We can debate the merits and flaws of Brooklyn's proposed "Khalil Gibran International Academy" as Daniel Pipes recently did in "A Madrassa Grows in Brooklyn, (April 25, 2007, http://www.frontpagemag.com/
) forever. One thing, though will not change. An Arab-specific public school is unconstitutional. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954.
The High Court of these United States agonized over the issue of separate or parallel education paths based upon ethnicity in the famous and signature case on racial discrimination, Brown v. Board of Education. You might say that this has no bearing; we are not forcing Arabs into this school. But the court in Brown wasn't just ruling on race or ethnicity. The Supreme Court told us what American education cannot be. It cannot be separate. We are not about differences. America sublimates the culturally specific in favor of the culture of political equality. Creating and fostering apartheid, or multi-culturalism, is essentially un-American. Chief Justice Earl Warren, speaking for the Court: "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Further, Warren writes that the issues isn't even about race. "We must look instead to the effect of segregation itself on public education." The discussion is about the purpose of public education, where America's children learn what it is to be an American citizen. Warren: "Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment." Cultural values, not "multi-cultural" values, is what the Supreme Court is concerned with. "This appears to be a marvelous idea," wrote Mr. Pipes in his http://www.frontpagemag.com/ article, "for New York and the country need native-born Arabic speakers. They have a role in the military, diplomacy, intelligence, the courts, the press, the academy, and many other institutions — and teaching languages to the young is the ideal route to polyglotism. As someone who spent years learning Arabic, I am enthusiastic in principle about the idea of this school, one of the first of its kind in the United States. "In practice, however, I strongly oppose the KGIA and predict that its establishment will generate serious problems. I say this because Arabic-language instruction is inevitably laden with pan-Arabist and Islamist baggage."*** Mr. Pipes concerns are highlights and tribute to the Supreme Court's wisdom of a half-century ago. This proposed Brooklyn public Madrassa is the twisted brainchild of multi-culturally driven Education administrators who have mislaid the purpose of public education in the United States of America. The purpose is to bring us together, to burnish away our seams and make clear our responsibilities as citizens. Public education is also intended to assert the American culture of political equality and integration. One has to wonder how these New York "Educators" could have overlooked the importance of integration in making this discussion. Our courts wrestled with the notion of parallel societies for nearly a century after the Civil War. Brown v. Education put all such notions to rest, once and for all; it considered the viability of multi-culturism 1954, and thoroughly rejected it. Nor did the High Court solely concern itself with issues of Blacks (Gong Lum v. Rice, 275 U.S. 78) in its watershed and levelling decision. Again, Chief Justice Warren:"We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does."Should such a case come before them again, and it might be one over the KGIA, I'm sure they will reject it anew.
Labels: Brown v. Board of Education, integration, Islamism, Madrassa, multi-culturalism, Muslims, segregation
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CAIR Says Kaufman "Shaping Discourse" on U.S. Muslim Groups
Ahmed Rehab, the Executive Director of CAIR's Chicago office has given me credit for "single-handedly shaping the discourse" on American Islamic organizations, with regards to the government and the media -- albeit, while calling me an "amateur blogger from Florida." I don't know if I could take entire credit for this, but I gladly accept the award.
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Rehab writes: "Indeed, the ease with which an amateur blogger from Florida armed with little more than a keyboard and a narrow political-agenda can single-handedly shape the discourse on US Muslims and their organizations, both in the halls of Congress and on the pages of mainstream newspapers, is an indication of the pitiful point Islamophobia has reached in America."
Letter to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
May 5, 2007
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In October of 2002, a year and a month after the worst terrorist attack ever perpetrated against the United States, you appointed Omar Mohammedi, the General Counsel of CAIR-New York, to New York City’s Human Rights Commission. At the time, you were criticized for this, yet you decided to stand by your choice and keep Mohammedi on.
Now, it’s nearly five years later. Since the appointment, Mohammedi has provided legal representation to:
* Sam Solomon, the creator of www.answering-christianity.com, a website that describes Christians as “Satanic” and Jews as “evil doers”
* Six radical imams that were removed from a plane for exhibiting “suspicious behavior,” whose leader was a representative for two separate Hamas charities
* The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi-based group with offices around the globe that publishes incendiary materials against Jews and openly supports Hamas
The latter client is being sued for its role in the 9/11 attacks.
Today, Omar Mohammedi holds the position of President of CAIR-New York. CAIR was created by Hamas in 1994. At least four leaders from CAIR have been charged by the U.S. government with terrorist activity. To this day, CAIR refuses to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations. Mohammedi has refused to condemn these groups as well.
Mr. Mayor, your appointment of Omar Mohammedi to a commission on human rights has done nothing but dishonor those that were murdered on 9/11. Mohammedi should not sit on any kind of human rights commission. He should be shunned.
