March 24, 2006, - 1:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The conventional wisdom since 9/11 has been that this was the worst event ever for American Muslims and that they have less power than ever. The truth is the exact opposite for the most extreme elements of the American Islamic community. They have been empowered to try to force their extremist agenda and religious intolerance upon America and Americans.
Take CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, a HAMAS front group. Since 9/11, they’ve made threats and filed lawsuits against Americans, trying to silence them for telling the truth. One of those is my friend, Andrew Whitehead of Anti-CAIR. They sued him for $1.35 million, trying to shut him up. But Andy fought back.
And he had a principled, hard-working, highly skilled attorney in one Reed Rubinstein, of counsel at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig and a friend of mine. I’m proud to know Reed and even prouder that he succeeded in beating CAIR back.
Today, the New York Sun reported Reed and Andy’s tremendous victory over CAIR. The case was settled and the terms of the agreement were not announced. But you can figure out what happened here. It’s a huge defeat for CAIR.
Andy Whitehead has not changed a thing on his Anti-CAIR site. He hasn’t apologized. And he hasn’t retracted or recanted. In fact, he has repeated all of the statements–all factual and truthful–that were the grounds for the litigious lawsuit designed to shut him up.
While CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper didn’t say much, Whitehead wrote on his website:
The policies and procedures of Anti-CAIR (ACAIR) have not changed in any way as a result of the CAIR lawsuit settlement. ACAIR, and ACAIR’s founder, Andrew Whitehead, will continue to work to expose and present to interested parties any information regarding CAIR that they feel is of importance.
And while CAIR’s attorney (who filed the failed suit), Jeremiah Denton III (the misguided son of American hero and former Senator Jeremiah Denton) declined to comment, Attorney Reed Rubinstein is talking–talking about what CAIR really stands for. (My takes on CAIR are here, here and here.)
This victory of the First Amendment over extremists is inspiring and a huge cause for celebration by all freedom-loving Americans.
The lesson here is not to sit there and take it from the ludicrous Islamist litigeratti. Even though it is a huge hassle and costly, too, you must fight back.
Another lesson from the story: If Islamists try to take away your rights as an American, hire Reed Rubinstein. He’ll fight back and make them go away.
Congratulations, Andy, Reed, and Anti-CAIR!
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