Skip to comments.CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video
Posted on 05/13/2014 9:23:20 AM PDT by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as Islamist extremism and jihadism.
An earlier CAIR initiative a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called academically controversial terminology met with no success.
On Monday CAIRs New York chapter began asking all Americans to lobby national and New York leaders on the issue.
A click and send letter made available by the chapter calls for the short video entitled The Rise of Al-Qaeda to be edited to remove anti-Islamic terminology, before the museum opens to the public next Wednesday.
The appeal is addressed to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents lower Manhattan.
CAIR said in a statement that the use in the video of terms like Islamist extremism and jihadism and the generalizing way in which they are used conflate Islam and terrorism and carry the risk of misinforming museum visitors, particularly those unfamiliar with Islam.
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.
The New York Times reported last month that the museums interfaith advisory group, after viewing the seven minute-long video, pressed for it to be edited, to no avail.
It quoted the president of the foundation overseeing the memorial and museum, Joseph C. Daniels, as saying, From the very beginning, we had a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group.
In a letter to museum directors dated April 21, members of the advisory group reiterated their earlier expressed concerns that given the content of the video, museum visitors who do not have a very sophisticated understanding of the issues could easily come away equating al-Qaeda with Islam generally.
The groups members asked again for the video to be edited. If that was not possible, they asked for a disclaimer or statement to be included at the beginning of the film, or displayed prominently at the site of the presentation in the museum.
They suggested that it say something like: This video in no way intends to imply that the vast majority of Muslims agree with or support the attacks perpetrated by the members of al-Qaeda. Most Muslim leaders and Muslim organizations worldwide have disavowed the ideology and actions of Al Qaeda. The Museums documentation of Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism should not be mistaken for any implicit or explicit justification for racial, religious or ethnic profiling.
On Thursday the museum and memorial will begin a six-day dedication period, open to 9/11 families and survivors, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks, and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. It then opens to the general public on May 21.
The museums website includes a question-and-answer section.
An entry entitled, What is an Islamist extremist? states: Islamists see Islam as a guiding ideology for politics and the organization of society. That is, they believe that strict adherence to religious law should be the sole basis for a countrys law, as well as its cultural and social life. While some Muslims believe this, many do not. Islamist extremists believe violence is acceptable to achieve these ends. al-Qaeda is one of many Islamist extremist groups.
AMERICANS: CAIR, please take your sorry Muslim *sses back to the desert and then shove yourselves up them.
It's really not an extremist position.
No. Sod off. Now go and drink some camel piss.
Allowing CAIR to operate in this country is akin to having an active Nazi party in the U.S. during WWII
How about we remove Islamist Extremism and Jihadism from the face of the earth?
Make it simply Islam. Radical Islam is redundant.
Very much worth repeating.
CAIR shows it’s true colors by dismissing the terrorists as “criminals” and not at least going with the accepted mainstream notion that the were religious zealots.
In doing this, CAIR turns itself into the exact caracature of what reasonably knowlegable people accuse it of being.
“Now go and drink some camel piss.”
Make that SOUR camel piss, and you have a Middle East delight...at least, I would be delighted if they would drink it.
The Koran - handbook for Islamic extremists and jihadism. If you read it with a critical eye, no Muslim would ever be mistaken for a good, kind and just person.
Dead or out of ammo.
Were it not for ‘jihad’;there would be no 9/11 as we know it.
Pray the ‘reason-capable’ do not get weary, because these jihad-lovers, will never tire per their efforts to have 9/11 ‘their way’.
Yeah? Keep prodding the giant. This time it won’t be two cities, it will be a few countries.
I'm fine with meeting them halfway... We'll keep the 'Islamist' and remove 'extremism'.
We should remove CAIR from America instead and deport that creep “Ibrahim” Hooper.
Why does anybody actually listen to CAIR or give a damn what they think?
Very fascist of “cair”. Screw ‘em.