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CAIR Condemns Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation.

"We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence.

[NOTE: Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is identified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had advised American Muslims to ignore her event.]

SEE: Pamela Geller Has History of Provocation (Washington Post)
Who Is Muhammad Cartoon Contest Organizer Pamela Geller? (Daily Beast)
The Woman Behind Anti-Islamic Muhammad Cartoon Contest and Her Long History of Hatred (Daily Mail)
What is American Freedom Defense Initiative? SPLC Calls It an Anti-Muslim Hate Group (CNN)

"Muslims in North Texas and across the nation are shocked and saddened by this inexcusable attack and pray for the speedy recovery of the officer injured by the attackers.

"We thank the Garland Police Department for its swift actions to ensure public safety.

"Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.

"Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders and the perpetrators of yesterday's attack all seek to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America and around the world.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Pamela Geller
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

"People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.

"We reiterate the American Muslim community's support for freedom of speech - even bigoted speech – and its repudiation of terrorism in any form."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Video: CAIR Rep Questions U.S. Congressmen at Capitol Hill News Conference with Dutch Islamophobe Who Calls Islam 'Retarded'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a video showing its questioning of infamous Dutch Islamophobe and far-right politician Geert Wilders at a Capitol Hill news conference with his congressional hosts Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw pressed Rep. Gohmert as to whether he stood by "Wilders' statement that Islam is an ideology of a retarded culture." Congressman Gohmert avoided the question only stating that he "proudly stands by Wilders" and that he may not always agree with him but will defend his right to make such comments.

McCaw also pressed Wilders on whether or not the Republican Party should adopt his Dutch Freedom Party's proposal of "banning the Quran and the building of new mosques." Wilders sidestepped the question by stating that he is "not trying to unify the two parties" and comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.

In the past, Wilders has stated "I hate Islam," called the Quran a "fascist book" that should be banned, referred to the Prophet Mohammed as "the devil," and proposed putting a tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women.

"By endorsing and promoting Geert Wilders' anti-Muslim hate, these elected officials tarnish the Republican Party's reputation and harm our nation's international image," said McCaw.

In April, CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to disinvited Wilders from two speaking events in Washington, D.C., hosted by GOP Congressmen King and Gohmert.

After the news conference, Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) were joined by Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) in a counter press conference that rejected Wilder's anti-Muslim bigotry and promoted interfaith unity and respect.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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