Recently the American Library Association cancelled a panel, “Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping,” at the behest of CAIR and CAIR sympathizers. These organizations objected to the participation of Robert Spencer who has studied Islamic doctrine for close to 30 years and quotes directly from traditional Islamic sources in his efforts to shed light on the myriad facets of the global jihad. Robert Spencer is one of the most knowledgeable scholars in the world on Islam and jihad doctrine and he was the lone dissenting voice on the panel.
Is it acceptable that CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism case, could so influence the ALA that they canceled this event? Don’t they realize how manipulative organizations like CAIR are when they label scholars whom they disagree with in ugly, racist terms that are both inflammatory and inaccurate?
I’ve always admired the ALA for taking tough stands on free speech issues, even when they’ve taken a controversial stand. Canceling this event was a cowardly act. I expected better from the ALA. Of all the organizations in America, I believed they were the one that would stand for free speech no matter what. I’ve long ago given up on the journalists.