One of my Google Alerts was triggered by an article about a CAIR press release demanding that the GOP denounce Rick Santorum's debate answer on profiling. Video of the debate segment is linked below, and embedded where possible. Play it twice, once to listen and once to watch the facial expressions and gestures, particularly those of Rep. Paul and Herman Cain.The text of CAIR's press release and my analysis follow the video. Thanks and a tip of the hat to Breitbart!
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Republican Party to repudiate GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's call for profiling of American Muslims.
In a debate aired on CNN last night, Santorum was asked if he would support ethnic and religious profiling. CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the debate's moderator, asked Santorum: "So just to be precise, is it ethnic profiling, religious profiling, who would be profiled?"
"The folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes," replied Santorum. "Obviously Muslims would be someone you'd look at, absolutely."
Video: Rick Santorum Calls for Profiling of Muslims
In a statement released today, CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said:
"Last night, Rick Santorum casually tossed aside every American's constitutional right to equal protection under the law in favor of discriminatory profiling of Muslims. Mr. Santorum's obvious lack of appreciation for the Constitution and for the rejection of profiling by top law enforcement experts raises reasonable questions about his ability to lead our multi-faith nation.
"The International Association of Chiefs of Police and other security specialists reject racial profiling. President Bush called it 'wrong.' In 2009, President Obama pledged to end the counterproductive practice.
"We remind Mr. Santorum that the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him), a man of Middle Eastern heritage, would fit his 'profile.'
"It is time for all Republican presidential candidates to reject Islamophobic rhetoric. Just as past candidates have learned the folly of targeting other religious or ethnic minorities, serious presidential hopefuls must reject the use anti-Muslim smears and the exploitation of Islamophobia for cheap political gain."
CAIR also thanked another GOP presidential candidate, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, for rejecting profiling and refusing to sacrifice the rule of law.
A CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet states that profiling is unconstitutional, hinders anti-terrorism efforts and "diverts precious law enforcement resources away from investigations of individuals who have been linked to terrorist activity by specific and credible evidence."
SEE: CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet on Profiling
Earlier this year, Santorum called "Sharia," or Islamic principles, "evil." He told a group in New Hampshire: "We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil." In a past "lecture on Islam," Santorum falsely claimed the Quran, Islam's revealed text, was written in "Islamic."
SEE: Santorum, GOP Continue Anti-Sharia Campaign
Last week, CAIR called on state and national GOP leaders to demand the resignation of a Tennessee lawmaker after he suggested in a radio interview that U.S. Muslims should "go back to where they came from" if they objected to his recent call for the removal of all Muslims serving in the military.
CAIR: TN GOP Rep. Tells Muslims to 'Go Back to Where They Came From'
A number of recent reports have documented the disturbing growth and promotion of Islamophobia in American society.
CAIR: Same Hate, New Target
Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam
People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations
called on GOP to repudiateThe days of the smoke filled room backstage at the national convention are long gone. The real nominating process belongs to the party membership, not to the hierarchy. Condemning stands taken by candidates is not the role of the RNC or the state central committees. CAIR is engaging in intimidation tactics, trying to cast terror into the hearts of nervous Nellie political consultants who conceive of political correctness as holy writ. The RNC, Santorum and the rational candidates should denounce CAIR's political terror tactics and tell CAIR to sit down, shut up and mind their own business. I swear that, if the Republican Party surrenders to CAIR's outrageous demand, lifting Allah's tail and inserting their tongues, I will not vote for any Republican candidate who does not explicitly condemn Islam.
profiling of American MuslimsThat is a prime example of misdirection. Attention of security personnel should be focused on Muslims, regardless of nationality. While 9/11 was perpetrated by foreigners, many of the recent plots involved American citizens. When you hear hoof beats, do you look for unicorns or horses?
just to be precisePrecise questioning is a good thing, particularly in court rooms, but in this case, what appears on the surface, to be precision is entrapment. A genuine precision question would not include "precise" in its rhetoric. I have no doubt that Blitzer was setting Santorum up for this.
ethnic || religious: who would be profiledThat question misdirects attention away from the real issue. Terrorism is an intrinsic function of Islam, not primarily linked to nationality or race. Most recent mass casualty terror attacks have been perpetrated by Muslims.
Islam is neither a race nor a religion; it is a way of life which dictates every facet of human life, spiritual & temporal. Islam has inseverable & interdependent religious, economic and military components. All of those components involve jihad. Jihad is the preferred alternative to trade & agriculture economies. Little old Catholic ladies and Baptist babies do not commit terror attacks, young Muslim men do. That should be a clue for you. Rep. Paul cites Timothy McVeigh, the exception which proves the rule. How many nitrate bombs have been planned or planted by lapsed Catholics? Compare that to the number of improvised explosive devices planned or planted by Muslims. Muslims come in all colors. Eliminate Islam and Islamic terrorism will be eliminated. If you want travel to be safe, exclude Muslims from mass transit facilities and vehicles. That would impede but not stop the Times Square Bomber. To stop the multitude of alternative attack methods and venues, it is necessary to remove and exclude those persons most likely to engage in terrorism: Muslims.