Many people across the political spectrum have voiced opposition to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order temporarily banning people from seven listed Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
Foremost among these is the Council on American Islamic Relations, which presents itself as America’s foremost Muslim civil rights organization.
However, the organization is not solely interested in supporting the constitutional religious freedoms afforded to Muslim Americans. It is connected to the international Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood, which ultimately seeks to implement a system of sharia governance under a caliphate.
The group was listed by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. In 2014, CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.
It is important to ensure the United States remains a country that proudly upholds religious freedom for all its citizens. In order to keep things that way, civil society organizations are needed to stand up for those rights and monitor governments to make sure rights are not being violated.
However, in the rush to do that, it is also important not to empower groups like CAIR which are linked to international Islamist groups.
For more information about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and their links to the Muslim Brotherhood, please see our Factsheet.