We’re constantly told by liberals and the media (same difference) that the Muslim community is as outraged about Islamic terrorism as the rest of the country.
That may be true for some Muslims, but if it’s a universal truth, why would the Council on American–Islamic Relations object to a billboard asking Muslims to report suspicious activity?
The Clarion Project reported:
CAIR Objects to Billboards by Muslims to Report Suspicions
Billboards placed in suburban Chicago by an American Pakistani organization urging Muslims to report suspicious activity are being attacked by CAIR and other Islamic Organizations.
The billboards read: “Muslims to Muslims: See Something. Say Something. Save Innocent Lives.” They were paid for by the Association of Pakistani Americans of Bolingbrook.
Talat Rashid, founder of the association, said the message to Muslims is to report any activity that might be indicative of a planned terror attack. To Americans, the message is meant to be that most American Muslims are also against terror attacks.
It’s his way of doing something productive as well as countering Islamophobia. A report in a local news outlet, the Belleville News-Democrat writes, “Rashid said he and members of his organization knew some people wouldn’t like the billboards, but that the members believe the message is a proactive way of teaching the public about the difference between Muslim beliefs and extreme radicals who aren’t welcomed by the community.”
CAIR is one of those that objects to the billboards. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of Chicago’s Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), says there is no data that proves that Muslims don’t speak up when they see suspicious activity and thinks the billboard can create problems of Islamophobia for the Muslim in the community.
“I’m in the business of countering Islamophobia. I know that work needs to be done,” Rehab was quoted as saying. “I just don’t think that cementing a misperception on a billboard is going to help.”
Aren’t we all supposed to report suspicious activity?
Why does CAIR not see the value in this?