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May 16, 2012 1:15 pm

CAIR Officials Demonize America on Iranian TV

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Zead Ramadan, head of CAIR-New York. Photo: screenshot via youtube.

Two officials representing the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY) turned to an Iranian television station this week in order to propagate the dangerous and oft-repeated narrative that the U.S. is at war with Islam and hostile to Muslims.

The narrative—said to be one of the most potent tools in recruiting Muslims to violent jihad—was first put forth by CAIR-NY head Zead Ramadan in an interview Monday with Iranian state-controlled Press TV. During the discussion, Ramadan compared the situation of Muslims in America to that of Jews under Nazi rule.

“In Nazi Germany, they targeted the minority, the Jewish minority,” Ramadan told Press TV by phone. “I don’t think we will ever get there, but I don’t think we should allow the road to continue to be built towards that direction because the comments that are being made against Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were being made against Jews by Nazis.”

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The steady increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric can largely be blamed upon “election season” in general Ramadan said, but in particular, Republicans should be seen as the primary offender.

“[W]henever you think that America, the land of the free, is going to grow up and go beyond it [racism], more intolerant, extremist voices come out,” Ramadan lamented. “And the easiest target, the minority, the easiest target has been the Muslim people.

“Every time there is an election cycle, some people like Newt Gingrich, Santorum, and even Mitt Romney had made very negative comments about Muslims and that makes people think that if someone is running for president, he could make negative comments and he is spreading negative rhetoric about Muslims… I think it’s very dangerous,” he added.

Ramadan’s message cannot be brushed off as a personal rant of one rogue leader. Just one day earlier, a similar theme was echoed by fellow CAIR-NY official, Cyrus McGoldrick, to the very same Iranian outlet.

In the Sunday interview, McGoldrick, the group’s Civil Rights Manager, accused the FBI of using “tremendous resources” to demonize Muslim Americans and of not spending a “fraction” of the amount on real security measures.

They are using “tremendous resources, tremendous resources to spy on Muslims, to demonize Muslims, and to entrap Muslims. I think it would be great if they spent a fraction of that money, protecting Muslims and all American citizens,” McGoldrick said.

Because of this, “the real American ideals are now being lost,” he concluded.

Strangely absent in McGoldrick’s comments about ideals is a discussion of how minorities are treated in Press TV’s state-sponsor, Iran, and how treatment of Muslims in America compares to that of ethnic minorities elsewhere.

Such realities have never stopped CAIR from routinely taking to the channel to promote the “America is against Muslims” narrative. They join a group of fringe academics, far left activists, and Islamist extremists who agree with the Islamic Republic’s propaganda about the so-called Western and ZionistWar on Islam.”

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  • Jacques from Canada

    The representatives’ mendacious declaration that the West is at war with Islam may eventually become true as more and more Westerners come to realize what a mortal threat the followers of the pedophile prophet represent to their liberties and civilization.

  • Robert Black

    Every where Muslims go violence follows. This is not surprising as Muhammad himself advocated jihad in the Koran and Hadith.

    “Fight those who do not believe in Allah”

    Koran 9:29

    “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.”

    Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, March 632

  • Hoekom Jy My Haat

    If they don’t like it here, then may I invite them to leave?

    Why do they come to our Western Lands, fleeing the intolerant cesspits from whence they come, then seek to remake their newly chosen country into a version of the hell-hole they left behind.

    Assimilate, or leave: That’s your choice.

  • Charles Martel

    the comments by nazis against jews were lies begun by muslims,
    the comments from free people all over the world about muslims, islam, jihad, al taqiyya, terrorism, mutilation, honor killings are all true! unfortunately muslims are blind, except for a few who left islam.