The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan Monday to actually edit a video presentation on al-Qaida. In their brief statement they absurdly requested the removal of certain terms such as "Islamist extremism" and "jihadism."
It is obvious CAIR has not employed a public relations firm for their cause or a very bad one at that. The stunning original letter was actually sent last month and co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations. Together they complained about “academically controversial terminology." Academically controversial terminology to whom?
To the everlasting credit of the museum officials, they met the letter and statement with a combined wall of silence, according to CNS News. Those complaining that the words used are not politically correct are among the many Muslim organizations that remained silent after the attacks. They now expect Americans to doctor the history to present their religion in a better light.
On Monday to be ever so much more outrageous, CAIR's New York chapter started a campaign requesting “all Americans" to "click and send" their letter demanding an editing job to the video "The Rise of Al-Qaeda" and remove "anti-Islamic terminology" before Wednesday’s public opening. The only thing that will be clicked and sent are the morons who wrote this letter.
Their letter was addressed to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents lower Manhattan. All elected officials who are smart enough to stay as far away from this insult to Americans as possible.
CAIR claims the terms "Islamist extremism" and "jihadism" are objectionable because they "conflate Islam and terrorism and carry the risk of misinforming museum visitors, particularly those unfamiliar with Islam." If that is so, they had plenty of time (14 years) to explain that to the American people and chose not to.
To add insult to injury, some guy named Zead Ramadan, a CAIR-NY board member reading a prepared text said, "The film ignorantly implies a religion, rather than a group of criminals, was to blame for the September 11 attacks." Really Zead? It would have been interesting had you read your prepared statement to the families of the nearly 3000 murdered that fateful day in September, 2001.
Enough said. I need some air.
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