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Monday, October 31, 2005 

CAIR exploits memory of Rosa Parks for its own one-sided goals

Last week, Condi Rice hosted a dinner for Iftar at the State Department, and Nihad Awad, director of CAIR, was one of the guests there. But as Western Resistance points out:
...after the speech, Awad informed Secretary Rice of his own plans to exploit the name of Rosa Parks. He said that CAIR would be introducing a "Rosa Parks Scholarship" for students studying in "fields that promote civil rights, social justice, and peaceful resolution of conflicts."
Awad also said:
These types of events represent a growing recognition of the positive role Islamic teachings and American Muslims can play in helping to promote peace and justice in this country and around the world."
Yawn.

Perhaps this was not unexpected, but that CAIR or any other such group of phonies would go and try to exploit Parks' memory for promoting lies is truly disgraceful. As Western Resistance says:
Condoleeza Rice has every reason to applaud the achievements of Rosa Parks. But for CAIR to appropriate her name when she has only just died, in a cheap Islamic promotional ploy, is as disgusting and low as CAIR can get. A Rosa Parks memorial to help show how Islamic teaching can produce a resolution of conflicts?

Nihad Awad, who has been vociferous in his condemnation of US policy in Afghanistan recently, has no shame. Rosa Parks, who now cannot prevent her name being exploited, was not a supporter of "Islamic teachings". She was a Christian.
I do hope that Parks has relatives who can help to prevent her memory from being exploited, and that the Martin Luther King Foundation can also help provide aid in protesting this.

As for Condi, it is very sad that she so ludicrously mixed the discussion of human rights with a dinner with a group that so blatantly/falsely pretends to uphold them. In fact, as this topic on One Jerusalem points out:
On October 25th, Secretary of State Rice called Islam a religion of "peace and love" while she proclaimed that given the history of the United States "America has no cause for false pride and we have every reason for humility."

Why would the United States Secretary of State compare the human rights record of the United States to that of the Islamic world and find the United States comes up short? Why would she do this to a gathering of Muslims which includes the radicals of the Council of American-Islamic Relations?

If you view this speech you will see that when she starts talking about American shortcomings she looks from the text and appears to have recited this indictment many times before.
What is really appalling is the implication she made that Islam's human rights record is better than America's.

See also this topic on Jihad Watch for more.

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