Daniel Pipes should "clean his filter" says Muslim group
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today suggested that Islamophobic pundit Daniel Pipes should visit an oil-change facility following a published interview in which he claimed to have a special mental “filter” with which he can detect those who want to “create a Muslim state in America.” ("Islamism is fascism," www.salon.com, 11/9/2001) Pipes said that, despite lack of evidence, he can “sense” that CAIR “without a doubt” wants to create such a state. “Mr. Pipes should really consider visiting Jiffy Lube® to have his 'filter’ cleaned of its obvious accumulation of bigotry and misinformation,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Pipes continues to repeat this bizarre claim even though he himself admits he has nothing to back it up but special mental faculties not possessed by others. His claims sound more like ESP than credible political analysis,” added Hooper. The Salon.com interview read in part:
PIPES: …Now, they [CAIR] don't say that [they want to impose Islamic law in America] in black and white in their writings. I can't prove that to you. I can tell you that there are all sorts of intimations of it. I can tell you
I can sense it. I can make this case, but I can't make it specifically for CAIR…
SALON: …Saying Muslims want to create a Muslim state in America, does that strike you as alarmist at all?
PIPES: How could that be alarmist when I can see signs all around? …Look, I have a filter. I've studied Islam and Islamism for 30 years. I have a sense of how they proceed and what their agenda is like. And I see it. You don't… When asked about a statement by an American Muslim leader who wanted to see a Muslim president by 2020, Pipes replied: “It's like saying I want a fascist president.”
The interviewer also asked Pipes about his recent statement recommending the “vigilant application of social and political pressure to ensure that Islam is not accorded special status of any kind in this country." Pipes explained that “their [American Muslim] acceptance would go beyond what I consider normal acceptance. They want the rules to be rewritten for them. They want a whole host of ways that Islam and Muslims have special status.” Salon also questioned Pipes about his recommendation that “officials need
to scrutinize the speech, associations, and activities of potential visitors or immigrants for any signs of Islamist allegiances and keep out anyone they suspect of such ties.” Pipes replied: “Look, I like this
country as it is and I don't want it to turn into something quite different…If you want to see an Islamist country, then you will have the opposite view from mine…The danger is within…”
CAIR noted that as Pipes fanned the flames of religious hatred, the citizens of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., were coming to the aid of their Muslim neighbors by putting out a fire that had been set at a local mosque.
Thanks to the neighborly intervention, damage to the mosque was limited. Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Mike Mitchell said the suspects were “definitely not history majors. America was founded to protect religious