(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/13/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the withdrawal of Brett Joseph Talley for the position of United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
Media reports indicate that Talley has offered to withdraw from consideration.
“We welcome the fact that Mr. Talley will not pass judgement on the rights and religious freedoms of any Americans,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Any subsequent nominee should have a track record of judicial decisions upholding constitutionally-protected rights for people of all faiths and backgrounds.”
CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed said: "Here in Alabama, we must commit ourselves to protecting the rights of all people. Our judges must have both the experience and background to reflect that commitment, and the president and senate are obligated to nominate and confirm candidates who reflect our values and our commitment to fair and equal treatment under the law."
Last month, CAIR, along with 43 other civil society, civil rights organizations, faith groups, and law offices sent a letter to every Senate office strongly requesting a “no” vote on Talley’s confirmation due to his public record of making Islamophobic and disparaging remarks about American Muslims and Islam.
The groups said Talley’s publicly-stated Islamophobic opinions that “mainstream” Islam preaches the “murder of nonbelievers” and his support for President Trump’s statement “Islam hates us,” demonstrated an inability to be impartial in cases related to the rights and religious freedom of American Muslims.
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.
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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