Wednesday, June 13, 2007

CAIR-less its membership and clout plummet

CAIR's credentials as the official spokesman of America's Muslim community have suffered a number of hits lately. And their `clout' at least in real numbers has been revealed as - exaggerated.

First of all, there was the huge discrepancy between CAIR's figures of over 7 milion Muslims in America and the Pew Report's much more realistic survey showing only 2.3 million.

Next came the announcement from the Justice Department that CAIR is an `unindicted co-conspirator' in a federal case against yet another foundation charged with providing funds to a terrorist group.

And finally, the kicker - CAIR membership has declined 90% since 9/11.

According to tax documents obtained by The Washington Times, CAIR's membership has fallen from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a loss of membership that caused CAIR's annual income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.

CAIR's budget is around $3 million per year,and they claim they get most of it from two dozen individual donors. What they're not telling you is that most of that money comes from Saudi Arabia and our pals in the UAE , in special government endowments.

Chew on that for a second...we have foreign governments directly funding a pressure group here in America that lobbies on things like anti-terrorism procedures and foreign policy, a unique situation, especially in war time.

Our old friend Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, director of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, says the sharp decline and the real numbers on CAIR's membership calls into question whether the organization is any kind of spokesperson for American Muslims.

"This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population. They only represent their membership and donors," Mr. Jasser said.

Let's see...2.3 million Muslims, divided into 1700..that's less than .0074% that CAIR actually represents.

I really have to give CAIR credit. They finally did something positive for the image of America's Muslims, by showing that most of them aren't swallowing the kind of bilge CAIR markets.

Unfortunately, CAIR won't be out of the picture anytime soon. The Saudis and the UAE will see to that.

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