As her assistants defend the state against a discrimination suit brought by a Chicago-area imam, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is among a slew of state officials saluting the group representing him in advance of its annual fundraising banquet.
And the imam, rejected by the Illinois State Police (ISP) due to his past work for a Hamas-support network, is being honored at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago chapter banquet Saturday evening and will help with the fundraising.
CAIR represents Kifah Mustapha in litigation claiming the state discriminated against him and violated his free speech rights when the ISP rescinded a 2009 invitation making Mustapha the agency’s first volunteer Muslim chaplain.
The reversal followed a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism showing Mustapha had been a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, which was convicted in 2008 of being part of a multi-million dollar American-based Hamas-support network. Mustapha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the case and had been on the Holy Land payroll.
The Attorney General’s office is defending the state police. It has moved for summary judgment in the case, arguing that Mustapha lacks standing to bring the lawsuit since the position was unpaid, so that Mustapha was not deprived of pay or benefits, as required by the federal statute which covers workplace discrimination. The ISP revoked Mustapha’s invitation after decision makers saw a confidential FBI report on him and were told he would not have passed the FBI’s background check for chaplains.
Madigan’s office also cited this video from the 1990s, showing Mustapha as part of a performing troupe singing the praises of Hamas and jihad as a young boy dances with a rifle. “O Hamas, raise the banners of Jihad,” the singers say. “The victory of God comes through it or through martyrdom. O Hamas, teach us the rifle.”
But Mustapha is a staple at CAIR-Chicago events, helping raise money for the chapter for the past eight years. For that, CAIR hasdubbed him ”The Mobilizer.”
“As a Muslim Chicagoland mobilizer,” CAIR’s promotion says, “Sheikh Kifah Mustapha has garnered the support of the Muslim and interfaith community around various causes while enlightening them through Islamic teachings and thought. Sheikh Kifah has mobilized each and every one of our past eight fundraisers.
Illinois attorneys say the video and other evidence paint a disturbingly different picture of the man. They were horrified by the video’s imagery and message, Madigan’s attorneys wrote. Keeping Mustapha as a volunteer chaplain “could lead the public to believe that ISP looked the other way when confronted with evidence that Plaintiff aided and abetted, or at least cheered for, terrorism.”
They urged the judge to watch the video, too, saying the state police “had to decide whether somebody cheering for violence while a child holds a gun is fit to be a state police chaplain. A reasonable person would decide the answer to that question is an emphatic ‘no.’”
- CAIR Banquets Honor Christian Allies (counterjihadreport.com)
- Illinois Police: Terror Ties Cost Imam Chaplain Post. (culturaljihad.wordpress.com)