Ask Senate to reject Daniel Pipes nomination

Ask Senate to reject Daniel Pipes nomination

CAIR is urging people of conscience nationwide to contact the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to ask that committee members reject the nomination of Muslim-basher Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

The USIP is a federal taxpayer-funded institution created by Congress to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Its board of directors is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. (No date for the Senate nomination hearing has been set.)

During a recent radio interview, Pipes supported the profiling of Muslims and Arabs, refused to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and justified his previous suggestion that Israel "raze" Palestinian villages. In a post-9/11 interview, Pipes said: "What we need to do is snarl, not be nice. What we need to do is inspire fear, not affection."

A recent article in today's Forward newspaper states: "[Pipes] espouses a theory of conflict resolution that rests on the assumption that peace usually is achieved only by one side defeating the other with military force or other pressure, and only rarely through reconciliation or negotiation."

SEE: Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

Pipes, regarded by many Muslims as America's leading Islamophobe, has called for increased surveillance of ordinary American Muslims and claims 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are "potential killers." He has also decried any positive portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in public schools and termed the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" an "outrage."

In an October 21, 2001, speech before the convention of the American Jewish Congress, Pipes stated: "I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews."

Last year, Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web site that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

SEE:
- Who is Daniel Pipes?
- The Truth About Daniel Pipes

CAIR has urged President Bush to rescind Pipes' nomination because of his "long history of advocating the political disenfranchisement and marginalization of America's Islamic community."

SEE:
- Muslims Protest Bush Nominee
- U.S. Institute of Peace Asked to Reject Daniel Pipes' Nomination

In his letter to the president, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: "Unfortunately, no credible Muslim leader in the United States or around the world could cooperate with an organization in which Pipes has a decision-making role…Pipes' bigoted views have been instrumental in widening the divide between faiths and cultures."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

1) Contact the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman to request that Daniel Pipes nomination be rejected.

Contact:

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chairman
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300

TEL: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: (202) 224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044

E-MAIL: greggstaff@labor.senate.gov

2) Contact the committee member who represents your state to ask that Pipes' nomination be rejected. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee.

LIST OF OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS: http://health.senate.gov/committee_members.html

Ranking Member: Edward Kennedy (MA)
202-224-4543 Phone
202-224-2417 Fax

Republicans:

Bill Frist (TN)
202-224-3344 Phone
202-228-1264 Fax

Mike Enzi (WY)
202-224-3424 Phone
202-228-0359 Fax

Lamar Alexander (TN)
202-224-4944 Phone
202-228-3398 Fax

Christopher Bond (MO)
202-224-5721 Phone
202-224-8149 Fax

Mike DeWine (OH)
202-224-2315 Phone
202-224-6519 Fax

Pat Roberts (KS)
202-224-4774 Phone
202-224-3514 Fax

Jeff Sessions (AL)
202-224-4124 Phone
202-224-3149 Fax

John Ensign (NV)
202-224-6244 Phone
202-228-2193 Fax

Lindsey Graham (SC)
202-224-5972 Phone
202-224-1189 Fax

John Warner (VA)
202-224-2023 Phone
202-224-6295 Fax

Democrats:

Christopher Dodd (CT)
202-224-2823 Phone
202-224-1083 Fax

Tom Harkin (IA)
202-224-3254 Phone
202-224-9369 Fax

Barbara Mikulski (MD)
202-224-4654 Phone
202-224-8858 Fax

Patty Murray (WA)
202-224-2621 Phone
202-224-0238 Fax

Jeff Bingaman (NM)
202-224-5521 Phone
202-224-2852 Fax

Jack Reed (RI)
202-224-4642 Phone
202-224-4680 Fax

John Edwards (NC)
202-224-3154 Phone
202-228-1374 Fax

Hillary Clinton (NY)
202-224-4451 Phone
202-228-0282 Fax

Independent: James Jeffords (VT)
202-224-5141 Phone
202-228-0776 Fax

Contact Information for the committee:

428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 228-5044 - Fax
Majority Staff #: (202) 224-6770
Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767


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