On Thursday, February 15, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will join Muslim community leaders in addressing the City Council of Kansas City about a resolution in support of the Muslim community, recognizing Muslims as an integral part of the community and denouncing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination.
CAIR Two Muslim representatives, Moussa Elbayoumy from Hamas-linked CAIR-Kansas and Shaheer Akhtab from KC Coalition for Good Government, are scheduled to address the council. The proposed resolution, titled “Supporting the Muslim community in Kansas City against prejudice and bias,” states in part:
“Be it resolved, That the Mayor and Council; together with the Human Rights Commission, recognize that the threats posed by Islamophobia to our American values of religious freedom and cultural diversity and declare that we as a community support our Muslim residents.”
Late last year, CAIR-Kansas called on state and federal law enforcement to investigate as a possible hate crime a threating Facebook post suggesting using the Wichita Islamic Society’s building as a shooting range.
Moussa Elbayoumy also made statements to the press after the Charlie Hebdo shootings took place.
The suspected shooters who killed 10 journalists from French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and two police officers in an attack Wednesday have been connected to Al-Qaedaby many sources. The Council on American Islamic Relations cautions that jumping to conclusions about the attackers can deepen anti-Islamic sentiments both intentionally and unintentionally. Moussa Elbayoumy is chairman for the Kansas branch of CAIR. He says that while his organization remains cautious, they’re relieved by the media response surrounding the attack so far. “We have had a long standing concern that the media is very quick to label something as ‘Islamic’ or [will make] references to people that wanted to be martyrs,” Elbayoumy said. “But in this particular case, I think people have been more restrained.”
According to the far-left extremist publication The Nation, Muslim pressure groups like CAIR and other Muslim extremist as well as leftist extremist groups, under the aegis of the American Leaders Against Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry Campaign, progressive officials at every level of local government have begun introducing legislation and pressing for policies that combat Islamophobia. (
But nothing about Infidelphobia?
In Kansas City, Missouri, the school board recently passed a resolution that condemns hate speech against Muslims and those who might be mistaken for Muslims, and explicitly supports its Muslim students.
The campaign has thus far come up with about a dozen policy solutions to reduce Islamophobia. For instance, school districts can write into their bylaws explicit support for Muslim students, and a commitment to hold those who discriminate based on race or religion accountable for their actions.
While some of the efforts have been warmly received, many have run into the buzzsaw of anti-Muslim hysteria either during or after their passage. In Kansas City, for instance, the school-board resolution condemning anti-Muslim hate speech caused an uproar that spread well beyond the city.
Despite the fact that the resolution doesn’t require any major changes to school curricula, conservative websites warned of “creeping Sharia law,” and the school district received thousands of angry, sometimes violent, e-mails, many originating from a renowned anti-Islam group called Act for America. The barrage was so intense that the school district had to set special e-mail filters so that its employees could conduct normal business.
That backlash, Kansas City Board of Education chair Melissa Robinson said, was further proof of the amount of work needed to combat Islamophobia. “It’s an illumination of the hate that’s going on around our country,” Robinson said.