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Exec Director of CAIR Delivers Daily Prayer in California Senate

Senate Republicans were not informed about Elkarra’s invitation

By Katy Grimes, May 28, 2019 3:27 pm

Every session in the California State Senate opens with a prayer by the Senate Chaplain, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tuesday May 28, instead of Sister Michelle Gorman offering the daily prayer, the prayer was given by Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “Elkarra appears regularly in the media as a commentator on issues of civil rights, the Muslim community, and foreign affairs,” his bio says.

CAIR was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian franchise, Hamas, officially designated as a terrorist organization since 1994. In a 2014 article, National Review asked “Is CAIR a Terrorist Organization?” NR reported: “the United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet had listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.”

“An FBI chart has surfaced depicting connections between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas,” Breitbart reported in 2015. “Obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the chart shows CAIR falling under the umbrella of the jihadi outfit.”

“The group, which fashions itself as a civil rights voice for American Muslims, was founded by members of the Palestine Committee (PALCOM), an organization ‘established to support Hamas,’ according to the chart.”

Senate Republicans were not informed about Elkarra’s invitation prior to Tuesday’s session. However, when it became known, many expressed indignation. Others shook their heads expressing disbelief.

The Senate President appoints the chaplain. Elkarra was referred to as the “Guest Chaplain” on the Senate Chaplain website.

The Chaplain history in the California Senate is a long one, with 48 chaplains to the state Senate, most of them Christian pastors, four rabbis and one Buddhist.

Notably, last week, Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and others hosted an invitation-only iftar , the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.

“The iftar was organized by the nonprofit Muslim Advocates in coordination with the offices of Tlaib, Omar and the third Muslim in Congress, long-serving Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana,” NPR reported. “Several prominent Democrats attended, including Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, respectively the number-two ranking Democrats in the Senate and House, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.”

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3 thoughts on “Exec Director of CAIR Delivers Daily Prayer in California Senate

  1. THIS IS CAIR 1-19-16

    “CAIR is a U.S. outpost of international jihadism. It is an enemy propaganda organization posing as a Muslim civil rights group. It performs the same function as the Nazi-created German-American Bund in the years leading up to America’s entry into World War Two and the Communist Party USA during the Cold War. (CPUSA members were required to swear allegiance to Moscow.) Such groups propagandize on behalf of hostile foreign powers, winning some converts and neutralizing opposition.” Matthew Vadum.

    Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld, (CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood), That’s Conspiring to Islamize America by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry.

    Is CAIR a Terror Group? by Daniel Pipes (National Review Online)

    •”CAIR is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded by terrorists”;
    •”CAIR … is supported by terrorist supporting individuals, groups and countries”;
    •”CAIR has proven links to, and was founded by, Islamic terrorists”; and
    •”CAIR actively supports terrorists and terrorist supporting groups and nations.”

    Getting to Know the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    http://www.danielpipes.org/biblio_cair.php (Assorted articles)


    CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha (MEQ article)

    CAIR’s silence on pastor’s apostasy death sentence is deafening” by Andrew G. Bostom (American Thinker)

    Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner with CAIR by Andrew Harrod 10-18-15
    JihadWatch director Robert Spencer has “heard of it happening many times before…that CAIR works to seal its events from all critical eyes.” As Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes has noted, CAIR closed its January “Stand with Prophet” event in Garland, Texas, to reporters from Fox News, the Washington Free Beacon, and other outlets. CAIR even threatened United West reporters who had purchased tickets in advance with arrest and imprisonment.

    CAIR and the MSA appear to have been involved in this event. Both were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land trial, which involved funneling money to the terror group Hamas. Both have demonstrable ties, documented and noted by the FBI, with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. See, for example, these links:


    Muslim Brotherhood Front Slapped by Federal Judge by Bob Unruh 6-4-15 Orders CAIR to pay private citizen’s legal fees for targeting her with ‘harassing’ subpoenas
    “CAIR’s ruthless attacks demonstrate that its objectives are dangerously at odds with the Constitution…CAIR employs egregious lawfare tactics to frighten honest citizens so as to prevent them from exercising their constitutional rights”

    CAIR to Sue FBI for Death of Boston Bombing Suspect’s Friend
    by Breitbart News 3-2-15

    The San Bernardino Killer’s Family Sure is a CAIR Clan: They’re being represented by the unindicted co-conspirators in terrorism by 12-3-15 Daniel Greenfield

    Shooting targets, GoPro packaging, hammer and ‘vise grips’ found in car of San Bernardino jihadi’s Mother by Pamella Geller 12-8-15
    When the enemedia interviewed the family of Syed Farook, they were deferential and submissive to the accomplices of “unspeakable carnage” in the cause of Allah in San Bernardino.

    Americans were brutally murdered at a Christmas party, and Chris Cuomo acted as if he was interviewing the Pope during a Q & A with the family attorneys. The media cows at the CAIR press conference with Farook family members lobbed softballs, despite the absurdity of many of the statements.

    The mother lived in the bomb making factory — how is she still free? Or would arresting her be considered “islamophobic”?
    CAIR Blames America for San Bernardio Massacre: The Return of the ‘Grievance’ Myth by Raymond Ibrahim 12 8-15

    The CAIR Effect: See Something, Do Nothing by Michelle Malkin.

    Meet the Farooks: The Modern Jihad Family: How did This Anything But Moderate Family Not Attract Any Law Enforcement Attention by Robert Spencer 12-9-15

    Suspect Charged in ‘Anti-Muslim Hate Crime’ Touted by Hamas-Linked CAIR is Named…Mohamed by Robert Spencer (Joh Nolte) 12-7-15

    San Bernardino jihad murderer’s mother active member of ICNA, a pro-Sharia, pro-caliphate group by Robert Spencer.

    11 of Canada’s highest-profile jihad terrorists tied to Muslim Students Association


    Muslim Brotherhood in America by Robert Spencer

    Subversive Mosques: Why Barack Obama Won’t Declare War on Radical Islam by Pamella Geller and Robert Spencer.

    Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future” by David Horowitz and Robert Spencer.

    “That term [Islamophobia] is an anti-concept that has been deliberately originated to make discussion of the issue impossible. And it’s similar to the term, in another kind of would-be debate that in the mainstream they want to silence… similar to the notion which functions as an anti-concept “climate change denier.” And what that does, it’s a package deal meant to silence… meant to destroy the ability to think, which is part of what makes it an anti-concept.” Ayn Rand Institute senior fellow Onkar Ghate.

    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also behind this. As well as the Islamic versions of the Hitler Youth, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the genocidal Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Read FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Gatestone Institute and Middle East Quarterly.

    Omar And The Congressional Black Caucus’ Anti-Semitism ProblemL From Farrakhan to Jihad by Daniel Greenfield-FrontPage Magazine.

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