When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) launched its campaign to punish law enforcement personnel who attended a lecture by Clarion Project's National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro at the 2016 Tactical Conference, three Muslim activists rose to defend him and the police.
Shireen Qudosi, founding editor of The Qudosi Chronicles: The Voice of Muslim Reformers, tweeted, "The most hilarious CAIR criticism of Ryan Mauro is that he's 'anti-Muslim.' Funny, cause we get along great. She also tweeted, "Ryan Mauro would sit down and have a conversation with me before anyone at CAIR ever would. What's that tell you?"
Qudosi further said "Ryan Mauro and Clarion Project's work has been instrumental in giving a platform to Muslim reformers," and wrote an article stating that it is "imperative" for law enforcement to be exposed to our research.
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy and author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam, said, "Claims recently made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations against Ryan Mauro are patently false, defamatory and quite telling. CAIR is scared of American thought leaders who can effectively teach our law enforcement officers about the differences between the threat of Islamists and the solutions coming from Muslim reformists within the House of Islam.
“I have worked with Ryan for some time now and consider him a colleague and fellow American warrior in this counter-ideology movement against Islamist groups in the U.S. It is natural for Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups like CAIR to become apoplectic when he is asked to speak to law enforcement … he gets it regarding the threat of Islamism and how it causes terrorism."
Raheel Raza, President of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, concurred, saying,"Such are the times we live in, that an organization like CAIR that has been clearly identified by the government of the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist entity, is trying to malign a person like Ryan Mauro who not only stands with us moderate Muslims against hate and bigotry but is also a credible voice against radicalization and extremism globally."
While CAIR tries to present itself as the voice of the Muslim-American community, only about 12% of Muslim-Americans identify CAIR as the group that most represents them. And that tiny number would collapse if they were all aware of CAIR's troubling history.
Muslims opposed to Islamism are fed up with groups like CAIR tarring any opponent—even Muslims—as "Islamophobes;" a deplorable diversion tactic that exploits the legitimate problems Muslims face with bigotry.
One such Muslim, Abdurrahman Mohammed, was a member of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), CAIR's fellow U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. He has spoken out about how he was at an Islamist meeting in the early 1990s where they brainstormed how to delegitimize critics as "Islamophobes."
“This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics,” he said.
Based on the negative media coverage of Mauro’s class with New York law enforcement, Mohammed is right—all it took was the word "Islamophobe" to terminate critical thinking about the basis of the false charges.