The Council on American Islamic Relations labeling of presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his advisers as “Islamophobic” is ill timed. This declaration comes on the same day as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declares that the Islamic State is perpetrating a Christian genocide in the Middle East.
Secretary of State Kerry asserted:
In my judgment, Daesh [the Islamic State] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions — in what it says, what it believes, and what it does.” This official American genocide designation is a critically important step. Genocide is internationally recognized as the most heinous human-rights offense. Legally, it is known as the “crime of crimes.
And while the Genocide Convention does not prescribe specific action to “prevent and protect” against genocide, the conscience does.
So, is Senator Cruz “Islamophobic” given this statement about the Islamic State? According to the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Executive Director Nihad Awad, he is.
“Who a candidate picks for his or her advisers says volumes about that candidate’s worldview. By choosing infamous Islamophobes as foreign policy advisers, Senator Cruz indicates that he subscribes to their conspiratorial worldview and to the anti-Muslim bigotry that would inevitably shape their policy recommendations. We ask Senator Cruz to drop any adviser who has a past history of promoting conspiracy theories or religious bigotry.“
Awad objects to Senator Cruz having on his advisory team two men: Frank Gaffney and Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.). Mr. Gaffney is is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The Center is a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.
Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin is serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President. He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He commanded SOF Delta in combat operations. Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. Boykin spent 36 years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister.
Awad on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews show has referred to Gaffney as “one of the country’s leading anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists.”
Interestingly, according to Discover the Networks, Nihad Awad is a supporter of Hamas, he rejects Israel’s right to exist, he suggested that Israel and Egypt played a part in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, he maintains that “many Presidents” of the United States “are servants to Israel” and to “the political authority of Jewish interests” and claims that America bore some of the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Who is the real conspiracy theorist?
Awad is a Muslim migrant who was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. Awad came to America via “the Bosnian Refugee Committee—an Islamic aid organization based in Minnesota—Awad in late 1992 spent a month in war-torn Bosnia during a time when Muslim intransigents from around the world were flocking there to wage jihad.”
It appears Awad is continuing to wage Jihad, but this time with attacks against Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz.