Ask Georgia Candidate To Meet With Muslims Over ‘Terrorist’ Remark

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:
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/VIDEO__Opponent_implies_Rep._McKinney_0804.html

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.)
FAX: 678-418-2079
E-MAIL: hank@hankjohnsonforcongress.com or http://www.hankforcongress.com/feedback
COPY TO: csaylor@cair.com

MAILING ADDRESS:

Hank Johnson for Congress
5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 140
Decatur, GA 30035

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