CAIR Calls on N.C. GOP to Repudiate Candidate Mark Harris’s Anti-Islam Remarks

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned North Carolina Republican 9th District congressional candidate Mark Harris’s past statements calling Islam “dangerous” and the work of Satan – saying the remarks “endanger the lives of Muslims” and “must be condemned by the Republican Party of North Carolina.

A CNN KFile report found that Mark Harris, “as the senior pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, claimed Islam was ‘dangerous’ and the work of Satan. He also said peace between Israel and the Palestinians could not be achieved until Muslims and Jews accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.”

SEE: CNN KFile Report: GOP congressional candidate called Islam 'dangerous' and the work of Satan

“Mr. Harris’s inaccurate and inflammatory sermons against American Muslims and Islam endanger the lives of Muslims and must be repudiated by the Republican Party of North Carolina,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw.

McCaw added: “In light of recent violent and deadly attacks targeting African-Americans and Jewish and Muslim houses of worship, we should work to push back against such hate rhetoric that may lead to violence.”

BACKGROUNDER:

The CNN KFile report found that in 2014, “During one sermon, Harris showed his congregation a conspiratorial video claiming that Islam was taking over the world, including the United States.” The video falsely reported that “In a matter of years” . . .because of Muslim immigration. . . “Europe as we know it will cease to exist.”

In another 2010 sermon, Harris warned his congregation: “Listen to me, that is why the religion of Islam is so dangerous.”

On October 30, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged bomb threat targeting a Nation of Islam mosque in North Carolina as a hate crime.

Police said someone called in a bomb threat to Muhammad Mosque 36 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Bomb Threat Targeting North Carolina Nation of Islam Mosque

On October 29, the Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat a deadly shooting at a Jeffersontown, Ky., Kroger that left an African-American woman and man dead as a hate crime.

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Calls on Feds to Treat Kroger Killings as Hate Crime

On October 27, CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city.

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

Today the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) condemned anti-Semitic vandalism discovered Thursday evening at Union Temple in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism Targeting Brooklyn Synagogue

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) yesterday called on GOP leaders to repudiate Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) for featuring a constituent who espouses racist and Islamophobic views.

SEE: CAIR-LA Asks GOP to Repudiate Congressman’s Campaign Ad Featuring Racist, Islamophobic Constituent

CAIR has reported 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.

Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.

SEE: CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted  

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


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