Montana Mayor Fires Back at CAIR

Nobody does bullying in the name of “sensitivity” more frequently than America’s rapidly-growing Muslim population. Remember the sign advertising bacon that was taken down in Winooski, VT?  The scholar Fouad Ajami has written knowledgably about why offense is taken so often. Whatever the root, Muslims living in Western countries are quite expert about playing the “sensitivity” card to bully the rest of society into compliance with dictates of sharia whenever they can.

In Minnesota, Muslim groups are pushing for the creation of free food dispensaries (“food shelves”) that do not carry pork, so as to be in compliance with sharia dietary laws.

“It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Imam Hassan Mohamud.

With signs in hand, they marched to the Hennepin County commissioners’ office to ask Peter McLaughlin for help. Most live in his district and feel he can help them help themselves. (hat tip: Powerline)

The demand for sensitivity can be so intimidating, given the multiculturalism mandate felt by government employees, that it can bring about the silence of officials in Rotherham over the systematic rape and exploitation of over a thousand girls over a period of many years, for fear of being accused of insensitivity.

Almost never are Muslim organizations called upon to exercise any sensitivity of their own. It is exclusively a one-way street.  Except in Great Falls, Montana, where Mayor Michael J. Winters got offended by a particularly insensitive action by CAIR – The Council on American Islamic Relations (an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism trial). Here is the Mayor’s letter sent to CAIR, via the Great Falls Tribune (hat tip: Jeanne T and

Last week, I received a copy of the Quran.

During a heightened period of instability in the Middle East, beheadings of Americans by Islamic terrorists, and ongoing national security threats, the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent me a copy of the Quran for my reference library.

In its cover letter, CAIR cites a 2009 speech made by President Barack Obama in Egypt where he declared that America promised "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." CAIR appears to be acting upon that speech literally, and now is taking its message to the local level. In fact, I've learned that all major cities in Montana have been receiving copies of the Quran as part of the organization's public relations campaign.

On its face, the distribution of the Quran may seem innocuous. At any other time, I may not have been so bothered by its delivery. However, the package arrived three days before the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. This is noteworthy.

CAIR's cover letter does not acknowledge in any way the anniversary of our country's worst terrorist attack. It's not what the letter says, it's what it doesn't say. CAIR does not condemn terrorist attacks or recent actions by Islamic terrorists. The expectation appears to be that we're to simply accept this peaceful gesture and overlook what terrorists are doing in the name of the religious book.

While CAIR would likely say that the Quran was distributed as an educational reference tool and in peace, the timing reflects very poor judgment; so much so, that one could interpret the mailing as an "in your face" overture. Americans could easily misconstrue the campaign as a subtle threat.

The mailing is no coincidence. Americans need to know about this program to consider its meaning, implications and intent as world events unfold around us.



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