Council on American-Islamic Relations

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as a "Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group."[1]

According to its founder, Omar M. Ahmad, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."[2]

The IRS revoked the nonprofit status of the organization's national office in 2011 for failing to disclose its foreign funding sources.[3] It was also named by U.S. Federal prosecutors in 2007 as an un-indicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case involving the Holy Land Foundation.[4]

The executive director of the South Florida chapter, Nezar Hamze, has noted, "Muslims vote Democratic because of that party’s strong stance on civil liberties, but the majority of values don’t line up."[5]

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  1. CAIR at a Glance - Council on American-Islamic Relations
  2. Lisa Gardliner - American Muslim leader urges faithful to spread Islam's message - San Ramon Valley Herald, July 4, 1998
  3. CAIR: Tax Deadbeat - Investor's Business Daily, June 24, 2011
  4. Josh Gerstein - Islamic Groups Named in Hamas Funding Case - The New York Sun, June 4, 2007
  5. Marcos Restrepo - South Florida Muslim discusses push to become member of Broward GOP Executive Committee - Florida Independent, September 13, 2011