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CAIR less

I’m thinking of forming my own Muslim lobby group. I mean, how difficult can it be? According to Audrey Hudson in today’s Washington Times report on the Council on American Islamic Relations:

According to tax documents obtained by The Times, the number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a loss of membership that caused the Muslim rights group’s annual income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.

That doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of Muslims for a group that claims to be the principal organization for Muslims on this continent. CAIR doesn’t represent anybody but its funders – such as Saudi Prince Alwaleed, who last year gave them $50 million “to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslims” in America. One way to do that would be to have a better understanding of CAIR. Craven media outlets who roll over for them are caving in to a Potemkin lobby group, a spokesman for MFS (Muslims For Steyn) said today on CNN.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.