Editor’s Note: I’m not surprised. It is Chicago after all. Those of you continuing to support these politically motivated sports events should immediately pull your support (stop watching, stop attending and stop buying their merchandise) and this will quickly come to an end. Remember, CAIR has not only been designated a terror organization, but they have been at the forefront of pushing fake “hate crimes” against Muslims. They are antichrists and anti-American and they should be eliminated from American society.
Joe Ricketts said some things that are unacceptable to the political and media elites, and now the Chicago Cubs are getting shaken down and played for chumps by Hamas-linked CAIR. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIR’s Hussam Ayloush in 2017 called for the overthrow of the U.S. government. CAIR’s national outreach manager is an open supporter of Hamas.
Joe Ricketts wrote in emails from between 2009 and 2013 that were recently released (and how were they obtained?): “I think Islam is a cult and not a religion. Christianity and Judaism are … based on love whereas Islam is based on ‘kill the infidel’ a thing of evil.”
As for the distinction between a cult and a religion, a cult is generally centered around a charismatic leader who demands strict obedience, and there is no such in Islam, although one could argue that the conformity it enforces by threats of hellfire combined with earthly punishments is similar. In any case, this can be the subject of a rational and respectful discussion. It is only ipso facto hateful in today’s climate of the idolization of victimhood. And as for Islam not being based on love, but on “kill the infidel,” well, the Qur’an does thrice tell Muslims to “kill them wherever you find them,” the third time specifying them as “idolaters,” which in the Qur’an’s worldview essentially means all who are not Muslim (see Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, 9:5). It does also offer subjugation under the hegemony of Islamic law to the “People of the Book,” i.e., mainly Jews and Christians (cf. Qur’an 9:29). But nowadays any discussion of such matters leads to charges of “bigotry” and “Islamophobia.”
The Chicago Cubs are a baseball team, not a social welfare organization, and so they were blindsided by all this. They don’t know Hamas-linked CAIR from shinola. They have no idea that “Islamophobia” is a propaganda neologism designed to intimidate people into fearing to oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression, or that hate crimes against innocent Muslims, which are never justified, are actually far less common than hate crimes against Jews — but the Cubs aren’t doing anything about anti-Semitism, because there is no Jewish group like Hamas-linked CAIR. Ahmed Rehab and company were able to swoop in and get the Cubs to grovel, and grovel they are doing. Watch for the Cubs to inundate their fans with unctuous video warnings against “hate,” featuring happy hijabbed Cubs fans, and to shower money on Muslim organizations in the Chicago area. Another mission accomplished for CAIR-Chicago’s execrable and sinister Ahmed Rehab, who won’t condemn Hamas, and has accused the government of fabricating jihad terrorists.
“Cubs, CAIR To Work Together Against Islamophobia,” 670 The Score, February 18, 2019:
(670 The Score) Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Monday condemned hateful emails from his father, Joe Ricketts, and announced in a joint statement with the Chicago-based Council on American-Islamic Relations that his organization has an agreement for working together against Islamophobia.
The Cubs, CAIR and several other Muslim groups held a meeting on Feb. 8 after the revelation of racist and Islamophobic emails from Joe, the patriarch to the family’s ownership group. The emails, which dated from 2009 to 2013, were released by Splinter News two weeks ago and included Joe Ricketts writing: “I think Islam is a cult and not a religion. Christianity and Judaism are … based on love whereas Islam is based on ‘kill the infidel’ a thing of evil.”
Ricketts spoke to the Cubs on Monday morning, as he does to begin every spring training, then addressed reporters about his father’s emails and other subjects surrounding the organization.
“The emails that are in there were unacceptable and have no place,” Ricketts said at spring training camp in Mesa, Arizona. “I apologized for the direct role with the team. It doesn’t represent what this organization is. I also said I’m sorry for the distraction this may have created the last couple days….
Joe Ricketts isn’t a direct part of the Cubs’ organization, though his wealth helped fund the family’s purchase of the club in 2009. Tom Ricketts said he’s unsure how or why the emails were released.
The Cubs’ previous meeting between with CAIR included an apology from Tom Ricketts and stories being shared. The statement released Monday said that, “Both parties agreed to convert the unfortunate circumstances that brought the groups together into a positive opportunity to work together against hate and bigotry.”
As part of their effort, the Cubs will include notable Muslims in Cubs and Wrigley Field traditions, feature anti-hate PSAs with team personnel helping to raise public awareness against Islamophobia and provide organizational support for three community initiatives: anti-bullying efforts, diversity and inclusion training and scholarships. Further details will be discussed in future meetings.
“We are encouraged the Cubs, led by Tom Ricketts, responded swiftly and genuinely in partnering with us to turn the situation around,” CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab said in the statement. “As a result, the Cubs are taking a significant step forward and will use the power of their brand and voice to fight Islamophobia, racism and bigotry. We hope other franchises follow their lead. This active commitment to our shared values of Everybody In is not only great for the brand, but for all fans, for the affected communities and for our city as a whole.”
Tom Ricketts struck a similar tone.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to further our commitment to diversity and inclusion by joining the Chicago Muslim community in its efforts to eradicate bigotry and Islamophobia,” he said in the statement. “My family and I want to thank Ahmed Rehab and Chicago Muslim leaders for the opportunity to meet and have a frank and constructive dialogue about building a better future.”
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.