May 15, 2007

Cleary continuers to embrace and welcome rightwing extremists

Self-described ”terrorism and national security expert” and journalist Steve Emerson “enriched the community” at Cleary University's Livingston Economic Club Speaker Series Monday with his unique brand of racism by advocating racial profiling Muslims and citizens of Middle Eastern descent.

According to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Emerson warned the audience that militant Muslims are using "strategic deception" to enter the mainstream political debate in America and advance their terrorist agenda.
But his comments drew denials and denouncement from a local Muslim group. As well they should.

Many people see Emerson as anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigot with an obsessive agenda against Arabs.

Emerson said groups with harmless-sounding names like the Benevolence International Foundation or the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, are really front groups for Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists, and CAIR was an "ideological front for terrorists and their apologists. They have defended, championed and rationalized" terrorism.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of CAIR, was not present at the speech but responded by blasting Emerson as having an anti-Islam agenda: "He has a crusader mentality. ... He's not an unbiased analyst."
"With all the scrutiny Muslim organizations have been under since 9/11, if there was even a shred of validity to the charges of Mr. Emerson, we would have been closed down a long time ago," Walid added.
He said Emerson's casting suspicion on mainstream Muslim groups "clearly increases Islamophobia."

There isn’t much difference in someone calling the Knights of Columbus an "ideological front for terrorists and their apologists” as Emerson calling CAIR the same thing.

Walid also criticized the university for not inviting anyone to debate Emerson's claims, but the university has shown their policy of “diverse speakers” means only diverse conservatives.

Emerson’s views on the Iraq civil war occupation are as ridiculous as his view on one of the world’s major religions.

In the long term, however, "I don't believe the war in Iraq provided any more of an external excuse for jihadists to attack us," he said.
Plus, he added, al-Qaida would quickly fill the vacuum if American troops were withdrawn too soon.

Is he serious? The mega giant U.S. attacked and invaded a Muslim country for no valid reason, and he believes it provided no more of an external excuse for jihadists to attack us? That is, again, ridiculous. They are fighting a civil war, but the only common enemy is the U.S. If the U.S. is gone they will turn to oust the other outsider, al-Qaida.

But Emerson is just the prelude to Cleary’s glorification of rightwing extremists, and the queen of hate, Ann Coulter, is yet to come.

But when Cleary President Tom Sullivan merely mentioned Coulter's name at Monday's lunch, the audience broke out into applause.

That must be the sound of the county Republicans condemning her outrageous statements like they have publicly in the press. Do we need anymore proof that Coulter speaks for the Republicans and Cleary University?


Republican Michigander said...

Coulter doesn't speak for us, but I think they were clapping since they don't like leftists like you trying to shut people up with this crap, along with your push for the so called "fairness" doctrine intended to shut up talk radio.

Communications guru said...

You can sure try to spin it that way, and I expected you to. But you can’t disguise the fact that Ann Coulter speaks for you and your party. Publicly you denounce her, but when you think no one is watching you cheer her and embrace her hate speech and discrimination.

I’m not a “leftist," nor am I trying to shut any one up. What I am trying to do is erase the reputation of my community as racist, and stop people from condoning hate speech. If Imus can get fired for what he said Coulter should have been fired years ago.

The “Fairness” doctrine will not “shut up talk radio” it will make it better. There is no way you can tell me what is currently is fair or good for radio.

Anonymous said...

Emerson, a Jew who gets it
A perspective of a moderate Muslim

At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.

Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ's officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It's like it is not even there.

The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong.
1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe.
2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

This is a tactic used by "moderate" Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.


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Communications guru said...

Sorry. Steve Emerson is a rightwing extremist who also happens to be a racist. The sad part is he has made a career out of it.

Anonymous said...

"Steve Emerson is a ... racist"

A racist is a person who considers one race superior to other(s). Which race(s) does Steve Emerson consider inferior?

Communications guru said...

I agree with you; Steve Emerson is a racist.

Anonymous said...

What are you, an idiot? I asked you a question. You do not agree with a question, you answer it. While the "idiot" question was rhetorical, the "Which race(s) does Steve Emerson consider inferior?" was not.

Communications guru said...

Now, that is the proper form of a question, and the answer is no.

The answer to, Which race(s) does Steve Emerson consider inferior?, was so ridiculous I ignored it. The answer is any one who is non-Muslim, as far as I know. Perhaps a better word to describe Emerson is bigot, and I think the two words are interchangeable. At least to me. This was posted six months ago, BTW.

Anonymous said...

So, we can agree that Emerson is not a racist. Your contention is that he is an anti-Muslim bigot, i.e. Islamophobe. What is the basis of your contention? Are you basing it on Emerson's words or actions or are you just repeating what some idiot said?

Communications guru said...

Sorry, Emerson is a racist. I have provided my reasosn why. YOu just need to read them.

Anonymous said...

Just because some idiot (you) claims that bigot and racist are interchangeable terms it doesn't make it true. And you are also too stupid to even justify your claim that Emerson is a bigot. Again, just because some idiot claims that Emerson is a bigot it doesn't make it true.

Communications guru said...

Fine. If I’m such an idiot then quit worrying about what I say.

Anonymous said...

What makes you think I am? get over yourself and your delusions of grandeur.

Communications guru said...

“What makes you think I am?” Because you came here attacking me, I didn’t seek you out. My “delusions of grandeur?” Right. Again, if I’m an idiot quit worrying about what I say or think. Good-bye.

Anonymous said...

"Because you came here attacking me"

Again, the delusions of grandeur.

I wanted to know why Emerson was called a racist. Because you cannot justify your idiotic statement, you attempted to redefine the meaning of the word. However, trying to explain something to someone who pulls his opinions out of his ass is a waste of time.

Communications guru said...

Great. Then stop wasting my time and yours. I’ve seen Emerson on faux news, plus the taped delayed appearance at Cleary, to know he’s a racist. Accusing a group of people of being terrorists based on his made up conspiracy theories makes him a bigot and a racist in my book. We have our own Steven Emerson here in Michigan. Her name is Debbie Schlussel. People got a good idea what she was about when she accused Ismael Ahmed of being a terrorist at the Senate hearing where the executive director and founder of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) was being confirmed as the head of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).