Electronics retail giant Best Buy has donated money to a Muslim group which has this former marine to cut ties with “one of his favorite stores.”
Leatherneck James Canning of Sayre, PA took to YouTube last month to express his anger over the donation by cutting up his rewards card from the national chain, after reading that the Minnesota branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that the big box store had become a “platinum sponsor” by donating money for the group’s fifth anniversary banquet, according to the Daily Caller.
“Because of this support Best Buy has been giving the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, I can no longer conduct business with Best Buy,” The 48-year-old vet said on a video dated April 24th before slicing his “rewards zone” Best Buy card in half with a pair of scissors.
“I read a news article on it on my Facebook page,” Canning told the Daily Caller, “So I made my video. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing.”
“When you’ve got a company that supports an organization that supports terrorism,” Canning said of his boycott, “it’s kind of, in my opinion, asinine to do my business there,” he said.
CAIR is one of a handful of prominent Islamic organizations identified as unindicted co-conspirators in a case alleging criminal conspiracy to support Hamas.
In 2009, the FBI cut institutional ties with CAIR when evidence pointed to the group being a front for radical organizations operating within the United States.
Best Buy confirmed the donation in a written response to the news website.
“Over the past two years, our Inter-Faith Employee Business Network, a group of employees focused on promoting diversity and inclusion at Best Buy, has supported CAIR-Minnesota with $1,450 in total contributions to support an annual banquet,” Gammon said.
The Clarion Fund, a pro-Israel non-profit group, has called for a wider boycott of Best Buy with an online petition that has garnered over more than 10,000 signatures.