CAIR decries use of staged "mosque" in law enforcement excercise

by Kal El on May 12, 2008 · View Comments

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CAIR is complaining that the use of a building as a mosque, replete with muslim terrorists holding civilian hostages portrays muslims in a negative light.

Storming of Illinois ‘Mosque’ Sends Wrong Message, Islamic Group Says

(CNSNews.com) – As part of a recent emergency preparedness drill in south-central Illinois, law enforcement personnel stormed a “mosque” where radical gunman were holding hostages.

The “gunmen” and hostages were playing a part, and the building wasn’t really a mosque. And that bothers an Islamic advocacy group.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) opposes the stereotyping of Muslims as radicals.

“The use of a fake ‘mosque’ in this type of drill sends the wrong message to law enforcement officials who may now view mainstream institutions, such as Islamic houses of worship, as potential security threats,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR’s Chicago chapter.

According to the Hillsboro, Ill., Journal-News, dozens of government agencies took part in last week’s training exercise in the town of Irving.

A local addiction treatment center was re-named the “Irving mosque” for purposes of the drill.

Officers from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) stormed the “mosque” in an armored car. One “hostage” was wired with “explosives,” and the “suspects” in the “mosque” released nerve gas.

The Journal-News quoted the local emergency management director Diana Holmes as thanking everyone involved — “especially the folks in Irving who allowed us to use their community for this exercise. The ladies who did all the food prep did an excellent job,” she told the paper.

CAIR said it agrees that law enforcement officers should be trained to deal with hostage-taking as well as chemical, biological and bomb attacks. “We are only questioning the wisdom of linking the American Muslim community and its institutions to such incidents,” Ahmed Rehab said.

Well maybe, and I am by no means a genius, if muslims in America would stop sending money to terrorists, stop trying to islamize MY country, stop preparing for acts of terror, like those hajis in New Jersey, the Fort Dix Six, and stop defending and justifying terrorism as anything other than an ingrained part of the cult of islam, we would stop stereotyping them as terrorists (I will not be PC and call them radicals. If they want to overrun my country and install shariah and their cult as the source of what they call law and justice – where women can be stoned, homosexuals can be hanged, and apostates and non-muslims are legal to kill for not being muslim – they are terrorists who should be deported.).

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  • Storm-Rider

    CAIR is part of the problem, not part of the solution. They are not agitating for the right of Muslims to worship in peace – because American Muslims already have that right. CAIR is all about bringing the injustice and evil of Sharia Law to America through propaganda and political action.

    The jihadists are simply their violent brothers in arms, whereas CAIR is a political wing of Islamism in America.

    Sharia Law is the objective of both the violent jihadists and the political agitators. Sharia is, by the way, incompatible with our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights – incompatible with America.

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