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Inviting CAIR to Church
by Ryan Mauro
When a Unitarian church in Florida decided to teach its congregation about Islam around the time of this year's anniversary of 9/11, it brought in an extremist official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who has promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories. The group may no longer be embraced by the FBI, but CAIR's list of published endorsements shows there are plenty of Christian and Jewish leaders happy to work with it.
CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the country's largest terrorism financing trial and is listed by federal prosecutors as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's secret Palestine Committee. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that there is "ample" evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. The organization was recently accused of using money laundering to hide its foreign financiers.
Perhaps the most damning official statement about CAIR comes from a 2007 court filing. Federal prosecutors said: "From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists."
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