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The national Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) held their annual banquet on October 17, 2015 for the fourth year in a row at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The Crystal Gateway Marriott also hosted CAIR's 2014, 2013 and 2012 banquets.
Florida Family Association's online campaigns have influenced several hoteliers.
Not so with Marriott who continues to cater to organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
Here's why many American’s are concerned about CAIR’s history and agenda:
CAIR chapters demonstrated in the streets across America to show their support for Hamas even declaring that “We are Hamas.”
Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told a Muslim crowd Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth. At the Islamic Association of Palestine’s third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who kill themselves for Islam. Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam — that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam, he said.
Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director, said I am in support of the Hamas movement.
Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, told a crowd at a Muslim rally in Austin, Texas in 2013 If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.
CAIR pressured the FBI in June 2013 to stop their Most Wanted advertising campaign which helped the FBI gain information regarding the whereabouts of dangerous terrorists. The list of CAIR officials who have made apologetic comments in the public regarding terrorists is quite extensive.constitutions. Sharia law is antithetical to the rights and liberties afforded under the United States Constitution.
Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was in 1995 designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a “terrorist and Hamas leader.” He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
Randall Royer, CAIR’s former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
Bassem Khafagi, CAIR’s former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case--so named by the Justice Department during the HLF trial.
The FBI is prohibited from having “non-investigative interactions” with CAIR.
“In 2008, the FBI developed a policy on its interactions with CAIR based in part on evidence presented during the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.! The evidence at trial linked CAIR leaders to Hamas, a specially designated terrorist organization, and CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. The policy was intended to significantly restrict the FBI's non-investigative interactions with CAIR and to prevent CAIR from publicly exploiting such contacts with the FBI.” Office of the Inspector General.
In September 2013 the Office of the Inspector General audit of the FBI stated in part: the FBI needs to ensure that all appropriate personnel at Headquarters, particularly OPA and - and in the field offices are fully briefed on the requirement to coordinate with one another. The FBI's re-promulgation of the in June 2011, reflects its belief that specific considerations still require that non-investigative interactions with CAIR be restricted on an ongoing basis. Office of the Inspector General report page 36 of 41. – represent redacted information.
CAIR is working hard to make Sharia law legal in the United States.
CAIR sent out a press announcement on April 7, 2015 applauding Iowa's failure to pass legislation that would have banned Sharia law in their state courts.
CAIR sent out an email alert on March 30, 2015 asking their members to send emails urging Arkansas lawmakers to oppose HB 1474 which would prohibit Arkansas courts from recognizing foreign laws including Islamic Sharia law.
CAIR called on their supporters to urge members of the "South Carolina General Assembly to reject ... House Resolution 3521 (which) seeks to "prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law, including but not limited to, Sharia Law in the state. ..."
CAIR-Ohio website states the following regarding the CAIR-Cleveland April 23, 2013 banquet: "The keynote speaker, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Esq., from University of Wisconsin Law School spoke about her new report entitled 'Sharia and Diversity: Why Americans Are Missing the Point.'"
CAIR issued a press release on March 1, 2012 titled CAIR Releases Community Toolkit to Challenge 'Anti-Sharia' Bills. CAIR started a nationwide campaign to fight for Sharia to be legal in more than 20 states.
It is very difficult to comprehend why Marriott continues to host the Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) national banquet given their sympathy for terrorist allies, support for Sharia law in America and opposition toward Israel.
Americans who are concerned about CAIR’s history and agenda have the First Amendment Right to complain about this event and choose hoteliers who do not give place to the same. Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to Marriott's officers and directors. Your email will not only voice concern about this important issue but it will also educate corporate officials with facts regarding CAIR's history.
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