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CAIR: ‘Not Acceptable’ to Portray Jihadists As ‘Savage’ [re: Pam Geller ads]
CNS ^ | October 15, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 10/15/2012 6:32:02 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

(CNSNews.com) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching an ad campaign to counter billboards posted in the D.C. metro system that urge the defeat of jihad and support for Israel.

CAIR claims the anti-jihad advertisements, sponsored by political activist Pamela Geller, inspire “hate.” They are designed to “provoke, stigmatize and demonize” Muslims, CAIR told CNSNews.com.

One of the Geller ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

CNSNews.com asked CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper to explain how the ad is hate speech. “Can you just elaborate more on how the ad is hate speech? It is directed against Jihad, right? So is that something you’re also against?”

“If you look at Pam Geller’s history, everything she’s done over her entire career is designed to incite, designed to provoke, designed to stigmatize Muslims and demonize Islam,” Hooper said. “And this is the same thing.”

“It’s not so much the reference to jihad--that’s a debatable point--but it’s the reference to savages,” he added. “When you paint anyone on another side of the issue as a savage, that’s just not acceptable.”

“Even those that use violence for radical Islamic extremism?” CNSNews.com asked.

“That’s her argument,” Hooper said. “We don’t accept her argument.”

In response to Geller’s ads, which are now posted in four locations in the D.C. metro system, CAIR will run three billboards featuring a Koran verse that states, “Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.”

Hooper said the translated meaning of the word ignorant in the verse is “willfully ignorant.”

Geller says her ad calls for a moral outcry against jihad, or “holy war.”

“The message is clear. Any war on innocent civilians is savage,” Geller told Israel National News. “The war on Israel is a war on innocent civilians.”

Geller said she originally planned for the anti-jihad campaign to run last year, in response to an anti-Israel campaign that was posted in the New York City subway system at that time.

“There was no controversy or opposition to those anti-Semitic ads,” Geller said. “Our ad campaign was hung up by legal battles. Anti-Jewish ads are okay; anti-jihad ads are ‘offensive.’”

‘Hate speech not acceptable in America’

Naeem Baig, vice president for public affairs of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) which is joining CAIR’s campaign, said “hate speech” is not acceptable in America.

“As Americans, we understand the importance of the right of free speech and for freedom of expression,” he said. “American Muslims value this right on behalf of every American citizen and we never shy away from ever defending this right. We also feel that this right to free speech should be seen as a great responsibility.”

“Freedom of expression and willful provocation will have different outcomes,” Baig said. “And such is the case of free speech and hate speech.”

“The right to freedom of expression should not be an opportunity to spread hate and pass insults on sacred religions and religious icons,” he added. “American society is mature enough to recognize that hate speech is not acceptable.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cair; freedomofspeech; ibrahimhooper; pamgeller
Brief video of an excerpt of a CAIR press conference at link.
1 posted on 10/15/2012 6:32:12 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Shove it your smelly Obamas, CAIR.

Go away and die.

Slowly.


2 posted on 10/15/2012 6:35:18 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Hunton Peck

CAIR needs to plant “Stop Jihad Now!” signs on their own lawn.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 6:38:16 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hunton Peck

If our government sacrifices our First Amendment freedoms to these monsters, there should be hell to pay.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 6:39:17 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Hunton Peck

CAIR is a terrorist organization. CAIR is a fascist organization. Pick one Hooper! Come after me you un-American bastard.


5 posted on 10/15/2012 6:39:17 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Da Coyote
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6 posted on 10/15/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: Hunton Peck

American society is mature enough to recognize that hate speech is not acceptable.”

Nope,, my right to offend you is sacred,,,,savage.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Hey Mo! If you want “acceptable”, take your goatsmellin’ ass back where it crawled out of! Get out of my country!


8 posted on 10/15/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: Hunton Peck
They are designed to “provoke, stigmatize and demonize” Muslims

Muslims do that to themselves when they attack and kill innocents in the name of Allah, and groups like CAIR don't protest against it. She's just stating "inconvenient" facts.

