Why Does CAIR Want to Ban Sale of the Confederate Flag?

My latest in PJ Media:

The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) weighed in Saturday on the Confederate flag controversy, calling for the banning of the offending ensign at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington, Ohio. But why would an Islamic advocacy group that doesn’t even consider itself American at all (hence the hyphenated “American-Islamic” in its name, as if they were two distinct entities) care to enter into a conflict over America’s racial divide?

CAIR’s officials claim that it’s because of their concern for civil rights. CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub explained: “Those who wish to traffic in racist symbols that only serve to marginalize their fellow Americans should not be permitted to do so in a public facility at a community celebration. Instead they should seriously consider putting their time and talents toward positive pursuits that make their community stronger and more inclusive.” How the community could become more inclusive by exclusion, she didn’t say.

Meanwhile, CAIR’s notoriously prickly National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper was more direct: “Symbols glorifying and honoring white supremacy, slavery and treason should be repudiated by all Americans, not put on display at mainstream venues. Those who reject white supremacy and racism can best demonstrate that rejection by avoiding any enterprise that seeks to profit from hate.”

It is important to remember when reading these statements that CAIR is not actually as high-minded and opposed to “hate” as Dabdoub and Hooper would have you believe.

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