December 6, 2007, New York -- Citizens for American Values in Public Education/
Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition announced today that they are pushing back hard against attempts by radical Islamist groups to silence American citizens through boycotts, name-calling, threats of lawsuits, defamatory accusations and other forms of intimidation.
Citizens for American Values president Stuart Kaufman stated today: "We ourselves have been defamed and slandered as a result of our efforts to raise awareness about the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA). Because of the depredations of CAIR and CAIR's relationship with KGIA, Citizens for American Values/Stop the Madrassa has expanded its fight to a nationwide campaign against imposition of Islamist agendas in curricula, language programs, history classes, textbooks, teacher training, and charter schools."
A coalition of organizations will be taking the following strong actions:
Former KGIA Principal-designate Dhabbah "Debbie" Almontaser has falsely accused Stop the Madrassa supporters of having engaged in "stalking" her, which, if true, would be a criminal offense in New York state. These defamatory accusations by Ms. Almontaser have been published by several news outlets, including The New York Times. We are demanding that Almontaser, who is supported by CAIR, publicly rescind her defamatory statements against the Stop the Madrassa community coalition.
As CAIR has organized a boycott by advertisers of the Michael Savage radio show for alleged "Islamophobia," we have launched this week the SUPPORT FREEDOM, NOT ISLAMO-FASCISM campaign, urging Americans not to spend their holiday dollars in stores affiliated with the corporations that have withdrawn advertising from the Michael Savage Show. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the political views or personality of Mr. Savage, it is imperative that his rights as an American to speak his mind -- to criticize radical Islamism and jihadism -- be protected.
We are calling on those corporations that have withdrawn advertising at the request of CAIR give our side a fair hearing regarding the facts about CAIR. Joseph Farah of Worldnetdaily.com reports that CAIR has been named an "unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to funnel $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas," and adds that in the Holy Land Foundation case, "federal prosecutors also listed CAIR as a member of the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement that gave rise to Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups." [http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59026] Discover the Networks points out that, Steven Pomerantz, the FBI's former chief of counter-terrorism, has stated that "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups." On September 17, 2003, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stated that CAIR co-founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed have "intimate links with Hamas.." He later remarked that "we know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism." [www.discoverthenetworks.org]
We are reaching out in solidarity to others who have been defamed or targeted for exposing the dangers of Islamo-fascism and jihadism.