American Muslims Don’t Care for CAIR

This is the best news on America’s Muslim community since 2000:

Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks, Audrey Hudson will report in Tuesday’s editions of The Washington Times.

According to tax documents obtained by The Times, the number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a loss of membership that caused the Muslim rights group’s annual income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.

The organization instead is relying on about two dozen individual donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR’s budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year…

Critics of the organization say they are not surprised membership is sagging, and that a recent decision by the Justice Department to name CAIR as “unindicted co-conspirators” in a federal case against another foundation charged with providing funds to a terrorist group could discourage new members.

CAIR is a front-organization for Muslim extremists. Since 9/11, major news networks have highlighted them to give a “Muslim voice” (inevitably an apology for terror). It seems this publicity has allowed American Muslims to actually know what CAIR stands for, and to react accordingly.

0 thoughts on “American Muslims Don’t Care for CAIR”

  1. You don't think that any of the drop-off in membership might be attributable to Muslims generally feeling less comfortable in membership with any Muslim advocacy organization? I don't know, I'm just asking. It'd be interesting to compare CAIR's membership numbers with the membership numbers of an organization that isn't tainted like CAIR.

  2. It's a factual question, and it would be interesting to compare. My assumption is that agitprop strategies generally work to shift membership from a crowd that wants advocacy to a crowd that enjoys the agitation. For whatever reason, CAIR has lost the former but failed to gain the latter.

  3. I'd guess that the latter crowd simply doesn't exist in large enough numbers in the United States to sustain CAIR's relevancy outside of their few large donors.

  4. Excellent news.

    Everytime CAIR talks on issues at press cofeence or on a talk show, they should be asked questions like “…given that CAIR membership has dropped 90+% while at the sametime it has been voiceing views that align it with the enemies of this nations….blah blah”

  5. PurpleSlog,

    Hopefully the mainstream media will recognize CAIR for the marginal extremists that they are and simply not give them attention at all.

    a517d0gg,

    That's my thought, too.

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