ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The aftermath of last month's posting on anit-Muslim cartoons will be the topic during a town-hall meeting in St. Cloud. Organizers says the meeting will be attended by Mayor Dave Kleis, St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III and a representative of the city attorney’s office. The meeting is sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the mayor’s office and more than 10 other local organizations. The meeting will be in the council chambers at St. Cloud City Hall January 26th from from 6-8.Mayor Kleis, may I respectfully ask that you do not attend this town hall meeting.
First of all, although I respect freedom of speech, it was a boneheaded thing to do for the guy to post sexually-explicit Islamic cartoons around town. But at the same time, if someone is going to say something or do something stupid, I have always been a proponent of getting out of the way and letting it happen. Freedom of speech demands it.
But at the same time, freedom of speech does not demand a podium.
You see, Your Honor, there is one glaring rhinoceros on the dining room table in this town meeting. And that, Mr. Mayor, is that the event is being co-sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).
While the anti-American, pro-Islamic terrorism exploits of CAIR should be common knowledge by now, Mr. Mayor, I'm guessing that the desire for political correctness has in this instance too expediently overridden the boundaries of common sense and decency.
Need I remind you, Mayor Kleis, that CAIR has has a relatively short, though prolific history of siding with terrorist factions. As a matter of fact, CAIR was set up as a public relations faction of the pro-terrorist, anti-Israeli group Hamas, which has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people and for whom suicide bombing is an act of deep religious significance and is encouraged.
Need I likewise remind you, Mr. Mayor, that CAIR was a principle in the lawsuit leveled by the "Flying Imams," who purposefully terrorized the passengers of Flight 300 in November of 2006, in which six Islamists appeared to purposefully engage in suspicious behavior in a stunt apparently aimed at keeping Americans off-balance in the aftermath of 9/11, and to utilize the fallout to place themselves in a victim role.
In sum, Mayor Kleis, attending a meeting co-sponsored by CAIR for the purpose of achieving a level of peace, love and understanding between Muslims and other Americans is a bit like meeting with officials of the Aryan nation in hopes of achieving a meaningful dialogue and appreciation of Judaism.
Mayor Kleis, as you know, I have been a staunch supporter of the manner in which you have managed the stewardship of our fine city.
Please don't let an overriding quest for political correctness lead you on a dance with the devil.
I have no qualms about establishing a meaningful dialogue with our fellow citizens of Islamic heritage.
But your office's choice of the organization to allegedly represent a major faction of the population in question has been found wanting.