WASH. TIMES PROMOTES HATE GROUP THAT WOULD OUTLAW ISLAM
‘Adherence to Islam’ would be punishable by 20 years in prison
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/14/07) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today expressed concern about an article published by Insight magazine, a website owned by the right-wing Washington Times newspaper, that offered a sympathetic portrayal of an anti-Muslim hate group that advocates making “adherence to Islam” punishable by 20 years in prison.
The hate group, Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), is supporting the so-called “Mapping Shari’a in America Project” devoted to spying on 2,300 Islamic institutions in the United States.
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In February of this year, SANE offered a policy proposal that states in part:
“Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. [sic] Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People. . .It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.”
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In its report on the mosque spying project, Insight magazine falsely claimed: “Hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America.”
Earlier this week, CAIR accused the Washington Times of “agenda-driven reporting” for falsely suggesting there has been a drop in that organization’s grassroots support. CAIR says its membership, donor base, annual budget, and attendance at fundraising events has increased each year.
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Many Muslims have expressed concerns about repeated instances of anti-Islam bias in the Washington Times’ reporting and commentary.
The paper has in the past refused to publish CAIR’s responses to its Islamophobic content.
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CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims