[UPDATE: OC Democrats Blast Pauly] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function
UPDATE, MARCH 3, 4:04 P.M.: Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) issued a statement today responding to a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) "attack" on him for participating in an anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda last month.
The group's Anaheim office released video last night of protesters yelling hateful things at Muslims entering and leaving a charity event, as well as of politicians, including Royce, seeming to support the haters.
In his explanation, Royce claims he appeared at the rally to "reject" two speakers who have been painted as extremists and says it was "regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults" at the guest's supporters.
As you'll see by reading Royce's full statement below, he ends by taking a shot at CAIR:
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations this week attacked my calling attention to the two individuals keynoting a fund-raiser for a New York-based Muslim group held at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
"I have had many conversations with my Muslim constituents over the years, and I know they reject these two individuals:
"One speaker, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, advocates replacing our democracy with sharia law and refuses to criticize Osama bin Laden. There is nothing peaceful about him.
"Imam Siraj Wahhaj was linked by investigators to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. A few years later, he stood as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abel-Rahman and for three other terrorists convicted in the attack. The "Blind Sheik" is now serving a life sentence for conspiring to bomb a series of New York City landmarks in 1995.
"Wahhaj warns, 'If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death ... then you stone them to death because it's the obedience of Allah and his messenger--nothing personal.' This worldview is incompatible with American democracy, to say the least.
"The second speaker, Amir Abdel Malik-Ali, is a vocal supporter of Hezbollah, a terrorist group once called the 'A-team' of terrorists by a top U.S. government official.
"Faced with Wahhaj's ideology, we can go one of two ways. One, ignore expressions of extremism, essentially deem them acceptable, and undermine our values and government.
"Or two, we can speak out about Wahhaj and Malik-Ali's extremism. For me, looking at the growth of terrorism overseas, and in our country, silence isn't an option. Silence leads to the tragic mistake of denying that the Fort Hood shooter was a radical, advocating terrorist acts, despite his years of known adherence to such views.
"What's wrong with the Holocaust survivor we heard speak about not wanting to live under sharia law? I think he had a point when he argued for the lessons of the Enlightenment and his preference for the U.S. Constitution. He knows that bad ideas can have bad consequences.
"We spoke at the park adjacent to the community center. It is regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults at Imam Wahhaj's supporters. Nothing, though, should deflect from the radicalism of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali.
"As to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, my experience is that it isn't interested in bringing together Americans. If they were, they would be calling attention to Imam Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali's radicalism, not advancing their cause."
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 3, 8:29 A.M.: Men, women and scared-looking children file into a North County community center as people with signs and megaphones shout disgusting remarks at them. A Villa Park city councilwoman says into a microphone that she knows some Marines who would love to send these Americans, whom she labels "terrorists," "to paradise." One U.S. congressman who represents some of those walking into the center says tolerance of them has "paralyzed America." Another tells the vicious protesters he is "proud" of them and what they are doing.
What they were doing was sick-making, based on the video below culled from footage shot by KABC/Channel 7, The Orange County Register and Santa Ana TV.
The Queens, New York-based group Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA (ICNA) held a fund-raiser inside the Yorba Linda Community Center the afternoon of Feb. 13. The event hoped to raise $350,000 for the hungry, homeless and women's shelters in the area.
But announcements for the gathering noted two keynote speakers were Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali. Wahhaj was among 180 people named in a letter by a U.S. attorney as a potential un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Wahhaj was never charged and has denied involvement. Malik Ali is a Bay Area Islamic activist who spoke at the Muslim Student Union's 2010 "Israeli Apartheid Week" at UC Irvine and has said he supports Hezbollah, which the United States has labeled a terrorist group.
Therefore, despite organizers' insistence the event was for charity, the speakers made all the men, women and scared-looking children walking into the community center "terrorists" in the small minds of many protesters gathered behind police barriers. "ICNA supports Hamas and Hezbollah," read one sign. The Muslims were told their Prophet Muhammad was "a child molester," "a pervert," "a fraud" and "a false prophet."
"Take your Sharia. Go home. Eat sand," one man yelled in a voice eerily similar to one heard regularly on South Park.
A presumably Muslim cameraman who was filming the protesters was serenaded with, "You beat your women?" "You rape your children?" "Why don't you go beat up your wife like you do every night?" and "She needs a good beating."
"I'm being told to go back home," Adel Syed later told an Eyewitness News reporter. "I'm actually from Fullerton."
In a statement titled "Hate Comes to Orange County," which accompanies the video, Anaheim's Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) identifies some of the protesters as Rabbi David Eliezrie of Chabad Yorba Linda; Pamela Geller, whose Stop the Islamization of America group has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center; and members of ACT! for America, North Orange County Conservative Coalition and the local teabagger offshoot We Surround Them OC 912.
Cheering them on were nutbar Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly and Representatives Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar).
"Let me tell you what's going on over there is pure, unadulterated evil," Pauly told the crowd as she pointed at the center. "And I don't care. ... I don't even care if you think I'm crazy anymore. I have a beautiful daughter. I have a wonderful 19-year-old son who is a U.S. Marine. In fact, I know quite a few Marines who would be happy to send these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."
After he presumably climbed onto a wooden box to reach the microphone, Royce said, "A big part of the problem we face today is our children are taught in schools that every idea is right, and no one should criticize others' positions no matter how odious. And ... that's. ... What do we call it? We call it multiculturalism, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgments we need to make to be a prosperous society."
"I'm proud of you," slickster Miller informed the blood-seeking crowd. "I'm proud of what you are doing."
Here is what they were doing, as CAIR sees it: "As the video shows, the rhetoric of the protesters became increasingly venomous toward the families and children who came to attend the ICNA fund-raising dinner."
"Even more disturbing was the participation and encouragement of elected officials in promoting the hateful protest rally." The Muslim advocacy group found Miller's participation "a clear surprise, since he previously has engaged with all constituents, including Muslims, toward a better America."
While saying CAIR believes in free speech and recognizes that right often allows hate speech, it ended the statement with a plea to the politicians:
"We strongly urge all elected officials in attendance to distance themselves from such an exhibition of hate and bigotry. We further ask residents and elected officials of Yorba Linda, Orange County and other parts of our nation to speak out against such hateful rhetoric and the continued Islamophobia that plagues our nation."
Don't hold your breath.