A curfew has been imposed in riot-torn Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the Hamas-linked Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is enraged. You see, it’s the
first night of Ramadan, and city leaders put the curfew in place,
according to a CAIR press release,
“without consulting Muslim community leaders.” Now CAIR is calling on
city officials to add an exception for religious purposes. And for the
first time in its nearly thirty-year history, CAIR is right: let the
Muslims go to mosque, let the Christians go to church, let the Jews go
to synagogue, and so on, and stop the endless totalitarian overreach.
But in one of the biggest jokes of these unhappy days, CAIR is suddenly
manifesting a newfound respect for the First Amendment, which it has
been trying to render a dead letter for years.
Yes, there is rioting in Minneapolis. The curfew, however, is yet
another in an ever-lengthening series of examples of American public
officials penalizing law-abiding citizens for their own abject
incompetence. Yes, it’s risky to go out when there is rioting going on.
But Minneapolis police forces (such as they are after the left got its
way and actually defunded the department, only to reverse course after
the inevitable crime wave began), should be directing their energies
toward arresting the rioters, not ordinary people who happen to be out
after the designated beginning of the curfew. If people want to assume
the risk of being out in the city while the riots continue, they should
not be prevented from doing so, and if they are attacked, those who
attack them should be prosecuted.
CAIR, meanwhile, is arguing for its religious exemption on religious
freedom grounds. CAIR-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said
in a press release: “By imposing a city-wide curfew on the very first
night of Ramadan without consulting Minneapolis Muslim leaders, our
leaders have undermined the community’s trust and violated the
Constitution. Public officials must amend the curfew in order to respect
freedom of religion, including the right to gather and worship during
Amend “public safety” rules to respect the freedom of religion? Great
idea. While you’re at it, amend the “public health” rules also, for the
CAIR wouldn’t be CAIR, of course, if it didn’t claim victim status,
imply solidarity with the rioters, and do its bit to further the left’s
narrative that America is a racist hellhole in which minorities are
routinely harassed, discriminated against, and persecuted.
CAIR-Minnesota Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim said in the statement:
“On the eve of Ramadan, our community has been traumatized by the trial
of Derik [sic] Chauvin and now the murder of Dante [sic] Wright. Nothing
can bring solace and hope tonight better than gathering with our fellow
Muslim community members in prayer. Denying Minnesota Muslims this
right violates our First Amendment rights. The order must be amended.”
We must protect First Amendment rights, eh? Great idea, Mohamed!
Interesting that CAIR made no mention of the First Amendment when it demanded in March that the Baltimore County School system remove what it claimed was an “Islamophobic” image from its curriculum, or when it praised the censure of a New Jersey school board member for criticizing Islam, or when the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) funneled $325,000 through CAIR to Georgetown University to support restrictions on the freedom of speech and the criminalization of criticism of Islam.