The Hamas-supporting Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it will remove a poster from the group's website promoting an upcoming conference that encourages people (i.e. Muslims) not to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The poster, which appeared on the website of CAIR’s California chapter, features a sinister-looking FBI agent with the headlines “Build a Wall of Resistance” and “Don’t Talk to the FBI.”
Nothing says "moderate Muslims" quite as well as that.
Of course, CAIR were quick to find the REAL culprit in all this - Islamophobia:
[CAIR spokesman Ibrahim] Hooper conceded the poster “crosses the line,” but refused to renounce the artwork and blamed critics for fomenting what he called a manufactured controversy.
“The entire American-Muslim community is under the microscope right now with a cottage industry of Muslim bashers,” he said. “We’re used to this kind of attack by the Islamophobic hate machine and in this case there is some justification in terms of the possibility of misinterpretation of this poster.”
Because "Don't talk to the FBI" is a statement that is easily misinterpreted. And in any case, hate crimes against Muslims in America are actually relatively rare.
As for the content of the conference, Hooper said if anything negative is said about the FBI, it won’t come from their group.
“We have a consistent policy of positive and constructive engagement with law enforcement officials,” he said.
Of course you do, Ibe! Who other than an Islamophobe would dare to say otherwise?