Ask Rep. Delay not to support Falwell and Robertson
CAIR is calling on people of conscience to contact House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and other elected officials to ask that they not attend a conference this Friday at which well-known "Islam-bashers" will be featured and applauded.
Rep. DeLay and others are being asked not to offer tacit support for those who would attack Islam by attending the Christian Coalition's "Road to Victory 2002" two-day conference, which begins this Friday in Washington, D.C. DeLay is the most prominent elected official to be featured at the conference.
Religious figures scheduled to appear at the conference include Revs. Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, both of whom have recently attacked Islam or the Prophet Muhammad.
In an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" program, Robertson smeared both Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. About Muhammad, Robertson said: "This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they're carrying out Islam…I mean, this man [Muhammad] was a killer. And to think that this is a peaceful religion is fraudulent." Robertson also called Islam "a monumental scam" and claimed the Quran, Islam's revealed text, "is strictly a theft of Jewish theology."
On Sunday, Falwell referred to the Prophet Muhammad as a "terrorist" on the CBS news program "60 Minutes." Given an opportunity in other media interviews to amend his defamatory comments, Falwell declined.
"As a House leader, Representative DeLay can send a message to the world that anti-Muslim bigotry will not be tolerated in America. Bigotry and hatred can only thrive when good people remain silent," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter to DeLay. Awad added that attacks on the deeply-held religious beliefs of others can only serve to divide America and create or perpetuate conflicts around the world.
Muslims and people of other faiths around the world have expressed outrage over the recent attacks on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Islamic parties in Pakistan have called for a nationwide strike on Friday. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called Falwell's remarks "outrageous and insulting." Iran asked members of the 55-nation Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to speak out on the issue. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the National Council of Churches have both issued statements condemning Rev. Falwell's remarks.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
1. Contact Rep. DeLay to ask that he withdraw his name from the conference.
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)
U.S. House of Representatives
2370 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
TEL: (202) 225-5951
IN TEXAS: (281) 240-3700
FAX: (202) 225-5241
2. Provide access to balanced and objective information about Islam by supporting CAIR's Library Project. GO TO: http://www.libraryproject.org