After the attack at a social services facility in San Bernadino, CA, which left fourteen dead and twenty-one wounded, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wasted no time in holding a press conference in California to defend Islam.
That’s like saying that sharks aren’t violent after they’ve snacked on a few dozen beach goers. The speaker, Muzammil Siddiqi, the head of the Islamic Society of Orange County mosque in Garden Grove, CA, urged people not to implicate Islam or Muslims because their faith is against that kind of behavior.
Well, he’s possibly lying or else he clearly hasn’t read the Quran. Something tells me it’s the first of those two options. Siddiqi’s past comments answer that question clearly. His history of praising suicide bombers and sponsoring of suspected al Qaeda operatives and all around support for jihad and those who carry it out show exactly what side of the debate he stands on.
How dare he tell people not to blame the extreme elements of Islam or Muslims for this attack when that’s the root cause! How extreme is the entire religion?
It wasn’t gun control or even mental health that caused this problem (though one could make a case for radicalized practitioners of Islam like Farook having questionable mental health), this attack was religiously motivated.
Not only is there proof that Syed Farook was in contact with al Qaeda operatives, it must be some kind of odd coincidence that all three shooters happened to be devout practitioners of Islam.
Siddiqi also counted suspected al Qaeda operative Adam Yahiye Gadahn as a parishioner at the Islamic Society of Orange County, though Siddiqi eventually kicked Gadahn out of the mosque.
Siddiqi defended jihad in an interview with The New Yorker magazine in a 2007 article about Gadahn.
Siddiqi called jihad “a struggle for peace and justice, so that you establish peace in the world, you establish justice in the world, and defend your own rights—the right of life, the right of property, the right of dignity and honor and freedom, and the right of your religion. So you defend yourself for that, and you defend other people who are suffering and oppressed. So jihad may take a military action, but it is not always a military action.”
There’s also the strange connection between Siddiqi, who gave suspected al Qaeda operative Adam Yahive Gadahn as position as parishioner of the mosque, and the al Qaeda linked shooters from Wednesday’s massacre. The terrorist couple, who were killed by police, left behind a 6-month-old child. He carried out his jihad leaving his child at home THAT is how important it is.
The Islamic Society of Orange County and CAIR didn’t immediately return requests for comment.