November 27 – With the news breaking of the Maryland Executive Director of the Council on American/Islamic Relations (CAIR) Zainab Chaudry being suspended due to social media posts, some people have started to wonder how we can really police what someone else defines as hate?
Chaudry is also a member of the Maryland Commission on Hate Crimes Response and Prevention and the social media posts being debated called the killing of Israeli babies “fake” and compared Israel to Nazi Germany in pictures.
She has since been temporarily suspended as a member of the hate crimes group and policies about personal social media posts within the group are being developed.
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I’m disturbed by the word temporarily suspended. This is the problem of a hate crimes bill, implementation, commission, whatever. How do you define hate? Where do you cross the line? How busy do you have to be to look at every social media post of people? And CAIR is sort of a radical group. I don’t know why an Executive Director of the Division of CAIR in Maryland would be a part of this, but it’s all part of their diversity, I suppose.”
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “What you’re saying there is why these things are such a slippery slope. It was the Maryland Attorney General that took this action yesterday. He removed her from this hate crime commission. She posted all these things on social media apparently supporting the Palestinians, questioning some of the reporting that was coming out about what was happening in Gaza. She still came out with a statement yesterday saying she should not have to sacrifice her advocacy or fighting for justice for any community, including Palestinians. So is this temporary? That’s officially what it says. In other words, will she be reinstated at some point in the future once this settles down? It remains to be seen, but it’s a pretty remarkable situation anyway, you look at it.”
The social media posts in question can be found here: https://tristatealert.com/member-of-marylands-hate-crimes-task-force-suspended-called-israeli-babies-killed-by-hamas-fake/