On March 3, 2012, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) had its annual banquet. Many important guests were in attendance, including Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who received a distinguished award for his efforts and hard work in promoting legalization for illegal immigrants to our nation and for his stand in support of social justice.

In addition, Chicago Police Superintendant, Garry McCarthy, addressed the hundreds of assembled Moslems at the banquet. Superintendant McCarthy, appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, stated that while his police force would follow leads in criminal cases, he “does not and will not conduct blanket surveillance and profiling of any community in the city of Chicago.”

Superintendant McCarthy was reacting to disclosure by the Associated Press last month that the New York Police Department photographed mosques and eavesdropped on Moslem-owned businesses. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended the NYPD’s operation. In his remarks to CAIR, McCarthy told the audience that 13 of the 23 NYPD officers who perished on 9/11 were his personal friends. Nevertheless, Superintendant McCarthy concluded, “In the 10-plus years since that horrific event, which has affected me to my core, I have never once thought ill of the religion of Islam.”

CAIR, of course, has a long and sordid history in the United States. During the Bush Administration, the Department of Justice named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in its prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation (the “Foundation”) and others for providing support to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. In that trial, the Foundation and five individuals were found guilty of giving more than $12 million to support Hamas. The jury found the Foundation guilty of all 108 charges, which included conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal court hearing the criminal case against the Foundation affirmed the Justice Department’s designation of CAIR as a co-conspirator.

There is a sanctioned practice in Islam referred to as Taqiyya, which permits Moslems in non-Moslem lands to practice deceit to defend or promote Islam. Whether it is jihadist terrorism, dhimmitude (or inequality between Moslems and non-Moslems), misogyny, honor killings, death penalties for apostasy, cruel and brutal hudud punishments, these are fundamental tenets of Islam. Further, under Sharia law, there is nothing remotely similar to our Western notions of human and civil rights. CAIR and its allies, along with unwitting accomplices in the media and broader society, seek to use the notion of Taqiyya to hide the truths and practices of Islam from non-Moslems who remain ignorant of those beliefs and practices.

Thus, Congressman Gutierrez, Superintendant McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel either are unsophisticated naifs in a global war against radical Islamic jihadists, or seek to cynically appease a truly subversive organization and its allies. In this regard, I find myself surprisingly agreeing with Mayor Bloomberg.