Cara Jennings, joins the demonstration outside the Palm Beach Circuit Court building where people are demanding U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., stop his battle to keep his congressional seat, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, Nov 8, 2012. Credit: AP
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is out en-force, celebrating the defeat of so-called "Islamaphobes" in congress. The nation's largest Islamic advocacy organization, which was named by the U.S. Justice Department an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation trial (the largest U.S. terror-funding trial in history) showed its boastful side in a press release issued Friday that praised the ousting of Republican favorite Allen West, along with Republican Rep. Adam Hasner and their European counterpart, Dutch MP Geert Wilder's.
CAIR blasted West for calling Islamism a "totalitarian theocratic political ideology" and labeled the distinguished veteran "Islamaphobic." CAIR continues:
Hasner once co-hosted an event featuring Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders that was also sponsored by Anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller. In 2009, Hasner attempted to block a "Florida Muslim Capitol Day." In 2007, he sponsored a screening of the anti-Muslim film "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" for state legislators.
The dubious Islamic group also touted the losses of Florida school board candidate Terry Kemple, who it labeled, "anti-Muslim." Also part of CAIR celebrations was Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh, who drew the organization's ire for allegedly saying that "godly men and women" in congress should "stand in the face of the danger of Islam."
"Walsh left the door open for suspicion of every Muslim living in Illinois when he responded saying radical Islam is more of a threat 'now that it was right after 9/11,'" the CAIR press release reads.
Further, the losses of Arkansas Rep. Charlie Fuqua and Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack were also part of CAIR's festive jubilation.
"These encouraging results clearly show that mainstream Americans reject anti-Muslim bigotry by candidates for public office and will demonstrate that rejection at the polls," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This election witnessed an increased political awareness and mobilization effort among American Muslims that dealt a major blow to the Islamophobia machine."
Somehow, it is unlikely that any of the aforementioned political candidates who failed in their re-election bids did so due to their stances on radical Islam. Still, it benefits CAIR to politicize these Republican losses as proof positive of a "racist" and "Islamaphobic," America.