Why Did Democrats Invite Radical Islamist Group CAIR to the State of the Union? (Newsmax 1/12/16)

By Fred Fleitz

In response to requests by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to invite Muslim Americans to tonight’s State of the Union address in response to their claims of Islamophobia in America, two Democratic lawmakers have invited officials from a notorious Islamist organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood: the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., will be hosting Sameena Usman, a government relations coordinator in CAIR’s San Francisco office. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., will host Nezar Hamze, the chief operating officer of the nonprofit’s Florida branch.

CAIR claims to be “America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization.” However, its record shows this is far from the case.

In 2007, CAIR was allegedly tied to the largest terrorist financing case in U.S. history — the Holy Land Foundation case.

The Holy Land Foundation was convicted of providing material support for terrorism by funneling money to Hamas.

Extreme statements by CAIR officials also indicate it is not a civil rights organization.

CAIR’s California and Florida chapters have especially odious records.

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