(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Donald Trump Jr. and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson to repudiate anti-Muslim hate spewed recently by a speaker at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. All three men spoke at the summit.
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In his almost 10-minute anti-Muslim diatribe, former Colorado state Senate President John Andrews (R) said in part:
“I just know this: the simplistic approach of simply granting unconditional ‘freedom of religion’ to a religion that doesn’t believe in freedom – and never doubt me, Islam does not – that approach is civilizational suicide, friends. . .
“Some speakers this weekend will disagree with me. They may tell you that a good and faithful Muslim can also be a good and faithful American. I’m sorry but I just don’t see how. Not when one holds Sharia law supreme -- the Quran, the command they think they’ve received from above to dominate the globe -- and the other holds the Constitution supreme. Something has to give. America is in a war to the death, and I don’t think it’s going very well.”
He also said America “can only win that battle if we summon the courage to name our enemies: two of them. The name of one is Marx and the name of the other is Mohammed.”
Sen. Garner took the stage following this hate-filled diatribe but said nothing about the previous speaker’s Islamophobia.
VIDEO: WCS 2019 Evening
CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Vice-Chair Krista Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com