FU CAIR!!

9 posted on 10/15/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Hunton Peck

CAIR says hate speech is not acceptable in America? Then ban the Koran.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 6:44:38 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Hunton Peck

For those who didn’t recognize it, let me highlight it....

“It’s not so much the reference to jihad—that’s a debatable point—but it’s the reference to savages,” he added. “When you paint anyone on another side of the issue as a savage, that’s just not acceptable.”

“Even those that use violence for radical Islamic extremism?” CNSNews.com asked.

“That’s her argument,” Hooper said. “We don’t accept her argument.”
*******

“We don’t accept her argument.”

CAIR will NOT condemn radical Islam. They just can’t do it. CAIR is the enemy.


11 posted on 10/15/2012 6:46:09 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Da Coyote

Jihadists want to die.
We want to kill them.
Surely we can work something out...


12 posted on 10/15/2012 6:48:34 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Have they yet realized it is not acceptable to BE savages? Hmmmmm?
13 posted on 10/15/2012 6:55:28 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Hunton Peck
Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to rape, behead and/or detonate anyone who says otherwise.
14 posted on 10/15/2012 6:58:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I apologize for calling them savages. What I meant to call them were sub-human, neanderthal barbarians. Now, that ought to fix it.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Boo. Hoo.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 7:10:48 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Hunton Peck

18 posted on 10/15/2012 7:15:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Hunton Peck
Savage...


19 posted on 10/15/2012 7:18:09 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Hunton Peck

Because torturing, raping and murdering aren’t savage?


20 posted on 10/15/2012 7:18:20 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Hunton Peck

             

21 posted on 10/15/2012 7:22:02 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: gotribe

yup


22 posted on 10/15/2012 7:23:15 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Hunton Peck
Hey CAIR...


23 posted on 10/15/2012 7:23:51 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: All
And, BTW....


24 posted on 10/15/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: rottndog

Calling muslims savages is an insult to savages.


25 posted on 10/15/2012 7:33:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: All
And finally,


26 posted on 10/15/2012 7:34:19 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: TigersEye

I guess shooting 14 year old schoolgirls is acceptable in Moslem countries


27 posted on 10/15/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Hunton Peck

Blinks...that’s exactly what they are. Savages.


28 posted on 10/15/2012 7:41:30 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: tomkat

Whenever Sir Winston raised two fingers with the back of his hand outward, it meant a royal Foxtrot Yankee, not V for Victory (with palm outward instead).

And we know Churchill’s thoughts about Islam & what it does to human beings.

Ibrahim Hooper can go royally F*** himself. Every “infidel” among us must be ready to say to any muzzie who challenges us,

“I’m a free man, O Muslim. There’s nothing you can do about it.”

If the response is a furious scream of “Allahu Akbar!!!”, then you’ll know what to do.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 7:41:50 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: morphing libertarian

Muslim males are afraid of little girls.


30 posted on 10/15/2012 7:45:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Hunton Peck

Re CAIR: “As though I CARE”.

Many of their leaders are Christian converts. No wonder they are fanatics. The NEW TRUE BELIEVERS, coming to a Sharia project near you.


31 posted on 10/15/2012 7:47:27 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: elcid1970
Yes, the direction of the V is one of my favorite of Britain's many quirks  :-)


             

32 posted on 10/15/2012 8:00:49 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

Every “Crusader” should own a 12 gauge combat pumpgun.

;^)


33 posted on 10/15/2012 8:24:01 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: tomkat

First time I’ve been deleted, but had enough of them. Got no use for muslims anymore. All the same, I agree similarly with #9, FU CAIR!


34 posted on 10/15/2012 8:26:21 PM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is the problem. There are more and more Muslims in the US every day. We should bring our troops home, send Muslims back, and have a ban on Islam in the US until somebody is allowed to build Christian churches in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.


35 posted on 10/15/2012 10:32:39 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Hunton Peck

What more do you need to know about CAIR?


36 posted on 10/15/2012 10:39:17 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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