(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 12/9/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned as “un-American” a tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stating that "diversity is not our strength” as a nation.
King tweeted that claim along with a quote from Islamophobic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."
“Representative King’s clear rejection of the motto of the United States of America, ‘Out of many, one,’ is yet another example of his un-American support for Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.
She noted that in the past, King tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," claimed it would be "sexist" and "racist" to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, uploaded a YouTube video in which he displayed a Confederate flag on his desk, defended displaying the Confederate flag in the South Carolina Capitol, and warned that immigration is turning the United States into "a third world country."
Steve King: A History Of Racism
Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called on state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate a racist tweet by Rep. King. In a tweet supporting the Islamophobic extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who referred to people of Moroccan heritage in that nation as “scum,” King tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”
In 2015, CAIR-Iowa similarly condemned King’s bizarre claim that refugees who “do hajj to Mecca” cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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