A new article by the Daily Caller suggests that CAIR, the "moderate" Council on American-Islamic Relations, regularly uses lawsuits to attack and intimidate those who speak out against the organization in an attempt to make Islam "dominant" and the "only accepted religion on earth."
Since its founding in 1994, the article says, CAIR has gone after prominent media outlets such as the Washington Times, National Post, and National Review. In 2005, CAIR spokesman Rabiah Ahmed told the New York Sun that lawsuits had become an "instrument" for the community: "The Muslim community realizes that it has to respond to these allegations and to these attacks, otherwise, the people who are promoting these defamatory remarks will win in the court of public opinion."
That was apparent in the lawsuit against National Review. According to TheDC, CAIR sued NR for an error in one of its stories -- an error NR admitted to before the suit. $650,000 later, NR won in court. "We viewed this as an attempt to intimidate and punish NR," the magazine wrote at the time.
Such tactics are in line with CAIR's overall goal, Stephen Schwartz told TheDC. He's the executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, and he believes CAIR is far from moderate:
Their actual mission, on the record — which is demonstrated by their public record from the beginning — is to advocate for and protect the influence of Hamas, the Wahhabis from Saudi Arabia, Pakistani radicals. I mean they are interested in legally protecting radical Islam.
Such a claim may not be far off. In 1998, CAIR's founder Omar Ahmad told the San Ramon Valley Herald that Islam is not in America to stand idly by: "Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
Ironically in the same article, Ahmad spoke out against those who would try to impose their values onto Islam.
CAIR seems to be training the next generation to pick up the torch. In a video posted on its website, it touts a conference where attendees will be trained in "public speaking, negotiations, on-camera interviews, how to defend your civil rights, and how to challenge islamaphobia."