Wednesday, March 14, 2007

House GOP Leadership Taking On CAIR

The House GOP leadership is taking on the "moderate Muslim organization" (sometimes also called the terrorist front group) the Council of American-Islamic Relations (from Atlas Shrugs):

House GOP challenges Muslim meeting in Capitol
House Republicans yesterday called on majority leaders to rescind their invitation to allow the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- an organization that refuses to disavow terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah -- to meet today in the Capitol.

"Americans ought to be troubled that the new Democratic majority is agreeing to face-to-face meetings in the Capitol with apologists for suicide bombers," said Ed Patru, spokesman for the House Republican Conference.

The conference said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, should cancel CAIR's forum titled "Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations: U.S. Policy Implications," which is scheduled for this afternoon in a basement conference room.

"Ultimately what happens in the Capitol is the speaker's responsibility," Mr. Patru said. "She ought to make it clear that groups that refuse to condemn the tactics of Hezbollah and Hamas don't get meeting spaces in the People's House."

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., New Jersey Democrat, reserved the room for CAIR despite the group's spotty record on terrorism, The Washington Times reported yesterday.

Calls for comment were not returned by Mrs. Pelosi or other Democratic leaders, including Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, who both previously spoke out against CAIR.