CAIR’s Congressman: Joel Mowbray responds to critics (2)

We have two e-mail messages from critics of the five reports by Joel Mowbray that we posted here this past weekend on Keith Ellison, along with Joel’s responses to the messages. Joel will will be staying on the Ellison case and continuing to contribute reports on Ellison here periodically until November. Joel can be reached by email at [email protected] Joel’s second critic writes anonymously from an email account that appears to belong to Ball State University:

Mr Mowbray,

Do you also denounce all the politicians that are in the pocket of AIPAC?

Or is it just against Islamic organizations supporting a candidate?

Your base accusations against CAIR are simply those of hate-filled bastards that are hell-bent on denying Muslims any opportunity to take part in the democratic system of this great country.

But hear this clearly, Muslims are proud citizens of this country and they are doing their best to serve this country with their hard work and honesty.

On the other hand, everyone knows where your allegiance lies – not exactly to America! You kow what I mean.

Your lowly efforts to push Muslims down will only backfire. You are a BIGOT.

Joel responds:

Thanks for your e-mail. While I realize you think that my “accusations against CAIR are simply those of a hate-filled bastard,” almost everything I wrote about CAIR was a recitation of undisputed facts. CAIR’s co-founders both have expressed support for Islamic terror. Neither has denied that, nor could they. Simply put, what I wrote were not “accusations,” but facts.

As for your contention that I am “hell-bent on denying Muslims any opportunity to take part in the democratic system,” I am honestly not sure how you could reach such a conclusion. My problems were with Nihad Awad for reasons clearly stated, a leader of what is considered the U.S. front for the Muslim Brotherhood, and the person whose organization participated in the “tribute to the great Islamic visionary Ayatollah Khomenei”–and, of course, with Ellison for knowingly accepting help from them.

If you consider the men with whom I took issue to be representive of the broader Muslim community, then perhaps your sense of that multi-million population is skewed. I believe it is safe to say that the majority of American Muslims are as offended by Islamic terror as I am, if not more so.

Which leads me back to your allegation that I am a bigot. Never have I cast aspersions on Islam or Muslims as a group. Yet you accuse me of having allegiance to a country other than America. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that the other country to which you refer is Israel, and that you believe I support it over the U.S. because you believe I am Jewish. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but on the likelihood that I’m not, you ought to be careful doling out accususations of bigotry.

Thanks again for writing.

Take care.

Joel

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