In the '90s, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) successfully marketed itself as the largest advocacy group for Muslim-Americans, shrewdly linking its mission to that of the civil rights movement. "We are similar to a Muslim NAACP," winked spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
But the group's aims seemed less about civil rights and more about intimidating people into silence. Wherever there is a critic of radical Islam to be smeared or a frivolous lawsuit to be pursued (remember the Nike logo lunacy?), CAIR is there. The group even managed to simultaneously lecture American law enforcement on how to tiptoe around the Muslim community while lecturing the Muslim community on how to stonewall law enforcement. And probably most significantly, it positioned itself as the media's go-to spokesmen for all issues Islamic, making their message the only one disseminated.
But now CAIR has been embarrassed by a new survey which reveals that nearly 90% of American Muslims don't feel that the Muslim Brotherhood front group represents their interests.