Center For Security Policy, By Adam Savit:
This week, CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) “American Muslim News Brief”– a publication distributed by mass-email– linked to a piece entitled “Challenges Test American Muslims” at OnIslam.net. The piece is full of standard CAIR boilerplate, quoting Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper on supposed “Islamophobia machines” and the “virtual cottage industry of Islam-bashers and fearmongers.”
However, lurking alongside the “Islamophobia” story on the front page was an article that might raise more eyebrows: “End of a Homosexual Town (True Story).” It is a theological commentary on the Islamic version of the story of Lot, even featuring a detailed consideration of bodily fluids.
What the casual reader may not notice is that the article is an antique. The author is Sayyid Qutb, billed benignly as “Muslim Intellectual – Egypt.” OnIslam.net does not mention that Qutb was a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, author of the seminal Islamist workMilestones, a key intellectual inspiration for al-Qaeda, and was eventually put to death in 1966 for plotting the assassination of secular Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
OnIslam.net seems to have great affection for the inflammatory works of Qutb. In fact it has published more than 100 of his treatises going back to 2006.
One would think that CAIR– at pains to disassociate itself from anything Muslim Brotherhood-related since it was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation/Hamas terrorist funding trial– would be more careful about who it goes to for positive press.
CAIR’s message amplification via Islamist intermediaries is not limited to Sunni Muslim Brotherhood media outlets. CAIR has also been known to cross the sectarian divide in utilizing Shi’a Islamist television. In 2011, I documented for Breitbart’s Big Peace that 22 of the 30 videos on CAIR’s YouTube channel that featured CAIR talking heads were produced by PressTV, the state-owned English language propaganda arm of the Iranian government.
CAIR’s currency relies on a slick media image that features style over substance, and slippery platitudes over truthful answers. The more the American public becomes educated about theirbackground associations, the less credibility their surface messages will hold.