ISNA has denied any ties to Hamas or to officials of a defunct charity called Holy Land Foundation, who were convicted in the conspiracy case. It has specifically condemned religious extremism and violence. In the wake of the conspiracy trial, Jewish and Protestant organizations issued statements in support of ISNA.
Campbell investigated ISNA's background and found "no issues of concern," according to Faulkner. The group was referred to Campbell by a Canadian trade organization whose member companies have used ISNA for their halal certification for years. "We point out to the people supporting this [boycott] that they are a very legitimate entity," Faulkner said. "We feel very comfortable working with them."
Yet Ms. Geller keeps repeating her accusations, as if the simple repetition of such will make them true. And, for once, she is correct - you repeat something often enough, people accept it for fact. Remember Death Panels? Or Obama's secret Muslim identity?
This woman is certainly entitled to her own opinion, but (to paraphrase the late Senator Moynihan) she is most certainly not entitled to her own facts. Unless, of course, our silence gives tacit permission for her to keep peddling her fearmongering falsehoods to a gullible public...
Speak up, people. Speak up.
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