CAIR Articles Get Journalist Suspended
Aaron Proctor, who has been writing about libertarian matters for Examiner.Com since April, has been suspended from the organization due to several articles he wrote critical of CAIR regarding CAIR-Philadelphia's March 12 banquet at the Springfield Country Club on Sproul Road.
In a letter to Examiner Category Director Jay Keller, CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Mocin Khawaja implied Proctor made statements that were "libelous and defamatory." He took special issue with Proctor pointing out that CAIR was an un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorist case involving groups donating money to Hamas.
CAIR-Philadelphia and CAIR are legally distinct entities, Khawala said.
Mr. Khawala, for what it's worth, the letterhead of your missive said CAIR Pennsylvania. If legalistic distinctions are your thing, maybe you ought to fix that.
One of the scheduled speakers at the event is Imam Johari Abdul-Malik. Is it "hate-speech" to point that out? Is it somehow more hateful to criticize CAIR -- Philadelphia or otherwise -- than it is to demean the murder of Fulton County, Georgia sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen by the former H.Rap Brown in 2000 as Malik did?
Khawala, showing the tolerance and restraint for which CAIR -- the legal entity separate from CAIR-Philadelphia -- is famous, told Keller that he believes Proctor is a security threat and that he has forwarded his Examiner profile picture to police.
Perhaps the message budding journalists should take is that if they want to criticize a religion they should stick to the Catholic Church or Christian evangelicals.