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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Suppression of Exchange of Ideas

For John, BLUFFull disclosure, I am a graduate of the Army War College, Class of 1983.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Mr Raymond Ibrahim, 24 February 2020.

Here is the lede plus four:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”)—also known as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the largest terrorist funding case in U.S. history and a designated “terrorist organization” for nations allied to America—is again vehemently protesting my forthcoming appearance at the U.S. Army War College, urging the latter to “reconsider its decision and disinvite Ibrahim,” since my lecture will no doubt be “hypocritical, ahistorical and hateful.”

This, of course, is all déjà vu—a repeat of events from eight months ago.  As CAIR itself notes in its new press release, which appeared on February 21, 2020,

Last summer [June 2019], CAIR and its allies launched an online campaign highlighting Ibrahim's Islamophobic views and their negative impact.

Led by CAIR-Philadelphia and MPower Change, and supported by Community Responders Network, About Face, and Common Defense, the campaign drew more than 1800 signatures and received widespread support from its interfaith allies.

The referenced “petition” (see here) was essentially a hysterical screed; it claimed that if I, a supposed “racist” and enabler of “white nationalism”—despite my Egyptian heritage—am given a chance to speak before a supposedly already “racist” U.S. military, I would incite American servicemen to randomly start murdering Muslims both at home and abroad (see near the middle of petition).
CAIR is a danger.  As with the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is a bunch of anti-democratic individuals trying to subvert our Bill of Rights, under the guise of protecting the rights of individuals.  Democracy is for grown-ups, folks who can listen to the whole story and sort out the truth.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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