, the experience of slavery, "far from making the Africans' religious fervor disappear, . . . deepened it."

Although for the most part the review is favorable...historical references.. it doesn't respond to the claim that Islam is (even partially) responsible for the Civil Rights movement.
I wonder as you do, what the NAACP would think of this claim.


"PS: Why is Mr. Bedier speaking in third person"

No idea.

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Members of CAIR have been tied to terror and prosecuted. Others are on the record being quoted as saying that they cannot deny that they want America to become an Islamic state, with the Koran as the basis for our law:

Ibrahim Cooper: "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future...But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."

Emeritus Omar Ahmad:"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."

If CAIR is indeed the voice of Islam in America, it must be expelled for our own security.

As for the endorsement of candidates, I suppose it is only coincidence that these ads just happen to be running solely in an area where a Muslim candidate is running. Although CAIR has not come out and said "we support Ellison," it is obvious to anyone with eyes that they are doing what they can to support him; attempting to soften the image of Islam in an area that has been in the news a lot lately for suspicious Muslim activity.

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

CA=IR is to M--uslims as the Ku Klux Klan is to Christians," ...I missed that..wow some quote eh!

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Of course they want America to become an Islamic state. This is a direct quote from their website by Omar Ahmad:

"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

That says it all! I don't believe that CAIR should be allowed to operate in this country. Freedom of speech is very likely to become the death of our freedom, period.

Great post, AC.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well there is a reason behind the policy a formal endorsement by CAIR would cause people to vote for the other candidate.

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Crusader,
I hadn't seen that 2000 review by Daniel Pipes. Thank you for posting the link to Pipes's review.

I didn't find the book until 2005, when it appeared on the new-books shelf at the public library. The book was placed by CAIR.

I'm not sure that I'd agree with all the Daniel Pipes seems to accept as good research on the part of the author of Servants of Allah.

I note that one recent commenter at Pipes's article said the following:

[The author of the book] calls Islam "democratic and progressive in a society that was despotic, repressive, tyrannical, and racist."

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW...Pipes did seem like he had a favorable impression on the research. I'm not sure that he would agree with CAIR's assertion that Islam was instrumental in the civil rights movement.

 

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