Just prior to America’s annual celebration of independence, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, Majority Leader) introduced H.R. 5611, which would implement the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. The CVE originated in the Obama administration and was crafted by the same Muslim advisors who engineered the scrubbing of FBI and police training manuals of all references to Islam.
The CVE program includes the authority to issue federal grants to organizations to conduct “community outreach” in order to “counter violent extremism (CVE),” but the bill makes no mention of excluding groups associated with radical Islam.
One of the chief supporters of the bill is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Here McCaul is pictured with Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (C.A.I.R.) branch in Houston. On the photo, McCaul penned the following, “To Mustafa and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the moderate Muslim is our most effective weapon—Michael McCaul, TX-10.” (This image was obtained by Breitbart News and posted online at www.breitbart.com).
C.A.I.R. is a Washington-based advocacy group for the Muslim Brotherhood that has classified the American Family Association as an extremist group with “nativist and Islamophobic ideologies.”
In an audacious display of willful blindness, McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, views C.A.I.R. as an effective weapon against radical Islam. But according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), C.A.I.R. is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case in which top U.S. Muslim leaders went to prison for supporting the Hamas terrorist organization.
H.R. 5611 does not prohibit the funding of groups like C.A.I.R. nor does it prevent other Muslim Brotherhood-related groups from receiving federal funds for “community outreach.”
In addition, the bill allows the U.S. attorney general to violate the Second Amendment by denying personal firearm sales for up to three days. It allows the attorney general to use the courts to permanently restrict a firearm to someone “being investigated as a known or suspected terrorist.”
If Congress and the Department of Homeland Security choose to cooperate with organizations that have Islamic terrorist ties, how can critics of Islam be assured they won’t be labeled as “violent extremists” and denied their Second Amendment right to gun ownership without due process under the law?
Congress needs to hold hearings and not ram through legislation that threatens America’s national security, freedom of speech, and the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.