WTF? ht Iron Burka
Since when was diversity on par with liberty and justice as an American ideal?
The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community.
A proposal that seemed a simple idea a few weeks ago generated a protest from some of Spokane’s tea party faithful, who gathered outside the council’s town hall meeting at the Northeast Community Center for what they called “a rally for Spokane values.”
State Rep. Matt Shea said the rally was not meant to be anti-Muslim. But he tied the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has a local chapter, to militant groups and the imposition of Islamic law.
“Shariah law is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution,” Shea said to cheers from a crowd of about 70, some of whom waved American flags and held signs denouncing the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Others openly carried guns, as at least four Spokane police officers looked on.
Shea added that the council’s recognition should go instead to military veterans.
Admir Rasic, who was born in Bosnia and attained U.S. citizenship in 2005, accepted the city’s salutation on behalf of the local Muslim community. Rasic said he simply sought togetherness.
“I think what’s important is to celebrate our shared American values,” Rasic said.
Any allegations that local Muslims have acted against the interests of the community are “simply false and untrue,” he said.
“We’re trying to focus the conversation not on who we’re not, but who we are,” Rasic said. “Teachers, students, members of the military.”
Many who attended the rally packed into the community center, where Council President Ben Stuckart gaveled the meeting to order, read the salutation and moved on to legislative business. Many in the audience had left by the time the council got around to hearing public comments about two hours later.
Earlier in the day, Stuckart said, “I was not aware that a salutation for a human rights group would be this interesting.”
He said he came up with the idea for a salutation – essentially the council’s notice of appreciation – after meeting with about 20 members of the local Muslim community at a session arranged by CAIR. They included a wide range of occupations, including someone who worked for his late father at the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program for 15 years.
Email or call Spokane’s city council members from this page: https://my.spokanecity.org/citycouncil/members/
Send them the information on CAIR they should have read before honoring the terror group:
- CAIR Designated a Terrorist Org by Muslim Nation
- CAIR Exposed (IPT)
- CAIR Unmasked
- CAIR’s Criminal Money Laundering Scheme
- CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment
- Gallery of Terror-Linked CAIR Leaders
- Getting to Know CAIR
- History of Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of U.S. Govt
- List of Muslim Student Assoc. (MSA) Terrorists
- The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States
- Video: CAIR – Foreign Agent of Saudi Arabia & Iran
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