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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hussam Ayloush Follow-up


Hussam Ayloush- Southern California CAIR director


This month, I posted news about the "Crisis of ISIS" event at the Islamic Center of Orange County in which CAIR SoCal director Hussam Ayloush compared young Muslim-American men who join ISIS with young Jewish American men who join the Israeli Defense Forces "killing the people of Gaza". In addition, when the Orange County Register published a glowing story of the event without mentioning Ayloush's offensive comments, I sent in a letter to the editor. Today, that letter was published. (It's the second one down.)

http://www.ocregister.com/letters/state-648722-many-obama.html#article-comments

CAIR’s false equivalency
On Jan. 9, I attended a local O.C. event entitled the Crisis of ISIS [“‘Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state,’” Local, Jan. 11]. Yes, many positive things were said. Yes, ISIS was denounced.
Yet, local Council on American-Islamic Relations official Hussam Ayloush actually compared the Muslim Americans who had gone off to join ISIS with young Jewish men who join the Israel Defense Forces. He asked why the Department of Homeland Security or FBI doesn’t go to synagogues to counter violent extremism in the form of Jews joining the IDF and “killing the people of Gaza.” He said many more American Jews fight for the Jewish State than U.S. Muslims join the Islamic State. He also asked why there are no programs to counter violent extremism in (Christian) churches.
To compare American Jews who join the IDF and so-called Christian extremists with ISIS, a group that beheads its captives and rapes women, is an enormous insult both to Jews and Christians. Ayloush owes an apology to both communities.
Gary Fouse
Irvine
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I eagerly await Mr Ayloush's response in the Register. Will he deny it? Will he call me a liar? Will he claim he was taken out of context? Will he call me a bigot and Islamophobe?
C'mon, Ayloush. The ball is in your court. Defend yourself and your organization.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did he say it in this talk? I don't want to watch the whole thing. If it is, can you give me an estimated time? I would like to see the context. If it is another talk, can you provide a link and around what time in the talk?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxDgzgZ_t98

Gary Fouse said...

Anonymous,

The entire videotape can be viewed below: The fourth video segment down (#126). His comment starts at the 8:58 mark. You can start wherever you like for full context.

Gary Fouse said...

Anonymous,

The video you linked in your comment is not the event I attended. That is another event.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response but I don't see any videos.

Gary Fouse said...

Sorry anonymous. I forgot to put up the link.

http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-crisis-of-isis-panel-at-islamic.html

Go to video 26 (4th one down.) The comments start at 8:58 mark.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link.

His remarks deserved public attention. Thanks for writing to the OC Register.



Gary Fouse said...

You're welcome.