Ask Georgia Candidate To Meet With Muslims Over ‘Terrorist’ Remark
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #498
ASK GEORGIA CANDIDATE TO MEET WITH MUSLIMS OVER ‘TERRORIST’ REMARK
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/06) – CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact Georgia congressional candidate Hank Johnson and ask that he meet with American Muslim and Arab-American leaders to discuss his recent remarks implying that all voters with Arabic names may be “terrorists.”
In a televised debate with Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Johnson said: “…But since we’re talking about Middle East policy I will say that the abundant number of contributors to Mrs. McKinney’s campaign are, have Palestinian and Arab surnames, now I could accuse her of being under the control of terrorists.” Johnson won Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.
Johnson’s remarks may be viewed at:
In a letter to Johnson, CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor wrote:
“This comment seems to suggest that Arab-American and Muslim participation in the political process has sinister connotations and that having an Arabic name somehow indicates a propensity for violence.”
Saylor requested that Johnson meet with Muslim and Arab-American community leaders to discuss their concerns about his remarks.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Call, fax or e-mail Hank Johnson’s campaign headquarters and insist that he apologize for the remarks and agree to meet with Muslim and Arab-American leaders within the next few days.
(Remember, remain POLITE at all times. Hostile comments hurt our efforts. CALLS ARE BEST.)
TEL: 770-323-HANK (4265) (Ask for Press Secretary Deb Speights.)
E-MAIL: email@example.com or http://www.hankforcongress.com/feedback
COPY TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hank Johnson for Congress
5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 140
Decatur, GA 30035
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