CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 5, 2015 – Whether you support Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson or not, give him credit for sticking to his guns following the media furor that arose over his comments about a Muslim president.
In true American journalistic form, the media has overly distorted Carson’s comments beyond reasonable proportions, but, so far at least, “Gentle Ben” is standing firm. Carson has even gone so far as to call upon the IRS to revoke the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) tax-exempt status.
CAIR challenged Carson after his initial statement that he would “absolutely not” support a Muslim candidate for president unless that candidate renounced Sharia law as part of his governing philosophy. Anyone paying only passing interest in the clash between Jeffersonian democracy and Sharia law understands that the two are not compatible in any way. An American president abiding by Sharia could not possibly govern according to the tenets of our founding fathers and the Constitution.
CAIR complained that Carson has “brazenly violated” IRS rules by calling for him to drop out of the race. Carson, in response, is requesting immediate termination of their tax-exempt status. According to Carson, “…IRS laws prohibit such groups from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of – or in opposition to – a candidate..”
As Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project says, “Carson accurately pointed out: ‘This is not the first time that CAIR has disrespected U.S. laws or America. It has previously lost its tax-exempt status by failing to file federal taxes three years in a row. It had also been named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal conspiracy to funnel money to Hamas, a terrorist organization.’”
Carson was referring to a case in which CAIR had questionable affiliations with Islamic organizations that are less than “cooperative” with Western ideologies. In 2007 CAIR was designated an unindicted co-conspirator when the organization was listed as an “entity” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee designed to advance the agenda of Hamas.
Mauro adds, “In another case, federal prosecutors said, ‘From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.’”
Just last year, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) banned CAIR as a terrorist group because of its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and alleged links to financing of jihadist organizations.
Elsewhere, Ahmadi Muslim leader Qasim Rashid, who, as Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs says, is “a one-man cottage industry of deception and hypocrisy,” took Carson to task in a column in Salon. Rashid claims Carson has slandered Islam when in fact the opposite is closer to the truth.
Rashid wrote, “Dr. Carson has helped promote and sustain frighteningly high levels of anti-Muslim sentiment.”
The truth is that no one, including Dr. Ben Carson, needs to promote “frighteningly high levels of anti-Muslim sentiment” when Muslims are doing just fine at that process by themselves.
What IS frightening however, is the “high level” of advocacy for Islamic thinking that goes all the way to Washington and the current administration.
Anti-Muslim sentiment results because “of the seemingly endless procession of Muslims raping and brutalizing and killing people and pointing to Islamic texts and teachings to justify their actions. But Rashid is in the business of trying to fool you into overlooking that and blaming people like Carson instead,” says Geller.
Rashid is disingenuous on so many levels that it is laughable he could truly believe his own statements. In the case of women’s rights, as Geller writes, “Saudi Arabia and Iran are Sharia states. In them, women must indeed be subservient. In fact, everywhere that Sharia is obeyed, women must be subservient. Rashid would have you believe that none of this is real Sharia — that it has been universally misunderstood and misapplied.”
If anything, Rashid is basing his analysis on the fact that most people never have visited or ever will visit Saudi Arabia or Iran themselves to witness the accuracy of Geller’s insight.
Rashid continues, “Dr. Carson’s second claim, that Shariah requires killing people of other faiths, is highly objectionable to both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. In truth, the Quran only permits fighting in self-defense, or to protect ‘churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques’ from attack.” (emphasis added)
Is Rashid serious? When were the Twin Towers a threat to Islam? Demonstrate any “defensive” action that was taken on 9/11? Who does he think he’s kidding?
These are but a couple of the outrageous claims people the likes of Qasim Rashid make as apologists for Islam.
Pamela Geller gets to the crux of the problem: “One day, maybe Qasim Rashid will confront hadiths such as those and explain them, rather than relying on his readers’ ignorance of their existence. But as he smears Ben Carson, he demonstrates yet again the difference between genuine reform of Islam, which has nothing to do with Qasim Rashid, and cynical deception of unbelievers in order to promote their complacency, which is Qasim Rashid’s business.”
Much as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson rely on racial tensions to expand their bank accounts, Qasim Rashid exploits the truth about Islam and perpetuates its deadly myth.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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