As tensions build in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of the pending Grand Jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting by a white police officer, leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have been using social media and conference calling in an effort to create a connection between Brown and a separatist Iman killed in shoot out with police in Detroit five years ago.
Fox News _ Using social media, conference calling and traditional outreach methods, leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are portraying Brown and Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah as African-American victims of police targeting, according to the Washington-based Center for Security Policy (CSP). In a conference call organized by CAIR-linked “Muslims for Ferguson, a CAIR official called Abdullah a “Shaheed,” or martyr, and said both he and Brown were victims of a national security apparatus that had “completely gone wild” and engaged in “demonizing and criminalizing Muslims.”
CAIR spokesperson, Dawud Walid, claimed Brown was a Muslim, but when pressed on the issue he tried to deny that he’d made such a claim.
Kyle Shideler of the Center for Security Policy has a theory about what CAIR’s objectives are:
“They’re interested in building coalitions with other organizations in order to effect a legislative change to weaken anti-terrorism laws and weaken the ability of law enforcement to engage in counterterrorism,” said Shideler. “And they’re trying to bring other people into their efforts so it doesn’t look like it is just a Muslim effort.”
“By hosting the conference call,” Shideler wrote, the campaign is “fulfilling the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America to be positioned as the leadership of a broad coalition seeking to target law enforcement under the camouflage of civil rights.”
More from the Fox News article on this group the represents to so-called religion of peace and their intentions:
Muslims for Ferguson’s Facebook page has offered instruction on protest and media outreach and the group held a news conference call Nov. 17 to discuss activist preparations “on the ground” in response to the grand jury’s decision, when it is announced.
Also on the conference call linking Brown to Abdullah, Muhammad Sankari, youth organizer with the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network, argued that black and Latino minorities should look to Muslims as the “gatekeepers of policing” in the United States because anti-terrorism efforts had provided police with greater arsenals that, he claimed, were now being turned on those communities. He said “justice” could only be found “in the streets,” and not in “marble halls and marble buildings.”
So, with President Obama recently calling for the Ferguson protesters to “stay the course” and CAIR doing their best to stir things up, it’s probably a good thing that Missouri’s Governor has put the National Guard on alert.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?