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CAIR Video: Tea Party Anti-Muslim Hate Comes to Ohio School
Islamophobe claims U.S. Muslims 'will kill your children,' says 'we are in war with Islam'
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 12/19/12) – The Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter (CAIR-Cleveland) today released a video highlighting anti-Muslim hate preached at a recent Tea Party event at a school in that state, which included claims that American Muslims "will kill your children" and that "we are in war with Islam."
At the December 10 event, titled "Infiltration of Islam in America?" and sponsored by the Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party, at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ohio, speaker Usama Dakdok called Islam a "wicked cult" and made hate-filled claims such as: (NOTE: Speaker's linguistic errors retained.)
CAIR-Cleveland had called on people of conscience to ask the Tea Party group to drop Dakdok from the December 10 program.
"Our nation's schools should be havens from the kind of hatred spewed by Mr. Dakdok," said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson. "We urge Ohio's religious and political leaders to repudiate this and all other forms of bigotry being promoted by a vocal minority nationwide – bigotry which can and does lead to violence."
Shearson noted that another charge was added yesterday to those filed against an armed Indiana man arrested for burning the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in September.
Also yesterday, New Jersey white supremacists faced hate crime charges for allegedly attacking several men of Egyptian descent in 2011. One of the alleged attackers wrote on a website: "(W)e went to hunt down some sand n**gers, it was me and my other bro on like 6 or eight and we whooped them."
As an example of recent campaigns to promote anti-Muslim bigotry, CAIR cited efforts of the designated hate group headed by blogger Pamela Geller to place Islamophobic ads in transit systems nationwide.
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A scheduled 2011 speech by Dakdok at the same school was cancelled by the Mansfield City School Board after complaints from the NAACP and CAIR, but the decision was challenged by a lawsuit brought on behalf of the Tea Party.
With legal fees mounting, the Mansfield School District recently settled the law suit and granted permission for the hate preacher to speak at the school.
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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