American Muslims making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca are being encouraged to file civil rights complaints if they feel discriminated against by airlines. Joining Tom & Gary, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
In today’s English language Saudi government daily newspaper, the Arab News, CAIR’s, Nihad Awad, has chosen to use this foreign venue to respond to legitimate criticism for an American Muslim organization.
Arab News reporter, Barbara Ferguson, reporting for the Saudi government daily out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, provides this so-called news “report” available on-line.
But not all American Muslims believe in CAIR’s diligence. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician and chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, AIFD, said the announcement by CAIR “continues the tired stoking of the flames of victimization.
“They are unfortunately exploiting, for purely political reasons, what should be a sacred and purely spiritual story of our faith’s annual holy pilgrimage to Makkah,” Dr. Jasser told The Washington Times. …
This Saudi government report and CAIR response with its venue speaks for itself.
CAIR chooses to malignantly label a leading American newspaper in their own backyard of Washington, D.C. as ‘militant’ in a foreign, Saudi government owned newspaper out of Jeddah. The choice of this foreign venue to levy complaints about valid criticism of them in the U.S. certainly calls to question whether their motivation is purely civil rights or driving wedges between the Muslim and non-Muslim American community during this upcoming sacred and holy period of Hajj travel.
Mr. Awad’s responses to the recent criticism I leveled against CAIR’s strategy on the heels of the national attention to the flying imam fiasco, remains rather vacuous. He conveniently misses the entire point concerning the climate in America which that fiasco created and amplified due to their misguided priorities for American Muslims.
Andrea Shea King interviews M. Zuhdi Jasser, Chairman AIFD
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