Friday, December 22, 2006

Boxer awards CAIR official, thinks again

A few days ago, Americans Against Hate issued a press release protesting an achievement award given by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of Council on American Islamic Relations-Sacramento. The press release cited CAIR's ties to Islamic extremism, and called for the award to be withdrawn.

Today, AAH issued another press release announcing that Sen. Boxer had indeed rescinded the award. Since I've been unable to dig up any confirmation of either the award or its rescission in any of the usual media sources, I've written to Sen. Boxer's office for confirmation of these events.

The always PR-conscious CAIR has its own press release announcing the award to Elkarra. I'm looking forward to the response from Sen. Boxer's office.

Update: 22 Dec. 2006 @ 18:05
Got an automated response back from Sen. Boxer's office which reads in part:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with me via email. I hope you will understand that, because of the volume of emails I receive from residents of California, I cannot at this time respond to messages received from residents of other states.
So, in short, since I'm not a resident of the People's Socialist Republic of California, her office feels no obligation to respond to my simple inquiry. Guess it's time to pick up the phone (after Christmas).


Rev. Jim Sutter said...

I called the Senator's office yesterday (Friday 12/22) and was told that they have no information whatsoever indicating that the Senator has rescinded the award.

Eric said...

Interesting. It certainly appears that she did, in fact, give the award, since CAIR's own press release confirms it.

I guess we'll have to wait and see about that withdrawal.