Wednesday, January 31, 2007

24 Criticized by CAIR

I am a huge fan of the FOX drama series 24. I have missed only one episode so far this season and that was because I was on my way back from Washington DC where I attended the March for Life event (photos of which will be posted on this site shortly). That is why any significant news related to the show I jump on immediately.

I found it particularly ironic that the hit-show 24 was coming under fire (figuratively) for supposedly “fuelling anti-Muslim prejudice with its latest storyline” from CAIR, a Muslim advocacy group which has been vastly criticized for its terrorist ties and support of terrorist organizations.

For example:

Nihad Awad was quoted by the Muslim World Monitor as saying that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial was "a travesty of justice," and suggested that "there is ample evidence indicating that both the Mossad and the Egyptian Intelligence played a role in the explosion'".

December 2001: Rabih Haddad, a CAIR fundraiser, was arrested and deported “because he was the executive director and co-founder of Global Relief Foundation, a terrorist front organization that for financing Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

The Washington Times pointed out “‘unsettling connections between certain CAIR officials and extremist groups’ continued to exist and that CAIR's defense of high-ranking members convicted of terrorism amounted to a ‘dishonest campaign to create the sense of a widespread inquisition against Muslims and Arabs in America that simply doesn't exist’”.

In December 2004 CAIR was named as a defendant “in a class-action lawsuit relating to the 9/11 terror attacks”. The complaint alleged that CAIR was and is a “front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants," and "manipulate[s] the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation”.

CAIR alleged that there were seven million Muslims living in America when in reality a University of Chicago survey in 2002 found that 1.89 million Muslims were living in the United States as of 2000 and a 2001 survey conducted by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York found that only 1.1 million Muslims lived in this country.

CAIR has been accused of doctoring a press conference photo so that all women, Muslim or non-Muslim, were seen wearing the hijab.