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SIGN UP FOR CAIR MEMBERSHIP TODAY (it’s only $35 and your chance to not only help CAIR, but get back at WT)

Washington Times is intensifying its witch-hunt of CAIR. In a front-page (at least on the online edition) article written by Audrey Hudson, she grossly misleads the readers with the headline ‘CAIR membership falls 90% since 9/11‘. While Muslims all over America know that CAIR’s importance, chapters, prominence has grown leaps and bounds since 9/11, why would WT make such a ridiculous insinuation regarding CAIR’s importance to American Muslims? Is it because CAIR barred Hudson from a recent CAIR news conference because of her history of sloppy and agenda-driven reporting? IF CAIR was faltering so much, WHY would Washington Times even bother to pay so much attention to it? Smart readers will see through this article immediately. A waning organization does not deserve so much media coverage… Washington Times deliberately misconstrues some data for two purposes: mislead Muslims into deserting CAIR and mislead the rest of Americans in considering CAIR as an unimportant organization that does not deserve attention. And who replaces CAIR for attention? Really no one… a few liberal, sell-outs like Zuhdi Jasser and Kamal Nawash will get more coverage so that they can pretend to be speaking for Muslims, while completely selling out on everything that Muslims stand for. In other words, Muslims will have no REAL civil-rights voice. On another point, it is OUR collective job to expose people like Zuhdi, Kamal, and the ilk for the charlattan, and fraud they are. Start with your dua’ that Allah guide these individuals to the truth.

I find it amazing that a large media outlet such as the WT would go to such incredible lengths in order to demonize a single organization. This is only testament to their hatred of the Muslim civil-rights agenda, which currently has its flag-bearer in CAIR. As I have said before, Washington Times does not hate just CAIR. Rather, CAIR is just their biggest fish right now. If they succeed, and may Allah protect CAIR and instead exact the measure that WT wants on CAIR to be reversed on WT ten-fold, then it will be another Muslim organization tomorrow. I say this unabashedly: Washington Times, talking about their editorial staff, hates Muslims and hates Islam. And the biggest hater is the writer in this case, Audrey Hudson. They will go to great lengths to undermine Muslims, whether by exaggeration, gross misrepresentation or just plain lies. I wrote about WT’s previous editorial on CAIR here. Also consider this article on the Muslim Imams, headlined ‘How the imams terrorized an airliner‘ written by, no prize for the right guesses, Hudson again! Can you believe this headline? That six aging clerics terrorized an airliner? I wouldn’t be surprised seeing this in an online right-wing blog, but in a national newspaper? Wow! Obviously, Hudson doesn’t have any agendas against Muslims! There are more hateful articles and inflammatory headlines, “Young U.S. Muslims back suicide attacks“, here’s another one where Washington Times columnist Diana West urged readers not to “ignore a dangerous percentage” of young Muslims who approve of “skin-ripping, skull-crushing, organ-piercing violence in civilian life as a religious imperative.” It’s not just about CAIR, it is about ALL OF US MUSLIMS!

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Anyone who is in the know will agree with me that we CANNOT let WT set CAIR up for the sharks. I signed up for membership just right now, and I signed up my wife as well. So, today, YOU, ME, EVERYONE should sign up to be a CAIR member, and give a mighty blow to the intent of Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, and all the co-conspirators. If you don’t want Washington Times to set up who represents Muslims, then SIGN UP TODAY. See below for CAIR’s response to this attack.

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #514

SHOW THE WASHINGTON TIMES WHAT YOU THINK OF ITS BIASED REPORTING
CAIR asks Muslims to respond to newspaper’s ‘hit piece’ by becoming members

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/07) – CAIR today accused a right-wing Washington, D.C., newspaper of “agenda-driven reporting” for falsely suggesting there has been a drop in its grassroots support.

According to CAIR, an article in today’s Washington Times newspaper misrepresented figures on its tax filings to falsely indicate a drop in membership.

In a statement sent to the Washington Times prior to publication of the false and misleading article, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad stated:

“Comparing CAIR’s 2000 dues figure to that of 2006 is a misleading and mischievous ‘apples and oranges’ exercise because those figures were calculated based on different criteria. They do not include the thousands of people of all faiths who became CAIR members through several free or low-cost membership drives. For example, between 2002 and 2006, more than 25,000 people became active members for $10 or less during those drives.

“Our membership is increasing steadily, as is our donor base, annual budget, and attendance at CAIR events around the country promoting interfaith understanding and respect for civil liberties.

“The increase in CAIR’s grassroots support in the American Muslim community is clearly demonstrated by the opening of 25 chapters and offices since 2001, all of which are funded exclusively through local donations. Each year, CAIR fundraising banquets in Washington, D.C., and nationwide are sold-out events of up to 2000 people.

“We are also concerned that Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson has apparently had a vendetta against our organization and the American Muslim community since she was barred from a recent CAIR news conference because of her history of sloppy and agenda-driven reporting. It is unfortunate that her apparent bias leads her to ‘cook’ CAIR’s membership figures and to tarnish the journalistic reputation of the Washington Times.”

The Washington Times did not include any of Awad’s statement in today’s article.

“Support for CAIR has grown as ordinary Muslims witnessed the exponential growth in attacks on their faith by Islamophobes seeking to marginalize and disenfranchise the American Islamic community,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “It is CAIR’s principled and effective defense of the American Muslim community and our criticism of failed foreign and domestic policies that have made us the target of these scurrilous attacks. We will not be intimidated or silenced by hate-mongers.”

“CAIR is first and foremost a service organization that responds to the needs of millions of American Muslims,” said Hooper.

He said CAIR, since its founding in 1994, has helped some 20,000 individuals and families who reported incidents of anti-Muslim bias or discrimination. In the past year alone, some 10,000 people attended CAIR fundraising events. More than 300 community leaders currently serve on CAIR boards and as staff nationwide. CAIR donors include people of all faiths and walks of life.

Hooper asked members of the American Muslim community and other people of conscience to “tell the Washington Times what they think of its irresponsible, agenda-driven reporting” by becoming a CAIR member.

He said many Muslims have expressed concerns about repeated instances of anti-Islam bias in the Washington Times’ reporting and commentary. The paper has in the past refused to publish CAIR’s responses to its Islamophobic content.

SEE: CAIR Says Washington Times ‘Hypocritical’ on Press Freedom

Hooper cited a recent front-page article in the New York Times that quoted government officials as saying CAIR’s critics engage in McCarthyite tactics. The article stated:

“More than one [government official] described the standards used by critics to link CAIR to terrorism as akin to McCarthyism, essentially guilt by association.’ Of all the groups, there is probably more suspicion about CAIR, but when you ask people for cold hard facts, you get blank stares,’ said Michael Rolince, a retired F.B.I. official who directed counterterrorism in the Washington field office from 2002 to 2005.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

Show the Washington Times what you think of its biased and anti-Muslim reporting by becoming a CAIR member.

To become a CAIR member, go to: https://www.cair.com/asp/membership.asp

To donate to CAIR, go to: https://www.cair.com/asp/default.asp

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Abu Reem is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from Wharton. He has been involved with Texas Dawah, Clear Lake Islamic Center and MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Abu Reem is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").

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