Well Ahmed Bedier, Executive Director CAIR, didn't take Pim's Ghost up on her offer for an open honest debate (or my offer to host it on radio show, here) he wanted to meet in her some out of the way place (!)
Instead he issued another one of his "ZIONIST," "NEOCON," "EXTREME RIGHT WING" deflective press releases here;
This New York Times article on the challenges facing the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) exposed the relentless efforts by "a small band of critics" made up of racist right-wing and neo-Zionist extremists who seek to silence and marginalize American Muslims and groups that represent them by exploiting anti-Muslim fears in our nation.
CAIR's purpose is very clear. It is a grass roots organization that serves as America's largest and most visible Muslim civil rights group. CAIR is to the Muslim community what the NAACP is to the African-American community or what the ADL is to the Jewish community.
Really, you don't speak for these Muslims at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. You pretend to speak for the silent Muslims. Bullies.
For the record, CAIR unequivocally condemns terror attacks targeting people of all faiths and in all areas of the world.
Against the people of Israel?
CAIR operates under the strict guidelines of its core values. These values include: support for freedom of religion and freedom of expression, and a commitment to supporting policies that promote dialogue, civil rights and diversity in America and worldwide.
Really, then why isn't Robert Spencer free to speak?
Funding for CAIR chapters is no secret: Monies are raised here and spent here, with not a penny of it going overseas.
Not directly anyway.
CAIR was founded by several leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which has been described by the U.S. government as part of “Hamas’ propaganda apparatus.” Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s first chairman, was president of IAP between 1991 and 1994. Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director, served as IAP’s public relations director during the early 1990s and was contributing editor of the IAP publication Muslim World Monitor. Other CAIR founders included Rafeeq Jaber, who is IAP’s current president, and Ghassan Elashi, who founded CAIR’s Texas chapter. Elashi, who served as chairman of IAP, is also a co-founder of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity group that the United States has accused of funding Hamas. In April 2005, Elashi was convicted of supporting terrorism by funneling money to senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook.
IAP published and distributed the Hamas Charter and Hamas communiqués, endorsed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and encouraged supporters to participate in a global Jihad against Jews. According to the FBI, in the year prior to CAIR’s founding, IAP and Holy Land Foundation leaders, including Ghassan Elashi, met with Hamas leaders to discuss fund-raising and political activities in the United States.
This past summer, in response to renewed fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza , CAIR did not condemn the terror organizations that provoked the fighting by attacking Israeli soldiers across international borders and bombing Israeli cities. Rather, CAIR launched a concerted public relations campaign that sought to persuade Americans that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is harmful to American interests, issuing statements claiming that Israel controls American politics and monopolizes its public debate. It further called for a halt to American economic and military aid to Israel.
CAIR also endorsed and participated in several anti-Israel rallies supporting Hezbollah. In August, it hosted professors Stephen Walt of Harvard and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago for a presentation on their controversial paper on the “Israeli lobby” and the war in Lebanon at a press event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In addition to its ambiguity on terrorism, CAIR has also offered a platform to conspiratorial Israel-bashers and outright anti-Semites.[...]
The chronology below illustrates CAIR’s longstanding support for terror organizations and hostility toward Israel.
Please read it all here.
UPDATE: The debate is on. Pim's Ghost will be on Atlas on the Air tonight at 9 PM after special guest Evan Coyne Maloney. Mr. Bedier, waht say you?