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CAIR and the ADL: Partnership for Hate

What Becomes of the Race Opportunists?

At the tail end of the Russian Revolution, Lenin mocked some Mensheviks  for protesting that they were not permitted to express their views in public: “Permit us to put you before a firing squad for saying that.  Either you refrain from expressing your views, or, if you insist on expressing your political views publicly . . . then you will have only yourselves to blame if we treat you as the worst and most pernicious elements.”

Vladimir Ilich’s candor is rare today, but the sentiment is not.  The nearest contemporary equivalent of the culture of hate embodied in Bolshevism is global jihad.  Its chief front organization in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), claims to be “just another civil-rights group,” devoted to protecting the rights of Muslims and promoting a better understanding of Islam in America.

The specifics of how it goes about this ostensibly worthy goal are revealing.  CAIR has called the guilty verdict in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case “a travesty of justice” and argued that it “represents the degree to which an anti-Muslim venom has penetrated into society.”  It condemned the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh, for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks in 1995, as a “hate crime.”  (CAIR advisory-board member Siraj Wahhaj was named by...

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