I am shocked that MGM Resorts plans to fund the Council on American Islamic Relations and Southern Poverty Law Center.
News report state: “He (Jim Murren) said the company champions diversity and inclusion. Murren said MGM believes in free speech but that it would not tolerate hate.”
Murren’s statement is outrageously hypocritical and offensive given the groups MGM Resorts intends to fund and will likely lead to more hate towards Christians and Jews.
CAIR’s founder and current leader espoused the exact opposite of “diversity and inclusion” with his statement indicating that Christianity and Judaism should be dominated by Islam and Sharia law. Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told a Muslim crowd "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." San Ramon Valley Herald, July 4, 1998. http://www.danielpipes.org/rr/394.pdf
Terrorism and many tenets of Sharia law are hateful. The Council on American Islamic Relations strongly lobbies for acceptance of Sharia law. Many of the tenets of Sharia law are oppressive to women, intolerant of non-Muslims and antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution. Eight former CAIR officials were sentenced to prison or deported because of their direct support for terrorism. CAIR leaders have defended terrorists, such as Sami Al Arian, and featured terror-linked speakers. For details regarding these points and more of CAIR’s history please to http://floridafamily.org/full_article.php?article_no=586
One of MGM Resort’s partners is located in a country that declared CAIR a terrorist organization. MGM Resorts is in a 50-50 partnership with Dubai World. Dubai is one of seven emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates country. The United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 banned terrorist organizations on November 15, 2014. See http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393614/cair-terror-group-daniel-pipes and http://wam.ae/ar/details/1395272465559
In 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate catalogue made headlines when a domestic terrorist who carried out a politically-motivated shooting at a Christian organization, the Family Research Council (FRC), admitted he got his target list from the SPLC.” Source Judicial Watch. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/03/fbi-quietly-cuts-ties-with-anti-christian-hate-group/ On August 15, 2012 Floyd Lee Corkins II, wielding a 9mm pistol along with two magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition, entered the lobby of Family Research Council's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Corkins shot an employee, 46-year-old Leonardo Johnson, in the left arm. While injured, Johnson assisted others who wrestled the gunman to the ground until police arrived and placed the gunman under arrest. During his FBI interview Corkins was asked how he chose his target. His response was "Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online". Source Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Research_Council
In 2014, under the Obama administration, the FBI cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Department of Justice used to provide access to the hate propaganda published online by the Southern Poverty Law Center. However, the Department of Justice removed the SPJC as a reference after more than a dozen conservative organizations complained about the erroneous labeling and public safety threats that accompany it. Source Judicial Watch. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/03/fbi-quietly-cuts-ties-with-anti-christian-hate-group/
The Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) wrongful labeling of some conservative organizations as hate groups unjustly harms reputations, threatens public safety and brands their followers as hate people. Millions of Americans belong to and support these organizations. SPLC’s list puts these organizations’ employees and the people who support them in a bull’s eye target for leftists’ hate and possible violence.
MGM Resorts certainly has the right to support whatever organizations it chooses. I have the same right to express my disappointment and patronize companies that do not support organizations that target conservatives with hate labels.
Please do not fund the Council on American Islamic Relations and Southern Poverty Law Center.