There have been a few organizations that watch out for rights of people, some are small organizations and some are very large and their size generally determines how they behave and how effective they are.
The large organizations have a huge backing of the people they serve; Jews have ADL, AIPAC, AJC and a host of others, all of which have the backing with time effort and money, from Jews of America and Jews around the world. Blacks have the NAACP which has the backing of African Americans. All these organizations are large enough that they do not need to pander to anyone even. They do cultivate relationships with political leaders but from a position of parity and strength, they command respect and they serve their constituencies very well.
The smaller organizations are continually looking to be recognized, they work hard and eventually, they get to a position of influence where they start to become noticed, that is when they also start to be attacked by those who hate the organization’s constituents. Sometimes, these smaller organizations change focus from representing a constituency to seeking popularity, they stop “making waves”, they get along, they avoid “controversy”. In effect, they become bland and trade the influence they had, for brief spots in the limelight with political leaders. These organizations then lose their credibility with their constituent groups, but they are welcomed by the politicians who can say they are on good terms with the minority (Arabs, Muslims etc.,) without actually being required to do anything worthwhile for the minority.
The introduction to the CAIR video shown in Salon .com reads:
“On Sunday February 13, 2011 ICNA Relief (an American Muslim relief organization) held a dinner event in Yorba Linda, CA to raise money for women’s shelters and to help relieve homelessness and hunger un the US“.
The rest of the short video is a series of clips of people called to gather, by ACT! for America, Tea Party and Pam Geller’s group, whose name I forget, plus other fringe idiots posing as REAL American patriots. The actual ICNA event was scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., but the so-called “protestors, were asked in Brown-Shirt publicity fliers, to come at 2:00 p.m.
According to Adel Syed, the Government Relations officer at CAIR LA, b y about 3:00 p.m., there were already about 400 people gathered and growing. Continue reading
Dear Dr. Beyer,
I am shocked to note that you are providing a platform to the Hate-Islam group, “Middle East Forum” (MEF) in order to “Balance” a simple forum on what it means to be a Muslim in America. This is not unlike inviting members of a local Nazi Party in order to “balance” a talk on Jews and Judaism or, inviting someone from the KKK to “balance” a talk on Blacks in America on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Continue reading