Obama invites Hamas-linked CAIR official to visit Baltimore mosque with him
CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) A California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI, and a Florida chapter distributed pamphlets with the same message. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates.
“President Obama’s mosque visit spotlights a new generation of Muslim Americans,” by Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, February 3, 2016:
President Obama’s visit to a mosque Wednesday — his first such U.S. event as president — puts the biggest spotlight in memory on Muslim American life, but not in the way most Americans are accustomed to seeing. In the small group picked to meet Obama in suburban Baltimore are a competitive fencer, a graffiti artist and a police chaplain.
A big part of why Muslim American leaders have been pushing for years for Obama to visit a mosque is because they feel their community has been defined, and stigmatized, since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by images related to terrorism. That any time Americans hear “Muslim,” they see images in the news of the Paris attacks or San Bernardino or Islamic State militants. The expression experts often use is that Muslims are stuck in front of a “security lens.”
That’s why the visit Wednesday at the large Islamic Society of Baltimore is being watched closely by Muslims eager for a rebranding.
A new poll out Wednesday by the Pew Research Center shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans — 68 percent — see the problem of religious violence as really being about “violent people using religion to justify their actions,” compared with 22 percent who say some religious teachings promote violence. However, for those who said some religions promote violence, Islam was by far the most common religion named, with 14 percent of respondents….
Aside from the fact that presidents don’t often visit houses of worship outside their own church time, making the mosque visit happen has appeared to be tricky for a president who is believed to be Muslim by about one-third of Americans, according to some polls. (He’s Christian.) The White House has been talking about this trip since last fall, said spokeswoman Jen Psaki. That was about the time Republican candidates began ramping up comments about Muslims that set off Islamophobic rhetoric.
“We discussed this as an option of something powerful the president could do to speak directly to Muslim Americans,” she told The Washington Post on Tuesday. The rhetoric, she said, “has really impacted him on a personal
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