The 9/11 Museum director and management has decided to stand firm and will air a 7-minute Al Qaeda documentary, titled, “The Rise of Al-Qaeda” despite protests by Muslim groups who are complaining about the use of the words “Islamist” and “jihad”, Deborah Weiss of the Clarion Project reported on Wednesday.
Islamic organizations, and specifically, the radical Muslim group, CAIR, have been protesting for months and CAIR was quoted as saying, “After repeated requests to correct misrepresentations, the film ignorantly implies a religion, rather than a group of criminals, was to blame for the September 11 attacks,” said CAIR-NY board member Zead Ramadan. “Instead of unifying all Americans against evil-doers, this film continues to offensively cast suspicion on faith rather address the terrorist act.”
Weiss who is well versed in whom CAIR represents, said, “CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in the history of the United States and has many terrorism ties. It is on a mission to stamp out all criticism of anything Islam-related, even if it’s true. Indeed, there is nary a terrorist that CAIR doesn’t defend. Asserting that the 9/11 hijackers were Islamic terrorists is factual reporting, not “stereotyping.” But, CAIR wants the public to believe that anybody except for Muslims can be terrorists. Besides, CAIR has no credibility and should not be given legitimacy by accommodating its gripes.”
Last month, American Islamic Forum for Democracy president Zuhdi Jasser was critical of CAIR and told Fox News’ “The Kelly File”, “Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) want to suppress the voices of moderates… reformers like myself and other Muslims who really are working against Islamism.”
“By suppressing the language, they prevent the reform and say… well we wash our hands, no problem here, move along. Al-Qaeda came out of thin air, they didn’t come out of political Islam,” he said.
CAIR has attempted to deflect criticism about Islamic extremism and by doing so, one example occurred last month when it was reported that CAIR tried bribery and pressure tactics to shut down a briefing on Islamic threats at a recent counter-terrorism training program for Virginia law enforcement.
Nevertheless, as Weiss, after speaking why the film should be shown, said, “The film is not about Islam. The purpose of the museum is to educate the public on the events of 9/11, including who committed it and what their motivation was. The focus should be on the atrocity that murdered almost 3000 people in cold blood, not a PC version of feel-good Islam.”
“The film is not a theological documentary about Islam; it’s about the events of 9/11,” Weiss said. “It’s ludicrous to believe that the general public is so stupid that it can’t distinguish between Al-Qaeda members and law-abiding Muslims.”
“Some 9/11 families and survivors believe that the truth should take priority over “sensitivity.” The museum officials should be saluted for standing firm under a storm of criticism and for holding to the facts. After all, only the truth shall set us free,” said Weiss.
The film will go on as planned as the 9/11 Museum has been in the making for the past 13 years and will open to the public on May 21, 2014, with a preview period for 9/11 families and survivors from May 15, 2014 to May 20, 2014.