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CAIR Denies Islamic Motive for Terrorism
On April 23, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad was the guest on FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor. The host, who has repeatedly given CAIR a platform, confronted Awad over his denial that radical Islam is the main driver of worldwide terrorism. When cornered, Awad claimed O'Reilly was attacking his faith and "playing politics."
Awad opened up the segment with a long speech about how CAIR condemned the Boston bombings, and how he personally participates in marathons. He then argued that O'Reilly's statement that radical Islam is driving terrorism is an attack on the faith as a whole.
The tactic's purpose is to avoid acknowledging the ideological roots of Islamic terrorism so that it can instead be attributed to anger over U.S. foreign policy. CAIR previously engaged in a campaign to pressure the media into deleting the word "Islamist" from its vocabulary.
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