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The Springfield Country Club Should Cancel CAIR-Philadelphia's Fundraising Banquet
by David M. Swindle • Mar 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm
The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) plans to host its annual banquet at the Springfield Country Club on March 11, 2017, featuring Linda Sarsour. The Middle East Forum calls on the Springfield County Club to cancel this event and commit to not hosting CAIR events in the future. Here's why:
The FBI has banned outreach with CAIR since 2008. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates, a Muslim ally of the United States, designated CAIR a terrorist organization. The Anti-Defamation League accuses CAIR of promoting anti-Jewish sentiment. Six CAIR leaders have been arrested, convicted, or deported for terrorism-related crimes: Randall ("Ismail") Royer, Ghassan Elashi, Bassem Khafagi, Rabih Haddad, Nabil Sadoun, and Muthanna Al-Hanooti.
Linda Sarsour has a history of promoting fake hate crimes, antisemitism, and other extremist groups. She has claimed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 2009 "underwear bomber," was a CIA provocateur. Further, Sarsour is a frequent participant and fundraiser for Al-Awda, a Palestinian group that endorses terrorism, calls for the destruction of Israel, and relays the slogan of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group: "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."
We differentiate between Islam and Islamism. American Muslims are an important part of our country; but Islamists pursue an extreme political ideology that, with little mandate from ordinary Muslims, seeks to impose a medieval law code on the United States. Islamists such as those running CAIR encourage hatred against women, Jews, Christians, the LGBTQ community, and Muslims belonging to minority sects. Islamists radicalize Muslims in the United States and fund jihadi violence abroad.
The Middle East Forum and its Muslim allies oppose all collaboration with Islamist organizations because this both legitimizes Islamists as the voice of America's Muslims and betrays those moderate Muslims working to free their faith from the grip of hatred and extremism.
We call on the Springfield Country Club to cancel this upcoming CAIR event and commit to never hosting Islamist groups and the hate speech they generate. We encourage them to work with moderate Muslim groups instead.
Contact the Springfield Country Club at two numbers and two locations to voice your opposition to its hosting of CAIR banquets. First, Metro Philly Management is in charge of managing the Springfield Country Club. Their phone number is (610) 622-1520. Send mail to:
Patrick J. Burns, President and CEO
5004 State Rd
Contact the Springfield Country Club directly at 610-690-7600, by email at JRickards@SpringfieldCountryClub.net, and mail correspondence to:
Janet Rickards, Sales Manager, Springfield Country Club
400 W. Sproul Road
Appendix: Examples of CAIR Hate Speech