The most prominent advocacy group for orthodox radical Islam in the United States threatened to have a Breitbart reporter arrested if he did not leave its soon-to-start public press conference about the bloody Pulse massacre of at least 50 gay Americans by an American Muslim.
Breitbart had gone to CAIR’s Pulse press conference to ask what steps Islamic groups are taking to distance American Muslims from orthodox Islamic scripture which frequently and clearly urge the expulsion, humiliation and the murder of homosexuals.
The press conference was to be held Friday at 5 pm by the Council for American-Islamic Relations at their Capitol Hill headquarters.
But before the event began, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told the Breitbart reporter to leave. When the Breitbart reporter asked for an explanation, Hooper told an aide to “Call the police.”
“We have a person in our building that we asked to leave, and they’re not leaving,” the deputy said into his phone.
Breitbart respects property rights, and left without bother.
The ejection is not a surprise. This is the second time this reporter has been kept out of a CAIR press conference, and the second time he has been told to leave CAIR’s headquarters.
Breitbart has frequently noted that the CAIR group is so closely entwined with Islamists and with jihadis that court documents and news reports show that at least five of its people — either board members, employees or former employees — have been jailed or repatriated for various financial and terror-related offenses.
Breitbart has also published evidence highlighted by critics showing that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas-based criminal effort to deliver $12 million to the Jew-hating HAMAS jihad group, that CAIR was founded with $490,000 from HAMAS, and that the FBI bans top-level meetings with CAIR officials. “The FBI policy restricting a formal relationship with CAIR remains … [but] does not preclude communication regarding investigative activity or allegations of civil rights violations,” said an Oct. 2015 email from FBI spokesman Christopher Allen.
In 2009, a federal judge concluded that “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR… with Hamas.”
The Pulse massacre garishly highlighted Islam’s routine contempt for no-Muslim groups — and tore open a 2016 hole in the Democrats’ effort to expand their ideologically incoherent alliance of elite progressives, insistently libertarian gays and clannish Muslim leadership groups. In February, for example, President Barack Obama conducted some progressive outreach to Muslims groups by visiting an orthodox mosque in Baltimore where he met with a Islamic preacher who says status for gays is incompatible with Islam.
While progressives demand that the state should impose sweeping changes on civic society to forcefully raise the social status of gays, and even of children who claim to be transgender, Islam simply demands contempt, punishment and even death towards anyone who engages in gay sex.
For example, orthodox Muslims believe the Koran is a perfect transcription of a divine and unchangeable book of commandments from Allah. In Verse 80 of Book 7, for example, Allah declares that “For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds … [In Sodom and Gomorrah] we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!”
Orthodox Muslims also say the reputed founder of Islam, Muhammad, was perfect and should be emulated by all Muslims. His statements are written up as the Hadiths, where he is shown as urging the death of homosexuals. For example, a collection of sayings by Abu Dawud records one tale “Narrated By Abdullah ibn Abbas : The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.”
Here’s a debate between a gay Muslim and an orthodox Islamic cleric.
In contrast, Catholics officially abhor homosexuality as a waste of God-given potential, but also postpone divine judgement to the hereafter because of their 2,000 year-old doctrine separating church and state. On Earth, “the Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross,” says the Catholic Church.
On Sunday, after the massacre of 50 gays by a Muslim — also a registered Democrat — the political groups that claim to lead Muslims in America rushed into action.
For example, the top religious organization for Muslims living in the United States, the Fiqh Council of North America, issued a press release condemning the massacre. The press release, which was titled, “religious extremism,” tried to minimize the role of Islam;
The Fiqh Council of North America issues unqualified condemnation of the barbaric acts of Orlando shooter who senselessly killed and injured scores of innocent people. The heinous crimes of this mentally unstable person are absolutely against the teachings and values of Islam. The Holy Qur’an equates killing of one innocent soul with the killing of all humanity. There is no justification whatsoever in the Qur’an for violence against any group regardless of religion, color, creed or sexual orientation. Almighty God has dignified all human beings due to their common origin regardless of their religious, ethnic or sexual orientation.
But a press release has no standing under Islamic law.
“Traditionalist Muslims know that this is intended to deceive unbelievers, and [they] don’t take it seriously,” said Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam who runs the JihadWatch website. Traditionalist Muslims “know that the claim that ‘There is no justification whatsoever in the Qur’an for violence against any group regardless of religion, color, creed or sexual orientation’ is absolutely risible, and contradicted by numerous Qur’an verses (including 2:191, 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 47:4, etc.),” Spencer said in a statement to Breitbart News.
But “if the Fiqh Council did [write a fatwa recognizing the equal status of gays], it would be denounced as engaging in bid’a — innovation — and threatened by other Muslims … [because] if Muhammad said x and a Muslim says not-x now, then yes, the punishment is death,” Spencer said.
On Sunday night, the Fiqh Council’s website did not provide an email address for further inquiries.
In contrast, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee — which seems to have close ties to Obama’s deputies — actually referred to the reality that the 50 dead were mostly gays and lesbians, although it did also claim that Islam endorses at least some categories of “civil rights.”
MPAC and many other American Muslim groups around the country have strong ties with LGBTQ communities and groups, and have worked together to oppose hate, intolerance, and bullying which impacts both of our communities.
As we all grapple with this senseless tragedy and we learn more about the motives and facts of the case, we will be reaching out to LGBTQ communities with condolences and solidarity. As President Obama said at his press conference this afternoon, let us stand together in our grief and outrage, and our solidarity with the victims and their families.
As Muslims, we believe in religious freedom, civil rights, and human rights. We reject violence, hatred, and discrimination toward anyone on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. We support civil rights for all people. May God guide us all as we strive in His cause.”
The Miami Herald printed a vague quote-free report on the CAIR press conference at 5.20 pm, shortly after the Breitbart reporter was ejected.
American Muslim leaders are condemning the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded more than 50 others.
Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the killings a hate crime and said the group has no tolerance for extremism of any kind.
A law enforcement official has said the gunman, Omar Mateen, called 911 from the nightclub and expressed allegiance to an Islamic State leader.
Awad says members of the LGBT community have stood with Muslims in the past and today they stand that community.