For all the reasons stated, and many more that could be said, we call on you to right the wrong you made five years ago, and release Omar Mohammedi from his duties as Commissioner.
Americans Against Hate
The Council for American Islamic Relations has a lot of explaining to do, to me, at least.
I want to know how a "civil rights group" thinks it has any standing or credibility in the United States of America when it states in numerous places on its websites that CAIR's goal is the removal of Israel.
Further, I want to know why our news media do not question CAIR on this point, and on the seething anti-Semitism that lurks behind it. Why, why, why do journalists not ask CAIR, and Muslims generally for that matter, what they feel about Israel, its right to exist, and Jews generally? Are they under orders to leave that question alone? Are they under orders to change our perceptions of the Muslim world by never exposing their dark(est) sides?
One has to wonder.And Democrats--unfortunately for the Navy, prominently two former ADMIRALS--either cling to CAIR or are quoted by CAIR as akin to their mission.One of these politicians, Congressman Joe Sestak, (D-PA, 7th), hired CAIR Philadelphia's marketing coordinator and political activist, Ms. Adeeba al-Zaman, and along with Governmor Ed Rendell (D-Pa) was seen moments after a CAIR fundraiser back on April 7th and heard praising CAIR's work in many areas, including racial profiling. Ms. al-Zaman is now a full-time staffer for the Congressman from Pennsylvania's 7th District. She helped bring you Keith Ellison (D-Mn, 5th), you know, the man who wanted to take his "oath of allegiance" on the Quran, the book that swears death to unbelievers, tells you to lie to anyone not of your faith, and tells you to beat your wife if she gets out of line. And don't blame me for saying it, I didn't write it. Another of these politicians is the equally disgraceful Jimmy Carter, who, while engaged in a deep financial arrangment with Muslim money, has recently written a book highly critical of America's relationship with Israel and of Israel itself, to CAIR's glee. Here is CAIR's statement in which it state's its goal to remove Israel and allow Palestinians to "return", with an assist from our "ally" King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who will not mention Israel by name, and with further help, from Jimmy Carter, an enemy of Israel:
News ReleasesFriday, March 09, 2007
CAIR Urges U.S. Action on Middle East Peace
CAIR URGES U.S. ACTION ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/9/07) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today used the occasion of King Abdullah II of Jordan's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress to urge members to play a more proactive role in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking Congress to immediately conduct hearings on the growing humanitarian crisis among the Palestinians resulting from Israeli policies.In his speech before Congress, King Abdullah stated: "The wellspring of regional division, the source of resentment and frustration far beyond, is the denial of justice and peace in Palestine
. …I come here today, as your friend, to tell you that this is the core issue. And this core issue is not only producing severe consequences for our region, it is producing severe consequences for our world."In a statement, CAIR said:"It is vitally important that our elected representatives reformulate a Middle East policy based on the cherished American principles of peace and justice for all people."For too long the plight of the Palestinians has been ignored in the halls of Congress. For too long the discussion has been one-sided. Our lawmakers have spoken out in support of Israeli rights and national security, but appear content to leave the Palestinians with neither rights nor security. To the Muslim world, this is perceived a double standard and remains the number one source of anti-American hostility."A tragedy is unfolding in Palestine with 70 per cent of the population now living below the poverty line. Unemployment is nearly 40 percent and expected to rise to more than 70 percent."The choices that Israel makes have implications for the United States. It is time for America to use its power to influence counterproductive Israeli policies such as building illegal settlements on confiscated Palestinian land and subjecting Palestinians to Apartheid-like existence."Any real and lasting resolution to the Middle East conflict will also have to address Israel's brutal occupation, the Palestinian right of return
and the holy status of Jerusalem for Muslims worldwide."We will have a positive impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict only when our policies are more closely aligned with our values of peace, freedom and justice for all people."President Jimmy Carter recently wrote, "Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law. . . The United States is squandering. . .goodwill and intensifying global anti-Americanism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.*********
CAIR expresses its goal to end Israel's "brutal occupation" in another area:
****In a March 28, 2002 release entitled: “CAIR Condemns Attacks on Civilians,” the organization
condemned a bomb attack on a Passover celebration in Netanya saying, “We condemn this
attack and all other attacks on innocent civilians. Illegitimate and counterproductive tactics
must not be used in the legitimate struggle to end Israel’s brutal occupation.”****
So, CAIR, is a self-proclaimed civil liberties group, whose goal is to remove the "brutal occupation" of "Palestine". Carter, Sestak, Rendell, all Democrats, all are CAIR supporters in their avowed goal to remove the state of Israel.
CAIR is an enemy to all that the United States of America stands for.
Their are implications beyond that.
You draw the conclusions.
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