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The east-west culture clash was exposed like a lanced boil last week when FBI agents met graciously with Muslim leaders to update them on their counterterrorism efforts while, more than 7,000 miles away in Saudi Arabia, authorities sentenced a chronically ill hajj pilgrim to 500 lashes and a year in jail for blasphemy.

The pair of events demonstrated the striking divide between America, the best nation on human record for maintaining civil rights even in critical times, and Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam where popular punishments range from stoning and limb amputations to public beheadings and crucifixions.

The FBI sought to calm tensions with groups such as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Council on Islamic-American Relations, in the wake of the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Mapping the FBI” initiative, accusing the agency of using demographic information and data to investigate local Muslim communities, raising the question: who else was — and is — the FBI supposed to trail and track after 9-11 if not Muslims? They, in turn, should have no worries if they are loyal Americans with a regard for national security.

The Saudis, by contrast, sought to impose their cruel policies — sadly, deplorable yardsticks for Muslim behavior across the world — by severely punishing an Australian man accused of insulting the companions of the prophet Muhammad, without making the charges against him public. One of the more appalling aspects of the doomed pilgrim’s ordeal was that he was accosted and arrested by the “religious police” in the middle of his prayers, showing the Saudi thirst for violence over its solidarity with fellow Muslims — even at the holiest of times.

Muslim Americans and their advocacy groups should be toiling to expose and overturn the rampant hypocrisy and abuse in Muslim nations above questioning the FBI for doing its job in taxing times — quite well, too, judging from the 45 terror-attack plots thwarted since 9-11, when it only takes one to do the damage.

Yet, C.A.I.R. is more concerned that “FBI outreach initiatives will inevitably have a counterproductive chilling effect on constitutionally protected activities if they are merely a cover for illegal intelligence gathering.”

No amount of “illegal” intelligence work in the U.S. could begin to rival the flagrantly lawless degradation of civil liberties in the birthplace of Islam. Lofty Muslim American groups should head there to defend and avenge their persecuted, tortured, and murdered religious brothers and sisters, who could use the support.

Shavana Abruzzo's column appears every Friday on She can be reached at

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Infidel Task Force from Hartford CT says:
Human rights in the Middle East?
CAIR does not "care" about that.
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:43 pm
MrBalk says:
It is very sad that everyday somewhere in majority Muslim nations Christians are persecuted,murdered and their churches burned while Muslims enjoy freedom and justice in America ,Europe,Canada,and Australia yet you will never hear or see a Muslim in the western world ever admit that Christians are persecuted .
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:24 pm
Byron from AZ says:
James needs to embrace America instead of using imbecilic political name-calling to provide cover for terrorist muslim organizations such as CAIR who has always embraced terror groups such as hamas and hebzollah.
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:33 pm
Gary Rumain says:
James, you sound like another clueless libtard. Over 70 people have been beheaded in Soddy Barbaria this year alone. Why is neither you nor CAIR care about that?
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:03 pm
Omar from Plains says:
James said,

"Ah... another right wing news"

Ah . . . another liberal idiot that fails to offer any refutation or point out any exaggerations or inaccuracies yet drips with contempt for the hated "right wing conservatives." Has it ever occurred to you that liberalism is more about hating the right people and ideas - an exercise in group acceptance and solidarity - than any coherent or defensible political philosophy?
Dec. 17, 2011, 7:32 am
Zilla from Upstate says:
CAIR is an terror-linked islamic supremacist front group for the genocidal Muslim Brotherhood.
I don't understand why Americans are so eager to cater to them when THIS is their intention for us, IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
- Omar Ahmad, chairman and cofounder of CAIR - 1998

Here is the intention of the Muslim Brotherhood for America and the West, again, IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

'The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion [islam] is made victorious over all other religions.'
Dec. 17, 2011, 6:15 pm
Okie from Tulsa OK says:
Zilla puts in all in a nutshell. CAIR has its own agenda and only uses human rights (as well as useful idiots who team with them) as a vehicle for their religious/power objective.
Dec. 18, 2011, 6:18 am
Carl from LA says:
Human rights is a relative concept. In islam human rights is what is handed down by Allah. The right to hit your wife, the right to marry of your children, the right to kill apostates, the right to kill homosexuals and so on. Theese human rights which is given by god is violated by laws made up by man like freedom of expression or equality of men. You need to understand this different definition when you speek to a muslim.
Dec. 18, 2011, 11:37 am

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