You know, for an intractable and barbaric group of people, who
have made their dysfunctional religion into an obsession
we all have to take note of, Muslims have learned the system
pretty well. For a group of people, who say publicly that they disavow
everything that we stand for, they seem to be doing
a good job of imitating us! Right down to using the system they
hate to their own advantage.
I have long been familiar with the expression strange bedfellows
and thought I knew what it was all about when Marilyn Monroe married
Arthur Miller. Now Im certain I know what the enemy
within means, too. These days, when I look around for the
enemy within, I only have to observe the actions of both CAIR
and the ACLU. I find it somehow ironic, that CAIR, seemingly and
allegedly the legal arm of HAMAS, the Islamic terrorist
movement, or perhaps more broadly stated, the US-based eyes and
ears of the worldwide Islamic terrorist effort, has turned into
a Muslim version of our ACLU. I might not even be allowed to say
what I just did, anymore, so strong is their grip on the throat
of free speech.
To my way of thinking, both organizations are out to destroy the
American way of life. No doubt about it, the Muslim refugees
we opened our country to have learned to work the system
and they are proving to be highly adept at doing so, with the assistance
of the ACLU, our government, our major corporations, a howling Katrina-wind
of Muslim organizations and, not to overlook, the many sympathetic,
politically correct followers every overturned rock exposes. Under
the guise of freedom of speech and the lack of attention
by many, including Congress, the FBI and many companies, in our
desperate need to be politically correct, this cancer is spreading.
Would you believe that workers in the benefits department at Dudley
Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related
items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue
box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. While we are in England,
did you know an Ice-cream lid is now offensive!? And banned! My
. Winnie the Pooh!
The Council of American-Islamic Relations has had a troubled history.
They use intimidation and fear; they go for the jugular of anyone
who challenges their activities. Their organization is riddled with
staff members who have been indicted on, and/or convicted of, a
variety of serious charges, mostly dealing with support of terrorist
activities; CAIR has even been named as a defendant in a class action
lawsuit stemming from the 9/11 bombings. Yet businesses who have
dared to challenge them, such as Fox TV, Denny's K-Mart and others,
have found themselves in our courts because of suits brought against
them by CAIR.
To date, Boeing, Bell, Disney (ABC), Doubletree Hotels, Los Angeles
Times, MasterCard International, Burger King, Anheuser-Busch, Miller
Brewing, and Seagram's, among others, have fallen into line by pulling
ads found offensive by the Islamists. Two clothing businesses, Liz
Claiborne and Warehouse One, withdrew or discontinued women's apparel
that bore Arabic script. Nike had to build playgrounds for the Muslim
community after an unintentional offence to their sensitivities.
National Review had to defend itself because it ran an ad promoting
a book on Mohamed; not that anything was untrue, but simply because
CAIR sees parts of history as anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Why are so many corporations timid in the face of these outrageous
demands and why do so many fall so easily?
They are image and reputation-conscious, unwilling to absorb a
public relations episode which could make headlines; they seem convinced
that they need to show their diversity to one and all because
they think YOU, the American public, approve of that cowardice.
They don't want to be sued and possibly lose, any lawsuit award
probably digging deep into their pockets. So, they take the path
of least resistance, by finding a quick way to get out from under
the problem, one easily done and easily documented. Then they can
say, "See what we did. We work with them. Aren't we good boys
A few months ago, I wrote about the politically correct suicide
engaged in by Dell Computers. When an issue arose at their Nashville
plant, Muslim employees walked off the job en masse. These Nashville
Muslims, urged on by CAIR, demanded recognition of their religious
prayer requirement to pray five times a day, and they wanted that
time as well as being paid for it. Never granted previously to Christians,
Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, NFL fans or anyone else, but by golly,
it has to be given to the followers of the prophet! This was verified
when I called and spoke to a Dell representative, David Frink.
I was curtly dismissed as an argumentative reporter
and not worth his time, because I dared question his
companys reasons for buckling under pressure from CAIR. Mr.
