Robert Sibley: The NCCM – Pouring the same old halal wine from a relabeled bottle
...The organization once known as the Council on American Islamic Relations (Canada) is desperately trying to rebrand itself. In July, group’s leaders renamed their group as the National Council of Canadian Muslims. The idea, of course, is to get away from CAIR-CAN’s tarnished reputation, at least in the minds of some critics, as a hideout for closet Islamists.
Is it working? Not judging by the NCCM’s latest antics, which, to my mind, demonstrate that what we’re getting is the same old halal wine in a relabeled bottle. The organization wants a “full-throated apology and retraction,” NCCM’s executive director Ihsaan Gardee toldEvan Solomon on CBC’s News Network’s Power and Politics show.
Why? Because the prime minister’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, dared to dismiss the objections of the organization once known as CAIR-CAN to Stephen Harper taking a rabbi it didn’t like along on this recent trip to the Middle East. “We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas,” MacDonald said.