The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is getting a lot of face time these days. As the scrutiny surrounding Islam and Muslims in America continues to grow, CAIR has established itself as the premier Muslim voice in the media. It seems as if every time there is an instance of harassment, intolerance, or increased suspicion of American Muslims, CAIR has a representative ready to address reporters and give a statement.
But what if the D.C. based lobby, which the media constantly turns to, doesn't actually represent American Muslims?
Believe it or not, there are many of us American Muslims who do not think that the answer to fixing our image problem is to constantly issue press releases and file lawsuits. There are many of us who do not believe that putting up billboards and playing the "discrimination card" are effective ways to improve our standing in America. And there are many of us who are sick and tired of this civil liberties group prancing around in the media as the authority on the American Muslim perspective.