CAIR Active in Schools. In July 2003, I rued the fact that, despite the Council on American-Islamic Relations' ugly record,
the U.S. government widely accepts CAIR as representing Islam. The White House invites it to functions, the State Department links to its Web page and Democratic senators rely on its research. In New York City, the mayor appoints its general counsel to the Human Rights Commission and the police department hosts its "sensitivity training" seminar. In Florida, public schools invite it to teach "diversity awareness."
While there is some improvement – notably, the White House seems no longer to welcome CAIR's representatives – the word is not sufficiently out on CAIR's true nature. An item from the entertainment section of today's St Louis Post Dispatch points to the depth of the problem. At the Lewis and Clark Theater on Saturday, Jan. 3, the theater will show "Profiling in America" at 3:30 p.m. and
After Saturday's performances, members of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations will lead a discussion on prejudice. These productions aren't usually available to the general public but only to groups, such as schools or community organizations.
One shudders to contemplate the damage that CAIR is doing at schools. Good citizens of St. Louis should attend the event on Jan. 3, inquire about CAIR's access to schools, and then do something about restricting it. (December 29, 2003)