Thursday, April 13, 2006

CAIR, Immigration Policy, And Humanitarian Aid

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

The following is from CAIR's web site:

"Action: Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/4/2006) - CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to urge their elected officials to support humane and comprehensive immigration reform.

"Last year, the U.S. House passed legislation addressing security concerns only. The Senate will be voting on its own version of immigration legislation this week.

"Effective reform will address security concerns while simultaneously reforming our nation's broken immigration system.

"The following reforms should be included in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
* A path to citizenship for immigrants earned through working, paying taxes and learning English
* Measures that regulate wages and working conditions to protect workers from being exploited
* A way to keep families intact.
* Security measures that detect and exclude terrorists while respecting basic legal protections such as judicial review and uniform enforcement of laws
"Any measures punishing religious leaders for humanitarian acts toward undocumented workers, such as providing food and water, should be excluded.

"'Anti-immigrant bigotry and xenophobia should not be allowed to dominate this debate,' said CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor. 'America's laws should reflect our nation's humanitarian ideals and immigrant origins.'"
Contrast the above-bolded text with the following:

"...This approach [relating to Christian missionary work in Muslim nations], even if led by Latinos, still draws skepticism from some Muslims who have seen a variety of methods by Christians seeking the same objective of conversion, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group in Washington.

Men growing beards. Women wearing head coverings. Bibles placed on wooden stands like Korans. Churches built to resemble mosques.

"'It's a new twist on an old approach,' Hooper said. 'They want to appear as Muslim as possible to kind of blur the lines.'

"Hooper said he doesn't believe humanitarian help from evangelical mission groups is unconditional.

"'If the Bible is handed out with a sack of rice, they're going to take the sack of rice and the Bible if their kids are starving,' he said. 'We have no problem with someone coming to a Muslim and saying, "I think Christianity is better." But we object to going into a vulnerable population with a disproportionate power relationship.'"...
Can Christians in an Islamic country openly go up to Muslims and say that Christianity is better? Might want to check with Saudi Arabia on that last one—just for starters. Abdul Rahman also discovered just how free Afghanistan is under shari'ah law; just having a Bible almost cost him his life. See "Shari'ah Law As Civil Law" for a few details on the Rahman case, which had a good outcome only because of pressure from Western nations.

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