Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dick Durbin, The Senator Who CAIRS


“...from what I have read [CAIR] is unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its association with groups that are suspect." - Senator Richard Durbin, Senate Hearing on September, 2003

Senator Dick Durbin finally got his hearings on 'Islamophobia' and violations of Muslim Civil rights , underway.

Durbin's hearings are obviously meant to be a counterweight to Rep. Peter King's House committee investigation on radical Islam.

Interestingly enough,the subcommittee involved, which Durbin chairs, is the Judiciary Committee's new subcommittee on civil rights and human rights, and this is its first hearing.

The odd thing is that according to the latest FBI statistics, anti-Islamic hate crimes accounted for only 9.3 percent of the 1,376 religiously motivated hate crimes recorded in 2009, versus the 70.1 percent that were anti-Jewish. And I'd love to see the numbers on what percentage of those anti-Jewish hate crimes were perpetrated by those poor, downtrodden Muslims.

Nevertheless, Durbin's committee chose to go after Muslim victimhood first.

In the absence of real statistics, the committee is taking testimony from some interesting sources. One of them is Thomas Perez, the Department of Justice's assistant attorney general who could be said to be the Obama Administration's point man in fulfilling the president's declaration on al-Arabiya that he considered one of his primary duties as president to be the defender of Islam.

Perez has been in charge of efforts like the Obama Administration's defense of the Ground Zero Mosque, the DOJ lawsuit of a Chicago-area school district for rejecting a Muslim middle school teacher’s request to take three weeks off in the heart of the school year to travel to Mecca for the haj (which occurs for four days, between the 8th and 12th days of Dhu al-Hijjah and not for 3 weeks)and inserting the DOJ muscling local municipal governments in central Tennessee over the controversy involved in building a number of mega-Mosques because of the Muslim Brotherhood ties of people involved in the proposed Islamic Center Of Murfreesboro, the murky sources of funding, the process by which permits were issued and the zoning considerations.

Another very interesting star witness is one Farhana Khera, described in one news story as a 'Muslim civil rights leader.' She's actually a vociferous foe of FBI investigation of any possible Islamist terrorist activities, advising her fellow Muslims not to talk to the FBI under any circumstances. In accordance with these principles, she publicly supported a U.S. imam for revealing to a Muslim terrorism suspect that he was the subject of an FBI investigation.And,of course, she also has some interesting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

But let's dig a bit deeper shall we? How and why did Senator Dick Durbin change his views on Cair so radically?

It turns out that since 2003, Durbin has cultivated some quite close ties with CAIR and the Mosque Foundation, two groups which have both a large presence in Chicago and fairly clear histories of support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Just last week, Durbin wrote a love letter to CAIR's Chicago chapter, saying it "advances a greater understanding of the Muslim culture and serves as an essential thread in the multicultural fabric of our nation. Your efforts to advocate for tolerance promote the civil liberties of all communities."

Tolerance? CAIR?

Last April, he wrote a similar letter to coincide with CAIR's annual fundraising banquet: "CAIR-Chicago's efforts to ensure justice and equality demonstrate that working for greater civil liberties of one community advances the civil liberties of all communities," Durban wrote. "Your organization promotes a greater understanding of the Muslim culture and serves as an essential threat in the multicultural fabric of our nation."

Around the same time, Senator Durbin visited the notorious Bridgeview Illionois Mosque and posed for a happy little photo-op with two Islamists, the mosque’s director, Jamal Said, and the mosque’s imam, Kifah Mustapha, both of whom were named as unindicted conspirators in the Holy Land terrorism trial, a federal bust of a Muslim Brotherhood scam to launder money and smuggle $12 million to Hamas.

I think by now you have a pretty good idea of where this is going.

Durbin knows that Barack Obama has a 78% approval rating among Muslims, largely because of his appeasement of Islam. Muslims, both the more conventional ones and those involved with Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam are an important constituency in Chicago.There's a great deal of campaign money involved for those willing to prostrate themselves appropriately, and Durbin comes up for re-election in 2012.

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