It’s always entertaining when one faction representing a leftist value goes to war with another faction committed to a different leftist value. The most common example I can think of is when greens fight the construction of a pipeline on the grounds it will somehow hurt the environment, while the labor movement, excited at the prospect of new jobs being created, will eagerly throw its no-growth brethren under the bus.
But the example of left-wing infighting brought to us today by Sean Higgins in the Washington Examiner is especially delicious. He reports
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights group [sic], is resisting an effort by the Service Employees International Union to organize its staff.
The National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency, has set April 24 as the date for the workers’ election.
CAIR has argued before the board that it is a religious organization and therefore exempt from the National Labor Relations Act. A regional administrator for the labor board rejected that argument in a ruling Friday.
NLRB regional director Charles Posner says CAIR is covered by federal labor relations law. “The evidence establishes that the employer is not an organization that exists to propagate a religious faith, but rather is engaged in a commercial-type activity.”
If promoting the end of Western Civilization is a commercial-type activity, then Posner is right. But the situation reminds me of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), portions of which, if memory serves, were struck down by the Supreme Court years ago because violence against women isn’t actually interstate commerce. VAWA had been upheld up until that time because the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution had been used to prop up it and all sorts of dubious federal incursions into state powers. Alas, this outburst of common sense on the high court was relatively short-lived.
Then there is the error that Higgins, like many, many journalists on the left and right, commits in his article.
It’s obvious he doesn’t understand what CAIR is about. He calls it “the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights group.” It is not. In fact, it is a subversive group, a U.S.-based outpost of international jihadism. It is an enemy propaganda organization posing as a Muslim civil rights group. It performs the same function as the Nazi-created German-American Bund in the years leading up to America’s entry into World War Two and the Communist Party USA during the Cold War. Recall that CPUSA members were required to swear allegiance to Moscow. Such groups propagandize on behalf of hostile foreign powers, winning some converts and neutralizing opposition.
So in a fight between the Islamist crazies of CAIR and SEIU, personally I’m going to side with SEIU.
It’s about time terrorists got collective bargaining rights.
< snort >