Any reader of this website knows we write often about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). There is ample evidence that it is not the moderate voice of American Muslims as it claims to be. In two and a half years, CAIR has responded to us only once. That’s probably out of a desire to not call more attention to information CAIR officials would prefer you not know about them.
So it was a little surprising to see a hastily assembled response to Wednesday’s story, which called CAIR out for its paranoid response to the controversy surrounding RevolutionMuslim.com’s threat to South Park producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Rather than simply condemn such intimidation outright, CAIR officials voiced concern that the threats might be some conspiratorial effort to make Muslims look bad.
The CAIR-Chicago response calls IPT Executive Director Steve Emerson a liar three times, taking issue with the story’s statement that CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab dismissed RevolutionMuslim as fraudulent. Rehab merely was citing the views of others, the CAIR response said, so our paraphrase was an outrageous misrepresentation:
“Secondly, Mr. Emerson asserts that Mr. Rehab called the group fraudulent, but fails to provide the quote backing this allegation up. In fact, that part of Rehab’s alleged quote is magically omitted from the rest of the Rehab quotation Emerson sites. Why? Because it does not exist and Mr. Emerson is once again a flat out liar who thinks you are stupid. He paraphrases things, rather than quotes them, when he wishes to massage the truth or lie to you.”
It’s true, Rehab never says “I think they are a fraud.” Our reference paraphrased his message. “Most suspect the group is fraudulent,” he wrote. Most what? It’s a wholly unsubstantiated claim, unless he means most CAIR officials. As our story Wednesday noted, national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper issued the same spin in a Los Angeles Times report:
“In fact, most Muslims suspect they were set up only to make Muslims look bad,” Hooper said. “We just have very deep suspicions. They say such outrageous, irresponsible things that it almost seems like they’re doing it to smear Islam.”