Frink was even less happy when I suggested to him that this issue
was not actually about prayer but Dell being manipulated into setting
a precedent, and that Dell was, apparently, bending over backwards
in allowing CAIR to do it! Mr.. Frinks response was that Dell
is a company that allows many freedoms and even had a room
set aside for nursing mothers." I do not think he took too
kindly to my comment; that they ought to have a room set aside for
the Chabad to lay Tefilah, and maybe next to the nursing mothers
The up-shot? Dell caved in to Muslim demands and gave their disgruntled
employees a gold card full of employee benefits, complete
with undisclosed settlements, to make their hurt
feelings go away, not just to keep them happy
but to stop them from destroying the company!
As a Dell stock holder I resented it when CAIR got into the picture
and Dell gave those employees undisclosed settlements
so as not to hurt their feelings by being so politically incorrect
as to want to run their company in a business-like manner. As an
American, Im even angrier.
Not long after this cowardly and stupid act of appeasement, ABC
Disney, and several other companies, caved in to more CAIR demands.
Disney backed down to CAIR threats, firing, without pay, a conservative
talk-show host, Michael Graham, over statements regarding Islam
and terrorism. Not content with firing Graham, they also reined
in another respected journalist, Paul Harvey. Amazing how free speech
only works when its not saying anything the Council for American-Islamic
Relations might consider unflattering, regarding terrorism and Islam.
In the Disney case, Graham was fired because CAIR, who monitor our
speech, have issued a fatwa... Isnt it cute folks,
how we now talk in terms of fatwa's and beheadings? Anyway,
when Graham linked the current theology and structure of Islam to
the repeated acts of terror done in its name, CAIR had him sacked.
Personally, I couldnt agree more with Grahams opinion:
"Because of the mix of Islamic theology that --- rightly or
wrongly --- is interpreted to promote violence, added to an organizational
structure that allows violent radicals to operate openly in Islam's
name with impunity, Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization.
It pains me to say it. But the good news is it doesn't have to stay
this way, if the vast majority of Muslims who don't support terror
will step forward and re-claim their religion.
And it doesnt stop there. The Muslim employees at Tyson Fresh
Meats plants have agreed not to strike pending negotiations of alleged
religious discrimination by management. Now, in a display
that should sicken all Americans, the Tyson people are planning
to prostrate themselves in order to accommodate the demands of TEN
A company spokesperson, Mr. Mickelson, stated that the plant provided
a prayer room for Muslims and pointed out that plant officials
are consistently trying to work with the religious leaders to accommodate
prayer time. Wow! Wouldnt it be nice if they also set
aside milk and cookie time? He continued, However, because
were a manufacturing operation, were not able to let
everyone leave the production line at the same time without shutting
down entire sections of our operations. Mickelson said, Since
we have more than 200 Muslims working our second shift, this has
sometimes been a point of contention and misunderstanding.
Excuse me? No offence to meat workers, but
these people gut
hogs! This is not National Security, its heartland America. Since
when did sausage makers, halal or not, have the right to alter a
nations behavior? I urge you all to read the Statement of
Intent on Tysons homepage. Here is a group of people
who are so totally committed to doing the right thing
that they have been targeted by CAIR, an organization who are intent
on forcing us to do the right thing... by Islam.
But this is, actually, nothing new, just more of the same old same
old. I remember, over twenty years ago, when the Israeli pavilion
in the Epcot Centre was removed, because Arabs complained they didnt
want it there!
My fears back then were all about on the gradual take-over being
perpetrated by this culture - now, I see it everywhere. Its
happening in the boardrooms of companies like Dell, and on shop
floors of companies like Tyson; the same way our prisons have been
turned into hotbeds of Islamic Fundamentalism. I felt then, as I
do today, that the work place is supposed to be a place of work
and not a refuge for Muslims to wage ideological warfare, no matter
how nice they are!
CAIR has been given no reason to doubt that - if we can do it once,
why not again? It works, and they work it; they are getting better
at the game and, with each precedent ruling, their tentacles are
more widespread. Their rights under our system grow, despite my
sense that no other religion has taken such steps before.
Gawd, do you see what is happening here, in so many corners of our
country? CAIR is using our system with all of its technicalities
and generosity, to make determined inroads to topple it. The ACLU
has been doing that for years and has made tremendous strides toward
the erosion of our values. Just what we need, huh? An Islamic arm
of the worst oppressors of American freedom. I think the ACLU is
doing just fine, destroying much that is good about America. Do
they really need Arabist assistance?
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