(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today refuted what it called “smears” by a leader of a racist and anti-Muslim group that has in the past urged that the practice of Islam be made illegal.
In a recent news release, Paul “Dave” Gaubatz of the hate group Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) and its associated Mapping Shari’a in America Project, claimed that CAIR’s Maryland and Virginia chapter (CAIR-MD/VA) had “engaged in criminal fraud.”
Gaubatz’s false claim was based on the actions of a former contract worker at CAIR-MD/VA who admitted defrauding Muslim clients without the knowledge of his supervisors and in violation of organizational policies. CAIR-MD/VA terminated the worker when his unauthorized actions were discovered. A formal complaint was then filed with the Virginia Bar Association.
In a statement signed last March, that worker admitted:
“That during the time that I was associated with CAIR-Maryland/Virginia office as Civil Rights Manager, I misrepresented to the public that I was an attorney licensed to practice law. I misrepresented to clients who came to CAIR-MD/VA with legal problems that I was going to perform legal services for them…I did so without the actual or constructive knowledge of CAIR-MD/VA or its agents, in a clandestine manner and without actual or apparent authorization from CAIR-MD/VA or its agents.”
In an effort to rectify the situation, CAIR-MD/VA reached out to those defrauded to offer compensation. The victims were also directed to outside attorneys for assistance in their individual cases.
Gaubatz falsely referred to CAIR-MD/VA as a “public interest law firm,” when it is in reality a civil rights and advocacy group. He also makes much of voluntary release forms that CAIR-MD/VA asked victims to sign. Those forms are standard legal practice in such situations. [The voluntary nature of the forms is made clear by their title, “Voluntary Agreement and Release of Claims.”]
“It is truly despicable that an anti-Muslim bigot would seize on this unfortunate situation to further his bizarre and intolerant agenda using baseless smears,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad noted that the racist and anti-Muslim agenda of Gaubatz, SANE and the Mapping Shari’a in America Project is well documented. Gaubatz is SANE’s “Director of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism Studies.”
The Mapping Shari’a in America Project says it is devoted to spying on mosques and other Islamic institutions in the United States.
In explaining why he seeks to infiltrate mosques and Islamic institutions nationwide, Gaubatz wrote in a commentary on that group’s website: “…the real answer to Why is the fact that in this country, our government and its myriad of agencies and bureaucracies have determined that a priori Islam itself is NOT the evil ideology it in fact is…” (April 20, 2007) [NOTE: Virginia Muslims say Gaubatz visited a mosque in that state and pretended to convert to Islam.]
In his obsessive vendetta against CAIR and the American Muslim community, Gaubatz has intimated that he is a journalist to Muslims who he has called to gain private information, communicated personal non-work-related information that he has gathered about CAIR staffers and has been approached by law enforcement authorities about behavior that CAIR staffers believe amounts to “stalking.” Photos of Gaubatz on the Internet include one in which he is carrying a weapon. [Those same CAIR staffers are investigating the possibility of obtaining restraining orders against Gaubatz or utilizing “anti-stalker” laws.]
Gaubatz has also claimed to have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
On its now-deleted website, SANE offered a policy proposal that would make it illegal to be a Muslim:
“Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. [sic] Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People…It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.” [A SANE Act to Deal with the Islamic Threat to America’s National Existence (SADITANE)]
SANE’s website once contained the following white supremacist language as part of its mission statement:
“America is a unique people bound together through a commitment to America’s Judeo-Christian moral foundation and to an enduring faith and trust in G-d and in His Providence. America’s founding, and its greatness was neither accident nor staging ground for some better existence or world state. America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white, who ventured from Europe to create a nation in their image of a country existing as free men under G-d.”
Other articles on the SANE website made racist statements such as: “There is a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote,” and “Race matters and affects your intelligence. Jews are the smartest white people around. Orientals smarter than Whites. Latinos next. Then Blacks.”
Another SANE article stated:
“Is there something unique about the Black American (or, at least the Black New Yorker) that leads him to murder so disproportionately and to most often kill and victimize his own? Do we see patterns of Black culture that arise out of Africa and the wanton murder of blacks by blacks there? Why have the colonized blacks of the African continent, after having acquired their freedom and independence, so willingly slaughtered their own and live in despicable disease and squalor despite a land of enormous riches while Indians of the Indian sub-continent have successfully moved from British rule to democracy and relative civility even in a country that still maintains social inequalities as a fact of their culture?”
Gaubatz’s recent actions may have resulted from CAIR’s exposing links between SANE and a controversial program on Islam aired in 2007 by PBS. His group’s “Board of Trustees” responded to CAIR’s calling SANE “racist” by issuing a bizarre and incoherent news release, which stated in part:
“What people fear, being called Racist and all the rest, is not simply intimidation and silence, this being the danger and purpose of the charge of Racism from the ACLU or the New York Times. Intimidation and silence are powerful threats. But these are threats of the passive phase of the Open Society. What Americans fear from CAIR in being called Racist is the active phase of the Open Society. The active phase is the World State itself — “totalitarianism” in our present language of democracy realized.” (June 29, 2007)
Gaubatz once posted the following bigoted rant on the blog of a Muslim critic of SANE, Tariq Nelson: (Grammatical errors have been maintained.)
“Tariq Nelson is less than a man, He is a liar, a bigot, a person who isnot close to God, My dog will enter paradise before Tarek /nelson does, The prophet will look at my dog and kiss him, then look at Tareq and beg Tareqs family to put this boy [Note: Tariq Nelson is African-American] out of his misery, There will come a time Tarq will lick my dogs feet and beg to be a holy as he is, Tareq the clown will have another show atr Dar al hijrah this friday..I recommend to my friends and others to watch my dog lead the prayer services, Maybe my dog will let you take a sip of his water while he drinks, Tareq I doubt anyone as weak and ugly as you are married, but if so, once she sees me she will leave you…..Dave G.”
In another bigoted comment, Gaubatz attack Islam’s Prophet Muhamad:
“Tariq Nelson is an apostate and a hypocrite, Your religion distributes more violent materila in a day than Tariq commits shirk, Your books Maududi, tafsir, qutb, fiqh, are the most evil and your weak prophet is a loser. Instead of leading the people he inspected the young nine year old girls and married them, in the name of Islam, We call this type person a pedophile. A pedophile as your leader will lead no one to Islam except more pedophiles from prison. Tariq Nelson and prophet mohammad are apostates …Tariq you need to come back to Christianity,,,Run from the bad prophet,,,,”
Gaubatz works for David Yerushalmi, the president and founder of SANE. The New York Jewish Week newspaper reported last year that Yerushalmi “condemns democracy in the United States and, in comments that evoke classical anti-Semitic stereotypes, says he finds truth in the view that Jews ‘destroy their host nations like a fatal parasite.’” (8/24/07)
In a March 2, 2006, article for The American Spectator, Yerushalmi wrote: “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.”
In another article, Yerushalmi wrote: “Instead of a promise of victory, Sura 24:52 must be made ashes in the mouths of Muslims. A seemingly unending air control campaign over enemy territory is the way to continually remind the Muslims of their subordinate status and the impotence of Allah without becoming mired in the quagmire of counterinsurgency.” He also wrote: “SANE has staked out an approach which is to Know the Enemy by declaring the enemy historical, traditional, and authoritative Islam….”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: email@example.com